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Schneider Strategy Consulting helps clients locate operations in the right place, aligning business strategy with business geography.


Philip Schneider

Meet Philip Schneider

Philip Schneider has over 30 years of management consulting experience in the fields of corporate global location strategy, site selection, incentives negotiation, and economic development strategy. Phil spent seven years with Fantus Consulting, followed by 18 years with Deloitte Consulting’s Strategy & Operations where he led their Location Strategy and Global Expansion Optimization (GEO) practice. He is currently the President of Schneider Strategy Consulting LLC, where he continues to provide strategic location advisory services. Mr. Schneider is also a current board member and past Chairman of the Board of the Site Selectors Guild, the professional association of the world’s leading site selection consultants. Mr. Schneider earned both his BA and Masters degrees from the University of Wisconsin after serving six years in the US Navy.

Over the past three decades, Phil has conducted nearly 400 location engagements around the world, across industries and corporate functions, including heavy manufacturing, processing, high technology, headquarters, R&D, call centers, data centers, and shared services. For his corporate clients, Phil:

  • Develops corporate location strategy and selection decision processes

  • Screens and analyzes countries, states, and cities to identify locations; meeting specific company and project criteria

  • Conducts field validation and due diligence to inspect sites, labor markets, infrastructure, support services, living conditions, and other business conditions and costs

  • Develops operating cost and business conditions benchmarking models

  • Creates negotiation strategy and leads negotiations for government incentives and real estate acquisition.

Phil has also conducted dozens of economic development and investment promotion strategy engagements for countries, states/provinces, cities, chambers of commerce, and utilities.  For economic development and investment promotion clients, Phil:

  • Conducts competitive location assessments from the perspective of expanding or relocating businesses

  • Models and compares competitor locations across business costs and conditions, identifying both key market advantages and gaps

  • Develops and manages certified site programs

  • Develops strategies for workforce development, business retention and attraction, target market identification and promotion, placed-based economic development, and incentives programs.


  • Global Location Strategies

    Global Location Strategies

    Services include Strategic Alignment, Site Selection, Incentive Negotiations, Technical Site Due Diligence

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    Economic Development

    Services include Resource Alignment, Competitive Analysis and Attraction and Retention Strategies

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    Topical keynote addresses that inspire, motivate and educate


Phil Schneider has conducted nearly 400 location and development strategy engagements for clients across the industry and functional spectrum, and more than 50 economic development strategies for leading investment promotion and EDOs.

Satisfied Clients

SMA Solar
Johnson & Johnson
Michigan Economic Development Corporation
Xcel Energies
San Antonio Economic Development Corporation
AK Steel
Q Cells
Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation
Baker McKenzie
The Gap
Miller Coors
Morgan Stanley
REC Group