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Munich: Leading German strategy consulting firm, Roland Berger Strategy Consultants, is to fuel its exceptional growth with the recruitment of over 500 professionals this year, and it has underpinned its international expansion by opening a fifth office in China, its 49th around the world.

  • Expects to recruit 550 professionals worldwide in 2012
  • Focus on engineering graduates
  • Opens fifth office in greater China — in Guangzhou

Its recruitment drive will feature an innovative and very specific recruiting workshop, "start.ing2012", in Stuttgart next month, designed for engineering students, graduates, doctoral candidates and professionals with an engineering background from Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

Students will prepare a strategy for a real client — a global automotive supplier — and the firm says this exercise reflects a shift in the nature of demand for consulting skills.

"The number of consulting projects that require technical know-how is rising fast across the automotive, high-tech and IT industries. That's why engineers enjoy excellent career prospects with us," says Ralf Kalmbach, Partner and Member of the global Executive Committee at Roland Berger Strategy Consultants.

Participants in start.ing2012 will get hands-on experience with project work. They will learn how they can apply their technical expertise to strategy consulting for three days work on a real-life topic for a global automotive supplier. The goal is to analyze product design, production efficiency and material costs and make suggestions for improvement. At the end, the teams will present their results to the client — similar to a board-level meeting — and have to convince the company representatives to choose their concept.

Meanwhile Roland Berger has opened a new office in Guangzhou in the south Chinese province of Guangdong. The firm now has five offices in Greater China (a region that incorporates mainland China, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan) and a total of 49 offices in 35 countries around the world.

Roland Berger will be one of the first strategy firm to have a serious presence in Guangdong province, and it expects the office to be the key to its local recruitment efforts.

"With a mature industrial base and highly developed logistics network, South China has long been at the forefront of Chinese business development," said Charles-Edouard Bouée, President of Roland Berger Asia and member of Roland Berger's Global Executive Committee.

"Therefore, it won't be surprising to see greater consulting needs arising among the companies based there in the future. The establishment of the Guangzhou office is another major step for the growth of Roland Berger Greater China. The new office promises to create business opportunities and will be an important information hub for companies operating out of the region for sharing valuable experience and expertise."

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