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McKinsey Q&A: Tyler

– Tyler is an engagement manager in Advanced Analytics who focuses in Operations and is based in our Stamford office. He’s done a variety of work – including network/schedule optimization, demand forecasting, customer migration modeling, dashboard design and backend platform design – for clients in industries such as transportation, semiconductors and telecom.

Interviewer: Why did you apply to McKinsey?

Tyler: Before McKinsey, I was helping start a fledgling educational technology company. I quickly realized I had a lot to learn before I was ready to lead a company. I came to the firm to learn how to effect change and solve problems. Over the past three years, I’ve worked in more than 10 industries and functions and have worked with incredible colleagues. It’s really rewarding and energizing.

Interviewer: Why did you join Advanced Analytics specifically?

Tyler: I didn’t start in Advanced Analytics but joined McKinsey as a generalist. I always gravitated toward deep analytic work and constantly sought opportunities to build complex models. Eventually, I joined the Advanced Analytics practice to focus entirely in this space. I love the fast pace of growth in this field. I experiment with cutting edge technology to help our clients solve problems in new ways. It’s the most exciting area at McKinsey.

Interviewer: Tell us about your most memorable engagement.

Tyler: I did a network and scheduling optimization project for a logistics client. It was exciting because we built a complete analytics solution. It started with a simple proof-of-concept and small pilot. By the end, we’d built a full simulation software package, integrated it into the client’s back end systems, constructed a web-based user interface, and trained their team to use it. We worked alongside the front line to implement the software and network changes. The whole package saved our client more than $100 million per year and helped their people take their skills to the next level.

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

Tyler: Think about what you most value in job. McKinsey is fast paced and requires hard work. It provides unparalleled opportunities for personal growth and access to the most interesting and challenging business problems.

If you’re in the Boston area, consider attending the Open Data Science Conference on May 20-22 to meet Tyler and other Advanced Analytics experts.