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Your Function / Role: Planning & Strategic Sourcing

OpenLink provides comprehensive software solutions for participants of the global value chain management. Our solutions assist companies who originate, trade, or transform agricultural commodities, soft commodities, chemicals and other feedstock into finished products and by-products for distribution and sale. OpenLink’s goal is to assist companies in managing physical and financial transactions, Mark-to-Market, consolidated positions, hedging, and the supply chain, in cooperation with the complexities of associated risk and compliance.

Planning/Strategic Sourcing

Challenges

Analyzing portfolio behavior based on forecasted demand or price developments.
 
Dimensioning potential diversification benefits of physical assets and financial positions. Integrating implicit optionalities associated with physical assets and processes into overall risk management

Performing robust and timely forecasts to uncover fleeting profit opportunities amid volatile markets.

Planning optimally across complex deal lifecycles, multiple commodities or asset portfolios.

Our Solutions

The real world is complex and inter-related. Integrated monitoring and management of market, volumetric, operational and credit risks is crucial. Our leading-edge planning, forecasting and energy scenario management solutions provide optimal decision support for superior long-, medium- and short-term management of complex businesses, processes and portfolios.

Material-Procurement (Contract Management)

Challenges

Understanding how different procurement choices could impact your P&L, cash position and even your earnings-at-risk.

Accurately capturing inventory tonnage information in other parts of your organization such as trading, risk, treasury and accounting.

Our Solutions

Effective procurement requires an integrated approach, involving a variety of metrics and tools. Our solutions give you a holistic view across your organization, enabling you to better dimension your needs and exposures. Real-time monitoring helps you monitor your business and adapt your procurement strategy as business needs and market conditions change.

Quality/Assay (Testing)

Challenges

Ensuring accurate quality and assay information is accessible to all members of your organization, including those involved in trading, storage, transportation, production and risk management.

Our Solutions

The quality of the commodities you purchase or the products you sell is crucial to your business’s success. Our solutions give you a holistic view across your organization, enabling you to better track and share quality and assay information in real time.

Volatility-Management (Risk)

Challenges

Real-time cross-asset monitoring and management of market, credit, liquidity, and operational risks.

Ensuring that the insights offered by stress tests, VaR, scenario analyzes and other tools give you a perspective on risk that is coherent and actionable.

Understanding current and potential future counterparty credit exposures, credit value adjustments (CVA) and collateral management from an enterprise-wide perspective.

Robust and coherent valuation, including real-time analysis of the drivers of overall risk and P&L at the most granular level, even during periods of market stress.

Real-time integrated position management, irrespective of asset class or whether trades are CCP-cleared or non-cleared.

Meeting investor, senior management board and regulator demand for superior risk governance, financial transparency and risk-awareness in business decision making.

Our Solutions

Effective management of volatility requires an integrated approach, involving a variety of metrics and tools. Our solutions give you a holistic view of risk across your organization, enabling you to better dimension your exposure. You can deconstruct portfolios and understand how different trading or business decisions could impact your P&L, cash position and even your earnings-at-risk. Real-time risk monitoring helps you avoid breaching limits and compliance guidelines, while drag and drop functionality means you can build customized risk reports on the fly. Whatever challenges tomorrow brings, our extensible, scalable and integrated technology will adapt to meet your organization's changing needs.

Production-Management

Challenges

Managing production complexity including numerous formulas, ingredient mixes, as well as on-demand inventory calculation and accurate by-product management.

Using multi-leveled formulas to enable advanced tracking.

Capturing product-to-product processes and distributing costs to new and associated by-products.  

In creasing automation in the provision of and response to production forecasts, inventory depletion, least-cost formulation and grain banking inventory.

Our Solutions

Our solutions help you meet the complexity of your production line, effortlessly handling multiple formulas for costing and production as well as multi-leveled formulas and adaptation of formulas in light of changing market conditions. Whatever challenges tomorrow brings, our extensible, scalable and integrated technology will adapt to meet your organization's changing needs.

Transportation/Logistics

Challenges

Coherent scheduling and tracking of delivery/multi-modal transportation.
 
Scheduling loads against a contract, with dates and load sizes for accurate in-transit reporting.

Ensuring accurate freight-related analysis  to help safeguard revenue

Our Solutions

Our solutions help you more effectively manage transportation. You can schedule and track across different modes of transport and because logistics is a truly integrated part of deal-lifecycle management, you can robustly analyze the risk implications of different logistical choices.

Storage

Challenges

Defining and identifying the optimal storage choices for your large, complex or geographically diverse business.

Accurate, real-time monitoring and management of storage

Our Solutions

Our solutions help you more effectively manage storage, in a way that is coherent across the value chain. Integrated monitoring and management of market, volumetric, operational and credit risks in real-time helps you robustly analyze the impact of different storage choices on P&L, factoring real-world constraints and complexities.

Finance & Accounting

Challenges

Consolidated reporting across entities, currencies and countries with ledger entries that are perfectly reconciled across treasury, risk and trading functions.

Monitoring and managing hedge effectiveness for compliance with accounting and financial regulations.

Real time identification and monitoring of the drivers of overall P&L at the most granular level, even during periods of market stress.

Understanding the potential P&L, risk and collateral implications of different trading strategy and execution choices.

Our Solutions

With our solutions, you get unrivalled coverage encompassing a broad array of derivatives and asset classes, including physical commodities and energy. Sophisticated analytics and real-time cash flow analyzes will be at your fingertips. With our integrated cross-asset class enterprise-wide solutions, superior financial management can be within your reach and accounting becomes less onerous too. You can define posting rules and have automatic ledger entry that is perfectly reconciled with front- and middle-office numbers. All members of your organization will become accounting-aware and the analysis and monitoring of hedge effectiveness effortless. Each and every aspect of the transaction lifecycle is transparent and auditable.

Corporate Treasury

Challenges

Real-time management and forecasting of cash across a large or complex business.

Real time identification and monitoring of the drivers of overall P&L at the most granular level, even during periods of market stress.

Understanding current and potential future counterparty exposures and collateral management from an enterprise-wide perspective.

Our Solutions

Your firm faces complex risks. For effective treasury management, it's crucial that you are able to look across exposures and positions coherently. Only then can you manage and forecast cash effectively, assist with asset-liability management, and give risk-aware insights into strategic business issues. Isn't it time that you enhanced your treasury operations by implementing a fully-integrated Treasury Management System (TMS)?

Compliance/Regulations

Challenges

Navigating markets fragmented in terms of rules and standards, and subject to capacity constraints and rapid changes in supply and demand.
 
Maintaining the integrity of compliance procedures without impairing trading, structuring or transportation activities.

Customizing work flows to reflect business needs and enable corporate and risk governance.

Ensuring proper escalation occurs when specified limits or tolerances are breached.

Understanding how different trading decisions, positions and market scenarios may lead to limit breaches or other compliance violations.

Our Solutions

Our solutions provide real-time monitoring of risks and compliance rules, and enable you to tailor calculations, monitoring and reporting. You therefore have the ability to implement any compliance rule and act quickly when faced with activity that is potentially detrimental to your business vision. Our flexible and adaptable system can even learn your business and identify transactions that fall outside the normal pattern of trading. Whatever challenges tomorrow brings, our extensible, scalable and integrated technology will adapt to meet your organization's changing needs.

Energy-Management

Challenges

Probing how risks associated with different energy choices intersect with other business risks.

Understanding how different energy procurement and hedging strategies could impact your P&L, cash position and even your earnings-at-risk.
 
Monitoring counterparty credit risk and dimensioning wrong-way exposures

Our Solutions

The way you manage energy can have a major impact of your business’s P&L. Effective energy management requires an integrated approach, involving a variety of metrics and tools. Our solutions give you a holistic view across your organization, enabling you to better dimension your energy needs and exposures. Real-time risk monitoring helps you monitor your hedges and adapt your energy strategy as business needs and market conditions change.

Milling

Challenges

Input commodity prices have a major P&L impact. You need a solution that enables you to safeguard your margin, streamline your interactions with other points in the supply chain, and bring stability and precision to budgets and business strategy

Our Solutions

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Food Safety

Challenges

Increasingly tough food tracing and safety requirements alongside volatile market conditions are making inventory management more complex and more challenging-a holistic approach to risk management can help.

Our Solutions

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