Kerkhoff Consulting is the multiple award-winning quality leader of consultancies for purchasing, procurement and supply chain management. Kerkhoff Consulting was awarded the seal "Beste Berater" ("Best Consultancies") by the brand eins magazine in 2017, 2016, 2015 and 2014. In the years 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014 and 2013 Kerkhoff Consulting received the award "Top Consultant" in a nation-wide comparison of consultancies. In 2018, 2015, 2012 and 2009, the trade magazine CAPITAL voted Kerkhoff Consulting "Hidden Champion of the Consultancy Market". In 2017, 2013, 2011 and 2010, the business magazine Wirtschaftswoche bestowed on Kerkhoff Consulting the award "Best of Consulting" in the category of supply chain management.

 

The study "Hidden Champions of the Consulting Market", which is carried out every three years, examines which management consultancies in Germany are able to assert themselves in their special disciplines against the big players. The managers surveyed must therefore have worked with both the three champions and the hidden champion in recent years. For the fourth time in a row and for more than 10 years now, Kerkhoff Consulting has been able to establish itself as the best consulting company in its discipline.

With a market volume  of approx. € 30 billion in 2017, generated by approximately 16,000 consulting firms in Germany, 86 potential hidden champions were probed this year. 34 of them made it to the final round in the 13 disciplines and seven business sectors. Kerkhoff Consulting is thus one of only 22 hidden champions and the number 1 for SCM / Purchasing and Procurement.

Only a few smaller consulting firms are able to compete successfully with the big companies in the top segment of the consulting market. In the context of disruption and digitalisation, management consultants have to be persuasive as implementers, thinkers and analysts, according to the researchers.

The comprehensive study evaluates how management consultancies perform in the criteria that are most important for the selection of a management consultant. According to the findings of WGMB, these are specialist knowledge, industry knowledge, methodological knowledge, analytical skills, forward thinking, ability to implement, teamwork, communication skills, general reputation and price level.

Rated by:

  • 734 executives
  • from 526 companies from different industries,
  • 166 of them are executives in DAX30 companies,
  • a healthy 46 % of them hold positions in management and the executive board, and a
  • healthy 85% of the evaluating executives have budget responsibilities.


The study 'Hidden Champions', containing more than 150 pages, is very valuable to us, as it provides us with a mirror and objectively compares us directly with our competitors. For years now, we have investigated the details of the study results intensively in order to initiate improvements," says Managing Director Dirk Schäfer, who will be transferring from Kerkhoff Consulting to the executive board of the Kerkhoff Group at the end of the year and after 19 years.

Hans-Nicolai Hars, who will be managing director of Kerkhoff Consulting from January onwards, adds: "I am very much looking forward to make a successful consulting company, that offers its customers innovative digitisation solutions, even more successful. We, as consultants, also have to question ourselves again and again in order to provide innovative, convincing and reliable consulting services ".

2018 - Hidden Champion

CAPITAL


Apply? Impossible. A consulting firm cannot apply for the "Hidden Champion" award.

A Hidden Champion is active in the same consulting market as the champions McKinsey, BCG and Bain and he has to be better in his discipline than these "greats". He is "hidden" when he is comparatively unknown on the market as a whole and in comparison to big players. This result is based on a survey of 1,044 top management executives of German companies with an annual turnover of more than €1 billion.
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Die alle drei Jahre stattfindende Studie „Hidden Champions des Beratungsmarktes“ untersucht welche Unternehmensberatungen es in Deutschland schaffen, sich in Ihren Spezialdisziplinen gegen die großen Platzhirsche durchzusetzen. Die befragten Führungskräfte müssen daher in den vergangenen Jahren sowohl mit den drei Champions als auch mit dem Hidden Champion zusammengearbeitet haben. Zum vierten Mal in Folge und seit gut 10 Jahren hat sich Kerkhoff Consulting als beste Beratungsgesellschaft in ihrer Disziplin durchsetzen können.

Aus einem Marktvolumen in 2017 von ca. 30 Mrd. Euro, die die rund 16.000 Beratungsfirmen in Deutschland erwirtschaften, wurden in diesem Jahr 86 potenzielle Hidden Champions sondiert. 34 von Ihnen haben es in den 13 Fachdisziplinen und sieben Branchen in die Finalrunde geschafft. Kerkhoff Consulting ist damit einer von lediglich insgesamt 22 Hidden Champions und die Nummer 1 für SCM / Einkauf und Beschaffung.

Nur wenigen kleineren Beratungsunternehmen gelingt es, sich im Top-Segment des Beratungsmarktes erfolgreich mit den Großen zu messen. Im Zeichen von Disruption und Digitalisierung müssen Unternehmensberater vor allem als Umsetzer, Ideengeber und Analytiker überzeugen, so ein Fazit der Studienmacher.

Bewertet werden im Rahmen der umfangreichen Studie daher, wie sich die Unternehmensberatungen in den Kriterien schlagen, die für die Auswahl eines Managementberaters am wichtigsten sind. Dies sind nach Erkenntnissen der WGMB Fachwissen, Branchenkenntnisse, methodische Kenntnisse, analytische Fähigkeiten, Vordenkertum, Umsetzungsfähigkeit, Teamfähigkeit, Kommunikationsfähigkeit, allgemeines Ansehen und Preisniveau.

Bewertet haben:

  • 734 Führungskräfte
  • aus 526 Unternehmen unterschiedlicher Branchen,
  • 166 von ihnen sind Führungskräfte in DAX30-Unternehmen,
  • zu gut 46 % bekleiden sie Positionen in Geschäftsführung und Vorstand und zu
  • gut 85 % haben die bewertenden Führungskräfte Budgetverantwortung.

„Die mehr als 150 Seiten umfassende Studie ‚Hidden Champions‘ ist für uns sehr wertvoll, da sie uns einen Spiegel vorhält und uns direkt objektiv mit unserem Wettbewerb vergleicht. Wir setzen uns seit Jahren intensiv mit den Details zu den Studienergebnissen auseinander, um Verbesserungen anzustoßen“ sagt Geschäftsführer Dirk Schäfer, der zum Jahresende und nach 19 Jahren von der Kerkhoff Consulting in die Geschäftsführung der Kerkhoff Group wechselt.

Hans-Nicolai Hars, der ab Januar die Geschicke der Kerkhoff Consulting als Geschäftsführer steuert, ergänzt: „Ich freue mich sehr darauf eine erfolgreiche Beratungsgesellschaft, die ihren Kunden innovative Digitalisierungslösungen bietet, noch erfolgreicher zu machen. Auch wir als Berater müssen uns immer wieder selbst hinterfragen, um innovative, überzeugende und verlässliche Beratungsarbeit zu leisten.“

A renowned client and a new large scale assignment. “It was about an increase in efficiency across the enterprise”, says managing director Dirk Schäfer. “Starting point was the supply chain, which was at breaking point. 676 individual actions over a period of 16 months, from production to purchase and from IT to logistics, secured the project’s success as well as customer satisfaction. Convincing the employees at all sites, so we could take the entire crew with us on this journey, was a challenge. We are very proud that we have managed this, and that the project benefits could prevail against other renowned consultants and consulting projects, on top of that.”

In the project competition, client benefits are evaluated through qualitative and quantitative criteria. An academic advisory board submits project descriptions and the results of customer surveys to the jury. The jury is comprised of a WirtschaftsWoche editor in chief, scientific advisers and several decision makers with consultancy experience from major German companies, whose competencies include the procurement of consultancy services.

The jury evaluates every project’s client benefits by using the following criteria:

  • Engineering dimension: Creativity, analytic contribution, methodical contribution, market and industry knowledge
  • Communicative dimension: Reputation, networking, moderation, capacity for team work and project management
  • Effects in reality: Effects on operating results, feasibility as well as own realisation contribution and significance
  • Customer satisfaction

Every member of the jury makes an individual evaluation, and the average of all project grades of all jury members makes up the overall result regarding project success.

2017 - Best of Consulting

WirtschaftsWoche

First place for Kerkhoff Consulting in the supply chain management category. Kerkhoff Consulting GmbH was yet again awarded with the “Best of Consulting” WirtschaftsWoche award. The prize was awarded for the customer benefits in connection with a comprehensive project at the Austrian food producer Agrana. more

“In business, there is no better vote than that of the customer” With these words, Wulff highlighted the significance of these awards. He expanded: “The management consultants, the organisational developers, the human resource consultant, the technical advisors, the IT consultants – without this continuously growing network which creates an increasing number of jobs in Germany, the economy would resemble a cyclist that falls over as soon as he stops pedalling.” Wulff also voiced a desire to see more and better consultancy services in politics.

The Kerkhoff Group enjoyed double the reason to celebrate: Kerkhoff Consulting, specialist for value creation, supply chain management and digitalisation solutions, is honoured with the “Top Consultant” award for the fifth time running while Kerkhoff Cost Engineering is recognised with the seal for the third time in a row thanks to outstanding results.

“We are absolutely thrilled that the quality of our approach has once again been confirmed and honoured, allowing us to display the “Top Consultant” award yet another time,” says Dirk Schäfer, Chairman of the Board of Kerkhoff Consulting – which has been involved in consultancy projects relating to value creation for a staggering 17 years.

Jochen Wilms, Managing Director of Kerkhoff Cost Engineering, is overjoyed with the successful rating: “We are characterised by our strength in implementation and our hands-on mentality.” In order to optimise manufacturing costs for products, the experts from Kerkhoff Cost Engineering disassemble the products into their individual components and calculate the manufacturing costs through machine, material and salary components, as well as overheads. In addition, the client’s core competencies and skills are optimised. “This makes our clients’ companies fit for the digital age,” says Jochen Wilms.

The Top Consultant award helps SMEs find a suitable provider for their needs in the vast and complex consultancy market. All participating companies have subjected themselves to the demanding certification procedure of Professor Dietmar Fink from Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences. The consultancy firms are recognised for a high degree of professionalism and customer satisfaction. In addition, the extensive process includes surveys of renowned reference clients on the performance and consultancy services of the participating consultants. The key to success in this benchmarking with solid scientific base is that consultancy services are geared towards medium-sized enterprises and meet the needs of these clients.

2017 - Top Consultant

Manager Magazin

With a clear plea for Europe, the former Federal President Christian Wulff awarded the best German consultants. Great news for the Düsseldorf Kerkhoff Group: Not just one, but two companies of the Group received awards in the nationwide consultant comparison with the sought-after “Top Consultant 2017” seal. more

2017 - Beste Berater

("Best Consultancies")

brand eins

Top consultancy in procurement and supply chain management - that is what Düsseldorf-based Kerkhoff Consulting stands for. This has now been attested to in a survey of 1,500 managers from large and medium-sized companies. They have now elected the Kerkhoff consultants to the top position for the fourth time in a row. more

What is it that is special about this survey conducted by the economic magazine ‘brand eins’ and the statistics portal Statista? It is not just customers that are invited to give a rating, management consultants themselves are asked to give colleague recommendations. Kerkhoff Consulting shared the top spot with A.T. Kearney on this occasion. The largest nationwide survey in the consulting industry, it covers 16 sectors and 18 fields of work.

For the supply chain specialists of Kerkhoff Consulting, this is already the fourth consecutive award as Top Consultant. At the same time, clients of Kerkhoff Cost Engineering also assessed correspondingly positively its technical consulting services in the areas of cost calculation and value engineering.This year Kerkhoff Cost Engineering received the award the second time in a row.

"Top Consultant" examines the participants' consulting performance based on a comprehensive procedure with the emphasis on client satisfaction, performance and professionalism of the consultants. The seal which is intended to offer orientation for SMBs in the consultancy jungle is being awarded for the seventh time already. As mentor of the consultancy competition, Germany's former Federal President, Christian Wulff, honored Kerkhoff Consulting GmbH and Kerkhoff Cost Engineering GmbH at the German SMB Summit in Essen on June 26.

Crucial for being successful in the scientifically underpinned benchmarking is a client-specific, SMB-oriented consulting performance. This was reviewed by Prof. Dr. Dietmar Fink of the University of Applied Sciences of Bonn-Rhein-Sieg and by Bianka Knoblach. Both of them are managing the Wissenschaftliche Gesellschaft für Management und Beratung (WGMB – Scientific Company for Management and Consulting). Mentor of the competition is Germany's former Federal President Christian Wulff. For further information see www.top-consultant.de.

2016 – Top Consultant

Manager Magazin

In a nationwide comparison of consultancies, Kerkhoff Consulting and Kerkhoff Cost Engineering were bestowed the award "Top Consultant" in the categories Management Consultant and Technical Consultant. Merely few consultancies from five categories had qualified – with good or excellent assessments – more

– for the award which is based on assessments by clients.

For the supply chain specialists of Kerkhoff Consulting, this is already the fourth consecutive award as Top Consultant. At the same time, clients of Kerkhoff Cost Engineering also assessed correspondingly positively its technical consulting services in the areas of cost calculation and value engineering.This year Kerkhoff Cost Engineering received the award the second time in a row.

"Top Consultant" examines the participants' consulting performance based on a comprehensive procedure with the emphasis on client satisfaction, performance and professionalism of the consultants. The seal which is intended to offer orientation for SMBs in the consultancy jungle is being awarded for the seventh time already. As mentor of the consultancy competition, Germany's former Federal President, Christian Wulff, honored Kerkhoff Consulting GmbH and Kerkhoff Cost Engineering GmbH at the German SMB Summit in Essen on June 26.

Crucial for being successful in the scientifically underpinned benchmarking is a client-specific, SMB-oriented consulting performance. This was reviewed by Prof. Dr. Dietmar Fink of the University of Applied Sciences of Bonn-Rhein-Sieg and by Bianka Knoblach. Both of them are managing the Wissenschaftliche Gesellschaft für Management und Beratung (WGMB – Scientific Company for Management and Consulting). Mentor of the competition is Germany's former Federal President Christian Wulff. For further information see www.top-consultant.de.

2016 - Beste Berater

("Best Consultancies")

brand eins

The result of the Germany-wide largest survey in the consulting sector conducted for the third time provides – from around 15,000 consultancies in Germany – those 295 consultants who are "Beste Berater" (Best Consultants) in 13 sectors of the industry and 18 fields of work. more

In the category of supply chain management, Kerkhoff Consulting had been repeatedly awarded as "Beste Berater"! 

"We are pleased about another performance confirmation by clients and consulting colleagues and, at the same time, we want to extend our gratitude to our employees who are doing, every day, a great job at our clients'. It is the confirmation that our consulting services prove themselves in practice in the currently most important corporate function of supply chain management." says Dirk Schäfer, Chief Executive Officer of Kerkhoff Consulting GmbH.

2015 Hidden Champion

CAPITAL

The Hidden Champions of the consulting market were identified for the fifth time in 2015. The aim of the study is to identify, using a structured, in-depth survey of management from large companies and SMEs, which specialist consulting company is judged by its customers to provide a higher level of expertise than the three major consulting firms McKinsey, BCG and Roland Berger. more

The study is performed once every three years, and a consulting company cannot apply for a “Hidden Award” nomination or award. The pre-selection is based purely on suggestions from an independent expert committee with practical and research background, and expanded on through corresponding empirical preliminary studies carried out by the WGMB.

Kerkhoff Consulting is the leading consulting company for supply chain management: purchasing and procurement. This was the conclusion of a recent study by the business magazine CAPITAL together with the Wissenschaftliche Gesellschaft für Management und Beratung (WGMB), a research institute for management and consulting. The company took first place in this category in 2015 for the third time running. 

Professor Dietmar Fink from the WGMB explains: “Kerkhoff Consulting once again winning the Hidden Champion award for SCM/purchasing and procurement is testament to the company’s consistent best performance over the past nine years.” The results of the study clearly show that Kerkhoff Consulting speaks the language of SMEs. After all, the company is number one when it comes to supply management and implementation strength – far ahead of major consultants Roland Berger, McKinsey & Company and KPMG.

The results of the WGMB study also place Kerkhoff Consulting at the top in the “implementation strength” evaluation segment. “Our study shows that the central requirement that companies have for their consultants is a strong practical focus. The first place in this specific evaluation category is evidence that the consultants at Kerkhoff Consulting understand companies’ needs and focus their approach accordingly” explains Professor Dietmar Fink from the WGMB.

2015 - Beste Berater

("Best Consultancies")

brand eins

The result of the Germany-wide largest survey in the consulting sector conducted for the second time provides – from around 15,000 consultancies in Germany – those 278 consultants who are "Beste Berater" (Best Consultants) in 13 sectors of the industry and 14 fields of work. more

In the category of supply chain management, Kerkhoff Consulting had been repeatedly awarded as "Beste Berater"!

"We are pleased about another performance confirmation by clients and consulting colleagues and, at the same time, we want to extend our gratitude to our employees who are doing, every day, a great job at our clients'. It is the confirmation that our consulting services prove themselves in practice in the currently most important corporate function of supply chain management." says Dirk Schäfer, Chief Executive Officer of Kerkhoff Consulting GmbH.

The result of the Germany-wide largest survey in the consulting sector conducted for the second time provides – from around 15,000 consultancies in Germany – those 278 consultants who are "Beste Berater" (Best Consultants) in 13 sectors of the industry and 14 fields of work.

2015 - Top Consultant

manager magazin

In a nationwide comparison of consultancies, Kerkhoff Consulting and Kerkhoff Cost Engineering were bestowed the award "Top Consultant" in the categories Management Consultant and Technical Consultant. Merely 57 consultancies from five categories had qualified – with good or excellent assessments – more

– for the award which is based on assessments by clients.

For the supply chain specialists of Kerkhoff Consulting, this is already the third consecutive award as Top Consultant and, after the very recent award as "Beste Berater 2015" (Best Consultants 2015) by brand eins and Statista, this is the second award in the same year. 

At the same time, clients of Kerkhoff Cost Engineering also assessed correspondingly positively its technical consulting services in the areas of cost calculation and value engineering.

Dirk Schäfer, Chairman of the Management Board of Kerkhoff Consulting GmbH, says: "Although the satisfaction of our clients is the most important reward for us, this renewed award as SMB consultancy makes us very proud." Güray Karaca, Chairman of Kerkhoff Cost Engineering GmbH adds: "The award for Kerkhoff Cost Engineering as Top Consultant in the category Technical Consultant and the associated assessment that our convincing services speak the language of the German SMB sector further motivate us and spur us on in the team of 'consultants in overalls'."

"Top Consultant" examines the participants' consulting performance based on a comprehensive procedure with the emphasis on client satisfaction, performance and professionalism of the consultants. The seal which is intended to offer orientation for SMBs in the consultancy jungle is being awarded for the sixth time already. As mentor of the consultancy competition, Germany's former Federal President, Christian Wulff, honored Kerkhoff Consulting GmbH and Kerkhoff Cost Engineering GmbH at the German SMB Summit in Essen on June 26.

Crucial for being successful in the scientifically underpinned benchmarking is a client-specific, SMB-oriented consulting performance. This was reviewed by Prof. Dr. Dietmar Fink of the University of Applied Sciences of Bonn-Rhein-Sieg and by Bianka Knoblach. Both of them are managing the Wissenschaftliche Gesellschaft für Management und Beratung (WGMB – Scientific Company for Management and Consulting). Within the scope of the analysis, ten reference clients each of the contestants were interviewed about their satisfaction with the pertinent company, and its performance and consulting services were examined. Mentor of the competition is Germany's former Federal President Christian Wulff. For further information see www.top-consultant.de.

2014 - Top Consultant

manager magazin

In a nation-wide comparison of consultancies, Kerkhoff Consulting received the award "Top Consultant". Only 100 consultancies may bear the coveted "Top Consultant 2014" seal. They are thus designated as particularly suitable consultants for the SME sector. more

The seal helps small and medium-sized enterprises to find a suitable provider of consulting services in the complex and formidable consultancy market. The consultancies had subjected themselves to the demanding and ambitious certification procedures by Prof. Dr. Dietmar Fink from the Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences. The 100 consultancies that were awarded with the seal demonstrated within the course of the "Top Consultant" competition that they are able to adjust and be attuned to small and medium-sized enterprises.

"Because only those knowing the characteristic features of SMEs and taking them also into account will be designated as a top consultant," said the responsible parties of the jury. Prof. Fink verifies this, inter alia, by means of a customer survey. Ten reference customers will provide information on the professionalism and consulting performance of the consultancies. Moreover, the customer must provide an evaluation and indicate business ratios.

For the fifth time already, compamedia and Prof. Fink conducted the "Top Consultant" comparison throughout Germany. The consultancies that received the award obtained excellent or good benchmarking results. "The consultancy market is still very complex and confusing and has no clear definition. 'Top Consultant' establishes criteria and renders the performance of consultants more transparent. The customer survey provides credibility and reliability", said Prof. Fink about the competition.

"I was recently asked whether I would still be pleased about yet another award", said Gerd Kerkhoff and added: "I do notice certain expectations on the part of our clients but also among our own consultants. I'm particularly delighted about this development because it shows that our entrepreneurial efforts seem to be going in the right direction. Such positive evaluations by our clients motivate our entire team to strive for yet more top performances."

2014 - Beste Berater

("Best Consultancies")

brand eins

Kerkhoff Consulting was awarded the seal "Beste Berater 2014" ("Best Consultancies 2014") by the brand eins magazine and by Statista, the statistics portal. From a total of 15,000 consultancies, they determined the best management consultancies in Germany more

"We are delighted to have now also been honored by brand eins – after our previous years' awards, such as Best of Consulting by WirtschaftsWoche and the title of Hidden Champion by CAPITAL", said Gerd Kerkhoff.
The study's core measuring criteria were the assessment of customer satisfaction (1,500 executives from large and small companies) and a survey among 1,400 partners and project managers of major consultancies. This study is the most comprehensive survey on that topic in Germany.

2013 - Best of Consulting

WirtschaftsWoche

WirtschaftsWoche awarded the consulting prize "Best of Consulting 2013" on October 15, 2013. Once a year, the German business weekly honors the best management consultancies. To this end, it measures the quality of consulting work with clients. Kerkhoff Consulting GmbH here ranked first in the category "Supply Chain Management". more

In 2010 and 2011 already, Chief Editor Roland Tichy awarded Kerkhoff Consulting the prize as the best consultancy in Germany for purchasing and supply chain. This year, with a consulting project for Conditorei [patisserie] Coppenrath & Wiese GmbH & Co. KG, headquartered in Osnabrück in the northern part of Germany, the Düsseldorf-based management consulting firm was able to prevail over such market players and competitors as Ernst & Young J & M Management Consulting AG and MHP - a Porsche Services Company. That evening, the who is who of the consulting scene was present, such as Ernst & Young, Deloitte, A.T. Kearney, PwC, KPMG, Porsche Consulting & Co.

2013 Top Consultant

manager magazin

Kerkhoff Consulting is rewarded as TOP CONSULTANT 2013/2014 and is therefore among the best consultancies for German middle-sized enterprises.
 

 

 

 

 

2012 Hidden Champion

CAPITAL

Deciders in the German economic community voted the Düsseldorf-based consultants as number one in the field of "purchasing and procurement" – far ahead of strategic consultancies such as McKinsey and Roland Berger. That's the result of the current study "Hidden Champions des Beratungsmarktes" [Hidden Champions of the Consultancy Market] more

by Professor Dietmar Fink and the Wissenschaftliche Gesellschaft für Management und Beratung [Scientific Society for Management and Consulting – WGMB] and the business magazin CAPITAL.

"Kerkhoff Consulting claims to be the quality leader in consultations regarding purchasing and procurement issues", says Gerd Kerkhoff, Managing Partner of Kerkhoff Consulting. "The study by Professor Fink proves: We continue to meet this claim. And we are not only filled with pride because of that but also with the ambition to continue to fight for our clients' objectives."

This is the fourth study "Hidden Champions des Beratungsmarktes". No one can apply for this study; instead, candidates will be chosen by an external selection process. Objective of the study is to measure the consulting quality of consultancy boutiques versus the major, international consultancies.

2011 - Best of Consulting

Wirtschaftswoche

Kerkhoff Consulting was again awarded the title "Best of Consulting" by German business magazine Wirtschaftswoche. Once a year, the German weekly business news magazine votes for the best consultancies by evaluating the quality of consulting work with their clients. This year, the consultancy came in second in the contest. more

"Three years in a row, our company received an important award for our quality in consulting", said Gerd Kerkhoff, Managing Director and founder of Kerkhoff Consulting. "We are meeting our claim as a quality leader."

In 2011, Kerkhoff Consulting had applied for the "Best of Consulting" award with a project at KACO new energy GmbH (KACO for short). KACO GmbH from Neckarsulm is a specialist for the production of photovoltaic inverters and has sales of more than € 300 million per year. The objective for the Kerkhoff consultants: The modelling of the whole supply chain in order to increase the product output. "Due to these measures, our sales increased by more than 50 percent", said Jens Wagner, Chief Procurement Officer (CPO) of KACO. "The project has been a complete success for us."

2010 - Best of Consulting

WirtschaftsWoche

In its competition "Best of Consulting", the magazine Wirtschaftswoche elected Kerkhoff Consulting as leading consultancy for supply chain management. On behalf of Wirtschaftswoche, the study "Best of Consulting" was carried out by Wissenschaftliche Gesellschaft für Management und Beratung (WGMB - Scientific Company for Management and Consulting). In three rounds Kerkhoff Consulting was able to win against 70 competitors. more

"Three years in a row, our company received an important award for our quality in consulting", said Gerd Kerkhoff, Managing Director and founder of Kerkhoff Consulting. "We are meeting our claim as a quality leader."

In 2011, Kerkhoff Consulting had applied for the "Best of Consulting" award with a project at KACO new energy GmbH (KACO for short). KACO GmbH from Neckarsulm is a specialist for the production of photovoltaic inverters and has sales of more than € 300 million per year. The objective for the Kerkhoff consultants: The modelling of the whole supply chain in order to increase the product output. "Due to these measures, our sales increased by more than 50 percent", said Jens Wagner, Chief Procurement Officer (CPO) of KACO. "The project has been a complete success for us."

2009 - Hidden Champion

CAPITAL

In 2009, Kerkhoff Consulting was elected "Hidden Champion des Beratungsmarktes" (Hidden Champion of the Consulting Market) and thus beats the top management consultancies McKinsey, Roland Berger and the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) in the disciplines of purchasing and procurement. more

Benchmarking versus top consultancies was established in this study for which the companies could not apply themselves. The result: In the evaluation by German managing directors and board members, Kerkhoff Consulting ranks first – far ahead of BCG, McKinsey and Roland Berger.

The "Hidden Champions" study was performed for the third time in 2009 by Professor Dr. Dietmar Fink (FH Bonn Rhein-Sieg) and the Wissenschaftliche Gesellschaft für Management und Beratung (Scientific Society for Management and Consulting). A total of 249 board members, managing directors and top-level managers were interviewed for the study. Excerpts thereof were published in the 6/2009 issue of CAPITAL, a German business journal.

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