Defence

GRA offers Supply Chain consulting and professional support services across the full suite of supply chain strategy, management, planning, analysis and optimisation. GRA also designs and delivers supply chain training and education and supports clients with benchmarking services across a broad range of industries. 

For heavy-asset industries like the Australian Defence Force (ADF), we apply Asset Management principles, including planning, controlling and monitoring activities, to ensure the coordinated activity of the ADF organisation realises value from its assets. GRA follows industry leading best practices and technology advancements to support supply chain innovation.

All GRA services are commensurate with Defence and industry standards and we comply with the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) including Defence specific methodologies. Approximately thirty of our staff have current AGSVA security clearances ranging from Baseline to NV2.

Supply Chain Services

GRA has a range of supply chain services covering the full Australian Defence Force (ADF) Capability Life Cycle (CLC) 

Acquisition

  • Logistics Support Concept (LSC) (development, review, transition to sustainment)
  • Supply chain design and configuration
  • Initial sparing analysis
  • Integrated Logistics Support (ILS) and Logistics Support Analysis (LSA)

Sustainment

  • Governance & assurance (process design, metric design, audits, mentoring)
  • Capability supply chain design (material flows, stocking policy)
  • Supply chain performance improvement
  • Business Intelligence (BI)
  • Performance Management Frameworks (PMF) and Business Intelligence (BI)
  • Rotables management 
  • Supply chain training and education packages for management and practitioners
  • Supply chain data quality improvement

Disposal

  • Disposal candidate analysis
  • Fleet withdrawal planning (supply chain impact)
Business Intelligence

GRA has over twenty years of Defence and commercial experience designing, building and supporting supply chain Business Intelligence (BI) tools. GRA designed, built and continues to provide ongoing development and support of the Inventory Management Assessment Tool (IMAT) BI tool, which has now been operating in Defence for over fifteen and continues to be the heart of ADF’s supply chain performance analysis and reporting suite. Whilst providing ongoing BI capability to our Defence clients, GRA also designs and delivers BI capability to our commercial clients.

GRA offers a significant point of difference to other BI providers in the market. We are supply chain domain experts with intimate knowledge of the Military Integrated Logistics Information System (MILIS), and we provide the full range of BI skills to deliver superior business insights from requirements definition, design, build, and deployment right through to production support. 

Importantly, we always seek to remain engaged with our clients to coach staff and to refine and enhance the BI tools to ensure they continue to meet our client’s needs.

SAP Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)

Through our commercial client base, GRA has established extensive SAP expertise across both asset intensive industries such as rail, mining and gas as well as Retail, fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) and automotive. Our extensive understanding of SAP, particularly the supply chain modules, coupled with our deep understanding of Defence supply chain policy, processes, systems and data, ensures GRA is well positioned to assist Defence in their ERP transformation.
 

SAP Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)


Supply Chain Education Services

Through the Supply Chain Business Institute (SCBI), GRA delivers a range of short courses covering key supply chain and logistics management concepts.  These courses have been successfully delivered to Defence audiences, including both Capability & Sustainment Group (CASG) and Army personnel, using facilitators that draw on their many years of experience both working in and consulting to the ADF. Our experienced Coach Mentors also assist with mentoring personnel, improving processes and the use of systems in support of effective supply chain management and planning in the Defence environment.

How to Engage GRA?

Defence can access GRA’s range of services via the ADF’s Defence Support Services (DSS) Panel or GRA’s ADF Support Services contract (see below).

Panel Services
GRA’s services have been accessible through Defence Panels since the introduction of the DMO DMOSS Panel and subsequent CASG CAS-SS Panel arrangement.  GRA was recently appointed to the new DSS Panel in early 2018 and is qualified to deliver the full range of Skill Sets under Materiel Logistics Services, Program Management Services and Commercial Services categories for Levels 1-5.

Current Panel appointments include:

DSS Panel

DSS Panel Services GRA is positioned to provide:

DSS Panel Services GRA is positioned to provide

 

DSTG – ReSET Panel Research, Scientific, Engineering and Other Technical Services

If you are interested in using the resources and services of our Logistics Systems Scientists and Engineers please click here


Support Services
GRA also has a Support contract in place with Defence that provides a range of ADF inventory optimisation and supply chain Business Intelligence (BI) services (based around the AIMS inventory Optimisation toolset and the IMAT supply chain BI Tool). This range of services includes:

  • Supply chain performance improvement 
  • Supply chain analysis
  • Supply chain business intelligence (including reporting)
  • Supply chain budgeting 
  • Preparedness (Reserve Stock Analysis)
  • ADF Stocking Policy assessment (FAK, Deployment Allowance, Entitlements, Slow Moving Inventory, Insurance stock)
  • Inventory Balance assessment (target inventory, understocks, excess inventory)
  • Supply chain data remediation

Our Support contract provides for a highly efficient, sole source mechanism for anyone within the ADF (i.e. CASG, Army, Navy, or RAAF) looking to engage GRA for services within the scope of the contract. 

For further information please click here.

Defence Industry Primes

As well as delivering direct Supply Chain consultancy services to Defence, GRA also delivers indirect support via several Defence Industry partners.  As many Defence Industries have supply chains of their own, GRA has also worked directly with them delivering the same level of support to optimise their supply chain systems, lower costs, improve procurement, support innovation and best practice and lower total cost of delivery to the end user – Defence.

The types of services we offer Defence Industry include:

  • Supply Chain Strategy 
  • Supply chain planning and optimisation
  • Business Intelligence and Analysis
  • Procurement Spend Analysis and Technology
  • Best Practice Benchmarking

Click here to contact one of our Defence team.

Find out who we've worked with within the Defence industry.

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Testimonials

"Sales and profits are up, and Damaged & Dated is down. The sales team is engaged and enthusiastic about the S&OP process. It's a nut we've been trying to crack for two years, and we're finally seeing some green shoots."

– Paul Foster, Sales Director - Convenience & Food Service, Lion Dairy & Drinks

Typical results

  • 20-40% inventory investment reduction
  • increased service levels ranging up to 99.9%
  • 10%-15% reduction in supply chain operating costs
  • 5%-20% spend management savings
  • the ability to fund business initiatives from operating cash flow (OCF) improvements
  • improved return on capital employed (ROCE)
  • a minimum 3:1 ROI (10:1 to 30:1 typical)