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McKinsey Q&A: Cecilia

– Meet Cecilia, a senior implementation coach in our Gothenburg office. She has a master’s degree in Chemical Engineering & Industrial Management from the Lund Institute of Technology in Sweden and spent 10 years practicing Kaizen and Lean Six Sigma in the paper and packaging industry before joining McKinsey Implementation (MI). Cecilia describes how McKinsey made her transition to consulting as smooth as possible and shares what she loves most about being part of the growing MI team.


Interviewer: Why did you apply to McKinsey Implementation?

Cecilia: I’d never considered consulting until a headhunter contacted me about McKinsey Implementation. I was attracted to the focus on building long-term relationships and creating sustainable change. I worked in continuous improvement for 10 years and was starting to feel like I had seen it all. Joining McKinsey was a way to challenge myself and continue to develop my passion for manufacturing and transformational change.

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

Cecilia: Joining McKinsey as an experienced professional was exactly the right decision for me. My experience in industry allows me to relate to the challenges my clients face during change processes, and clients appreciate my first-hand knowledge and empathy.

Of course, I did face a few challenges ramping up – I had to get used to McKinsey’s terminology for starters (and I still learn new acronyms and phrases daily). A very professional on-boarding program with formal training, web-based courses, and a fantastic buddy system helped me get up to speed quickly. The firm provides many resources and my colleagues have all been happy to help me.

Interviewer: What has been the best part of McKinsey so far?

Cecilia: I get to do what I love every day – help people develop, improve the way they work, and achieve sustainable improvement. Since MI is a relatively new service line for McKinsey, there are big opportunities to help shape what this part of the organization looks like. That makes the adage “make your own McKinsey” very valid.

Interviewer: What have you been involved with outside of client work at McK?

Cecilia: I coordinate an initiative to attract more women to the Operations Practice in Scandinavia. We will begin hosting informational sessions and networking events in the near future. I am also involved in developing and capturing knowledge from our work in MI to be used for future engagements.

Interviewer: What are you passionate about outside of work?

Cecilia: Family, friends, food and wine. I travel a lot with work so weekends are a sacred time for me to catch up with friends and family. My boyfriend and I enjoy exploring new places together – especially the local restaurants.