We recently announced a program where FC would serve as an executive recruiter for eligible Firmsconsulting Insiders (status granted automatically to Premium members in good standing, after they were Premium members for 6 consecutive months). These are the first 16 career opportunities in that recruiting program.
Interested FC Insiders are invited to send their resumes in a format prescribed in The Consulting Offer to email@example.com.
#1. Fortune 500 auto company operations & digital strategy career opportunity: at least 5 strategy managers and/or senior consultants
An iconic American automotive company is seeking operations strategy managers and senior consultants to join their new operations strategy team. The company is leading a 2 year initiative seeking ways to automate and digitize their entire production process, and is building a team to lead this program. This team of 25 reports to both the COO and CIO of the company and is based between Silicon Valley and the Midwest USA.
Successful applicants will join operations strategy and digital experts analyzing a wide variety of areas: reinventing the customer sales and aftercare processes, determining how to source materials, altering the delivery of parts from OEMs, tweaking the operations strategy for a digital era, examining ways to change distribution lines etc. The team has a mandate to examine and change every area of the businesses operations.
Given the broad scope of activities the company is seeking both consulting generalists and those with operations experience in purchasing, lean manufacturing, digital platforms, big data etc. The majority of the existing team does not possess an automative background and the company is not seeking applicants with such a background. Former consultants comprise >30% of the current team.
The program leader for digitizing the customer purchasing process, FC alum ’12, is leading the first initiative approved for implementation. In her specific case the team is also looking for implementation specialists to assist with designing, testing and rolling out the new platform over the next 12 months. The initial rollout will only take place for one brand.
As a US-based company, all of the work will take place primarily between Silicon Valley and the Midwest USA. However, applicants should expect to spend the majority of their time located wherever their particular initiative is based. This could be in distribution centres, at testing locations or even supplier facilities in the USA or outside the USA.
Interviews will be conducted in Silicon Valley and the firm will sponsor visas for successful applicants.
The firm is an equal opportunity employer encouraging female and minority candidates to apply. The client would prefer applicants with an operations / digital consulting background but is open to considering applicants whom can demonstrate the relevant competencies and/or articulate the relevant experience to conduct this type of analyses.
Interested FC Insiders are encouraged to submit a resume in a format as prescribed in The Consulting Offer when applying. Cover letter is not required.
#2. One of the world’s most prominent investment firms: looking for 3 associates
One of the world’s most prominent investment firms and asset managers is seeking 3 associates to join their emerging markets investment fund team. Associates are responsible for either supporting team leaders and/or, usually, directly leading the initiative to identify, assess and recommend investments, as well as working on the team putting together the investment.
The head of the emerging markets fund and his London team leader, FC alum ’13, apply a bottom-up approach to investing. Teams are expected to visit potential investments, speak to managers, employees and suppliers, visit facilities, test products, physically follow supply routes etc. to understand the potential investment. Applicants must display strong communication and people skills along with the ability to seamlessly get things done in new/challenging cultures and environments.
This bottom-up approach, by the associates, and once an investment is deemed worthy for further consideration, is married with the typical due diligence work and financial analyses to build deal sheets, determine investment terms and contribute to the entire deal life-cycle.
As listed above, this firm, which is considered one of the most successful investment firms uses a very hands-on approach to research. Applicants for this role must be comfortable travelling extensively, working across the emerging markets, communicating with colleagues across timezones and taking the initiative to both prove/disprove investment ideas.
The firm is based in California, while the emerging markets team operates out of London, Abu Dhabi, Singapore and Sao Paulo. Associates are usually not based in these locations and typically work where/when an investment is being considered. In the last 12 months the team has considered investments in 47 emerging markets economies including Ecuador, Mexico, Kazakhstan, China, Saudi Arabia, Russia, Mongolia, Brazil, Kenya, Myanmar etc.
Interviews will be conducted in London and California.
The firm is an equal opportunity employer encouraging female and minority candidates to apply. The client would prefer applicants with an investing/consulting due diligence background but is open to considering applicants whom can demonstrate the relevant competencies and/or articulate the relevant experience to conduct this type of analyses. Please only submit a resume when applying.
#3. One of the world’s largest resources companies: looking for 3 strategy managers
The trading arm of one of the world’s largest resources companies, which itself is one of the world’s most prestigious and profitable traders, is seeking 3 strategy managers to join their Corporate Marketing Office to eventually specialize in at least one major commodity group: oil, ferrous or non-ferrous metals.
In this newly created role strategy managers will work within the trading team to help the traders search for inefficiencies and opportunities in the markets. The managers will lead the entire effort in helping the traders predict how companies could/would respond to trading positions taken, map out supply chain routes to analyze their efficiencies/cost structures and identify bottlenecks, determine future changes in the markets and calculate profit pools across the value chain.
The leader of the oil trading team, FC alum ’10, is looking for candidates who can help the traders examine the industry in a different way, find new opportunities and take a longer term view on changes in the market. Ideal candidates need not have exposure to any of the sectors and some understanding of supply chain analyses and logistics is preferred. While prior consulting experience is not essential, the ideal candidate must demonstrate their ability to conduct this type of work. This is a great opportunity to lead a major strategy effort to significantly alter the way work is done at a prominent trading desk.
Interviews will be conducted in Switzerland.
The firm is an equal opportunity employer encouraging female and minority candidates to apply. The client has not prescribed a background for applicants beyond an ability to demonstrate the relevant competencies and/or articulate the relevant experience to conduct this type of analyses. The role is based in the UK, Switzerland and Australia while the client is open to the successful applicant initially working in South Africa or Canada prior to relocating. Please only submit a resume when applying.
FC Insiders applying to this role should note that this is very similar to the Corporate Strategy & Transformation Study type of analyses and could use that material to prepare for the interviews should they be invited.
#4. PE firm career opportunity: looking for 2 associates
A prestigious PE firm, certainly not the largest yet easily one of the most iconic with a legacy of era defining investments, is seeking two associates to join their expanded team working primarily from Boston. One of the associates is expected to serve in both a deal support role and a pseudo-chief-of-staff to a new practice leader role. Candidates may have an international background and while fluency in German or Mandarin is helpful, it is not a requirement. Both candidates will report to the sector EVP, FC Alum ’10, based in Boston.
Associates will be expected to work on the financial and commercial analyses of new deal opportunities, including the financial modelling and due diligence activities. Associates will gain exposure across the deal cycle, including managing portfolios. The firm has expressed an interest in hiring those with a strong quantitative background from either an investment bank or a consulting firm. In particular, those who apply for the chief-of-staff role should ideally have a consulting background managing engagements and teams across timezones where they have demonstrated an ability to influence colleagues.
This is an equal opportunity role.
Here is some sincere advice to applicants based on the numerous FC clients whom have tried to transition from consulting to PE. Consultants typically discuss their consulting due diligence engagements when applying for PE roles. It is our strong recommendation that you expect to at some point be able to articulate the work done from both a technical perspective and the perspective of how it fits into an actual deal.
Many consultants will apply with due diligence experience. The number of such studies completed is less important than the skills you gained, which may very well have been gleaned from just one study. In other words, do not rely on the experience itself to set you apart, because it rarely does. Applicants should also be aware of the significant differences between consulting due diligence engagements and PE due diligence studies. Understanding these differences and pro-actively demonstrating an awareness of the gaps in a potential interview will only strengthen your profile.
Applicants will be automatically considered for both roles when applying. Interested Firmsconsulting Insiders should submit their resumes in the format we prescribe in TCO. A cover letter is not needed for this application.
#5. Technology giant internal strategy career opportunity: looking for 1 strategy manager and 2 strategy associates
A technology giant, one of the 5 largest listed companies in the US, has asked FC to help staff a newly created internal strategy team for one of their 3 primary product platforms, serving users worldwide, profitable and growing rapidly. The SVP overseeing the function, FC alum ’11, is seeking to build a team to help the company “identify and respond to opportunities and threats to the business.” This is essentially a new internal strategy team responsible for determining how the product/platform can continue growing and remaining relevant. While ex-consultants at both the associate and EM level are sought for the 3 roles (strategy manager and strategy associates), we have convinced the client to go broader and seek out critical thinkers who may have developed the required skills outside of consulting.
This is a rare opportunity for non-consultants to be in consideration for such a role. We hope you seize this moment by following the guidelines below.
This role has not yet been made public. Firmsconsulting Insiders are encouraged to apply. We are looking for resumes written in our prescribed dense style, as per guidelines in TCO, that can clearly demonstrate an ability to develop insights, convince colleagues to act on those insights and that lead to a quantifiable impact for the company. Those three attributes are more important than sector or consulting experience. We would encourage you to take the time to develop resumes to the standards we teach, since this will be the primary initial filter we will use to take the process forward.
The technology company is an equal opportunity employer, actively encouraging females and minorities to apply, and the role is based in California. We do not require a cover letter. Salaries for this role are commensurate for the Bay Area and exceed those of a McKinsey Associate. A bonus will be offered, including stock options, and a relocation allowance may be awarded.
#6. Auto company strategy & implementation career opportunity: looking for internal strategy associates and implementation specialists
At least 4 roles have opened up in California that we have been asked to staff with FC Insiders.
An auto company is seeking both internal strategy associates and implementation specialists. These roles are new and will only be formally advertised on 5th February. Until that time, we have an opportunity to submit resumes that fit the roles.
The internal strategy role is just that. Joining a very small internal team that advises the CEO’s office on the issues that impact the sector and company. The client is seeking ex-consultants or those with similar skills.
The implementation role is also a consulting role but one where the candidate moves from production problem to production problem to fix production problems. Those with implementation experience are sought.
Note, the company will sponsor visas and since we are posting this well before the role is released, there are not much more details.
#7. Banking internal strategy unit at one of the Africa’s largest banks: looking for at least 5 internal strategy consultants at various levels
Another great opportunity has come up. The internal strategy unit at one of the Africa’s largest banks, and widely considered to be the most sophisticated bank at using technology, is looking to carve out a new internal digital strategy team.
Before assuming this is a low-end role, read this piece in the WSJ.
The team’s mandate is to find new ways to drive down costs in digital banking while driving up customer numbers and customer transactions. The bank is seeking both ex-consultants (associates, EMs and Principals) and ex-digital banking executives with particular skills in insurance App development and deployment.
The role will be between Johannesburg and London, though primarily the former, and the bank will sponsor visas. Salaries will be paid in British Pounds.
The banking team and pretty much the entire digital leadership is led by ex-McKinsey people. Please apply early. We only need a resume for this stage.
As usual, this is only open to Firmsconsulting Insiders.
Note: These career opportunities are only available as part of Firmsconsulting Insider loyalty program. Please ensure you qualify as FC Insider before submitting your application. FC Insiders are invited to submit their resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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