Master's in Engineering (First-Class Honours) in Electrical and Electronics and Bachelor of Engineering (Honours and Ardmore Scholar) from the University of Auckland
Prior to joining PIP I didn’t know much about management consulting but I wanted to gain exposure to as many different sectors and challenges as possible, learn different ways of doing things and work with great people. PIP gave me all of this whilst still delivering real, measurable results to the client.
Since I’ve joined, I’ve been exposed to most of PIP’s engagement approaches. These have included:
Delivering over 10 Rigorous Optimisation of Capital Expenditure (ROCX) engagements in Mining and Oil and Gas, with a combined capital expenditure (capex) reduction of approximately $2bn
Delivering oveAU$200m in sourcing savings in shipping and logistics, sub-contractors, labour, drilling material, equipment, and parts and construction.
I joined PIP as an Associate five years ago and I am now an Associate Principal. I love PIP for its innovative spirit that continually enables it to meet clients’ needs; the interesting work that fosters learning experiences for PIPers and the fact that we have become a global firm that is still growing. I had the opportunity to work with our clients in Australasia, North America and various countries in Central and South America.
PIP is a place to meet and work with outstanding people who are fun to work with. Being part of PIP or a client team, and working together in partnership, is rewarding. And achieving the right results and seeing the client smiling, really does have a special satisfaction to it.
Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Chemical Engineering from Queen’s University and an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business at University of Western Ontario
I joined PIP after completing my MBA and having come from an operational background before going back to school, I realised the importance of having people drive strategy and improvement initiatives through completion. Additionally, I was looking for a company that would challenge me and allow me the opportunity to grow and develop. As such, the draw for me to PIP was the ability to see sustainable results and the importance put on unleashing potential professionally and personally within PIPers and our clients.
When recommending PIP to prospective candidates, I always focus on my fellow PIPers. I love the fact that I am challenged daily by my peers to be my best and ensure we are consistently delivering value to our clients. Additionally, I love that I am given the opportunities to demonstrate my abilities to deliver and grow into my next role.
Supply Chain Management post-grad at the IEEC University and earned Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from UCA (Pontifical Catholic University of Argentina)
At PIP I get to influence people, to coach them on how to work better and focus on achieving visible results. Quite simply it’s better than any previous role I’ve held.
I’m part of PIP’s Latin American team – an incredible group of top-performing people. I learn from them and our clients on a daily basis, not just professionally but also personally. We’re all from such a diverse array of cultures and backgrounds and really support one another. Everyone has something unique and special to bring to the table.
Since starting at PIP, I’ve had the opportunity to help deliver some incredible results for our clients, including two I’m really proud of:
As part of PIP’s dynamic team, I’ve worked across multiple countries with a diverse range of clients and cultures. I love that you can see the real fruits of your labour in the field, and practically – not theoretically.
Master’s and Bachelor’s degree in Applied Mathematics and Physics from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology
There is a popular joke about consulting in Russia. The rabbits were suffering a lot of threats in the forest. They decided to ask the owl for help. After a while the owl came up with a perfectly wise solution – rabbits should become hedgehogs because they’re too prickly to get hurt. The rabbits thanked the owl but on their way home it hit them that they have no idea how to become hedgehogs. So they went back and asked the owl how they could actually make this transformation. The owl simply answered: “I have no clue. I don’t do solutions, I do strategy”.
This story is contrary to what PIP does. The most frequent word I heard about PIP, prior to joining, was: “results”. And when I started working here I saw that all those words about a constant focus on results were true. That’s why I joined PIP; that’s why I love working here.
In my 12 months at PIP it’s unbelievable how much I've been exposed to, including one engagement I am particularly proud of, how we helped a Russian gold mine achieve almost 60% increase in production.
The value in what we help our clients achieve is simply infectious. This, coupled with PIP’s values, which aren’t just skin deep but really do form the basis to how people behave and act on an everyday basis, makes PIP a great place to work. It’s one of the many things that make us a great team, and allow us to constantly deliver high-quality results.
PIP unleashes not only the potential of the client’s people but also that of its own people. I continue to grow both professionally and personally while working with different people across different cultures.
Master’s in Business Administration and Bachelor’s in Commerce (Honours) from the University of Ottawa
Coming out of my MBA I wanted a career that would allow me to apply everything I’d learned in the real world.
PIP captured my attention with their focus on implementation and delivering actual results. I found it was the perfect finishing school to follow an MBA.
In the six years since joining PIP I’ve worked in 12 different industries, across Canada, USA, South Africa, Northern Africa and all over Australia. My work has helped clients realise over $300m in operational improvements and $250m in capital expenditure (capex) reductions.
And because PIP is a firm that truly promotes based on the results you achieve, not the number of grey hairs you have, I’ve been able to advance from Senior Associate to Associate Principal in just five years. PIP is a place where your performance determines your success.
I love to travel and since working for PIP I’ve had the opportunity to work across the globe – I’ve enjoyed living in Sydney, Rocky Mountain Ski Resort towns, my home town – and now a tropical island.
Working with high-calibre people really challenges you to be on the top of your game and helps you refine how you see and approach complex problems – the constant learning and problem solving really makes the job fun on a day-to-day basis.
Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical) from University of Sydney (First-Class Hons) and graduate of Stanford University’s Advanced Project Management course
I was interested in the diversity of the experiences offered at PIP, as well as by PIP’s focus on tangible results. I was also excited by the prospect of working with interesting, intelligent and motivated people.
I’ve worked with a diverse range of clients in some very interesting places. I’ve identified significant cost savings opportunities in a number of different industries, from mining to food manufacturing, I’ve helped clients think differently about their business, and to change the culture of the organisation so as to be focused on delivering results.
I enjoy working for PIP because of the variety of people I get to work with, the places that I get to visit and the business issues I get to work on. Working for PIP, you travel to places and see things that most people never have the opportunity to experience. I’d recommend PIP to those who are keen to get hands-on consulting experience, in the front line of solving operational problems.
MBA from INSEAD and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics (cum laude) from Harvard University
Several years ago I found myself leaving an operating role where I had the responsibility of closing down a business after six exciting, yet challenging, years as the general manager. In thinking of the next steps, I was torn between searching for a different operating role that would provide another valuable experience, and a consulting role offering all the intellectual stimulation and the diversity of experiences I had enjoyed at the start of my career in strategy consulting. The more I learned about PIP, the more it seemed to be offering everything that I was looking for. PIP has not disappointed.
In addition to developing a wonderful management skill set, I have participated meaningfully in numerous client success stories:
One of the things I love about PIP is our relentless focus on results. It leads to a healthy, team effort to help the client improve as much as possible and, ironically, translates into less stress than I have experienced in other roles.
I also appreciate the rewarding relationships that I have developed with both PIPers and clients. Succeeding together with others is a very fulfilling experience.
MBA from the Kellogg School of Management Diploma in Strategic Management from Universidad Francisco De Vitoria and a Bachelor of Industrial Engineering from Universidad Anáhuac México Norte
Why did you choose PIP?
I chose PIP because I was immediately captivated by how smart, friendly and down-to-earth everyone is.
What have you achieved since joining?
Since I joined PIP in July 2015, I have learned to listen to clients, to learn from them, establish good relationships to earn their trust, and roll up my sleeves to work side-by-side with them. I have also gained some invaluable lessons. First, always take a step back and make sure what you are going to deliver makes sense. Second, everyone has a specific role they need to perform for a team to work and achieve great results. Third, it is important to develop one strong insight/idea during brainstorming sessions rather than to jump in with multiple thoughts. Fourth, it makes a big difference to take the time to understand, not only the operational/financial situation of the client, but also the people, what matters to them, and the way things work.
Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering at the North West University
While in an operational role, I heard of Consultants working in exciting places, doing really cool things and I wanted to be one of them! I was very interested in management consulting but at the same time also scared that I would end up in an environment where there is a lot of talk and recommendations, but no real results or value. While working in the line, you are exposed to Consultants who arrive on-site, make recommendations and then leave. Nothing changes and the report of recommendations usually remains untouched. PIP caught my attention because of their strong focus on implementation, execution and the drive to really add value. Their reputation and slogan – “Rapid, sustainable results” made me think this is the place where I can do the exciting work and know that I have contributed to real value and results.
My time at PIP has been filled with a variety of experiences — several different clients, locations and problems which all contribute to invaluable exposure and personal growth. When working hand-in-hand with clients, coaching them throughout an engagement, you unleash your own potential as well as develop and empower others to achieve theirs. You leave a site with clients telling you that you changed their lives while knowing that you have personally grown significantly.
PIP is a place where you’ll have lots of fun with like-minded, interesting and smart people while being stretched to grow at a rapid pace. You ‘get down and dirty’ and actually see the value-add, helping people with implementation and empowering them to do it again.
MBA from IMD (Switzerland) and a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the Instituto Militar de Engenharia (Brazil)
aving both a consulting and an industrial background, PIP was the consulting firm I’ve been searching for for a long time. Making plans and insightful analysis is great, but it is very frustrating not to be able to implement them and generate the real results. PIP is the perfect combination of the thrill I had in industrial settings where I had the opportunity to see an idea be born, developed and implemented, with the management consulting intellectual challenge of doing this across several different geographies and industries.
In addition to generating results, at PIP we have an opportunity to coach and develop client personnel into better employees. For instance, I worked closely with support functions (maintenance and procurement) in an underground gold mine in Argentina and saw their transformation from a dysfunctional non-client-oriented organisation into effective results-driven departments.
PIP has a very open and friendly environment. People are genuinely interested in improving or, as we say it, Unleashing the Potential of their colleagues. I believe I learned more in the last 12 months at PIP than in my previous five years working in management consulting.
BSc (Chem Eng) (University of the Witwatersrand) and an MBA (Henley Management College).
PIP stood out as the company that was willing to go to clients, and to work with them, to address their issues — regardless of how difficult the circumstances and conditions were. PIP represented the meeting point of addressing challenging problems and implementing practical solutions that work, to change the world and environment in which we live and work.
I am always impressed by the incredible results that we achieve with clients, which shows the power of working together to achieve results. I have obtained an exposure to a wide variety of industries and the people “in the arena” who make them work.
I am always impressed how our clients go on to new ventures armed with their PIP experience. I have met and worked with interesting and capable people who are grounded in reality. The culture is courageous, confident and supportive, which enables you to achieve more than you, or your clients, thought possible.
Master’s of Mechanical Engineering from the DSAU (Ukraine), Diploma in Business Administration (JCUB, Australia), Diploma in Financial Strategy (Oxford University)
BA in Economics from Moscow State University with a high distinction
Two Master’s from McMaster University in Canada: in Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering, and in Entrepreneurship and Business
MBA from Macquarie Graduate School of Management (Australia) and a Bachelor of Industrial Engineering from the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Peru
Bachelor of Engineering from the University of São Paulo (USP) and studies at the Polytechnic University of Madrid
Engineering degrees from the Universities of Louvain and Cambridge and an MBA from INSEAD
Why did you choose PIP?
After my MBA I joined a strategy consulting firm. I learned a lot there, but sometimes I felt a bit far from the client’s reality. Then I took an operational role in a retail group: very hands on, but with daily operational priorities it was sometimes difficult to get quality thinking time and focus on mid-long term projects. At PIP, I feel I get the best of both worlds: working on high impact projects within a high potential group, but at the same time integrated in the operations, spending more time solving problems interacting with clients than building nice looking presentations.
What have you achieved since you joined?
As we focus on fast results, we normally start the projects with a 2-3 weeks diagnostic which has a triple objective: identify the improvement potential and the priorities, get to know the operational teams (and let them “test” PiP) and get alignment and buy-in on this potential. After doing that in different sectors, I am now more calibrated to find the sweet spot between ambitious and realistic and to set targets and timelines that we can jointly commit to.
I’ve implemented PIP’s Continuous Improvement methodology several times, each time witnessing the enthusiasm when the first ideas get approved and the satisfaction when the financial controllers validate the results tracking and confirm that those are sustainable.
Why you love the PIP environment / why you’d recommend PIP?
I like the variety and pace of consulting, and found a good fit with PIP Latam’s team. Consulting is not for everyone: the travelling and the time away takes a toll on family life, but for those who choose to do it, PIP is a great environment offering flexibility, the right amount of pressure, and great colleagues that quickly become friends and who are looking after each other.
Bachelor of Commerce (Distinction) from the University of New South Wales
I chose PIP because of its effective, down-to-earth approach for getting results. It is completely razor-focused with a nose for getting tangible results for the client. The kind of results that a CFO would sign off on, and a CEO would build into a budget.
Right from the start, PIP had a no-nonsense approach to recruiting – hard interviews, frank feedback. It was then that I realised PIP will help me to build better businesses – as opposed to just talking about it.
My greatest achievement is transitioning from someone who is great at solving a highly specific problem, with clear boundaries, to a person who can deliver in an unclear, ever-shifting situation dictated by people.
PIP has a small company culture, yet it is a top-tier consultancy. It is growing fast and I feel that I can really make a difference. It has a top-tier leadership team who really care about your individual growth. PIPers are a great bunch of people who are down-to-earth, humble and ambitious.
an MBA from the University of Cape Town (2013) (with distinction)
Nathan holds an MBA from Melbourne Business School, graduating with Dean’s List Honours. He also holds a combined Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) / Science from the University of Melbourne.
PIP promotes camaraderie, compassion, and teamwork to get the job done. This makes PIP a one-of-a-kind place to work in the consulting industry."