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Stuart Sim

PartnerNew Jersey

Advises chief technology officers on complex, data-driven digital transformations to enable AI at scale, Industry 4.0 processes, and new business building

Stuart is a leader of Build by McKinsey, the firm’s community of technologists and designers who help our clients turn game-changing opportunities into reality. In particular, he leads Build by McKinsey’s labs—a unit that focuses on developing next-generation horizontal tools and assets to accelerate impact, improve quality, and reduce risk. He also leads our global team of data engineers and architects who help organizations undergo complex, data-driven digital transformations on all manner of legacy and modern cloud-based environments. He is a passionate advocate and agent for creating sustainable data foundations for new digital opportunities, analytics transformations and bringing new uses to old data through thoughtful data architecture.

A counselor to chief technology officers (CTOs) and an enthusiastic technologist, Stuart brings 25 years of experience to his work with big data, analytics, and enterprise-software development.

He has expertise in building advanced analytics and big data solutions for industrial clients, including those in the energy, mining, metals manufacturing, and chemical industries. He has helped numerous companies design and implement big data platforms that enable AI at scale, Industry 4.0 initiatives, and large industrial IoT programs.

Stuart’s recent client work includes the following:

  • leading the transformation of an energy transmission and distribution client to digitize the asset lifecycle from design to deployment and maintenance using a digital twin platform
  • designing, developing, and managing the technical platform driving the digital transformation of a global mining operation, including industrial IoT, data platform, and next-generation data-visualization engines
  • guiding a global steel manufacturer as the chief architect for the digital transformation of a new advanced-analytics engine and big data platform, which unlocked operation quality improvements
  • supporting an aluminum manufacturer’s digital transformation as the chief architect for the data and IoT platform to enable new analytics functions and quality insights

In addition to his client work, Stuart is a regular speaker at software and technology industry events and meet-ups and often participates in open-standards groups for interoperable systems integration.

Published work

Enabling a digital and analytics transformation in heavy-industry manufacturing,” McKinsey & Company, December 2019

Building a great data platform,” McKinsey & Company, August 2018


University of Bristol
MEng, mechanical engineering and robotic manufacturing systems