2014 List of Strategy Consulting Firms in Sydney

The definitive 2014 List of Strategy Consulting Firms in Sydney

2014 List of Strategy Consulting Firms in Sydney

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Below is our 2014 list of strategy consulting firms in Sydney.

This list will be of interest to you if you live in Sydney (or you would like to live in Sydney), and:

  1. you want to become a strategy consultant, or
  2. your company, non-profit or government agency is looking for quality strategy advice.

The firms on the 2014 list are:

  1. Nous Group
  2. Pacific Strategy Partners
  3. Port Jackson Partners
  4. Crescendo Partners
  5. Momentum Partners
  6. Second Road
  7. Pottinger
  8. Bain
  9. BCG
  10. McKinsey
  11. Accenture
  12. Archstone Consulting
  13. A.T. Kearney
  14. The Birchman Group
  15. CVA
  16. Deloitte
  17. Edgar, Dunn & Company
  18. Frost & Sullivan
  19. FTI Consulting
  20. L.E.K. Consulting
  21. Oliver Wyman
  22. Partners in Performance
  23. Peppers & Rogers Group
  24. PwC
  25. Simon Kuch & Partners
  26. Strategy&
  27. The Hackett Group

1. Australian Strategy Consulting Firms

1. Nous Group

Website: nousgroup.com.au

Founded in 1999 by Tim Orton (ex-McKinsey), Nous Group has grown to be one of Australia’s most influential strategy firms. Nous has offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra, Adelaide, Perth and Manila and a workforce of 150 people that includes ex-senior bureaucrats and business people.

In 2013, Nous Group was voted one of Australia’s great workplaces in the BRW Best Places to Work 2013 Awards.

Nous is best known for its ethos of creating positive influence and using bold thinking to solve complex societal and business challenges. Nous service lines include business strategy, public policy, leadership & people development, organisational capability, and information management & technology.

2. Pacific Strategy Partners

Website: pacificstrategy.com.au

Founded in 2003, Pacific Strategy Partners has offices in Sydney and Melbourne.

Pacific Strategy Partners develops practical solutions by deploying low leveraged teams guided by deep Director expertise. Services include Strategy Development, Operational Improvement, and Transaction Support.

3. Port Jackson Partners

Website: pjpl.com.au

Founded in 1991 by Terrey Arcus and Fred Hilmer, two former Directors of McKinsey. Port Jackson Partners is a boutique consultancy firm based in Sydney.

PJP is a consulting firm providing advice to CEOs, Boards and senior managers to help them set corporate direction, define business strategies and develop their organisations. PJP’s Australian clients come from a diverse range of industries and are typically top 100 listed companies, but a few are large government owned corporations. PJP focuses on helping companies with strategy and organisation.

4. Crescendo Partners

Website: crescendopartners.com.au

Crescendo Partners is based in Sydney and has extensive experience providing value to clients across the globe.

Crescendo Partners is an elite high value consulting, advisory and private equity firm. Services include strategy consulting, M&A support, capital raising, and private equity investment.

5. Momentum Partners

Website: momentumpartners.com.au

Founded in 2003, Momentum Partners has offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth.

Momentum’s vision is to become the leading independent consultancy in Australia providing the highest quality consulting services which integrate three key elements of organisational change: strategy, operations and people. Clients include public and governmental organisations, private companies ranging from large global corporations to small, fast growing start-ups.

6. Second Road

Website: secondroad.com.au

Second Road is based in Sydney.

Second Road is a Strategy & Innovation firm unlocking and empowering imagination and intelligence.

7. Pottinger

Website: pottinger.com

Based in Sydney, Pottinger has experience working globally and provides a range of services including M&A advisory, strategic consulting, as well as policy and strategic analytics.

2. Global Strategy Consulting Firms

8. Bain & Company

Website: bain.com

Founded in 1973 when Bill Bain and others left BCG to form Bain & Company. Bain has 50 offices worldwide including Sydney, Singapore, Hong Kong, Bombay, New Delhi, Johannesburg, London, Toronto, New York, and San Francisco.

Bain helps to transform companies into sharper, smarter, better versions of themselves. Bain’s mission is to help management teams create such high levels of economic value that together Bain and its clients can redefine their respective industries.

9. BCG

Website: bcg.com

Founded in 1963 by Bruce Henderson, BCG has offices in 61 cities worldwide including Sydney, Singapore, Hong Kong, Bombay, New Delhi, Johannesburg, London, Toronto, New York, and San Francisco.

BCG is a global management consulting firm and a leading advisor on business strategy. BCG partners with clients from the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors in all regions to identify their highest-value opportunities, address their most critical challenges, and transform their enterprises.

10. McKinsey

Website: mckinsey.com

Founded in Chicago in 1926, McKinsey is arguably the world’s most prestigious consulting firm. McKinsey has 106 offices worldwide including Sydney, Singapore, Hong Kong, Bombay, Johannesburg, London, Toronto, New York, and San Francisco.

McKinsey is a global management consulting firm and trusted advisors to the world’s leading businesses, governments, and institutions.

11. Accenture

Website: accenture.com

Founded in 1989, Accenture has offices in more than 200 cities in 56 countries worldwide including Sydney, Singapore, Hong Kong, Bombay, New Delhi, Johannesburg, London, Toronto, New York, and San Francisco.

Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company. Accenture has capabilities across all industries and business functions, conducts extensive research on the world’s most successful companies, and collaborates with clients to help them become high-performance businesses and governments.

12. Archstone Consulting

Website: archstoneconsulting.com

Archstone has 12 offices worldwide including Sydney, Hyderabad, London, New York, and San Franscisco.

Archstone offers a range of services including business strategy, technology services, outsourcing, and supply chain management.

13. A.T. Kearney

Website: atkearney.com

Founded in 1926, A.T. Kearney has 59 offices in 40 coutries worldwide including Sydney, Singapore, Hong Kong, Bombay, New Delhi, London, Toronto, New York, and San Francisco.

A.T. Kearney’s services include strategy, innovation, sales & marketing, operations, strategic IT, and procurement.

14. The Birchman Group

Website: thebirchmangroup.com

Birchman has 9 offices worldwide including Sydney, Johannesburg, and London.

Birchman is an international company that provides Consulting, Solution Delivery and Managed Services to many of the world’s leading organisations. Birchman provides six core services: Value Management, Business Change, Software Development, Enterprise Applications, IT Advisory, and Business Advisory.

15. CVA

Website: corporate-value.com

Founded in 1987, CVA has 17 offices worldwide including Sydney, Singapore, Hong Kong, London, and Boston.

CVA is a global strategy boutique which has experience across a broad range of industries including Telecom Media & Technology, Financial Services, Private Equity, and Mining Metals & Materials.

16. Deloitte

Website: deloitte.com

Founded in 1893 in the U.S., Deloitte has a strong global presence including offices in Sydney, Singapore, Hong Kong, Bombay, New Delhi, Johannesburg, London, Toronto, New York, and San Francisco.

Although offering a large number of accounting services, Deloitte also has a consulting practice. Deloitte Consulting offers a broad range of services including Pricing & Profitability Management, Enterprise Cost Management, M&A, Enterprise Sustainability, Finance Transformation, Governance Risk & Regulatory, Health Care Reform, and Infrastructure Transformation.

17. Edgar, Dunn & Company

Website: edgardunn.com

Founded in 1978 in the U.S., Edgar, Dunn & Company has 6 offices worldwide including Sydney, Singapore, London, and San Francisco.

EDC is an independent strategy consulting firm that was founded on two fundamental principles of client service:

  • Provide deep expertise that enhances clients’ perspectives, and
  • Deliver actionable advice that enables clients to create measurable, sustainable change in their organisations.

EDC is recognised among the world’s pre-eminent experts in the payments industry. Additional areas of expertise include new financial services channels, technologies and markets, retail financial services, and e-business

18. Frost & Sullivan

Website: frost.com

Frost & Sullivan employs 1,800 analysts, growth consultants, and visionaries across 40 offices worldwide including Sydney.

Frost & Sullivan works with Global 1000 companies to help them accelerate growth and achieve best-in-class positions in growth, innovation and leadership.

19. FTI Consulting

Website: fticonsulting.co.uk

Founded in 1982, FTI Consulting has offices in 26 countries on six continents, including an office in Sydney.

FTI Consulting is a global business advisory firm that provides multidisciplinary solutions to address complex challenges and opportunities.

20. L.E.K. Consulting

Website: lek.com

Founded in 1983 in London, L.E.K. has 22 offices worldwide including Sydney, Singapore, Bombay, New Delhi, London, New York, and San Francisco.

L.E.K. is a global strategy consulting firm that counsels clients on key strategic issues, leveraging deep industry expertise and using analytical rigor to help them make informed decisions more quickly and solve their toughest and most critical business problems. L.E.K. has expertise in a broad range of industries and has a range of capabilities including Strategy, Shareholder Value Management, Mergers & Acquisitions support, Operations & Organisation and Marketing & Sales.

21. Oliver Wyman

Website: oliverwyman.com

Founded in New York in 1984, Oliver Wyman has offices in 50+ cities worldwide including Sydney, Singapore, Hong Kong, Bombay, New Delhi, London, Toronto, New York, and San Francisco.

Oliver Wyman is a leading global management consulting firm that combines deep industry knowledge with specialised expertise in strategy, operations, risk management, and organisation transformation. As part of Marsh & McLennan Companies, Oliver Wyman is also able to draw on experts from its sister companies in the areas of brand and identity management, microeconomics, human capital strategies, and insurance.

22. Partners in Performance

Website: pipint.com.au

PIP has 9 offices worldwide including Sydney, Johannesburg, Toronto, and Atlanta.

PIP identifies and delivers performance improvement to industrial, resources and services companies, using a specialist team and a hands-on approach. PIP has three divisions: Resultant®, Transaction Services and Investment. The Resultant® Division works as business coaches applying practical frameworks to address issues including strategy, procurement, revenues, bottlenecking, costs, safety, environment, and organisational culture. The Transaction Services Division provides commercial due diligence for potential investment opportunities. The Investment Division looks for situations where PIP can improve the performance of an organisation through both financial and operational assistance.

23. Peppers & Rogers Group

Website: peppersandrogersgroup.com

Founded in 1993 by Don Peppers and Martha Rogers, Ph.D., PRG has 9 offices worldwide including Sydney, Singapore, Johannesburg, and Stamford Connecticut.

PRG is a management consulting firm recognised as a leading authority and thought leader on customer-based strategies and underlying business initiatives. PRG has particular expertise in the following industries: Financial Services, Government, Telecommunications, and Airlines.

24. PwC

Website: pwc.com

Founded in 1998 out of the merger of Price Waterhouse and Coopers & Lybrand, PwC has historical roots going back around 150 years. PwC operates in over 150 countries worldwide including offices in Sydney, Singapore, Hong Kong, Bombay, New Delhi, Johannesburg, London, Toronto, New York, and San Francisco.

PwC owns Strategy& (formerly Booz & Co).

25. Simon Kuch & Partners

Website: simon-kucher.com

Founded in 1985, SKP has 27 offices worldwide including Sydney, Singapore, London, Toronto, New York, and San Francisco.

SKP is a global management consulting firm focusing on strategy, marketing, pricing and sales.

26. Strategy&

Website: strategyand.pwc.com

Founded in Chicago in 1914 by Edwin G. Booz. In 2008, Strategy& (formerly Booz & Co) separated its operations from the U.S. Government consulting business. That company retained the name Booz Allen Hamilton. In 2009, Booz combined with U.S.-based management consultancy Katzenbach Partners, a leader in organisational performance. In 2012, Axon Advisory Partners joined Booz to launch Booz Digital, a full-service team of strategists, designers, and technologists who help companies turn ideas into digital businesses. In 2014, Booz & Co was acquired by PwC and its name was changed to Strategy&.

Strategy& has around 57 offices worldwide including Sydney, Hong Kong, Bombay, New Delhi, London, New York, and San Francisco.

Strategy& is a leading global management consulting firm focused on serving and shaping the senior agenda of the world’s leading institutions. Strategy& works with its clients to identify and build the differentiating capabilities they need to outperform, and has experience across a broad range of industries including high technology, finance, and consumer products.

27. The Hackett Group

Website: thehackettgroup.com

Founded in 1991, The Hackett Group has global offices in the United States, Europe and the Asia Pacific including Sydney.

The Hackett Group (NASDAQ: HCKT), a global strategic business advisory and operations improvement consulting firm, is a leader in best practice advisory, business benchmarking, and transformation consulting services including strategy and operations, working capital management, and globalization advice.

Strategy and general business consulting firms in Australia 2012

[Last Updated: 31 May 2012]

THE list of strategy and general business consulting firms is part of the full list of consulting firms in Australia:

Tier One – Global

1. Bain
2. BCG
3. McKinsey

Tier One – Australian

4. Nous Group
5. Pacific Strategy Partners
6. Port Jackson Partners

Classic – Global

7. Accenture
8. A.T. Kearney
9. Booz Allen Hamilton
10. The Birchman Group
11. Deloitte
12. LEK
13. Oliver Wyman
14. PwC

Classic – Australian

15. Crescendo Partners
16. Momentum Partners
17. Oyster Consulting
18. SMT Consulting

1. Bain & Company

Website: www.bain.com

Founded in 1973 when Bill Bain and others left BCG to form Bain & Company. Bain operates in 47 offices across 30 countries. In Ausralia, Bain operates out of Sydney, Melbourne and Perth.

Bain is well-known for offering services like due diligence, IPO preparation, portfolio profit improvement and revenue enhancement geared toward leveraged buyout and venture capital firms.

2. BCG

Website: www.bostonconsulting.com.au

Founded in 1963 by Bruce Henderson, BCG operates in more than 75 offices worldwide. In Australia, BCG operates out of Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne and Perth.

BCG specialises in business strategy and draws most of its clients from the 500 largest corporations worldwide, as well as working with smaller companies, non-profit organisations and government agencies.

3. McKinsey

Website: www.mckinsey.com.au

Founded in Chicago in 1926, McKinsey remains one of the world’s most prestigious consulting firms. It is worth noting that, as at May 2012, McKinsey continues to receive negative publicity due to the ongoing Rajat Gupta insider trading scandal. It is still unclear what the ultimate impact of the scandal will be on McKinsey’s brand. McKinsey operates in 98 locations worldwide. In Australia, McKinsey operates out of Sydney and Melbourne.

McKinsey works internationally in a broad range of industries with large private sector institutions, governments and other non-profit institutions.

4. Nous Group

Website: www.nousgroup.com.au

Founded in 1999 by Tim Orton (ex-McKinsey), Nous Group has grown to be one of Australia’s most influential strategy firms. In 2012, the BRW Client Choice Awards named Nous “best management consulting firm in Australia” including most innovative firm and best client outcomes from across the professional services sector. Nous has offices in Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra, Perth, Adelaide and Manila and a workforce of 150 people that includes some of Australia’s leading critical thinkers, ex senior bureaucrats and business people.

Nous is best known for its ethos to create positive influence and use bold thinking to solve complex societal and business challenges. Nous service lines include business strategy, public policy, leadership & people development, organisational capability, and information management & technology.

5. Pacific Strategy Partners

Website: www.pacificstrategy.com.au

Founded in 2003, Pacific Strategy Partners has offices in Sydney and Melbourne.

Pacific Strategy Partners deploys low leveraged teams to provide clients with Strategy Development, Operational Improvement, and Transaction Support.

6. Port Jackson Partners

Website: www.pjpl.com.au

Founded in July 1991 by Terrey Arcus and Fred Hilmer to counsel the CEOs of select corporations. PJP is a boutique consultancy firm based in Sydney.

PJP’s Australian clients come from a diverse range of industries (e.g. financial sector, service industry, and industrial sector) and are typically top 100 listed companies, but a few are large government owned corporations. PJP focuses on helping companies with strategy and organisation.

7. Accenture

Website: www.accenture.com

Established in 1989, Accenture has offices in more than 200 cities in 54 countries. In Australia, Accenture operates in Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney.

Accenture offers management consulting services covering finance & performance management, talent & organisation performance, strategy, customer relationship management, and supply chain management.

8. A.T. Kearney

Website: www.atkearney.com

Founded in 1926, A.T. Kearney operates across 57 locations world wide. In Australia, A.T. Kearney operates out of Sydney and Melbourne.

A.T. Kearney’s mission is to help the world’s leading corporations gain and sustain a competitive advantage, and to achieve profound, tangible results for its clients. Services offered include complexity management, enterprise transformation, operations, procurement solutions, strategic information technology, strategy and sustainability.

9. Booz Allen Hamilton

Website: www.boozallen.com

Founded in Chicago in 1914 by Edwin G. Booz, BAH operates in 115 offices across six continents. In Ausralia, BAH operates out of Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane, and Canberra.

BAH has its main area of expertise in strategy and technology consulting, working in both the commercial and government sectors.

10. The Birchman Group

Website: www.thebirchmangroup.com

The Birchman Group operates across 7 countries. In Australia, Birchman operates in Sydney, Perth, Brisbane, Melbourne, Canberra, and Adelaide.

The Birchman Group provides six core services: value management, business advisory, IT advisory, enterprise applications, software development, and business change.

11. Deloitte

Website: www.deloitte.com

Founded in 1893 in the US, Deloitte has a strong global presence and operates in all capital cities of Australia.

Although offering a large number of accounting services, Deloitte also has a consulting practice. The consulting practice offers HR, outsourcing, strategy & operations, and technology consulting.

12. LEK Consulting

Website: lekconsulting.com.au

Founded in 1983, LEK operates in 20 offices worldwide. LEK has offices in Sydney, Melbourne and Auckland.

LEK’s portfolio of services draws on its core capabilities of research, benchmarking, modelling, analysis and strategy development to help companies determine the best way forward.

13. Oliver Wyman

Website: www.oliverwyman.com

Founded in New York in 1984, Oliver Wyman operates in 60 offices across 23 countries. In Australia, Oliver Wyman operates out of Sydney.

Services offered by Oliver Wyman include business transformation, organisation & leadership, finance & risk, marketing & sales, operations & technology, and strategy.

14. PwC

Website: www.pwc.com

Created in 1998 out of the merger of Price Waterhouse and Coopers & Lybrand, PwC has historical roots going back some 150 years.  PwC  operates in 159 countries worldwide. In Australia, PwC has offices in Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Newcastle, Perth, Sydney and Townsville.

PwC provides assurance, advisory and tax services. PwCs consulting arm indicates that “people engage PricewaterhouseCoopers to help them design, manage and execute lasting change.”

15. Crescendo Partners

Website: www.crescendopartners.com.au

Crescendo Partners is based in Sydney and has extensive experience providing value to clients across the globe.

Crescendo Partners is an elite high value consulting, advisory and private equity firm. Services include strategy consulting, M&A support, capital raising, and private equity investment.

16. Momentum Partners

Website: www.momentumpartners.com.au

Founded in 2003, Momentum Partners has offices in Sydney, Adelaide and Perth.

Services include strategy, operational performance, organisational effectiveness, corporate advisory, business systems and processes. Momentum has consulted to thousands of different organisations across more than 50 countries. Clients include public and governmental organisations, private companies ranging from large global corporations to small, fast growing start-ups.

17. Oyster Consulting

Website: www.oysterconsulting.com

Oyster Consulting is based in Perth.

Oyster Consulting has strong resource industry experience, and offers a range of services including corporate strategy and business planning, business analysis, services optimisation, business improvement, and organisational design services.

18. SMT Consulting

Website: www.smt.com.au

SMT is located in Sydney and Melbourne.

SMT Consulting is a specialist provider of supply chain and logistics services.

List of consulting firms in Australia

AN IMPORTANT step towards obtaining a job in a consulting firm is to create a target list of firms that you would like to work for. This can be a very time consuming process.

With the view to saving you a couple of hours, I have prepared a list of consulting firms operating in Australia. This is not an exhaustive list, so if I have overlooked any good consulting firms (I have), let me know.

To make it easier to find the consulting firm you are looking for, consulting firms have been grouped in one of four categories: Strategy and general business, Human resources, Information technology, and Sustainability. Where a consultancy could have been placed under more than one heading, I have placed under the heading I thought was most relevant.

Although some of the consulting firms listed below operate internationally, I have created this list specifically for Australia, but don’t despair! I intend to create specific lists for other countries, for example, India, the UK, USA, Singapore, and China. I plan to do this over the next few months.

Of all the firms I looked at, I have only included the ones that appeared to be of good quality. If you have used any of these firms, please let everyone know what you thought of them – the good and the bad.

Since there are quite a few firms, I have broken the list down into four categories:

  1. Strategy and general business consulting
  2. HR (human resources) consulting
  3. IT (information technology) consulting
  4. Sustainability consulting