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McKinsey Q&A: Marion

– Marion joined our Operations Excellence Program in the UK a little less than two years ago. Here she provides a glimpse into her experiences in hopes of encouraging others to apply. Women studying towards masters, MBAs, or PhDs in Europe, consider joining Marion’s team as an intern. Apply by 13 Jan. 2017.

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Interviewer: What led you to McKinsey?

Marion: I wanted to discover new industries. I studied engineering in school and started my career in General Electric’s Graduate Leadership Program, so my first career was focused in oil and gas. At McKinsey, I found my passion for consumer goods, and, over the last year and a half, I’ve developed expertise and experience in that sphere.

Interviewer: What is the best part of working in operations?

Marion: Tackling concrete issues. I help implement the solutions I develop with my clients, so I can see the results of my work. I also help clients develop new capabilities, which gives me a huge sense of achievement.

Interviewer: What has been your most interesting engagement at the firm?

Marion: Reviewing the overall supply chain of a spirits company, which included navigating complex tax regulations to optimize their manufacturing location, and working in the kitchens of a fast food company to improve its throughput.

Interviewer: What are you passionate about outside of work?

Marion: Traveling, especially to weird and wonderful places where I try to spend as much time as I can with the locals. I also enjoy a range of watersports, including swimming, synchronized swimming, windsurfing, and rowing.

Interviewer: What advice would you give to others considering McKinsey?

Marion: Go for it – McKinsey is such a great place to work. Here you can accelerate your learning, shape your career, and build a broad network of mentors who will help you progress.