Ben Taussig

Project Manager Supply Chain Consulting

My Job as Inhouse Consultant:

I am responsible for advising clients on how to improve or optimize site logistic at their plants. This includes analysis and optimization of traffic (Forklift, rail, truck, etc.), material handling to/from production, storage solutions, picking, truck unloading/loading and general processes throughout the site.

My daily challenges:

On a day-to-day basis, I am helping clients understand how changes in their production rates, market strategies, and portfolio affect the site logistics functions. Often these discussions are to determine where bottlenecks will appear as volumes increase and identifying solutions to prevent such issues.

Why I like to work as Inhouse Consultant:

Inhouse consulting offers me the ability to lead multiple projects simultaneously and drive them in my own manner to meaningfully influence the outcome and generate value for the BASF. Additionally, since so much responsibility is given to us, we also gain flexibility to schedule projects as we see, assuming this aligns with the clients’ expectations.

What I like most about being an Inhouse Consultant:

I love consulting, as it gives me the ability to switch between high priority projects as I see fit. If I need a break from a project, I can often switch my focus to another for a day, and come back when my creativity is replenished. Additionally, I interact with a broad range of people throughout the organization building my network and learning more about myself in the process!

My life before joining the Inhouse Consultancy:

I worked for 5 years in an external consultancy before joining BASF and have found that inhouse consulting has all of good parts of external consultancy with less travel, more exposure to management, more responsibility, and additional leverage in projects.

What I like to do in my spare time:

I love to go bouldering and rock climbing in my spare time. Bouldering requires me to give 100% concentration and energy to finishing a route, not unlike conducting a SteerCo meeting. Rock Climbing is more about enduring move after move and finding creative ways to move from hold to hold, not unlike analyzing and preparing documentation for clients. I think I like these activities and consulting, as I have learned from both, making me better at both of them!