Meet the PIPers

Our people are what set us apart.

Mohamed

Auckland, New Zealand

Soccer coach, outdoor adventurist, and PIP Principal

Principal

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.

Renat

Brisbane, Australia

Astronomer, tables tennis king, and PIP Manager

Manager

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.

Dimitri

Houston, Texas

18 years of experience in operational improvement and line management....

Associate Principal

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:

  • Achieving tens of millions of dollars of throughput improvement for a medium-sized copper mine
  • Reorganising and improving the effectiveness of a television sales force
  • Saving over $20m in costs for a gold-mining company in three months

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. 

Christine

Johannesburg, South Africa

Group fitness enthusiast, wine connoisseur and PIP Manager

Manager

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.

José

São Paulo, Brazil

24 years of experience in both management consulting and line management in Brazil...

Associate Principal

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.

Xavier

São Paulo, Brazil

Multi-lingual, sailor and PIP Associate Principal

Associate Principal

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.

PIPer Profile

Alexander

Role: Associate Principal
Home base: Moscow, Russia
Education: BA in Economics from Moscow State University with a high distinction

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."