You are a department manager for a distribution team that packages and ships products from a warehouse location to fulfill customer orders. Your company has been acquired by a larger firm. The new owners are requesting that each department manager prepare a master budget for the upcoming year and submit it for approval. The submission must include a written justification of the requested amount and at least one risk mitigation action to control or reduce costs. The information available to meet this request includes:
Using the information provided, as well as relevant economic data researched independently, make decisions about:
From your decisions, prepare a master budget for the upcoming year in Excel. Then, prepare a written justification, memo-style, for the budget that discusses your decisions and the rationale for each. Include support for your decisions from your analysis of the data and the financial and operational metrics (historical and expected) as well as at least one external economic or industry source. In the justification memo, include one visual (chart, graph, etc.) created from the data. The purpose and type of visual selected should be based on the data being highlighted. Examples include a summary pie chart of the total budget, a bar chart comparing the department’s historical metrics to the expected metrics with the new budget, or costs across time to implement the efficiency project using the recommended financing options. Submit an Excel file with the new master budget and a justification memo with embedded visual.