At BCG, Storytellers synthesize complex information and ideas. They believe in bringing the whole team together to get a broader perspective. Stefano empowers and inspires others.
The support you receive from colleagues worldwide is invaluable. No matter the topic and the time of the day, there is always somebody able and willing to shed some light on the issue you are facing.
I graduated with an aerospace engineering degree and worked for several years in the industry—railway and aeronautic—facing technical problems that required deep quantitative analyses. The transition to BCG has been shocking in terms of diversity of clients faced, variety of issues addressed, and extent of soft skills required to interact successfully with others. I was forced to completely change my perspective and get out of my comfort zone.
The journey has been extremely rewarding, both in terms of personal growth and impact generated. I have had plenty of opportunities to refine my communication skills and learn how best to manage projects, steering the team toward a common objective. It is an incredible experience to read in the newspapers about the competitive moves of clients that are a result of our recommendations.
Stefano holds an MSc in aerospace engineering from Politecnico di Milano and an MBA from IE Business School.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I consider developing people to be one of the most rewarding parts of my job. Helping team members leverage their strengths and observing as they are eventually promoted to the next career step is a source of great satisfaction. The unparalleled effort we put in people development at BCG is a clear sign that the firm acknowledges its most valuable asset.
Q: What international experiences at BCG have been the most interesting for you?
A: International opportunities at BCG are at your fingertips. They can occur, for example, in a temporary transfer to another office. Yet the essence of our business requires supporting clients well beyond national boundaries. On a recent project, I was part of an international team: BCGers from two offices were supporting a client with operations worldwide. Within a few days, we went from having sushi in Tokyo with some Japanese colleagues to eating picaña in São Paulo with people from the local branch of the client.
Q: How has BCG helped you grow and succeed?
A: Before joining BCG, I had a very technical profile with experience in specific engineering fields. BCG exposed me to a wide range of industries, spanning from automotive to logistics, from confectionery to banking. The issues at stake were diverse, including production optimization and the assessment of potential acquisitions. Out of my comfort zone, I had to learn how to frame problems and identify competitive dynamics. The challenge and mentorship of senior colleagues has been a continuous stimulus to grow further.