Six consulting firms take home Deltek Project Excellence Awards

27 October 2017

Information services provider Deltek has unveiled the winners of its annual ‘Project Excellence Awards’ programme. Prizes for excellence in using Deltek’s ERP system and solutions delivering tangible bottom-line results went to Kleinfelder, Pöyry, Unisys, BAE Systems and OBXtek together with InfoTek Consulting.

With millions of users across 22,000 organisations in 80+ countries, Deltek is one of the globe’s largest providers of enterprise software and solutions. The firm, headquartered in Virginia, USA, focuses mainly on government contractors, professional services firms, including law, consulting, engineering and marketing firms, and other project-based businesses.

To celebrate those customers that stand out in the use of Deltek’s software suite, enabling them to improve processes and performance, down the line helping them to win new business and bolster profitability, the firm hosts an annual awards ceremony. “The awards celebrate the amazing achievements our customers have accomplished using Deltek solutions,” Mike Corkery, President and CEO of Deltek, said. Aspects the jury take under scrutiny include how client organisations use the system to research and identify opportunities, win new business, recruit and develop talent, optimise resources, streamline operations and deliver more profitable projects.

This year the company evaluated a record number of entries, “each year, the pool of nominations gets more impressive, highlighting the innovation and success of our customers from a variety of industries around the globe,” said Corkery.

Project Excellence winners

Among the winners of the Project Excellence Awards 2017 are Kleinfelder, an architecture and engineering consulting firm headquartered in San Diego, the US, and Unisys, one of the globe’s most well-known IT companies. By using Deltek’s Vision platform, Kleinfelder managed to improved revenue, sales and win rates, and with its operations reduced, day sales outstanding (DSO) increased by 25%. Unisys meanwhile implemented Deltek’s Enterprise Cloud Costpoint Suite, which enabled the firm to reduce workload and enhance business engagements to drive bottom line results.

Pöyry, an international consulting and engineering company headquartered in Finland, took home the award for best implementation. Pöyry rolled out its new ERP system to 5,500 employees in 40 countries, further enhancing how they manage projects, finances and information in global operations through Deltek Maconomy while staying under budget. The solution has, according to the jury, contributed to the company’s workflow, cross-border cooperation, and intercompany processes and transactions, while also improving transparency, data management and end user experiences.

Other winners include BAE Systems, a provider of real-time intelligence and analysis services and one of the globe’s 10th largest cybersecurity consulting firm, and OBXtek together with Deltek implementation partner InfoTek Consulting. Jointly, they upgraded OBXtek’s GCS Premier solution to Costpoint to help scale with its growing business. With Costpoint, OBXtek managed to increase cash flow and visibility into its backlog and period of performance, along with increased compliance and improved reporting. BAE Systems, which earlier this month announced a redundancy plan impacting around 2,000 employees, uses Deltek Costpoint and GovWin to streamline processes while providing value, consistency and cost-competitiveness.

“On behalf of everyone at Deltek, I am honoured to congratulate all the finalists and winning companies on their commitment to excellence and thank them for their continued partnership with us,” concluded Corkery.

Last month Deltek bolstered its footprint with the acquisition of WorkBook, adding a team of 70 professionals based in five offices globally.



Six attractive professional services firms to work for in UK

23 April 2019

Consulting firms dominate the 25 companies named by LinkedIn as the most attractive organisations to work for in Britain. JLL, Engie, CBRE, Atkins, Schroders and GE each made the grade, with the professional services sector putting in the strongest showing of any industry in the UK.

Each year, the editors and data scientists of social business platform LinkedIn examine which firms are the most attractive to job seekers, as well as which are the best at retaining their talent. Utilising information gathered from billions of actions taken by more than 433 million members, LinkedIn leverages a data-driven approach to consider what members are doing – not just saying – in their search for fulfilling careers. The result is the Top Companies list, an annual ranking of the most sought-after companies – now in its fifth year.

Each of the previous incarnations of the list has seen a strong showing from the UK consulting industry, with its contingent including McKinsey & Company, EYBoston Consultancy Group and Accenture in 2018. This year has seen the sector continue to see its stock rise, with the diversity of the sector’s workload buoying six professional services firms which were not on the previous ranking to prominence.

Analysing the anonymised actions of British-based LinkedIn members, the company determined which firms were the most attractive through four main pillars: interest in the company, engagement with the company’s employees, job demand and employee retention. As a result of this, real estate professional services firm JLL was found to be the most attractive consulting firm to LinkedIn members in the UK.

Six most attractive professional services firms to work for in UK

Ranked sixth in the overall list of companies, 2018 saw the commercial real estate services consultancy expand its London-based Ratings practice in anticipation of growing demand for real estate valuations in the UK. JLL, which boasts a global headcount of 82,000, holds UK locations in London, Norwich and Manchester, and the firm was recently named one of the world’s most ethical companies for the 12th year in a row by The Ethisphere Institute. 

Sitting 10th in LinkedIn’s ranking, Engie is a French multinational professional services firm, headquartered in La Défense, Courbevoie. While the firm primarily operates in utilities – specifically in the fields of electricity generation and distribution, natural gas, nuclear, renewable energy and petroleum – its investment in cleaner tech has also seen it come to offer a host of engineering consulting services, including feasibility studies, engineering, project management and client support. The firm’s 19,000 UK staff work from offices in London, Leeds and Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

With a global headcount of 90,000, CBRE, which was ranked 13th by LinkedIn, is a real estate advisory firm, with UK offices in London, Birmingham and Glasgow. The firm oversaw the sale of a number of major locations over the course of 2018, including a key residential site in North Leigh, and an office belonging to the British Steel Pension Fund.

Atkins, which was listed 23rd, is a British professional services firm which was purchased by the SNC-Lavalin Group for £2.1 billion in 2017. With 7,300 employees in the UK, Atkins operates from locations in London, Bristol, Kingston-upon-Thames, and offers services in engineering, operations, programme and project management. Late in 2018, the firm was named one of the top employers in the UK for working mothers, receiving plaudits for its innovation in flexible working from

Schroders, a global asset management firm with UK offices in London, Bromley, Chelmsford, ranked 24th. Asset management is a fast-expanding segment of consulting, and according to LinkedIn, 43% of the professional services firm’s staff have been at the company for at least six years, while nearly a third of UK roles were filled with internal candidates in 2017. Schroders boasts a global headcount of 4,600.

Finally, multifaceted professional services firm GE was ranked 25th. The engineering, operations, information technology and advisory firm has its hand in everything from energy to health care – where it was recently nominated for a prize at the 2019 Management Consultancies Association Awards. The long-standing conglomerate said 2019 is set to be a “reset year”, while it seeks to revamp its power-related businesses at the same time that it builds on strong growth within the aviation scene.

Other sectors

Elsewhere, the financial services industry saw a high level of representation in LinkedIn’s ranking. JP Morgan was listed in second place, while Barclays, Goldman Sachs and Aviva also made the grade. This represents a decline of one listing since 2018’s figures, perhaps reflecting the uncertainty surrounding the UK’s financial sector, amid the continued twists and turns of the Brexit saga.

Retail saw a slight rebound on its decimation in last year’s ranking. Having seemingly fallen out of favour in 2018, Sainsbury’s returned this year, sitting in third place. It was joined in the top 25 by fellow ‘Big Four’ supermarket Asda – though the news that some 60,000 Asda staff could be in line to lose their paid lunch breaks under new contracts could well see the company drop off the list in 2020. Marks & Spencer also made the list. The historically up-market supermarket now runs a work-placement programme called Marks & Start, which helps single parents, people with disabilities and the homeless to build careers within the company.

Healthcare and pharmaceuticals saw three entrants in the list too. Britain’s 50 fastest-growing privately-owned pharmaceutical companies have all increased sales by at least 10% in each of their last two financial years, facing down headwinds such as Brexit and NHS spending pressures to deliver rapid growth. GSK represented the pharmaceutical sector in fourth place, while Bupa and Johnson & Johnson stood for the healthcare and hospital industry in fifth and 16th respectively.

While the technology sector ultimately hosted the ranking’s top performer, Amazon, the only other sector incumbent was Google parent company Alphabet, in 19th. Salesforce and Dell Technologies, meanwhile, dropped off the ranking, having both been present in 2018.

The oil and energy sector’s representation is supplemented by hybrid firm Engie; however, the sector only fielded two pure-play members. BP, in eighth, and Shell, in 11th, have both spent time attempting to diversify in recent years, prompted by public image crises relating to the negative impact of fossil fuels on the planet, as well declining oil prices and the rising demand for renewable energy. These dynamics have, in turn, led to new skills coming into demand within the companies. 

Finally, the list was rounded off by singular representatives of five separate industries. Representing leisure in 12th was TUI, followed by food producer Associated British Foods (17th), building materials firm Travis Perkins (20th), telecommunications giant BT (21st) and utilities firm Centrica (22nd).