At BCG, Seekers go deep into the challenging issues our clients face. Their curiosity empowers our teams to facilitate change and add value to society. François-Marie has the courage to take action.
The best part of working at BCG is having colleagues who truly care caring about your professional development, providing you with the right opportunities to develop your potential fully.
Before joining BCG, I spent four years in the construction business. My career switch was motivated by my desire to gain exposure to a wider range of industries and by the fact that I wanted my work to help shape high-level agendas of large organizations.
So far, my BCG experience has exceeded expectations. In the past few months, I worked in chemicals, navigated the political environment of public institutions, and had discussions with senior managers in leading aeronautics, oil and gas, delivery, and technology multinationals. In fact, I underestimated the impact a small BCG team can have on an organization in a 10- to 15-week span.
The best thing about BCG is not only that I am getting great exposure but that my colleagues are providing me with toolkit I need in order to shine—through training, coaching, and regular formal and informal feedback.
François-Marie holds a civil engineering degree from the University of Brussels (VUB) and a master in management from the London Business School. Prior to joining BCG in 2015, he worked for four years as an engineer on large construction sites in North Africa.
Q: What did you learn in your first year on the job?
A: If I had to choose the one key learning of the first months, I would say that I learned to focus on what matters most. You can put tremendous effort in a variety of tasks and actions, but if you truly want to be impactful, you should concentrate on identifying the biggest lever to success and dedicate most of efforts on that.
Q: What’s the biggest impact you have had with your work?
A: Starting from a blank sheet of paper, we built a demand forecast and economic impact model for the European drone market in the coming decades. This forecast will be used as foundation to support EU officials in modernizing their airspace management strategy in order to integrate drones safely into the European skies
Q: How do you maintain a sustainable career balance at BCG?
A: I find my career at BCG very sustainable. At the beginning of each project, we sit together to define the case team norms. Each team member takes this opportunity to state what matters most to him or her. Project leaders, principals, and partners listen carefully to each team member’s working preferences and invest a lot in respecting these as they acknowledge that a person with a good work-life balance will perform at his or her best.