2020 Vault Rankings
At a Glance
“Building something great.”
“Culture and types of projects.”
“Interesting work, flexible travel/hours.”
“High utilization, limited control over project choice.”
“The brand is young in the US; still building prestige outside of the UK.”
“Strong European practice.”
“Commercial due diligence.”
“Famous in a few countries.”
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 and change. The firm tries to pace itself during consulting contracts, thoroughly evaluating possible solutions to a problem before jumping into operational issues. 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 smaller companies that need strategic help in rapidly changing industries. Its industries include business services, consumer goods, industrials, infrastructure, leisure, luxury, media, private equity, retail, technology, telecommunications, and transportation.
Expanding the footprint
Chris Outram founded OC&C in London in 1987. After several years at other prestigious consulting, Outram and a colleague tired of their employers’ overwhelming devotion to operational issues while neglecting strategic analysis. So they decided it would be "more fun and more challenging" to start their own firm.
While founded in Europe, with its early offices in the UK, Germany and France, OC&C has successfully expanded its footprint in core strategic markets to enable it to serve clients on a global scale. In addition to maintaining its presence in these markets, it has also leveraged its European market position in its core sectors to the US, Asia, and beyond—trading from offices in New York, Boston, Turkey, 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.
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 media outlets since its founding. It offers strategy reviews, advice to governments on broadband policy, 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-renown private equity firms in such areas as potential investment scoping, vendor and buyer due diligence, and post-acquisition strategy and/or integration.
Strategizing a better world
OC&C dedicates its charitable efforts to pro bono work. The majority of the firm's philanthropic work is in helping charities "achieve a step-change in performance." They have a long-standing relationship with Impetus PEF, who focus on young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, and have given strategic due diligence and business planning support to over 20 charities.
Recently, the firm has worked with The Access Project, an education charity that helps young people from disadvantage 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 a place from a previous figure of 33%.
In the News
OC&C advises on private equity deals in Italy’s fashion industry
OC&C welcomes LTP Italy into its integrated network of offices
OC&C Global 50 report 2019: how FMCG giants reinvested the wheel
OC&C named by the FT as one of the UK’s leading Management Consultants 2019
6 New Street Square
London EC4A 3AT
Employer Type: Private
Worldwide Managing Partner: James George
2019 Employees (All Locations): 500
12 offices worldwide:
Business Unit/Divisional Strategy
Organization & Change