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At a Glance


“Entrepreneurial mindset”

“Friendly place to work”

“Footprint across the automotive sector “



“Better benefits would be welcome”

“Firm slow to adapt to change”

The Buzz

"Good reputation."

"Good technical consulting competencies."

About Ricardo Strategic Consulting (Europe)

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., Japan 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.



June/July 2013

Ricardo Strategic Consulting – North America Welcomes 2 New Advisory Board Members and Appoints 2 New Principals

The firm appointed Tom Cackette and Professor Alan Taub to its advisory board. Mr. Cackette is a retired Chief Deputy Executive Officer for the California Air Resource Board, and a technical expert in vehicle emission control. Prof. Taub is a retired VP of Global R&D from General Motors, and a technical expert in material science.

Additionally, the firm appointed two new Principals: Scott St. Clair, who joined RSC from KPMG, and Derek Schlonsky, who was  promoted to Principal from Manager.


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.

Ricardo Strategic Consulting (Europe)

Bridge Works, Old Shoreham Road
West Sussex BN43 5FG
Phone: +44 1273 455611

Firm Stats

Employer Type: Subsidiary
Stock Symbol: RCDO
Stock Exchange: LSE
Managing Director: James Passemard
2013 Employees (All Locations): 55

Major Office Locations

Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex, UK (Global HQ)
Additional locations in the United States, Germany, Japan and China

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