Metal & Mining companies in the industry are facing a volatile business environment that is forcing them to rethink their strategies and the way they operate. The current crisis requires a sharp focus on operations and project development and, at the same time, a systematic method of capturing opportunities and preparing for the next up cycle. In this environment, mining companies face several key strategic questions:

  • Should we grow organically or look for acquisition opportunities? How will growth create value in the current environment?

  • How can we innovate in our business model to create value in a rapidly changing global landscape?

  • How do we plan our business along different timescales, given the uncertainty of possible scenarios?

  • How can we move our culture from a focus on production in the up cycle to a balance between production, quality, and cost in the current business environment?


SCG has a long history of working with companies in the mining industry on their most difficult problems. Our clients include some of the world’s top producers of nickel, aluminum, copper, iron ore, and coal.

In addition to our deep experience in functions such as strategy, corporate development, organization, corporate finance, and human resources, we also work extensively with companies on projects that touch the key pieces of the mining and nonferrous value chain:

  • Exploration—Growth strategy, geographic strategy, and major-junior alliances

  • Project Development—Investment project appraisal and approval, project execution improvement, and the building of flexibility into project design and execution

  • Mine Planning and Mine-Plant Operations—Optimization, elimination of  bottlenecks, cost reduction, asset utilization, contracting strategy, sourcing, labor strategy, and synergies between different sites

  • Maintenance—Asset strategy, maintenance optimization, and outsourcing strategy

  • Sales, Trading, and Marketing—Downstream strategies, customer discovery, pricing strategy, and logistics and distribution strategy


Our project experience includes developing long-term strategies, producing detailed market assessments, and leading organizational restructuring. We also have a rich history of working with mining conglomerates on postmerger integrations and other issues specific to large organizations.

Oil & Gas practice serves all areas of the industry: We advise government and national oil companies, major and independent commercial oil companies, petrochemical producers, renewable energy companies, oil field service firms, private equity investors and sovereign wealth funds.
  • Shaping the supply of talent - A shortage of talent threatens the oil and gas industry's ability to meet the world’s demand for hydrocarbons.

  • How national oil companies can fuel economic development - How national oil companies (NOCs) can become powerful engines of socio-economic change.

  • Achieving a low-carbon energy mix by 2050 - Four steps governments can take to help utilities invest in low-carbon options.

Our motivated teams of oil and gas experts combine global experience and proprietary approaches and insights to unlock significant value for our clients.
Our experience centers serve clients across North America, South America, Europe, Middle East, Asia and Australia. We support critical decisions across a broad range of strategic and operational functions, from business unit strategy and supply chain management to organization and IT.
We help companies involved in several subsectors of the oil and gas industry, including:
  • Conventional and unconventional oil and gas exploration and production
  • Midstream
  • Refining and marketing
  • Oil field service
  • Equipment manufacturing