– I’m Olivier, a senior product manager for Periscope, a McKinsey Solution that helps improve an organization’s pricing, promotion, assortment, and performance management. I’m based in our knowledge center in Belgium. In my free time, I do as much hiking as possible. Last summer, my girlfriend and I walked through the famous GR20 in Corsica. It provided what I love about hiking – the perfect mix of peace and adrenaline.
I joined McKinsey after 10 years of experience in the semiconductor business. At that time, I was quite deep in the technology; I applied to McKinsey to broaden my knowledge and skills.
I reached my objective during my two first years at McKinsey serving clients in a variety of industries as a generalist consultant. Along the way, I learned about McKinsey’s new ventures and the amazing software solutions they provide. My first conversations with the team were terrific and I couldn’t resist joining. Over the past six years, McKinsey Solutions has given me the best of both worlds: the joy of developing amazing products and the inspiration of working with extremely smart people.
For example, one of my most memorable projects was developing a way to offer clients customized versions of the Periscope Performance Vision solution. This software uses a rich set of standard visualizations, including waterfall charts, scatter plots, and histograms. However, before Tableau was created, our clients routinely asked for customized dashboards – something we couldn’t provide quickly. I imagined a solution based on a third party library that allowed us to build these dashboards using Excel. We could turn them around in a few days and fully integrate them with the standard visualizations in Periscope. It was a great success with our client and the process – working with two developers for a couple of weeks to build the proof of concept and then the enterprise–grade solution – provided an amazing development experience for me.
If you’re considering applying for a role within McKinsey Solutions, go for it. Our new ventures are growing rapidly and the people here are incredible. You will get to work on meaningful problems and learn so much along the way. We’re looking for product managers (like me) in Belgium – learn more and consider applying today.