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Brice Mouttet

Associate, Zurich
Medical doctor and PhD in Molecular Biology

Joining McKinsey allowed me to work in diverse teams on some of the most interesting, challenging, and pressing issues that healthcare systems and the pharmaceutical industry are facing.

From the hospital to life science consulting

I studied medicine in Zurich, but knew early on that I would like to experience healthcare systems outside Switzerland at some point in the future. During medical school I spent some time in London and later completed the USMLE.

After medical school, I opted for a PhD in pediatric oncology where I worked on the characterization of oncogenic fusion proteins in leukemias. All these great experiences further solidified my curiosity to broaden my horizon further and so I joined McKinsey.

The decision to leave hospitals has never been against clinics, but much rather in favor of an unique opportunity to apply my knowledge across the entire healthcare landscape, across all continents, and across all functions.

Growth opportunities

One of the many ways it becomes apparent that McKinsey is a partnership are the extremely high level of commitment and care people have for each other regardless of tenure or role. And there unique structures in place that give you growth opportunities—such as onsite and offsite trainings, including entire curricula along and across industries and mentorship programs.

But the real value for me lies beyond, colleagues and partners want you to be successful and encourage you to find the topics that drive you most. I really enjoy this entrepreneurial way of thinking and collaborating. Due to the broad topics we work on, I was given the opportunity to explore the entire value chain of the healthcare sector and pharmaceutical industry.

Working in teams

What really excited me is the diversity of the teams we work in, both from their academic as well as their cultural background. For instance, I worked on a team with business graduates in Japan to support a pharmaceutical company and a few months later worked with a pharmacist and a biologist to help shape the public health strategy of a government. This diversity, coupled with the drive and curiosity of our colleagues helps you grow both professionally and personally.

Because our teams are usually quite small and we work closely with our clients, you can build strong connections both internally and externally. On a day-to-day basis, it is also expected of you to share your opinion and sometimes even disagreement across seniority and background. This way of working enables you to take over ownership of your own tasks from the start. Even when work gets hectic at times, working so closely together in the team room is just a lot of fun, too.

Applying my medical background

There are many ways I can apply my medical background in my consulting work. My clinical insights enable me to look at challenges our clients are facing from a different, often complimentary angle. I found this to be very helpful, especially when starting to merge perspectives from colleagues with scientific, legal, or business backgrounds. This paves the way for innovation solutions in healthcare.

Education

University of Zurich
PhD, molecular biology
MD

King’s College and Imperial College London
USMLE (US medical license)