Couzens' Business Advisory Ltd

Registered in the UK as Company 09336732

Specialist Business Consultancy offered by Couzens' Business Advisory includes: -

        Acquisition Integration

        Directing Global ERP Implementations

        Driving Business Strategy through Enabling Technology

        Directing Professional Services and Consulting

        Executive and Non-Executive Board Positions

        Leading and Directing Large Teams

        Global Experience

Acquisition Integration

  • Since early 2012 planned, directed and executed post-acquisition integration for Puma-Energy in 10 national downstream oil company acquisitions in Central America, Africa and APAC

  • Previous post-acquisition integration experience includes directing and implementing European, American and Global acquisitions as a board director of MiTek, and responding to the Monopolies Commission. 

  • Ensuring business continuity - minimising and rapidly recovering any dip in turnover during acquisition

  • Reassuring leadership - skill retention, team focus, team commitment, maintaining productivity

  • Defining new strategy, obtaining commitment to new strategy from acquired company and acquiring company.   Documenting existing business profile

  • Matching enabling technology and business environment to new strategy, to ensure practical details are not an impediment to executing new strategy

  • Change management plan.   Implementing change management plan

  • Directing and coaching business process changes

  • Directing ERP changes essential to support business process changes

  • Optimising new business through leadership and coaching

 Directing Global ERP Implementations

  • Directing ERP Implementations from small to complex global

  • Identifying, measuring and delivering predicted business benefits

  • SAP, Microsoft Dynamics NAV and other major ERP

  • Building and directing teams in challenging countries

  • Contracting and optimising the productivity of consultants and contractors

  • Business engagement in all locations at all levels

  • Risk management

  • Business continuity

  • Business optimisation

Driving Business Strategy through Enabling Technology

  • Business Strategy can only be implemented successfully when supported by Enabling Technology

  • Enabling technologies include banking, telecom, manufacturing, beverage, engineering, energy, downstream oil, midstream oil, upstream oil

  • Combining business imperatives with a thorough understanding of enabling technology is essential for success

Directing Professional Services and Consulting

  • 7 years as Partner-in-Charge ERP Central Europe in Deloitte

  • Global Product Services Director Misys

  • SAP Consultancy Service Leader Coopers & Lybrand

  • Directing Outsourced Support to Ministry of Transport

  • Engineering Consultancy

Executive and Non-Executive Board Positions

  • Experience includes Board Director of MiTek (Bowater), Board Director of Misys, Partner of Deloitte

  • Cranfield University training in Non-Executive Directorships

Leading and Directing Large Teams

  • Experience includes directing teams of up to 300 in many global locations (click here)

International work experience building teams and businesses includes

  • Africa: Angola (yr), Tanzania
  • America: Guatemala, Honduras, San Salvador, USA (yr)
  • Asia: India, Indonesia (yr), Kazakhstan, Oman, Papua New Guinea, Philippines (yr), Russia, UAE (1yr), Vietnam (yr)
  • Australia (1yr)
  • Central and Eastern Europe: Croatia (yr), Czech Republic (9yr), Estonia, Hungary (yr), Poland (2yr), Romania (3yr)
  • Europe: UK (resident), France (2yr), Germany (yr), Switzerland (yr), Sweden


Click here for Ben Couzens' CV

Key Strengths: -

  • Post Acquisition Integration - from the day of acquisition managing the people, the acquired and acquiring boards of directors, the high level target strategy, the linkage between high level strategy and detailed low level business process and enabling industrial technology, detailed analysis of essential business process change, change management design and building and directing a local project team to implement rapid successful change
  • Global Impact - business networked and acclimatised to be immediately effective in Europe, Eastern Europe, Russia, Kazakhstan, Philippines, India, Asia, Australia, UAE, USA.   Click here for details
  • ERP Business Software Systems - Enterprise Resource Planning -
          SAP - Deloitte Partner in Charge SAP ERP in 17 European countries, implemented, supported, sold $70m fees in 7 years; recruited, trained and directed team of 100 SAP implementers
    NAV - Puma Global Head of ERP implementing NAV in 260 group companies in 30 countries, particularly Australia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Angola, also Tanzania, Estonia, Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador
          Directed full project lifecycles including successful go-lives and transition from deployment to support
  • Professional Services & Consulting - Partner Deloitte, recruited and trained 100 consultants, Senior Manager Coopers & Lybrand, freelance consultant, Global Product Services Director Misys
  • Board Positions Board Director MiTek (Bowater), Board Director Misys
  • Industrial Engineer Chartered Civil Engineer.  Qualified in general engineering.  Experienced in engineering design and project management of construction, structures, energy, telecom, manufacturing, automotive, beverage, distribution, oil and gas upstream midstream and downstream
  • Large Teams - Built and directed teams from the smallest to 300+

Supporting Strengths: -

  • Oil and Gas Downstream - ERP SAP Consultancy to downstream Oil and Gas.  NAV 30 country implementation for refining, storage, distribution and retail.   Detailed technical and business knowledge of downstream oil
  • Oil and Gas Facilities - Petrochemical plants, oil fired power stations
  • Oil and Gas Upstream - subsurface integrated studies, project management, consultancy sales, resourcing
  • Financial Consultant - certified as Financial Consultant by SAP Berlin, Senior Manager Coopers & Lybrand, Partner Deloitte
  • Financial Services - Directed development & support global banking software
  • Retail Banking Software - design, develop, implement, support, sell in 400 banks worldwide
  • IS - Engineering Information Systems - finite element software developer, leading-edge 3D graphics developer, automated design engineering systems
  • IS - Business Information Systems - business systems developer, bespoke software, packaged software, ERP, SAP, Microsoft Navision NAV
  • IT - Information Technology - 25 years experience ranging from "hands-on" IT, to IT team management, to directing an IT/IS staff of 300+
  • Engineering Design Software - design, develop, implement, support, sell - won and directed outsourced software maintenance for Ministry of Transport
  • Structural Engineer - designed military, transport, bridges, finite element analysis, theatres,48 storey building, prisons, hospitals, housing, roof structures
  • Civil Engineer - project manager/engineer for the construction of petrochemical plants, power generation, bridges, railway, motorways, aviation, military.  Chartered Civil Engineer
  • Industrial Technology Designed and commissioned automated controls for large industrial saws.  Technical consultancy for Bowater window manufacturing.   Design enhancements for manufacturing of building products. Knowledge of upstream and midstream oil technologies.  Established ITIL support for downstream industrial fuel delivery systems in APAC
  • Manufacturing Directed SAP implementation in TRW Automotive Czech.   Directed development of bespoke manufacturing systems for Bowater subsidiary
  • Distribution Directed NAV bespoke development of distribution module
  • Gas and Electrical Utilities - Implementation of billing systems for national gas and electrical retail utility companies
  • Nuclear Power - IT strategy
  • Manufacturing - management, machine design, software automated manufacturing
  • Largest Sale - largest personal sale was USD $23,000,000 consultancy fees
  • Sustained Sales - USD $70,000,000 consultancy fees targeted, sold, contracted, delivered, invoiced in 7 years with 30% profitability
  • Target Clients - Engineered Products, Engineering, Consultancy, Oil and Gas, Financial Services, Manufacturing, Retail, Beverage, Telecom, Automotive, Manufacturing, National Government
  • Project Management - major Civil projects, major IT projects, oil and gas consultancy, financial services.  PRINCE2 Certified Project Manager
  • Program Management - complex international systems implementations
  • MBA and MA Engineering.  MBA Warwick Business School Warwick University.   MA Engineering Cambridge University.