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Álvaro Carpintero


Coleads the firm’s pharmaceutical and medical-products work, and helps companies in a variety of sectors with their operations transformations

Álvaro is the coleader of the firm’s Pharmaceuticals & Medical Products Practice, a part of the Operations Practice, and leader of the Iberian Operations Excellence Program. He has extensive experience with operations projects in a broad range of sectors, including consumer goods and automotive, with a strong focus on pharmaceutical companies.

Examples of Álvaro’s recent client engagements include the following:

  • designing and leading a readiness program for a biopharmaceutical facility to be able to pass a US Food and Drug Administration readiness audit, with a focus on setting up the critical processes for quality-management systems (such as deviations, corrective and preventative actions, change controls, and validation)
  • implementing a global pharmaceutical network’s operations transformation—which included areas such as manufacturing, quality laboratories, maintenance, and engineering—and designing a turnaround plan to address compliance, quality, and supply needs
  • implementing the operations transformation of a global tier-one automotive company across its network

Álvaro is an accredited Six Sigma Green Belt and applies his familiarity with process- and quality-improvement projects to his work.

Álvaro is McKinsey's partner sponsor of recruiting for IESE.

Published Work

Advanced tech elevates process modeling in batch-processing industries,” McKinsey & Company, June 2022

Smart quality in advanced industries,” McKinsey & Company, March 2021

Smart quality: Reimagining the way quality works,” McKinsey & Company, January 2021

The evolution of quality: Higher quality output, lower cost of quality,” McKinsey & Company, April 2017

“Stop fighting fires: Transforming quality on the shop floor one unit at a time,” Flawless: From Measuring Failure to Building Quality Robustness in Pharma, McKinsey & Company, 2014

“The high stakes of pharmaceutical compliance: Pitfalls in handling remediation,” Flawless: From Measuring Failure to Building Quality Robustness in Pharma, McKinsey & Company, 2014

Past Experience

Operations manager

Johnson Controls
Production manager

Production manager
Project manager


IESE Business School, University of Navarra

Universidad de Sevilla
MSc, mechanical engineering
MPhil, energy engineering