Case Study

Forecasting Financial Performance with Machine Learning for $10B Oil & Gas Organization

"Developed methodology to increase forecast accuracy and manage costs​"


  • Client’s Financial Planning and Analysis (FP&A) team executed a monthly forecasting exercise largely dependent on qualitative inputs from sales and executive leadership ​
  • Leadership was concerned with the poor forecast accuracy and wanted to identify opportunities for improvement​
  • The challenge for the forecasting team was identifying the operational factors driving revenue and costs across various data sets​
  • FP&A leadership asked SLKone for process and systems improvement opportunities to increase forecast accuracy

Bespoke Solutions

  • Executed working sessions with key FP&A stakeholders to understand the process, systems, and data gaps​
  • Established baseline forecast accuracy metrics based on historical performance​
  • Aggregated operational data from across the business ​
  • Developed methodology leveraging random forest to identify natural split points which can more confidently predict revenue and cost targets​
  • Trained a forecast model using vector auto regression based on the variables from the random forest exercise​

Leading With Results

  • 90%+ predictive accuracy at three months for a significant cost line item based on an operational metric allowing the management team to better control costs before they were incurred​
  • Defined limits and guard rails that would allow managers to view operational metrics and identify areas of concern for future financial performance
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