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Associate Partner – Basic Materials (Forestry, Paper & Packaging Industries)

  • Atlanta
  • Chicago
  • Montreal
  • New York City


  • Advanced degree required, preferably an MBA or Master’s degree in a relevant field
  • Associate Partner/Partner level (or equivalent title) experience at a tier-one consulting firm preferred
  • 8+ years of work experience after graduate school, with a distinctive record of professional achievement and impact; experience working in paper or packaging industry is a plus
  • Proven track record of developing new client relationships and generating business development opportunities that leads to successful client engagements
  • Experience leading cross-functional teams, and in-depth of knowledge/defined involvement in helping frame, design and execute solutions for challenging business situations
  • Team-orientation and collaborative approach; outstanding listening skills and the ability to manage through influence
  • Proven thought leadership within your industry space including production, syndication/publication of “marketable” knowledge
  • Exceptional intellectual and analytical curiosity, a creative visionary who can manage innovation
  • Sophisticated executive demeanor, comfortable functioning at the highest levels of client organizations; excellent presentation skills, including strong verbal and writing capabilities
  • Seasoned leader/director with strong entrepreneurial drive, who thrives on intellectual challenge and “raises the bar” in terms of client service delivery

Who You'll Work With

You’ll work in one of our offices in North America - either Montreal, Atlanta, Chicago or New York - as part of McKinsey’s Basic Materials Practice. Within the practice, your industry focus will be working in our Forestry, Paper & Packaging service line.

The Forestry, Paper & Packaging service line is part of McKinsey’s Basic Materials Practice. The practice is organized globally with a focus on client service along our service lines Metals, Mining and Forestry, Paper and Packaging, and Building Materials.

What You'll Do

You’ll leverage your successful track record of high-impact client service to strengthen and expand our impact through projects and client development, usually in a industry or functional practice.

You will consult to existing client service teams as well as top managers at client organizations, and with your sound expertise you’ll provide leadership and direction. Within the firm, you’ll be an entrepreneur who reinvents McKinsey and opens up new opportunities for client impact. You’ll be a mentor and an advisor to developing consultants.

Additionally, as a member of McKinsey’s global network, you will integrate insights from internal and external specialists as well as develop world-class knowledge. You will be an important source of intellectual insight on a client project, framing business problems in a way that the team can then execute to drive impact and client value. You will be expected to make substantial contributions to maintain and further build our knowledge and capabilities in these industries to help advance our client service delivery.

You will be responsible for identifying and developing new client opportunities to advise companies on transformational change and capability building, leading confirmed project teams on day-to-day problem solving, team management, and client management, and bringing in deep functional knowledge, expertise, and proprietary tools to every client situation.

You’ll manage and develop strategic client relationships while ensuring the highest quality client work and be an inspiring leader who commits time to developing new consulting staff. 

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