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As a knowledge professional, your work will fall broadly into two categories. First, you will help clients and client teams resolve challenging issues by conducting research and in-depth analyses, along with pure thought partnership—you will sit with consultants and clients to think through issues in a deliberate way. Second, you will help McKinsey build intellectual capital by creating internal documents that codify existing knowledge, and by developing and codifying new proprietary knowledge.
In the beginning, you are likely to spend most of your time working alongside client teams on a variety of analyses. If you are joining McKinsey with substantial work experience, however, your expertise in a given industry or functional area should allow you to become a thought partner to consultants and clients almost immediately—you will help develop important new areas of knowledge and formally manage and mentor others in the Knowledge Network.
Knowledge professionals usually work from our McKinsey offices or Knowledge Centers. You may also travel to client sites, depending on the nature of the project you have undertaken. Regardless of where you perform your work, you will play an integral role in the delivery of outstanding service to our clients.
We welcome people from a variety of professional and educational backgrounds to be McKinsey knowledge professionals. Whatever your experience, you should be intellectually curious, love a challenge, and be able to thrive in a dynamic, fast-paced environment. You should enjoy solving problems that do not have easy answers, and you should be able to balance simultaneous projects—often with tight deadlines—to deliver high-quality results. We also look for strong analytical and quantitative skills and for people who are able to think and communicate in a structured way. In addition, you should be willing to share your knowledge and ideas with colleagues and clients, even if it means going against the flow, as candor and open dialog are highly valued here. We are non-hierarchical and inclusive, which means we have an obligation to dissent, regardless of titles.
The McKinsey Knowledge Network is a strong and diverse global community. Our knowledge professionals work across a broad spectrum of industry and functional knowledge domains. Some specialize in a specific geographic region or advanced analytical capability. You will likely be hired into a particular area of focus but can choose to expand your knowledge and skills into other areas over time. To search for specific opportunities, check our Open Positions.
There are many exciting senior-level positions available, and we welcome experienced hires who bring valuable outside perspectives to these roles. Depending on your qualifications and interests, you may wish to stretch your existing knowledge into complementary functional areas or related industries or put your management skills to use in a people-leadership position.
Across the firm, we take professional development—the training, assessment, and advancement of our employees—very seriously. Our continuous on-the-job training and feedback will help you and your new team members acclimate quickly. You will benefit from both formal and informal training, including programs tailored specifically to your role, your strengths, and your development areas. In-person sessions will be supported by our online learning portal, which offers self-directed learning opportunities across dozens of topic areas. Throughout your career at McKinsey, you will also benefit from our rich tradition of mentorship, as senior colleagues take an active role in coaching their more junior colleagues.
We like to encourage high performers to proactively shape their careers and pursue their professional passions. You might, for example, choose to become deeply involved with a research group covering economic development, digital media, biopharmaceuticals, or public infrastructure. You might help open a new office in a remote location, or you might take an entrepreneurial approach and develop a new service line.
In addition, should you choose to pursue a career outside of McKinsey someday, you will find that your experience at McKinsey will open a great many doors to you. Our alumni have gone on to pursue exciting work at renowned universities and think tanks, taken on prominent management and leadership responsibilities in the corporate world and the government, and started numerous successful business ventures.
Our global collaborations and interactions with each other vary widely, from digital interactions—such as videoconferencing and virtual team room—to internal meetings to personal interactions at the client site. The options will depend on the circumstances of the individual project and the team members’ flexibility to travel.
If you have a passion for knowledge and learning, a desire to help solve real-world problems, and the urge to create your own path, then join us. In the McKinsey Knowledge Network, you will have the opportunity to establish yourself as a generalist or an expert, a people leader, an analytical guru, a client-focused knowledge expert, or a manager of one of our internal practices. You may play a role in recruitment, development, or reputation-building. In addition, you may take your growing expertise to new countries, businesses, and governments, or sow your new knowledge as a facilitator of internal training programs or as a speaker at external conferences. The choices are considerable, and where you go is up to you.