Ricardo Strategic Consulting at a Glance


  • "Great team, interesting and varied programs."
  • "Global exposure."
  • "Great work-life balance."


  • "Benefits."
  • "Too much focus on operations-related projects."
  • "Five-plus days per week at the client site."

The Buzz

  • "Automotive."
  • "Strong industry expertise."
  • Limited brand recognition outside sector.

About Ricardo Strategic Consulting


Driving strategy

Ricardo Strategic Consulting (RSC) is a leading provider of consulting services in the automotive and transportations industries. The firm is a subsidiary of global automotive engineering outfit Ricardo-a lineage that means that, while the consulting firm has only been formally operational since 2002, it is part of a traditions of automotive consulting and solutions dating back almost a century, to Ricardo's founding in 1915. 

In terms of services, RSC works closely with its parent company and offers a mix of strategic and technical consulting: services include everything from corporate and business strategy to market analysis and advice on mergers and acquisitions. According to the firm's website, RSC "has successfully delivered more than 500 major projects covering the entire automotive value chain" since 2002.


Global footprint

Globally, Ricardo has a footprint in 10 countries, with an understandable focus on centers of transportation and energy production and consumption. RSC has a presence in five of those countries: Germany, the U.K., U.S., India and China. 

RSC is led by Markus Doerr, who had served the company for ten years, most recently as European managing director, at the time of his current appointment in 2008. Holding a combined Master's in Business Administration and Mechanical Engineering from the Technical University of Darmstadt, Doerr has also held positions at A.T. Kearney, Roland Berger and Ford of Europe.



July 2014 

Ricardo Strategic Consulting - North America Welcomes New Advisory Board Member and Vice President promotions

The firm recently appointed Dan Cheng to its advisory board. Dan brings an outstanding background as a former A.T. Kearney Partner and Americas Automotive Practice Leader for 4 years and currently President and Founder of predictive analytics company Insight Analytics, Inc. Dan joins previous appointees Tom Cackette , a retired Chief Deputy Executive Officer for the California Air Resource Board, and technical expert in vehicle emission control and Professor Alan Taub, a retired VP of Global R&D from General Motors, and technical expert in material science. 

The RSC Advisory Group supports the business development efforts of five appointed Vice Presidents: Derek Schlonsky, an experienced operations consultant having broad exposure to the consulting industry through his time at Deloitte, Accenture and LEK Consulting; Dr. Marc Wiseman, a twenty-year veteran of Ricardo and former Vice President at advanced technology company Third Planet Windpower;  Scott St. Clair , who joined RSC recently from the leadership team at KPMG; Mark Kuhn, a globally respected expert in product development and product strategy of engines and powertrains, market entry strategy, and technology planning; and Jason Schug, a thought-leader with roots from General Motors Strategic Initiatives team.


September 2013 

Ricardo Strategic Consulting study predicts that BRIC automotive markets will be eclipsed by the 'Rising-15' 

A landmark study, cited by the Wall Street Journal, has investigated the likely global automotive potential in the decade to 2025:  Sluggish demand in Europe, Japan and North America are balanced by BRIC markets through 2020 and thereafter the

'Rising-15' nations become the engine of future growth.  Ricardo identified a new competitive battleground of opportunity for global automakers - with Chinese and Indian automakers already making advances in 'Rising-15' markets.


May 2013 

Ricardo Receives Notice of Funding for a California Energy Commission Project

Ricardo, Inc. a multi-industry consultancy for engineering, technology, project innovation and strategy, announced that it will be working with Electricore, which has received a $750,000 award from California Energy Commission to perform a comprehensive survey of the commercial plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) marketplace and to propose value-based design options for standardization of battery systems


April 2013 

Consulting Firm of the Year-Again

For the second time in three years, Finance Monthly magazine named Ricardo Strategic Consulting as its 'Consulting Firm of the Year').

In 2011, the award to Ricardo Strategic Consulting recognized the achievements of a high profile due diligence study carried out on El-Forest for Fouriertransform. The work carried out included on-site assessment of the El-Forest machine concept and design readiness, and an evaluation of the series hybrid powertrain's performance and robustness. Additionally in 2013, RSC received the same award for similar work conducted.


March 2011 

Ricardo helps Canadian National railroad assess the benefits of natural gas traction

The project's objective included exploring the commercial and environmental potential of natural gas as a rail locomotive propulsion fuel. Ricardo supported Canadian National by reviewing available engine conversion technologies and their predicted strategic benefits. The project provided valuable insights into the potential for using relatively abundant and low cost natural gas in place of diesel.

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Ricardo Strategic Consulting

Detroit Technical Center, 40000 Ricardo Drive
Van Buren Township
Detroit, MI 48111-1641
Phone: 1 (734) 397-666
Fax: 1 (734) 397-6677


  • Employer Type: Public
  • Stock Symbol: RCDO
  • Stock Exchange: LSE
  • Managing Director: Markus Doerr
  • 2013 Employees: 55

  • Employment Contact
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  • Major Departments & Practices
    Corporate and Business Strategy
    E-Mobility Strategy and Implementation
    Integrated Cost Reduction and Operations Improvement
    Marketing, Sales and Services
    Market and Economic Analysis
    Market Regulation and Policy
    Mergers and Acquisitions
    Quality and High Value Problem Resolution (HVPR)
    Research and Development Management

Major Office Locations

  • Detroit, MI (US HQ)
  • Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex, UK (Global HQ)
  • Delhi
  • Munich
  • Shanghai

Key Financials

  • 2013 Revenue: $17 million

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