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.
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 Partners in Performance 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 Partners in Performance was the ability to see sustainable results and the importance put on unleashing potential professionally and personally within employees and our clients.
When recommending to prospective candidates, I always focus on my colleagues. 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 Partners in Performance 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 a 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, I’ve had the opportunity to help deliver some incredible results for our clients, including two I’m really proud of:
As part of a 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.
Masters in Engineering Ecology from the National Technical University of Ukraine
Prior to joining Partners in Performance, I had very broad experience in operation management and LEAN manufacturing, and I wanted to share that experience with other people, other firms, and other industries. Partners in Performance gives me the opportunity to do this. Since joining Partners in Performance, operations management has become a way of life. I opened myself up to new industries, new management approaches, and new obstacles. This unleashes my potential!
Over my first year, I became exposed to very straight-forward methodology that is succinct and results focused. It helped me to get exactly where the dollar was and create the most value for the client. For example, a simple but very powerful tool – the Value Driver Tree – helped me to identify over $20m in savings opportunities at an ore processing company.
I find myself very comfortable around technically minded people, with a high-focus on delivering results and managing the best out of every team and every situation. Partners in Performance is open to new people management approaches and allows you to get involved in them. It is not about the machines, it is about people!
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.
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 offered at Partners in Performance, as well as by its 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 Partners in Performance 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. I have travelled to place and seen things that most people never have the opportunity to experience. I’d recommend Partners in Performance 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 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.
BSc (Chem Eng) (University of the Witwatersrand) and an MBA (Henley Management College).
Partners in Performance 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. It 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 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 Partners in Performance?
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. 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” us) 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 the 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 Partners in Performance environment / why you’d recommend Partners in Performance?
I like the variety and pace of consulting, and found a good fit with the Latam 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, Partners in Performance 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 Engineering degree (First-class Honours)
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.
Mark has an MBA from the University of Oxford and a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from the University of Cape Town.
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.