Philipp Lukas Spang
Project Manager, BASF Management Consulting
My Job as Inhouse Consultant:
I started at BASF Management Consulting as a Project Manager in September 2019 in the practice group of Operating Model & Organizational Development. Since my time here at BASF, I lead projects in different areas like Mergers & Acquisitions, Marketing & Sales and Organizational Development. Besides that, I am engaged in various internal topics from being a Mentor / Buddy for new Inhouse Consulting colleagues to (re)defining our consulting offerings to our internal clients to recruiting.
My daily challenges:
BASF Inhouse Consulting staffs Consultants and Projects Manager across practice groups and projects. Therefore, I worked on projects in different areas or fields and with different Operating Division or our Corporate Center during my time at BASF. While being able to really work in close cooperation & collaboration with the internal clients, having new topics and different Operating Division with different portfolios and needs involved in the project requires a high degree of flexibility and willingness to deal with new circumstances every day. My daily challenge is to be flexible and open to adapt to the different needs, engage with stakeholders across all levels and help my clients to be more successful.
Why I like to work as Inhouse Consultant:
Being able to work in different areas and for different Operating Division of BASF gives me the unique opportunity to broaden my view & experience. It also helps to get to know a large company like BASF rather quickly. The main difference compared to my time as an external consultant is also big advantage: clients see us as their colleagues and trusted go-to persons – making the everyday job easier, more valued, and more fun. We can establish real proximity to the client.
Finally, not to forget the direct exposure to BASFs top management giving the chance to really shape the future of BASF while working on strategic topics jointly up to the highest senior executive levels.
Besides my day to day consulting work, my position enables me to accompany additional internal topics like the BASF Business Excellence Award, where BASF projects with significant business impact are rewarded every year. Getting to know the projects very early and seeing this early success while supporting the selection process with the highest BASF hierarchies offers the opportunity to learn about BASFs business and management even more.
What I like most about being an Inhouse Consultant:
Being an inhouse consultant, being perceived as a colleague within BASF and the broad project landscape help to build my own personal network within BASF. Having the opportunity to see different areas and Operating Division, helps me to find areas I am interested in for my time after the inhouse consulting and gives me the chance to develop myself into a broad spectrum of future business roles in BASF. Having established a personal network across units, functions, divisions, and regions of course helps to start my career after the time in the Inhouse Consulting.
One very short-term advantage of the inhouse consulting role is less travel combined with a better work-life balance compared to my previous time as an external consultant.
My life before joining the Inhouse Consultancy:
Before joining BASF Management Consulting, I started my consulting career at Accenture Strategy in the Chemicals, Resources and Utilities practice. During my time there, I worked on various strategy project for clients in the chemical industry as a Consultant and Manager. Prior to joining Accenture, I did my PhD in Radiopharmaceutical Chemistry at the Johannes-Gutenberg-Universität Mainz.
What I like to do in my spare time:
During the challenging Corona times, I started running. I really like the surrounding beautiful region as it provides many opportunities to do some sports. Except that, I love skiing and spending time with my 5-year old daughter.