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Zurich-based Operations associate, Clemens, loves the complexity of challenges within supply chain management and the community of colleagues he has found within McKinsey.

I love people. I love spending time with my family and friends and I love getting to know new people – trying to understand their backgrounds, perspectives, and stories. You can learn something from everyone you meet. It’s enriching. It really makes me happy if I can put a smile on someone’s face.

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I applied to McKinsey because of someone I knew well – a roommate. She worked at McKinsey and shared a lot with me about life at the firm. Then, I saw the Operations practice in Zurich was looking for people with my background. A few weekends later, I wrote my motivation letter and applied.

Now, I’m an associate, specializing in supply chain management. I work with an amazing group of colleagues on fascinating topics. Global supply chains bring thousands of parts from all over the world together into sophisticated products. Just think about your car and how its complex systems efficiently wound up in one place for assembly.

One of my most memorable projects has been helping integrate a start-up into a multinational company post acquisition. The engagement was very rich because the supply chains were intricate and we faced organizational culture challenges.

If you’re interested in challenging projects that will help you build your problem-solving skills and supply chain knowledge, you should apply – check out this open role for a Procure-to-Pay consultant in Geneva or Zurich. You’ll receive great on-the-job and formal training here and get fantastic hands-on experience.