2022 Vault Rankings
At a Glance
“Transparency, inclusivity, opportunities for rapid development, general goodwill between colleagues.”
“Entrepreneurial vibe and people, challenging questions from clients, intellectually stimulating.”
“Project types, the people, pay.”
“Less recognition in the US.”
“Small, strategy, rebuilding.”
“Good in Europe.”
About OC&C Strategy Consultants
Focusing on strategic analysis, OC&C Strategy Consultants breaks the concept of strategy consulting down into six organizational areas: group strategy, business unit/divisional strategy, product/market/channel strategy, transaction support, strategy realization, and organization & change. The firm focuses on answering strategic questions facing clients from first principles. And based on market, customer, and competitor realities, rather than operational status quo and constraints. That's a strategy, the firm says, that ensures clients benefit from truly custom-built solutions, rather than off-the-shelf methodologies.
Although OC&C doesn't publicize its client list, it does claim to work not only with major corporations, but also with mid-sized companies that need strategic help in rapidly changing industries. Its industries include industrial products and services, consumer goods, infrastructure, leisure, luxury, media, private equity, retail, technology, telecommunications, and transportation.
While founded in Europe more than three decades ago—with early offices in the UK, Germany, and France—OC&C has expanded its footprint in core strategic markets and now serves clients on a global scale. In addition to maintaining its presence in these markets, OC&C has also leveraged its European market position in its core sectors to the US, Asia, and beyond—trading from offices in New York, Boston, Shanghai, and Hong Kong. Most recently, OC&C has added to its European footprint with the incorporation of Long Term Partners into its integrated network of offices to become OC&C Italy and OC&C Netherlands.
OC&C takes particular pride in its expertise in consumer goods. Within this area, it offers insights and provides solutions in three key sections: growth stakes, profitability issues and category management. Retail has also long been an OC&C focus. The firm claims to have been one of the original advocates for the importance of emerging value offers, private label goods and battling category killers.
The firm has made a significant effort to advise technology companies and media outlets since its founding. It offers strategy reviews, transformational performance improvement, profitable use of the digital arena, and go-to-market strategies for new services and products. Several major media outlets have looked to the firm for analysis of their own industry, concerning subjects ranging from the lack of social media regulation being blamed for the rise of “fake news” to the decline of magazine readership in the face of internet competition.
OC&C also supports world-renowned private equity firms in such areas as potential investment scoping, vendor and buyer due diligence, and post-acquisition strategy.
OC&C dedicates considerable time and effort into charity and pro-bono work, as part of its ESG commitments. Local offices fundraise and take part in charitable giving activities, for causes such as homelessness, health, and diversity. However, the majority of the firm's philanthropic work is done through offering strategy services pro-bono to charities themselves to help them "achieve a step-change in performance." They have worked with more than 30 charities and not-for-profit organizations in the last decade, running around three to five strategic support pro bono projects per year and other non-project-based initiatives (eg. hackathons, mentoring), including for organizations such as Impetus PEF (who focus on young people from disadvantaged backgrounds), the Youth Endowment Fund (tackling knife crime) and the NSPCC UK (child protection).
Recently, the firm has worked with The Access Project, an education charity that helps young people from disadvantaged backgrounds secure places at high-ranking colleges. OC&C advised on how The Access Project could tap into outreach funds, to ensure they are committed to widening participation. The involvement has significantly expanded The Access Project reach and deepened its impact resulting in 85% students who applied to their chosen college receiving placement.
The disruption wrought by Covid-19 has only reinforced the strength of our model, with clients more in need than ever of fundamental strategic thinking to help them navigate the dramatic changes and new opportunities this disruption has created.
250 West 55th Street
New York, NY 10019
Employer Type: Private
Worldwide Managing Partner: Will Hayllar
- Business Unit/Divisional Strategy
- Group Strategy
- Organization & Change
- Product/Market/Channel Strategy
- Strategy Realization
- Transaction Support