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Clarkston Consulting


At a Glance


“Great clients with interesting challenges.”

“Sense of family and community.”

“Hands down the people and the ability to determine your own career.”


“The clients can be tough and the hours can be long.”

“Slow growth.”

“Lower base salary.”

About Clarkston Consulting


Clarkston Consulting is a business and technology consulting firm serving the consumer products, retail and life sciences markets. Besides its headquarters in Durham, N.C., the firm has offices in six U.S. cities. Clarkston Consulting was founded in 1991 with a purpose to build a consulting firm focused on two things: delivering brilliant client service and being an employer of choice.

Clarkston Consulting has focused on the consumer products, retail, and life sciences industries for over 15 years. Reflecting this targeted approach, the firm has never pursued aggressive expansion, instead applying energy to the careful cultivation of its client base. The results have borne this decision out: Clarkston's 20-year average client satisfaction rate is 97 percent (as measured by annual surveys conducted by Client Opinions). As Clarkston looks toward 2021, the firm has added more strategic and operational consulting services to complement their implementation expertise.

Serving up success

Some of the firm's consumer products clients are Estée Lauder, Reynolds Consumer, Pernod Ricard, Church & Dwight, Clif Bar, Coca-Cola, and Breakthru Beverage Group. Services to such clients range from strategy and innovation consulting to sales and marketing, supply chain, project and program management, and system implementations.

In an engagement with Pladis Global, a premier chocolate and confectionary company, Clarkston Consulting was the representative to the North American business for the pilot implementation of the industry's first ever instance of SAP Public Cloud, providing expertise in change management, project management and data. Clarkston Consulting also provided data and analytics consulting to a global beauty manufacturer and retailer to help the client develop algorithms, reports, alerts and dashboards to improve point of sale transactions. Lastly, Clarkston is a leader in trade promotion management expertise and has helped a variety of consumer goods companies improve processes and implement trade promotion solutions.

Prescribing solutions

Within the life sciences, Clarkston works with pharmaceutical companies, diagnostics manufacturers, biotech companies and other makers of health care products. Major clients include Pfizer, Moderna, Takeda, Gilead, United Therapeutics, Alnylam, and more; delivering services for such clients include quality and enterprise systems strategy and implementation, business transformation and technology roadmaps, M&A integration and advice, operational efficiency management, and pre-commercialization roadmaps (including ERP).

Alnylam is a biotechnology company focused on the discovery, development, and commercialization of new therapies for genetically defined diseases. Alnylam hired Clarkston Consulting to help them with their pre-commercial readiness. Clarkston was the SAP implementation partner for Alnylam and also provided support on serialization, global safety database, Veeva eQMS implementation and Clarkston provided support for IT and commercial operations as part of their pre-commercial readiness work. 

Getting the word out

The firm participates in thought leadership in the industry through research studies, white papers and its Clarkston Insights publications, collections of case studies, strategies and trend-tracking pieces which it posts on the company web site. Some recent topics include the unsustainable trajectory of trade spending, strategies for leading global serialization programs, and the ROI of human capital management. Clarkston also dispatches firm partners and consultants as guest speakers for seminars and conferences around the country.

Morale makers

Similar to its commitment to clients, the firm makes efforts to keep employee relations healthy and strong. It distributes an annual Triple-A (Ask, Act and Adopt) Employee Satisfaction Survey, which employees can take anonymously online. Clarkston also offers ample training opportunities, ranging from external classes, e-learning and lunch 'n learns, to formal and on-the-job training. Clarkston Academy and Clarkston Bootcamp are extensive training programs for new hires that are recent college graduates or that have a few years of work experience. Between 80 and 120 hours per year are available to employees for use on purely self-developmental pursuits-in addition to tuition reimbursement.

In the News

Clarkston Consulting Recognized as #1 Healthiest Employer in The Triangle Area 2020 Healthiest 100 Workplaces in America Named - December 9, 2020

Winners are selected based on their Healthiest Employers Index, which is based on six factors: vision, cultures/engagement, learning, expertise, metrics, and technology. Springbuk evaluates each applicant using its health analytics intelligence platform — a powerful, AI-driven technology that applies proprietary algorithms to disparate health and related data, generating insights and actionable opportunities to save money and prevent disease.

Clarkston Consulting Wins Gold Award in the 2020 Brandon Hall Group HCM Excellence Awards

November 12, 2020

Business and technology consulting leader Clarkston Consulting announced its selection as a winner of the coveted Brandon Hall Group Award for HCM Excellence, earning the Gold Award in the Talent Management category for Best Advancement in Employee Engagement. The award specifically recognizes Clarkston’s differentiated analytics-backed approach to employee engagement.

Momentum Learning and Clarkston Consulting Partnership  Momentum is on a roll after raising $2.75M from Clarkston Consulting – October 3, 2019

Momentum, the coding school founded and led by former Iron Yard executives, is on a roll after securing $2.75 million in funding by Clarkston Consulting. Tom Finegan, CEO of Clarkston Consulting, also welcomed the strategic partnership and said new training opportunities are essential as the workplace rapidly evolves with technological innovation.

Clarkston Consulting Released their 2019-2020 Citizenship Report – September 22, 2020

Business consulting leader Clarkston Consulting today announced the release of its 2020 Citizenship Report, highlighting the business’ corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainability efforts. The report details how Clarkston commits itself to advance corporate social responsibility across three areas – Our StewardsOur Communities, and Our Clients.

Why Work Here

Clarkston Consulting

2655 Meridian Parkway
Durham, NC 27713
Phone: (800) 652-4274

Firm Stats

Employer Type: Private
CEO: Tom Finegan
2021 Employees (All Locations): 250

Major Office Locations

Durham, NC (HQ)
Atlanta, GA
Boston, MA
Bridgewater, NJ
Detroit, MI
Escondido, CA
Philadelphia, PA

Major Departments & Practices

  • Consumer Products & Life Sciences
  • Strategy & Innovation
  • Sales & Marketing
  • Supply Chain
  • Quality & Regulatory
  • Operational Excellence
  • Organizational Health
  • Retail Consulting
  • SAP Advisory and Implementation
  • Technology Advisory and Implementation