We optimise the operating profitability of companies, focusing on the key areas of supply chain management, purchasing and production.
The Kerkhoff Group combines highly specialized, award-winning consulting companies that offer solutions for the entire value chain. The consulting services are aimed at achieving measurable increases in efficiency in the areas of supply chain management, purchasing and production. For more than 20 years, the group of companies has stood for top-quality consulting with a strong focus on implementation. The clients are mainly medium-sized companies and international groups from the German-speaking region, whereby the consulting services are provided across industries. The group of companies operates in interdisciplinary teams, driving forward the objective of increased efficiency.
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"As a privately-held company, we have grown organically with our customer's requirements over the decades and work in interdisciplinary teams, which develop innovative and intelligent solutions for supply chain, procurement and production."
We are independent and thus objective; our work is transparent, cooperative and reliable.
This maxim has been summarized in our code of conduct which is equally obligatory for all our companies.
Reliable – we want to remain outstanding
We want to exclusively provide outstanding services. Accordingly, we are specialized in our consulting segment. The awards we obtained motivate us to meet again the resulting high standards in every single project. We therefore accept only select project orders. These are projects where we are convinced that we can generate significant corporate value added. We are among the best in our segment, and it should stay that way. We do not strive to become the largest; instead, we are solely committed to quality and to the clients’ benefit.
Transparent – we are working plausibly and understandably
We demand from us transparency and understandability not only in terms of project contents and project progress but also in terms of analyses and calculations. We disclose to our clients all data, analyses and calculations which we prepare or establish within the scope of our collaboration. Moreover, we hand over to our clients the project data for their own further utilization. These data are used both for understandability and templates. Activities in the project are made transparent by means of reporting standards in the form of records or logs, weekly reports and meeting memos.
Cooperative – we are working on a par
It is our role and identity to collaborate on a par. We define "on par" via the respect for any task and the esteem of every responsible officer. Reciprocal learning is a key principle in the project: As consultants, we are dependent upon internal corporate know-how – professional and organizational knowledge – to realize a successful project jointly with our client. Trust and constructive collaboration are accordingly the working foundation and basis of understanding – not only within the joint project team.
Implementation-oriented – we reach our goals jointly
Our work does not end with analyses and strategy recommendations but only once the project contents have been successfully realized jointly with our clients. We lend a hand and we will help where we are needed. Success is the result of joint efforts. Setbacks and the readiness for constructive conflicts are all part of successful projects. This understanding is a motivation for maximum performance, it takes into account all special characteristics and brings about the best project results.
Independent – we evaluate objectively
Our business model is based, without exception, on the remuneration by our clients to whom we are exclusively committed and obligated. We evaluate objectively. Thus, we will not be guided in our work by performance-oriented compensation models; we do not obtain any commissions from suppliers and we also do not systematically work together with individual suppliers.
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Our specialised companies are bound by their passion for efficiency and cost optimisation.
Corporate consultants for optimising the value creation chain – from purchasing, production and supply chain to all corporate controlling functions
Corporate consultants for a sustainable and market-based product strategy, cost-based product development and integrated optimisation of manufacturing costs
Kerkhoff Cost Engineering
Consultants and managed service partners for the professionalisation and digitalisation of indirect product groups, plus multi-customer pooling of needs
Kerkhoff Indirect Procurement
Providers of software products, apps and benchmark data for the topics of cost calculation, analysis and market price indexing
Dr. Thomas Ludwig
Chairman of the Advisory Board
Thomas Ludwig has many years of professional expertise in the steel and trade sectors. From 1991 to 1995 he was a member of the Executive Board at Klöckner & Co AG, before joining the management team in 1995 at the Trade and Services division of the Thyssen Group, later known as ThyssenKrupp Group. There, he took over the position of CEO at ThyssenKrupp Serv AG. From 2003 to October 2009, Thomas Ludwig led Klöckner & Co SE as CEO. As of 1st January 2010, he has been the managing partner at the investment firm Lindsay Goldberg & Vogel GmbH in Düsseldorf, which represents the private equity fund Lindsay Goldberg, New York, in Germany.
Dr. rer. nat. Michael Fuchs
Member of the Advisory BoardMichael Fuchs was a member of the German Bundestag from 2002 to 2017 and belonged to the board of the CDU/CSU parliamentary group. He was chairman of the parliamentary group for SMEs from 2006 to 2011. Since November 2009, he has been one of the deputy chairmen of the CDU/CSU parliamentary group, where he is responsible for business and energy, SMEs and tourism. In the 2017 general election, Michael Fuchs no longer ran for the Bundestag.
Stefanie Kerkhoff (MBA)
Member of the Advisory BoardAfter studying at Bayreuth University, in 1993 Stefanie Kerkhoff joined the project business of TeKe - the consultancy OHG. She founded Kerkhoff Consulting together with her husband in 1999. As Commercial Director, Stefanie Kerkhoff was responsible for the Finance and HR Divisions in the German parent company and in the foreign subsidiaries. As part of these responsibilities, she developed the company into Kerkhoff Group GmbH. In 2013, Stefanie Kerkhoff joined the advisory board at Kerkhoff Group.
Andreas Schmitz (MEcon)
Member of the Advisory Board
Andreas Schmitz began his professional career at HSBC Trinkaus & Burkhardt in 1989 after completing his studies in economics and law. After various positions in corporate banking and investment banking, he became a personally liable partner of the bank in 2002 and was their spokesman from 2004 as well as the spokesman for the legal form in July 2006 In June 2015, he became Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the bank.
From 2009 to 2013, Mr. Schmitz was President of the Association of German Banks and continues to serve on the Board of Directors and the Executive Board of the Banking Association. In addition, he is the President of the Düsseldorf Stock Exchange, Vice President of the Düsseldorf Chamber of Industry and Commerce and Member of the Board of Directors at KfW, as well as being on the advisory boards of various companies. Furthermore, Mr. Schmitz is Chairman of the Supervisory Board at Scheidt & Bachmann GmbH, Mönchengladbach and is a member of the Supervisory Board at E.ON SE, Essen.
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