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Consulting Career Paths

There’s one BCG—but many paths—for your career. Below we outline the typical consulting path, but there are many ways to change the course of your journey throughout your career, including taking advantage of international mobility opportunities, exploring other types of consulting roles, or transitioning internally from a consulting role to a position within our knowledge or business function teams.

Generalist and Specialist Consulting

Associate

Consultant

Project Leader

Principal

Partner

Managing Director & Partner

Associate

Associate

As an associate, you’ll work on a case team with talented, supportive BCGers who will help you learn and challenge you to grow. You’ll be responsible for specific components of a project, such as analyzing a client’s performance or conducting interviews with key market players or industry specialists.

Consultant

Consultant

As a consultant, you’ll begin to develop specialized knowledge and manage significantly larger and more complex components of our projects. You’ll work closely with clients to understand their issues, create strategies for change, win buy-in for your recommendations, and collaborate with fellow BCGers to transform client potential into performance.

Project Leader

Project Leader

BCG project leaders have developed the experience and leadership skills to direct diverse teams of consulting talent. Your role: Help those teams flourish by guiding their efforts, directing their talents, and expanding their knowledge and skills to deliver strategic and sustainable solutions for our clients.

Principal

Principal

As a BCG principal, you will focus on building client relationships that are strong and lasting. You will have a growing role in thought leadership, team mentoring, and business development. Clients will seek your advice on business issues that extend beyond the immediate scope of your project work. Thus, you often help them define the strategic direction of their organizations.

Partner

Partner

BCG partners work even more closely with our managing director & partner group, and other senior leaders in the firm, to identify client opportunities, develop our teams, and build our offices, ensuring we deliver the client impact BCG is known for. You will be valued as a trusted advisor to your clients and will bring original ideas, directly contributing to our thought leadership, and to the firm’s growth.

Managing Director & Partner

Managing Director & Partner

BCG’s managing director & partners define the culture and strategic direction of BCG, and make key management decisions for the firm. The managing director & partner group are thought leaders who bring deep experience to our clients and inspire innovation throughout our company. As a managing director & partner, you will drive BCG’s growth and help build the teams to meet tomorrow’s client issues and challenges.

Expert Consulting

Consultant

As a consultant, you’ll focus your industry or discipline expertise on specific client challenges, working collaboratively with our clients as a case team member.

Project Leader and Associate Director

Expert project leaders and associate directors leverage their deep expertise to add insight and drive clients towards recommendations. You lead project teams or play the role of an advisor. You help scope and structure the work, you onboard team members and provide guidance throughout the project. Project leaders and associate directors are credible with senior clients, they actively support commercial initiatives and generate interest and excitement around their topic area.

Partner & Associate Director and Partner & Director

Senior-level experts team with BCG managing director & partners to generate significant growth, in strategic priority areas. You are known externally as the key person within the topic area. In these roles, you’ll take a larger and more proactive role in shaping your practice area’s—and BCG’s—strategy. Like other experts, you are involved in client engagements and your deep expertise has significant client impact. You build intellectual capital, assets, BCG capabilities, and the BCG brand.

BCG GAMMA

Data Science Team

Data Scientists and Senior Data Scientists. Data scientists and senior data scientists design and build analytics solutions for our clients when data and analytics are at the heart of the question. The team interaction centers on the use of statistical programs and other tools to conduct intensive analysis of objective data and open discussion, complemented by objective research into the competitive environment. 

Lead and Associate Director Data Scientists. Lead and Associate Director data scientists work closely with BCG partners to drive our company’s growth. They are expected to be recognized experts in data science and to manage teams of data scientists in order to build innovative new products and analytics solutions. Lead and principal data scientists also take a larger and more proactive role in shaping the strategy of BCG GAMMA—and of BCG overall. Additionally, they are responsible for a large portion of client relationship management for the analytics effort.

BCG Platinion

IT Consultant and Senior IT Consultant

IT consultants begin with IT organization and process analysis, IT planning, and IT project management. Senior IT consultants develop further skills and responsibilities for quality control, organizational development, and team leadership.

Manager and Senior Manager

Managers participate in strategy formulation, expert planning and implementation, project controlling, team leadership, and client support. Senior managers begin to add the acquisition of projects and client relationships, leading multiple project teams, and active co-design of practice groups.

Associate Director and Managing Director

At this level, there is more focus on project acquisition and client relationships, leading multiple teams and developing and adding responsibilities within project teams.

Consulting

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