Making BIG FOUR business transformation expertise available to everyone 

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EVER NOTICE HOW THE BIG PLAYERS GET THE BEST ADVICE? WE'RE CHANGING THAT

What we offer

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Advisory Services

Consulting
Interim and Contract Work
Public Speaking

Strategic Sourcing
Complexity Management
Executive Presence
Unconscious Bias

Training
 

How we're different

We are not your typical professional services firm. At Pinwheel, we offer "Big Four" world-class expertise like the big corporate consulting firms but in a kinder, more authentic, and more affordable package.

Our founder, Natascha Schijven, left a Partner position at Deloitte because she wanted to do business differently. She had a vision of making world-class business transformation expertise available to anyone who needed it, rather than just who could afford it.  As a globally recognized expert in cost transformation and high-quality turn-around solutions, Natascha has seen under-the-hood of many Global and Fortune 500 companies and forged relationships with some of the world's top CEO's but her passion has always been helping the underdog. 

At Pinwheel, we put the human being first, and leave the company's agenda at the door.  We genuinely care about you, and we get excited when you succeed. Every one of our clients has been a success story, and many have become friends along the way. We want to work together, in a collaborative and genuine way to share our wealth of experience and insights to help you achieve your goals. If we don't think we can bring you a positive return on investment, we'll tell you. 

"Global and Fortune 500 cost transformation expertise"

Whether you're a small business struggling to cut costs, or a larger corporation looking to achieve cost synergies across business units, Pinwheel has the broad capabilities and deep industry knowledge to help you solve the most complex issues. From holistic retail store operations improvement, to multi-year strategic sourcing transformation, to deep packaging design for value, Pinwheel can help.

 

As our founder says, "I've been lucky to work with so many mid-sized and global corporations during my decades of industry and consulting experience. I’ve learned what works and what definitely doesn’t when it comes to tailored advisory services and training that sticks. I’ve learned to stay open-minded and agile - there's no "one-size fits all" approach, although the most successful projects always leveraged the common denominator of expertise gained across geographies and industries. Transformation means doing something drastically new and disruptive. You need broad and deep diversity of expertise to be able to figure out what that is for a client." 

 

When we work together, in addition to our experience and deep subject matter expertise, you also gain access to our professional network and partner ecosystem. We want to help our clients wherever help is needed, and our network ensures we can help you through any challenge or business need - whether process, system, organizational, or talent related. 

"No set pricing model"

To ensure any client at any stage in their journey can benefit, Pinwheel's pricing model is fully flexible. From fixed fee, to value-based gain share post services delivered.

 

A small business on the verge of bankruptcy is in a very different situation than a flourishing company looking to diversify and generate cash to fund the next leg in the owners' dream. With so many variables to consider, it has never seemed right to us to have a fixed pricing model. We want to be a part of your journey, and we'll figure out compensation that makes sense.

 

Our expertise

  • Procurement organization design

  • Supply chain strategy

  • Operations strategy

  • Change management

  • Strategic sourcing

  • Supply chain SKU management

  • LEAN manufacturing

  • Executive communications

  • Company cost turn-around

  • Complex program management

  • Unconscious bias resolution

  • Presenting with impact & executive presence coaching and training

  • Leading with emotional intelligence

  • Digital solutions/advanced analytics (AI, ML, IoT, blockchain, Big Data, statistical and optimization analytics)

  • Constraint release workshopping

  • Orchestrated and advanced negotiations

  • Contract management

  • Supply base optimization

  • Direct materials management

  • Packaging design for value

  • Commodity hedging

  • Harnessing diversity

  • Indirect category sourcing

  • Direct category sourcing

  • Supplier performance management

 

Common questions

WHAT CAN PINWHEEL REALLY DO FOR MY BUSINESS?

Pinwheel excels at cost transformation consulting for beginners through leaders. We can help extract tangible value out of any foundational procurement, supply chain and operations challenge or help you think through and implement what’s next for your business, which often relates to leveraging digital/industry 4.0 analytics. We have proven thought-leading expertise in soft skill building, executive coaching and providing interactive training solutions that stick. In other words, the skills required for leaders to sustainably manage transformations (change management, communications, expectations management). Pinwheel also has broad expertise to help with strategic top-line growth challenges, core business optimization and corporate strategy. If your business isn't performing quite the way you'd hoped in any of the above areas or you're experiencing challenges and don't know what questions to ask, give us a call. 

HOW DO I KNOW THAT PINWHEEL  IS RIGHT FOR ME?

Your success is our success, and we will gladly put our money where our mouth is. We will work with you in the trenches, doing the hard work, and become part of your team to ensure we succeed together. We're also a pretty humble and informal bunch. We don't think you need to be wearing a suit to be an expert. Our founder Natascha has said, "I am a pretty basic person. I grew up in a blue-collar family in The Netherlands. We didn't have much and my folks had to work multiple jobs to make ends meet. I was the first in my family to go to university, work all around the world and make my way up to corporate executive level. I am very thankful to have been given the opportunity to do this. I always felt it was important to stay true to myself as I ascended the ranks and do what I authentically believed was right for my clients even if it was not right for me.” At Pinwheel this is one of our core values, authenticity. We will tell it like it is, and challenge you, in a respectful manner supported by facts.

 

DO YOU REALLY SUPPORT ALL SIZES OF BUSINESS?

We truly believe everyone should have access to high-quality solutions and expertise that will allow them to reach their full potential, whether you’re big or small, beginner or leading.  That’s why we want to play our part in levelling the playing field - why should the little guy not have access to high-quality Big Four services?  After all, everyone starts out small. That’s why our business model has been designed around working with clients of all sizes. We are a small and nimble firm with limited overhead which gives us the advantage of agility and the ability to optimize. We can quickly scale up for Global 500 support through our partnerships with large professional services firms while at the same time being able to provide pointed, focused, ad-hoc support for small and medium-sized businesses. 

WE'RE A SMALL COMPANY STRUGGLING TO CONTROL COSTS. WE TYPICALLY CAN'T AFFORD TO HIRE TOP NOTCH EXPERTISE, SO HOW CAN WE AFFORD TO HIRE YOU?

Pinwheel's unique pricing model means our services can be affordable for everybody. Sometimes it's the smallest companies that are doing the most good but cannot afford the expertise which would be beneficial and allow them to continue their great work. We want to contribute and give back however we can. Whether through a deferred payment structure or a shared savings agreement, if we believe in a combined avenue for success (which is not always measured in dollars), we'll make it work. It all starts with a conversation so, let's talk.

 

Natascha’s efforts resulted in a transformational outcome for the company.  Throughout the engagement Natascha was highly innovative in her approach leveraging fact-based analytics and benchmark data.  She also provided program governance and considered the impact on the organization as we introduced new ways of working.  It is for these reasons I am offering my highest of recommendations for Natascha as a highly effective consultant in procurement and most importantly, her approach to delivering “real” results.

- Michael Jacobs ex-CSCO, Keurig Green Mountain

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