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 Partners in Performance 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. Partners in Performance gave me all of this whilst still delivering real, measurable results to the client.
Since I’ve joined, I’ve been exposed to most 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 Partners in Performance as an Associate five years ago and I am now an Associate Principal. I love it for the innovative spirit that continually enables it to meet clients’ needs; the interesting work that fosters learning experiences 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.
It is a place to meet and work with outstanding people who are fun to work with. Being part of Partners in Performance or 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.
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 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 Partners in Performance does. The most frequent word I heard, 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 Partners in Performance ; that’s why I love working here.
In my 12 months 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 the values, which aren’t just skin deep but really do form the basis to how people behave and act on an everyday basis, makes it 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.
Partners in Performance 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.
Partners in Performance 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 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 it 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. It is a place where your performance determines your success.
I love to travel and 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.
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 Partners in Performance, the more it seemed to be offering everything that I was looking for. It 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 Partners in Performance 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 colleagues and clients. Succeeding together with others is a very fulfilling experience.
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. Partners in Performance 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 Partners in Performance 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.
It 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 see the value-add, helping people with implementation and empowering them to do it again.
an MBA from the University of Cape Town (2013) (with distinction)
Two Master’s from McMaster University in Canada: in Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering, and in Entrepreneurship and Business
Partners in Performance promotes camaraderie, compassion, and teamwork to get the job done. This makes it a one-of-a-kind place to work in the consulting industry.