This is a profile image of Heiko Heimes

Heiko Heimes


Leads global general and administrative function transformations across multiple industry sectors to improve efficiency and effectiveness; brings expertise on operating model design for finance and human resources functions among others, as well as the setup and optimization of corporate centers

Based in our Hamburg office, Heiko leads general and administrative (G&A) function transformations across multiple industry sectors. His experience focuses on transforming functions including finance, HR, shared services, and corporate centers.

Heiko is one of our global leaders in the firm’s corporate and business functions work and drives our work on the ‘corporate center of the future’.

Examples of Heiko’s recent work include the following:

  • defining the future strategy for the HR department and redesigning the operating model for the function
  • leading an efficiency program of an industrial engineering company reducing costs by approximately 40 percent through reorganization, streamlining of processes, and fundamentally reducing demand in corporate and business functions
  • driving the European transformation of an industrial packaging company in all corporate and business functions, reducing cost by 35 percent without losing any top-line effect
  • leading benchmarking diagnosis and reorganization of the HR function of a German chemicals company on a global basis—applying a shared service center and competence center concept, including detailed process description
  • shaping the global transformation of the finance function of a leading energy company by defining the detailed organizational design, setting up new finance processes, and preparing and running the implementation
  • conducting an organizational diagnosis of the HR function of a leading telecom, defining the target organizational setup, and developing the implementation plan for the re-organization
  • redesigning the HR function of a major energy company introducing new organizational setup, including European shared service center
  • performing organizational diagnostic and benchmarking of corporate and business functions of more than 100 companies across the world with approximately 30 percent in a private-equity environment


Want more efficient finance and HR functions? Become more effective,” McKinsey & Company, June 2022

Finding hidden value with order-to-cash optimization,” McKinsey & Company, May 2022

Acting where it makes a difference: The corporate center that can flex,” McKinsey & Company, May 2022

Unleashing the next wave of productivity in corporate business functions,” McKinsey & Company, February 2022

No middle ground: Reimagining G&A at midsize companies,” McKinsey & Company, April 2021

The future of G&A: Revitalizing the heart of the organization,” McKinsey & Company, March 2021

The corporate center: Driving the next normal,” McKinsey & Company, January 2021

Reimagine: Preparing for SG&A in the next normal,” McKinsey & Company, November 2020

The future corporate center: Functional efficiency runs in the family,” McKinsey & Company, September 2020

Why corporate-center efficiency matters,” McKinsey & Company, February 2019

Can you achieve and sustain G&A cost reductions?” McKinsey & Company, October 2016


University of Cologne
PhD, sales, distribution, and marketing operations

University of Marburg
MSc, psychology