When asked what makes SRK Consulting so successful, Dr James Siddorn says confidently, "Our people." Considering the company is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, Siddorn's answer is a believable one. He is referring to SRK's world-renowned consultants. And he should know - he is one of them.
"Our clients choose us," says Siddorn, who serves as vice-president of SRK's Canadian offices, "because they know they will get quality technical advice and services within their jurisdiction."
To achieve this, SRK takes a twofold approach.
First, it employs local experts who have in-depth knowledge of an area's legislation and culture. Second, the company encourages these experts to create customised teams by working with other specialists from more than 50 SRK offices worldwide. This approach requires the company to manage its growth around market demand, client needs and talent.
"We focus on high-value consultancy," Siddorn says, "where we work with interesting projects that are more challenging and produce solutions for clients that are more innovative."
SRK believes it is precisely this blend of opportunity and innovation that attracts the talent who, in turn, drive the company's success and growth.
For example, to take advantage of the growing demand for resource consulting in Asia, the company opened an office in Hong Kong last year. The office was quickly staffed with consultants known for their expertise and ability to service the Chinese and international markets. SRK Hong Kong now complements the company's presence in Indonesia, Mongolia and Australia.
"No matter where or what types of projects we work on, we know the best solutions are delivered by the best people," Siddorn says. "That's our focus."