Several factors needs consideration when justifying investment into an incentive compensation solution as they may have impact on the selling time, motivation etc. Aurochs has created a standard model for calculating cost of using an ineffective incentive compensation management system which you can tweak to your business situation. Use it to estimate the cost impact of using an inefficient IC system and build your business case for implementing an industry standard solution around it.
SOX and it’s equivalents (EFPIA code) require companies to establish, document and adhere to internal financial controls and proactively report on any gaps. The primary objective of compliance is to increase financial transparency and accountability by assigning responsibility to executive leadership and board members.
In the third part of this series, we will discuss the other aspect of the centralization process. HQ prefers to create a global incentive compensation plan design and structure. This may be considered as taking a “framework” approach from which regions and countries may pick from a menu of plan components.
In this part of the IC Centralization series, we will focus on the strategy to create a global incentive compensation plan framework and drive the design process from HQ.
In recent times we have seen an increase in calls for greater geographic centralization in the Incentive Compensation function within global pharmaceutical companies. The aim generally is to strive towards HQ driven incentive compensation administration and defragment IC management across geographies within the organization.
Aurochs Software launches its Quota Setting solution- a self-service module that helps pharmaceutical companies to efficiently set sales targets for their sales force.
Incentive Compensation plan operational strategy needs to be reviewed regularly. Many companies rely on excel spreadsheets or home-grown script based solutions to manage their salesforce incentive compensation programs. These solutions are generally preferred because of familiarity and perception of control without necessarily understanding the associated limitations.
Every incentive cycle, sales leadership and the operations teams face a difficult job of setting fair but challenging quotas. As a company, you want your sales team to meet their quotas but also push the envelope to achieve growth. Quotas play a big role in motivating sales reps to achieve broader strategic business objectives.
IC Management reports should be a compulsory fixture in your ongoing ICM process. Management can identify subtle motivational issues with the existing plan and support the sales leadership in course correction using such reports. Such timely tweaks to the IC plan/sales communication/quotas, etc can help ensure your IC plan is always performing at peak capacity.
Are IC exceptions slowing down and complicating your IC process? Is your current IC system only meet the basic needs while exceptions usually are managed with the help of manual processes and adjustments? This blogpost talks about some of the commonly seen exceptions in the pharmaceutical industry that your IC system should be able to handle out-of-the-box.