Project Leader, Brussels
At BCG, Storytellers synthesize complex information and ideas. They believe in bringing the whole team together to get a broader perspective. Kevin empowers and inspires others.
BCG offered me a place to develop myself, extending my personal boundaries while working on many of my passions. It's amazing how much I grew over three years, both as a consultant and as a human.
Coming from a technical background, it seemed to me quite a step to join a management consulting company. Yet, to start my career, I was looking for a fast-moving place where I could both learn from the others and challenge myself on a daily basis. From that point of view, BCG looked to be the perfect spot.
Three years later, I have to say that I am not disappointed. I got the opportunity to work on dozens of projects for international companies, in many different industries. Most of those cases have been very challenging and were critical for the future of our clients. With the entire team, we were able to bring innovative, fully developed solutions to those issues and I am really proud of what we achieved together with our clients.
Kevin holds a master’s degree in engineering from the École Polytechnique de Louvain (Belgium) with a major in electromechanics and energy. He worked as a visiting associate in the Brussels office during summer 2012 before joining on a full-time basis in 2013.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I like this feeling of progressively moving toward the solution over the course of the project. When we start a case, we use what we call a blank-sheet approach. For me, it means not using previous frameworks or concepts but rather developing a tailored approach to the question. It forces us to go deep in the understanding of the issues while progressively moving in a certain direction and crafting potential solutions. It also means that we might be stuck at certain points and have to rechallenge our preconceived ideas. But, at the end of my day, nothing gives me a greater kick than knowing that we achieved a step toward the optimal solution and that we did it collaboratively, together with the team and the client.
Q: What international experiences at BCG have been the most interesting for you?
A: My first international experience at BCG started in my second week at the firm, during our European training in Frankfurt. All European new joiners were invited to receive consulting skills trainings but also to get the opportunity to bond together. It was really great to learn from each other and get exposure to international cultures when I was fresh out of university. My second experience came right after, on my first project at BCG, when I was sent to Morocco. Coming from Belgium, I still remember how challenging but also stimulating it was to adapt to the Mediterranean culture. That's when I started to understand what BCG means by pushing people out of their comfort zone!
Q: What was one of your favorite case experiences?
A: One of the projects I will always remember came very quickly after I joined BCG. After a couple of months, I got staffed on a banking case between London and Germany. As a young engineer, fresh from my school, it was rather difficult for me to imagine what the banking industry looked like. Yet the team was amazing in supporting me. They truly coached me and, in a few months, I think I can say I gained some experience! We had a large team on that project, with around 10 to 15 consultants coming from all around the world (from a former US banker to a retired French soldier). I really enjoyed those lengthy dinners in restaurants, sharing our personal stories and discussing the latest world news.