DRIVING
CHANGE
TO DELIVER
RESULTS
in WOOD, PULP, PAPER, PACKAGING and TISSUE
STEPCHANGE CONSULTING
Deep industry experience:
We understand your challenges
Value focus:
You get results
Change management:
We develop your people
STEPCHANGE CONSULTING is an industry focused and independent management consultancy specialized on wood, pulp, paper, packaging and tissue with a proven track record in supporting clients to achieve sustainable value.

StepChange provides support to top tier organizations in the industry from strategy development to implementation of operational improvements. With an international team of industry experts StepChange will hit the ground running. StepChange develops innovative and yet pragmatic solutions, placing an emphasis on delivering measurable business results.
StepChange is an industry focused and independent
management consultancy specialized on pulp, paper and packaging with a proven track record in supporting clients to achieve sustainable value. StepChange provides support to top tier organizations in the industry from strategy development to
implementation of operational improvements.

With an international team of industry experts StepChange will hit the ground running. StepChange develops innovative and yet
pragmatic solutions, placing an emphasis on delivering measurable business results.
DEEP
INDUSTRY
EXPERIENCE
WE UNDER –
STAND YOUR
CHALLENGE
Industries
Merchanting
Converting
Printing
Financial
Industries
We are specialized in the forestry, fiber & paper value chain. Our consultants understand your challenges and market forces and are able to tailor industry-relevant solutions together with you to improve your business performance.
Stakeholders
Services
FROM STRATEGY
DEVELOPMENT
TO
OPERATIONAL
IMPROVEMENT
Business Strategy
Mergers & Acquisitions
Services
We are ready to support our clients with their most pressing business challenges.

Our service portfolio covers the key processes in the forest and paper value chain. From Strategy Definition to Operational Performance Improvement and Turnaround Management, from M&A Strategy and Post Merger Integration to Restructuring and Organizational Design, from Supply Chain Transformation to Sales Strategy and Effectiveness.
Turnaround and Profit Improvement
Organization &
People Development

Operational Excellence
and Lean Manufacturing
Supply Chain Transformation
Procurement Excellence
Sales Strategy and
Effectiveness
Financial Performance
EXPERIENCED INDUSTRY CONSULTANTS AND FUNCTIONAL EXPERTS
About Us
Our team
Our continuously growing team consists of a broad mix of experienced industry consultants and functional experts who can hit the ground running from day 1.
We understand our clients’ issues because we are specialized on the industry.
Joachim is of German-Swedish origin and holds a master's degree in business administration. Since 1996 he has worked with global companies in the sector to define strategies, improve performance, transform supply chains and integrate acquired companies. Prior to founding StepChange in 2006, he worked for 10 years as a management consultant with a large international management consulting and technology firm, where he was operationally responsible for building the pulp and paper consulting practice. In addition to his specialization in the forest, pulp & paper industry, he has consulting experience from a wide range of other industries.
Joachim Klein
Managing Director
Ralf holds a degree in industrial management and marketing. He has expertise in sales & performance management, supply chain, turnaround and operational improvement projects.
Before joining StepChange Consulting in 2006, Ralf worked for six years as a management consultant to the pulp & paper industry. Additionally, he has five years experience working in different sales functions for a French chemicals company.
Ralf Möbus
Executive Director
Veronica holds a degree in MSc from the Technical University of Vienna. She also has a MBA degree and a PhD in Economics. She started in the global management consulting business in 2001. Veronica concentrates on strategic industry topics, sourcing of strategic raw materials and managing performance change. She has experience from living and working in South America, North America, Europe and the Middle East. Prior to joining
StepChange she has been responsible for various strategic and operational projects for Fortune 500 consumer packaged goods companies as well as many other industries.
Dr. Veronica Schey
COO
FINANCIAL
BENCHMARKING
OF
KEY INDUSTRY
PLAYERS
Our biannual publication
DRIVING DIGITAL CHANGE
Digitalization
Latest Topics
Strategy
Value Identification
Process automation
Organizational implications
Transformation efforts
Digitalization
StepChange is an industry thought leader in digital strategy. We are on the forefront to bring digital transformation to the fiber value chain. Digital opportunities are endless and StepChange has the industry knowledge to pinpoint digital value capture.
StepChange helps you go digital in:
INDUSTRY TRENDS AND HOT TOPICS
Foresty
Timber
Pulp
Paper
Packaging
Publications & Events
Merchanting
Converting
Printing
Financial Stakeholders
Industry
Industry
We are specialized in the forestry, fiber & paper value chain. Our consultants understand your challenges and market forces and are able to tailor industry-relevant solutions together with you to improve your business performance.
StepChange countinuously publishes articles on current industry trends and hot topics.
BECOMING PART OF DIVERSE STEPCHANGE TEAM
Career
Carreer
At StepChange Consulting our people are our most important asset. In a positive environment with flat hierarchies and direct communication, you will become actively involved in growing our business.
We foster a unique, diverse and international company culture that supports personal and professional growth.
We are constantly looking for outstanding people with excellent analytical and inter-personal skills, who are dedicated about what they do and continuously seek personal and professional growth.
We are looking for industry experienced professionals, experienced management consultants or highly motivated graduates.
Ideally, experienced candidates have worked in the paper value chain or have compelling experience form other process industries.
Our ideal graduate likes to be challenged, has international experience, speaks more than two languages, is ambitious but yet a team player and doesn't give up.

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Contact us
StepChange GmbH
Jordangasse 7/18 1010 Vienna, Austria

Phone: +43 1 5870 220
Fax.: +43 1 5870 221

office@stepchange.com
How can we help?
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Increasing competition for supply with the biomass sector and long distance sourcing of wood continue to pose challenges. The Digitalization of the forestry industry is playing a crucial role in improving the efficiency of operations and securing good results.

StepChange supports companies in this sector to streamline supply chains, operations and reduce the overall costs.
Forestry
Forestry
The global economic situation has a significant impact on the demand for wood products and thus market prices due to the close relation to the building industry.

Forward integration and marketing focus on the end customer is a continuing trend to capture a higher value-add.

StepChange supports companies in this sector to increase their competitiveness through cost reduction, supply chain integration and definition of market strategies.
Timber
Timber
The global economic situation has a significant impact on the demand for wood products and thus market prices due to the close relation to the building industry.

Forward integration and marketing focus on the end customer is a continuing trend to capture a higher value-add.

StepChange supports companies in this sector to increase their competitiveness through cost reduction, supply chain integration
and definition of market strategies.
The industry has long been characterized by overcapacity and low profitability, leading to intense competition and capacity closures. While capacity consolidation has taken place, in some markets such as printing there are still many industry segments with a low degree of concentration.

StepChange supports paper companies to improve performance through strategy definition, cost reduction, production efficiency improvements, turnaround management, merger integration and asset consolidation.
Paper
Paper
New capacity has become ever bigger decreasing cash costs tremendously but increasing financing risks which has led to discontinuation or delay of some projects.

StepChange supports companies to reduce their exposure to cyclicality, reduce production costs and streamline their raw material supply chains.
Pulp
Paper converting operations are as diverse as the different end-uses or applications of paper.

StepChange supports converting companies to increase their productivity, reduce overall costs and improve their customer service levels.
Converting
Converting
Competition in commoditized packaging is intense, leading to a need to manage production assets, productivity and raw material costs. In specialty packaging there is a need to fulfil customer requirements with respect to packaging form, function and design.

StepChange is supporting packaging companies to define sales and supply chain strategies, reduce costs of manufacturing, integrate acquired companies and manage and align the asset portfolio
Packaging
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