Case Study —

Helmholtz Zentrum München

Financial Realignment in Research Excellence - Transformation and Financial Consolidation of One of the World's Leading Research Centers for Environmental Health

Scientific Research
Helmholtz Zentrum München - Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Gesundheit und Umwelt (GmbH)
CBR Role
Transformation Advisor


  • Financial consolidation to support the strategic transformation and digitalization of the Helmholtz Research Center to ensure a balanced and future-oriented cost structure
  • Role as external interim manager with an established cross-functional project team consisting of both internal and external members
  • Project duration on site >24 months


  • Financial consolidation of the Helmholtz Center to ensure a sustainable and economically viable revenue and expenditure structure
  • Development and implementation of a holistic consolidation concept in connection with the five-year medium-term and financial planning as well as the overall strategic scientific reorientation of the Helmholtz Research Center
  • Identification, quantification and implementation of optimization measures as a joint initiative of science and administration
  • Efficient controlling, budgeting and quality management processes in cooperation with the finance department
  • Best administrative support of scientific excellence by establishing new organizational structures and processes in administration


  • Consolidation concept design and implementation in the context of a publicly owned research center following cameralistic budgeting and accounting principles
  • Stakeholder management between the administrative and scientific community to ensure an overall successful transformation in the best interest of the center
  • Project management and reporting structure with > 200 single projects and initiatives across various administrative and scientific research disciplines


“I was able to recruit CBR at very short notice for the restructuring of the Helmholtz Zentrum München für Gesundheit und Umwelt.

Thanks to CBR’s quick familiarization with the structure of a non-university, publicly funded scientific institution, the pragmatic, solution- and implementation-oriented approach and the team’s positive attitude and commitment, as well as analytical and communication skills, we were together able to successfully launch both the restructuring and later the digital transformation of the center.”

Kerstin Günther, Member of the Board of Directors and the Audit Committee of HUBER+SUHNER, Ex-Chief Financial and Technology Officer of Helmholtz Zentrum München, and former Managing Director at Deutsche Telekom AG

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