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Meet New Ventures: Chris

Hear from our global New Ventures recruiting director Chris Jenkins about one of our fastest growing groups.

If you’ve been following this blog, you have met several people who’ve joined New Ventures, our firm's product and solution development group of 50+ McKinsey startups. Each startup adds new areas of expertise and service models to our firm.

In early 2016, we welcomed Chris Jenkins to lead recruiting for New Ventures, which is one of the fastest growing areas within our firm. He and his team look for people with specialized skills – like software engineers, data scientists, product managers, technologists, consultants, and designers – that we haven’t traditionally sought for generalist consulting roles.

Interviewer: Tell us about your path to McKinsey.

Chris

Chris: I have been in recruiting almost my entire career. My first job was with an agency that focused on finding tech talent for dotcoms. For the next eight years, I worked for agencies that specialized in placing tech and pharma talent.

In 2006, I joined Deloitte; I held various roles within Talent Acquisition, including a lead role overseeing recruiting for Deloitte’s Systems Integration and Digital practices. In 2013, I joined kCura, a fast-growing big data software company in the e-discovery space. During my time at kCura, I developed a talent acquisition strategy to help them grow from 250 to almost 600 people over three years.

Interviewer: What led you to McKinsey?

Chris: Several things – it was a global role leading recruiting for a portfolio of software solutions at the forefront of innovation within one of the premier consulting firms in the world. As a recruiting leader, I want to work in a growth sector and New Ventures is one of the fastest growing areas within the firm.

I have always had an entrepreneurial spirit and I greatly enjoy building things. New Ventures operates like a big startup. Finally, I was very impressed with the people who interviewed me. I knew at McKinsey I’d work with some of the best minds in talent acquisition.

Interviewer: What have been your impressions of McKinsey so far?

Chris: I’ve been really impressed by our leaders. They are invested in attracting, developing and retaining top talent. In my first 90 days, they provided me with thoughtful, balanced feedback about what had been working in recruiting and what we need to improve.

I appreciate the amount of trust and respect the firm gave me from day one. I was almost immediately asked to lead projects that have allowed me to have an impact within the firm.

Interviewer: What do you like to do outside of work?

Chris: You will often find me at Wrigley Field, since I am a season ticket holder for Chicago Cubs. I have had the tickets since 1999, so you can’t say I jumped on the band wagon this year! I also like to golf, ski and run. I am hoping to complete my fourth marathon this fall when I run in Chicago.

My wife and I love to travel; our most recent trips have been to National Parks to hike. Our next vacation will be a safari in Tanzania and Kenya this summer.

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About Chris
Chicago-based Chris is a global recruiting director of New Ventures, our firm's product and solution development group of 50+ McKinsey startups. Prior to McKinsey, he was a recruiting lead at a tech organization and global consulting firm. Chris has a bachelor's in health administration from Indiana University Bloomington.

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