13 April, 2022
Industry 4.0 confronts companies with multi-layered challenges. We support companies in implementing strategies and new business models and in achieving real competitive advantages through optimized processes. You can get to know our experts here and arrange a personal contact.
Stefan leads the PwC Practice “Digital Operations” EMEA as an expert in Supply Chain Transformation processes with a focus on industry 4.0. and Digitization. With more than 18 years of international consulting experience he has a broad framework of implementing Supply Chain strategies in different industries.
“Processes and technology are constantly changing. You have to be able to react flexibly but still find an individual solution for the client that works in the long term and sustainably.”
Sustainability and digitalization are the top topics for procurement in the upcoming years. Jan Herrmann has more than 15 years of professional experience in procurement and supply chain transformation and supports companies as Lead Partner for PwC's Procurement Practice & CoE “Supply Chain Law” in significantly and sustainably strengthening their procurement.
“Clear transparency, an integrative strategy, technological know-how and a clear focus on the supply chain is particularly important in the digital transformation in the area of procurement. Although procurement must approach its transformational tasks in a decomposed manner, it needs an overarching view of the target picture. Without these elements, sustainable change is difficult.”
Sustainability in development and supply chain as well as digitalization are Thomas' central target picture. His passion is the automotive & industrial goods industry. With more than 25 years of industry (various management positions in the automotive supply industry) and consulting experience, he supports leading companies to develop and implement sustainable solutions.
“My value contribution and goal is to keep the world in balance and not to live at the expense of future generations. Sustainable development is geared towards the current available natural resources.”
For over 19 years, Jens has been leading customers through the digital transformation in the areas of smart manufacturing, integrated architecture and [I]IoT as well as ERP. Processes, organization and IT architecture are thereby considered together. His consulting approach includes a holistic End2End perspective from strategy to implementation on TopFloor to ShopFloor level.
“The integrative view of processes, people and IT technology as well as the interdisciplinary collaboration with the eco-system are key to the successful implementation of digital use cases with business benefits.”
With more than 25 years of industry and consulting experience, Reinhard leads PwC's Digital Operations Group and the EMEA Industry 4.0 team. With his expertise, he helps leading companies to develop and implement digital solutions around smart manufacturing and supply chain management.
“Think big or go home – manufacturing companies today must invest massively in the digital transformation of their operations processes in order to produce cost-effectively and highly automated in the long term.”
Martin is helping companies since 16 years in data-driven transformations. He is leading the Digital Operations Analytics Practice and is focussing on Connected Supply Chain solutions. He helps medium and big size companies to develop and rollout the data-driven supply chain solutions of the future.
“Data Analytics is the key enabler for the digital transformation in all areas of operations.”
Jacek founded Drozak Consulting 24 years ago, since purchasing consulting is his passion. He infects people with his fascination and is a sensitive networker, hence he is considered one of the best-connected purchasing consultants in Germany. His goal is to always achieve procurement excellence in each client project. Personally he enjoys the art of wine next to a genuine love for BVB.
“Purchasing organizations are developing more and more into maximum value drivers in their companies. This is highly exciting and drives me every day!”
Michael’s passion are procurement and supply chain matters. Prior to joining PwC, he worked as a partner for a procurement consultancy, but his roots are in the automotive industry. He held various management positions prior to his consulting career and looks back on over 20 years of experience in supply chain-, procurement- and operations optimization.
“What do cross-functional topics, a high speed of change in the industry and the requirements for digital solutions mean for me within operations consulting: Pure variety and fascination!”
Transformation projects in purchasing are highly exciting and cross-functional. Kai Dresch has been shaping this area for over 18 years in various management functions in the industry and management consulting. His focus lies on cost transformation, the use of game theory in negotiations, and the holistic transformation of purchasing organizations.
“The combination of interaction with people, the use of the latest digital technologies and the incorporation of AI is fascinating. Purchasing will experience a transformation in the next few years and we are already in the middle of it!”
Florian has 18+ years of experience from strategy to implementation supporting clients to successfully master today’s complex and volatile world. He has a proven track record in envisioning, building, and implementing an integrated and resilient end-to-end supply chain.
“Supply Chain Management / Operations represents the backbone of any company with many interfaces to other functional areas.”
Michael has 15+ years of experience in supply chain consulting. He covers SC vision and strategy, digital SC transformation and supply chain processes, especially digital end-to-end planning, Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP) and Integrated Business Planning (IBP).
“Orchestrating the material flow in global supply chains is like solving a puzzle with thousands of pieces. Digitization made that easier, but at the same time it made customers more demanding.”
Based on his PhD on “Modular Product Development”, Jan founded ID-Consult in 1998. His focus is on the conception of products and product platforms, supported by the METUS method and the software solution METUS. Together with his team, he joined PwC in 2022.
“Successful products are key drivers of a company's success. We provide support in this process - from market requirements and product concept to realization in production, supply chain and systems.”