Methis Consulting expands presence in Dutch energy consultancy market

02 August 2018 3 min. read

Belgian management consultancy Methis Consulting has expanded its footprint in the Dutch consulting market. After having been involved with several projects in the energy sector in recent years, the consultancy is embarking on the next phase of growth, says one of the firm’s co-founders. As part of the drive, three new professionals have been added to the local team, including Emiel Zandvliet, an experienced manager with extensive knowledge of the energy market. 

Founded in 2007, Methis Consulting focuses on two main sectors: energy and public transport, serving its customers with offerings including business-IT alignment, process management, project management and data analysis.

In 2010 Methis Consulting first entered the Dutch energy consultancy market, and since then the consulting firm has carried out assignments for various energy companies, including Essent, Enexis, Alliander and Enduris. Building on its track record, co-founder Bart Van den Berghe explains that the sights have now been set on accelerating growth. “We are actively taking steps to further develop our position as a specialised consultancy for the energy industry in the Netherlands.” 

New blood

To underpin these ambitions, the consultancy brought Emiel Zandvliet on board in the second quarter of the year. He brings a wealth of experience in the energy landscape with him – in recent years, Zandvliet was responsible for the daily operation and business development of a major Dutch energy supplier. He also previously worked for Capgemini for more than fifteen years, holding various management and advisory roles throughout his stint. 

Methis Consulting expands presence in Dutch energy consultancy market

“Emiel is home to the energy market, the industry’s processes and the world of consulting world," said Maarten Smet, the other co-founder of Methis Consulting. Alongside his role of leading the firm’s Dutch energy propositions, Zandvliet has been appointed Operational Director Netherlands – in the role he will play a key role in expanding the Methis’ network and market position in the Netherlands. 

In addition to Zandvliet’s signing, the management consultancy has also strengthened its Dutch team with a junior and medior consultant. Similar to Zandvliet, Jerome Oskam, appointed a Consultant, enjoyed a background at Capgemini. He has worked on a number of transitions in the energy landscape, including as an Oracle Consultant on a large digital transformation programme. 

Anouk de Vries has been named a Junior Consultant. She has gained project experience at her previous employer, and prior to that completed her master's degree in Strategic Management. 

Energy consulting focus

Asked how he believes Methis Consulting differentiates itself in the crowded energy consultancy space (the boutique faces the likes of the energy practices of the Big Four and Accenture, or larger rivals with a focus on energy, such as First Consulting), Zandvliet pointed to the firm’s dedicated focus coupled with its track record in the Benelux. “Methis Consulting focuses entirely and without exception on advising and supporting energy companies. This obliges us to keep our consultants continuously up-to-date, thereby also guaranteeing our value adding expertise on assignments. Moreover, our presence in both the Dutch and Belgian markets provides clients with new but proven concepts that have already been rolled-out successfully in another market.”

He continued: “Our energy practice consists of 45 experienced consultants. Our consultants have earned their stripes in their roles and market leading knowledge of the energy market in the Netherlands and Belgium.”