Double Effect celebrates 4 year existence in Singapore

16 September 2015 Consultancy.uk

Four years ago Double Effect opened its first office outside the Netherlands, in the middle of Singapore’s ‘Financial District’. Over the past four years the Singapore office has done good business and has grown to a team of 25 professionals. Reason for Consultancy.uk to speak with the firm’s Managing Partner in Singapore, Bas Heijnen.

Monday 15 August 2011 was a historic moment for Double Effect. On that day, the Amsterdam based advisory firm opened its first office overseas, in Singapore, one of Asia’s important financial hubs. To build the office from scratch and provide guidance for the smooth expansion of operations the Dutch-based management consultancy relocated two of its senior consultants from Amsterdam to Singapore, Bas Heijnen was one of those advisors.

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Over the past four years, the Singapore office developed from an overseas start-up to a fast growing organisation. In an interview with Consultancy.uk in early 2013, Double Effect first spoke about Singapore’s development – Heijnen reflects that, following the difficult early years setting up the business, much has changed. “Since we moved to our new office at Collyer Quay on July 1, 2014, we have entered a phase of growth," says Heijnen. “The team expanded significantly from two to around 25 professionals, a milestone we can celebrate.”

As in other countries Double Effect works exclusively for clients in the financial sector, including banks, insurers and asset managers. In Singapore, the customer base includes more than ten large institutions, says Heijnen, and covers both international organisations (from the UK, Switzerland, and the Netherlands) and local players. This diversity is reflected in our team, adds Heijnen, indicating that: “Our team in Singapore consists of consultants at all levels and represent eight nationalities (Singaporean, French, British, Australian, Indian, Malai, Filipino and Dutch).” Projects range from the drafting of 'Digital Bank' strategies to offshoring vs. nearshoring of operations & technology divisions, regulatory reporting projects, architecture redesigns, financial crime and numerous other projects within the domain of Finance and Risk. "Projects across the entire value chain," says Heijnen.

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Globally Double Effect was (in 2013) acquired by Synechron, a step that allowed the management consultancy to increase its value propositions within the IT domain and expand its offerings into new regions. Double Effect earlier this year expanded into the United States, a move made possible by the collaboration with Synechron. “The Synechron yellow and Double Effect blue are combined into a convincing colour green; several projects being carried out jointly for banks. We add real value to each other's unique capabilities, allowing us to offer integrated solutions and excellent customer service to our customers,” explains Heijnen.

Looking ahead, the Managing Partner is convinced that the team in Singapore can continue to achieve strong growth. “Our success story has only just begun and we are proud to see that at all our locations a similar story is unfolding. We will continue the same path into the future with the same enthusiasm, drive and energy and will continue to serve our customers on our own 'Double Effect' way,” concludes Heijnen.

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Robert Park on the launch of his consultancy RWG Enterprises

18 April 2019 Consultancy.uk

Following a lengthy spell as a General Manager at an international materials corporation, Robert Park was keen to rediscover his inner entrepreneur. With the launch of his new consulting firm, RWG Enterprises, Park spoke with Consultancy.uk to outline his hopes for the future of the company, and how he believes his boutique will be able to challenge the market.

Robert Park commenced his career in retail, taking up a string of General Store Manager positions with companies – including Poundstretcher and The Gadget Shop – before making the 2005 move that would lead him to a 13-year stay with Morgan Advanced Materials. First taking up a role as Production Supervisor with the organisation, Park quickly worked his way to the upper echelons of the group. By 2013, he held the role of UK Operations Manager for the company’s UK ceramic core business, Certech UK, before seeing out his final four years at the firm as General Manager, leading the senior management team and strategic direction of the business.

Despite his success with the firm, however, Park found himself getting itchy feet. A change of career seemed increasingly appealing, and by February 2019, the time to take a new path had arrived.

Park explained: “I was losing the ability to to use the entrepreneurial flair that I had enjoyed in the past; the organisation was moving more towards a structured and common approach for doing things, and that made me feel restricted. I also really enjoy the troubleshooting, problem solving side of my role. However, having been in my last post for four years, the troubleshooting and firefighting was long behind me. I realised that I am really energised by tackling difficult issues or turning around things that are clearly struggling.”

New consulting firm RWG Enterprises launches

His criteria for a new career seemed to point conclusively in the direction of management consulting, and while his CV has no formal experience in the sector, Park believes his career to date has provided him with a wealth of transferable skills. During his time with Certech at Morgan Advanced Materials, he became a Senior Manager at the age of just 21, and went on to succeed in a harsh factory environment where six former candidates had previously failed to deliver results.

Later, he became the group’s youngest General Manager in its history, and was involved in the turnaround of numerous departments. He also developed vast experience dealing with a wide range of ‘people’ challenges, including re-organisation, talent development, talent acquisition and leadership development. Along the way, Park noted that he learned to deal with large, blue chip organisations such as Rolls Royce, securing major long-term contracts worth upwards of £25 million.

Now, he hopes to take that know-how and apply it to the diverse world of consulting work. Park elaborated: “I really want to be able to help organisations that feel that there is no hope or have lost faith in the business… Having been there myself I know how helpful it would have been to have someone to refer to in times of crisis… The firm will also focus on leadership development, as I spent a lot of time with the global graduate program during my corporate career… and I was really motivated to see these individuals grow and develop… helping them to find their own way through challenging situations.

New enterprise

Park’s new Derby-based consultancy, RWG Enterprises, will focus on five key operational fronts. As stated, leadership development and business rescue will be two of these areas, as well as manufacturing – where the firm will tackle challenges such as new product introduction. RWG will also offer financial advisory services and strategic business planning offerings.

While Park is understandably guarded about the firm’s initial engagements, he revealed that he has been “speaking at length to a well-known university and business school about providing mentoring and coaching support to students.” In the long-term, the aim is for RWG Enterprises to take on engagements from clients across the industrial spectrum. He added that as “the company is very embryonic”, it would be “foolish” to become too focused on target clients at this stage.

When asked how RWG Enterprises intends to differentiate itself from the rest of the pack, in an ever-more-crowded UK consulting sector, Park is undaunted by the task ahead. He stated, “I think the main differentiator is that we are small... I have operated at a very senior level for many years but I have enjoyed a very diverse background having worked in most functions within my last organisation. I also won’t take on any work or clients that I feel I cannot deliver value for, I am honest and ethical and am really motivated by seeing others become successful… The main thing I am focused on is 'can I add value' and 'can I help?'”