Manufacturing and Distribution

Today, the manufacturing and distribution industry faces unique and complex challenges on a global scale. Even smaller organizations must navigate suppliers, logistics, and regulations from different parts of the world. As organizations search for ways to drive innovation in how they design, produce, and deliver, they often struggle to implement those changes for long-lasting value.

These challenges also provide enormous opportunities for companies to see beyond the short-term challenges and position themselves for long-term success.

Protiviti partners with leaders to help them achieve greater confidence in these dynamic and ever-changing environments. We aim to better understand the unique strengths, risks, and opportunities of your organization and its future goals.

With the help of a tailored, multi-disciplinary team of professionals that fits your situation and company culture, we collaborate to build custom solutions that maximize your chances of success.

While the process is never simple, our goal is to help make you better equipped as you embrace the future.

2024 Top Risks in the Manufacturing and Distribution Industry

In an ever-evolving and rapidly changing business landscape for manufacturing and distribution organizations, executives and boards are challenged to navigate myriad risks, particularly as their businesses continue to play catch-up on numerous fronts in areas such as innovation and digital transformation.

Challenges and Opportunities Facing the Industry

At Protiviti, we continuously publish insights to address the volume and complexity of issues facing the Manufacturing and Distribution industry.

Our services to the Manufacturing and Distribution sector:

We help manufacturing and distribution organizations manage critical business challenges to help enable their future success. Here are some of the most pressing issues we are helping organizations to address.
Pro Document Stack

Cost and Performance Management

In today’s competitive global environment, the ability to make and manage smart capital investments, run efficient back-office operations, and manage cash flow are critical. We help you identify and implement cost management efforts that drive performance—in both good and more challenging times.


Sectors we serve

Protiviti’s cross-functional teams serve a large and diverse client base in the Manufacturing and Distribution industry.

Industrial Products

We help our clients face a range of modern challenges

From industrial machinery and aerospace and defense to construction and electrical equipment manufacturers, we help our clients face a range of modern challenges. These challenges include a more elastic workforce and digitally-enabled workplace, differentiated and resilient supply chains, secure distributed IT infrastructure and systems, leveraging IoT for Industry 4.0. and automating time-consuming and costly processes.

We help our clients face a range of modern challenges


Achieve greater confidence

For distributors, warehousing companies, and supply chain service providers, we support their goals of intelligent supply chain technologies and the use of data, cost-efficient processes, supply chain resiliency, and differentiated customer experiences.

Achieve greater confidence

Materials and Chemicals

Deliver solutions to address operational challenges

We serve a diverse array of clients in industrial and specialty chemicals, paints and adhesives, pesticide and fertilizers, building materials, glass, ceramic and concrete products, as well as pulp and paper, rubber and plastic, and wood products manufacturing. Our cross-functional teams deliver solutions to address operational challenges such as cost pressures, sourcing strategies, offshoring/nearshoring/onshoring decisions, as well as technology solutions to streamline decentralized systems and data and ESG disclosures.

Deliver solutions to address operational challenges

Featured insights


Nick Mckeehan
Nick is a Managing Director who serves as Protiviti’s Global Leader for Financial Reporting Remediation & Compliance services.  He has over 20 years of experience leading Finance Transformations, including: public company transitions, financial accounting ...
Sharon Lindstrom
Sharon is a Managing Director with over 30 years experience in providing audit and risk consulting services to companies primarily in the manufacturing industry. She leads Protiviti’s global Manufacturing and Distribution Industry team, supporting the pharma/life ...