– Jason joined our London office nearly a year ago as a senior implementation coach.
Interviewer: Tell us about your background before McKinsey.
Jason: Over the last 15 years, I have worked in consulting and industry, mainly in Australia, but also in Europe, Africa, South America and Asia. I started my professional life as an engineer in manufacturing systems in the automotive industry in Europe and South America. After five years, I fancied a change. While in Australia on my extended honeymoon, I tried my hand at management consulting. Ten years later, after countless projects, one business start-up, an MBA, three years in a government leadership role and the births of two beautiful daughters, my family and I returned to London and I joined McKinsey Implementation.
Interviewer: What are your greatest achievements prior to McKinsey?
Jason: Here are my top three:
- Getting a $0.5 bn, city-transforming light rail project developed and approved despite political, community and funding challenges
- Co-founding and acting as the COO of a custom-made sports gear business which recently won ‘New Online Retailer of the Year’ in the Australian Online Retailer Awards
- Kitesurfing 1,185 km along the Great Barrier Reef to raise $120k for charity and break the Guinness world record for longest distance kite surfed as a team
Interviewer: What drew you to McKinsey Implementation?
Jason: The roles I played during the majority of my career focused on strategy implementation and embedding lasting change – whether through post-merger management, a large scale business transformation, or the launch and development of a major transportation infrastructure project. At McKinsey Implementation, I still do this – I just deliver more impact faster and more sustainably.
Interviewer: What excites you most about MI?
Jason: The opportunity I have to deliver more client impact than I could have if I’d chosen an alternate path because:
- I am surrounded by remarkable people who have had incredible experiences. Most of my teammates have also come to McKinsey with years of experience, including line management and transformational change delivery.
- The culture is focused on delivering impact, as opposed to revenue, which aligns our actions entirely with client success. This obviously has positive results on our outcomes.
- McKinsey is a truly global firm, which means I can work where my skills will be most effective. I receive weekly emails about projects all over the world and internal geographical boundaries are almost non-existent. This is not something I have seen in my prior experience as a consultant or as a buyer of consulting services.
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