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Companies face increasing pressure to transform from polluting, dusty, and noisy into clean, socially sustainable and environmentally responsible organisations.  The license to operate increasingly depends on a more collaborative win-win approach that provides benefits to local communities in the form of education and careers for the life of the project. The industry faces many challenges: mining companies face reducing ore quality; demands for material recycling and reuse are transforming supply chains; and technology is offering a range of new opportunities to improve efficiency and serve customers better.

How we can help

We can help the executive team to align around a common vision that takes real account of key stakeholders and their interests. We challenge you to define ambitions that go further taking account of the changes you face and leveraging the opportunities facing the company. We then help you to get the whole workforce engaged in moving towards the vision. We do not bring in teams of consultants, but rather we upskill and mentor your own people so that you have the capability not just to start the journey but to see it through. In a global industry like mining and meterials, our local experts and award winning tools and processes allow you to effectively implement across geographies and business lines.

Manufacturing in its simplest form is the transformation of materials from one form to another using various value added processes. In the past 2 decades there has been a rush to offshore manufacturing operations from high cost countries to low cost countries, this may have led to short term lower costs in many instances but in many cases it has led to an increase in supply chain complexity, increased lead-times, increased inventory, increased carbon footprint and an increased risk of IP theft.
With the current global exposure to pandemics and the rise of strong geopolitical tensions this is leading to a rethink for many on their supply chain and manufacturing footprint strategies and evaluation of risks and what needs to be sovereign capability.

How can we help

We can help your executive team to align around a common vision that takes real account of key stakeholders and their interests. We challenge you to define ambitions that go further taking account of the changes you face and leveraging the opportunities facing the company. We then help you to get the whole workforce engaged in moving towards the vision. We do not bring in teams of consultants, but rather we upskill and mentor your own people so that you have the capability not just to start the journey but to see it through. In the Manufacturing sector we have local experts that know what good looks like and can help you build your own operational excellence capability in the total end to end manufacturing supply chain using award winning tools and processes which allow you to effectively implement across geographies and business lines to better satisfy the needs of the ever more demanding customers and challenges we face.

The high profitability of the pharma industry is being challenged by cost and pricing pressures. While the industry has an enviable record of research and development of new drugs to treat unmet needs, both the costs and time of successfully bringing a new drug to market have been increasing rapidly. Emerging low-cost entrants, nimbler and more efficient than many traditional players, are adding to the industry’s challenges and precipitating major changes in business models.

Covid-19 has changed virtually everything for Medtech firms. The need to create safe physical distances between healthcare workers and COVID-19 patients prompted medtech firms to modify how their devices are used, including extensive use of remote programming and monitoring. Technology is transforming medtech companies as the more adaptable invest in advanced technologies to meet the rapidly changing needs of healthcare organisations.

Key trends affecting the pharma and medtech companies include increased use of AI in drug discovery, analysis of patient experience and the use of blockchain to securely transact and manage patient records. Precision medicine, increasing use of non-invasive technologies, medical robots, new wearable technologies and the increased use of IoT applications as well as 3D printing are changing the shape of the pharma and medtech industries. Both the pharma and medtech industries are continuing to have a healthy appetite for mergers and acquisitions.

How can we help

Our experts have lived through and in many cases have pioneered market changing trends. We therefore understand what it takes to bring about sustainable change. We facilitate transformational growth by helping companies rapidly adjust to fast-changing market realities and the adoption of new technologies. Working globally we have the capability to quickly put together the best teams needed to ensure success. We upskill our clients’ organisations and we leave behind the tools that we work with. We work with all stakeholders and engineer sustainable change by simultaneously focusing  on people, processes, and the necessary culture change required.

In the last couple of years, plant-based solutions evolved very rapidly from a niche market in dairy to nearly all segments of the food industry and is becoming mainstream in several countries and categories. This disruption, happening across the whole food industry, coupled with a greater awareness for health and ecological impact has created challenges both for more established organisations as for newly emerging ones. Concepts like Blitzscaling which were only for the Tech world are now seen across the Food Industry. This is what we call Food 2.0

How can we help with your Food 2.0 journey?

We rapidly transform consumer insights into growing and profitable businesses, differentiating from competitors, identifying future trends, and depending on the particular challenge take niche into mainstream, turning around the business, accelerating investments, delivering on M&A turnarounds.

Our team has demonstrable, hands-on experience in upscaling and managing operations in tier 1 of the food industry. We do not bring in teams of consultants, but rather we upskill and mentor your own people so that you have the capability not just to start the journey but to see it through. Our transformation experts and award winning tools and processes allow you to effectively implement across geographies and business lines.

The financial sector covers a wide range of companies from banks and brokers to retirement and investment companies.  New technologies and new players are relentlessly chipping away at the business of once-venerable institutions. "Banking is necessary, banks are not" said Bill Gates in 1994. Financial intermediation has come a long way since then, but we are still seeing many “walking dead” with  excess capital, inept and self-interested management, government interventions, and general inertia limiting much needed change.
New entrants such as open banking, receivables financing, on-line brokerage, non-bank lenders are responding to new engagement models demanded by younger customers and enabled by technology start-ups. Apple Pay, AliPay, and a plethora of "Neo Banks" provide more convenient service and have better satisfied customers. Faster, cheaper, mobile native, IA-enabled, these players have opened up new ways of working and engaging with customers and are transforming the field.

How can we help

Our team has demonstrable, hands-on experience in traditional institutions, helping to  accelerate their transformation journey, to unravel complex legacy issues and engage the front-line in the provision of great customer service. For maturing new entrants, we offer the benefit of our customer-centric and culture-enhancing experience - to accelerate scale, while retaining the spirit of adventure and innovation. We help implement new business models through upgrading the capabilities of leaders and teams to achieve their goals.

We do not bring in teams of consultants, but rather we upskill and mentor your own people so that you have the capability not just to start the journey but to see it through. Our transformation experts and award winning tools and processes allow you to effectively implement across geographies and business lines.

Shareholders with significant interests in operating companies are often confronted with challenges that could have a negative impact on their investments due to a variety of circumstances:
    • Management lacking capability and experience in managing very rapid growth and global rollout of their organisation (see our section on BlitzScaling)
    •  Consistent underperformance of the organisation due to changes not being implemented rapidly or deep enough
    • Rollup strategies where it is important to enable multiple acquisition integrations without slowing the company’s growth (‘digestion problems”)
    • Sections inside the organisation that need to be redesigned to be fit for purpose post investment eg finance, supply chain, IT/technology
    • Companies requiring hands-on work to manage carveouts, downsizing, entering new markets etc

How can we help

WhitewaterTX offers proven former CEOs equipped with tools to move companies very rapidly, especially complex organisations under significant pressure. WhitewaterTX personnel have worked in high pressure rapid changing environments in multiple countries – they have partnered with Pes/Family Offices and Activist investors to support shareholders who work with dynamic asset classes.  We understand the need to link strategy to operations throughout the organisations and to move with alacrity and care so as to minimise distress while maximising the benefits of the interventions.

We do not bring in teams of consultants, but rather we upskill and mentor your own people so that you have the capability not just to start the journey but to see it through. Our transformation experts and award winning tools and processes allow you to effectively implement across geographies and business lines.

Advances in Technology is causing the biggest disruption since the Industrial Revolution.  No industry or sector has been untouched by the speed, and extent, of change.  Whist this may be a threat to some industries (those who don't embrace this change will unfortunately fall by the wayside), for the bold this represents an unprecedented opportunity. 

Taking advantage of this demands a different Technology operating model that many companies are unfamiliar with.  Traditionally IT has been the "delivery channel for technology to enable the business", however as technology itself fundamentally changes business, the ones that succeed are those who embrace a more symbiotic and partnership-of-equals model.  Technology will drive new opportunities, and those who work in technology need to work hand-in-glove with business stakeholders to identify and then take advantage of these new opportunities

How can we help with Technology Transformation?

Technology Transformation actually is not just about Technology, or even about Agile IT.  It's actually the dawn of a new way-of-working, and often counter to the "business lead, technology delivers a fixed scope" approach that has driven IT for the last 20 years.  As such it requires significant cultural and behavioural change - and needs to be delivered at speed.  WhitewaterTX specialises in rapid changes in behaviour and operating model and can guide a traditional IT department on how to bridge that divide, to turn IT from a cost-centre to a centre of opportunity, and to achieve Technology Nirvana.