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Operations - Purchasing Expert - North America
Who you’ll work with

McKinsey is in search of a practice Expert specializing in Procurement/Purchasing and Supply Management to join the North America Operations Practice. This client-facing role will play a key part in driving process improvement, delivering successful business results, and developing broad based strategies for a diverse set of clients.

What you’ll do

McKinsey's North American Operations Practice is seeking a Procurement Expert to join the Purchasing and Supply Management group.

A Purchasing and Supply Management Expert is both a thought leader and skilled practitioner, focused on helping our clients transform their purchasing and supply management organizations while simultaneously solving operational issues across the business enterprise.  Often, this involves fundamentally changing the corporate organization and culture to embrace lasting change. McKinsey’s teams work alongside our clients’ senior management and top talent in aggressively pursuing operational improvement.

As a member of McKinsey’s world-class Operations Practice, you will be responsible for blending strategic thinking with hands-on implementation, and advising on developing and defining operational strategies to help our clients around the world solve their most critical problems. Purchasing and Supply Management is a rapidly growing service line that helps organizations build competitive advantage through the development of world-class purchasing and supply management capabilities. Sustainable impact is our focus and how we measure our success.  We design strategic sourcing approaches to provide immediate impact but also believe that to ensure sustainability, a formal performance transformation program—that includes organizational and cultural changes—must be implemented.     

Examples of the type of work associated this role could include:

  • Define new organizational structures, roles and processes across global supply chain/supply management organizations by upgrading line and staff skills, changing the structure of reporting relationships, developing improved processes and procedures, and/or instituting a rigorous target-setting and performance-monitoring systems
  • Work with the client to realize immediate savings by building and executing sourcing a strategy for each major spending category
  • Rationalize operational assets and networks to optimize levels of effectiveness and efficiencies.

The successful candidate will be a proven leader across multiple situations, as exemplified by critical thinking and problem-solving skills, an ability to influence and work in teams, and a resourceful, responsible, tenacious, independent, self-confident and high-energy style.  In addition, they will have: z
  • A strong history of leading sustainable high-impact strategic sourcing approaches
  • Exemplary experience designing end-to-end procurement strategies
  • Demonstrated track record of assessing and driving transformational improvements with deep expertise in developing, coaching and mentoring leaders at all levels
  • Industry expertise in basic materials, chemicals, financial services, healthcare, high-tech, oil & gas, or pharmaceuticals is desired
All Operations Practice consultants possess common characteristics consistent with our Firm-wide hiring mission.  We are seeking individuals who have/are:
  • Comfortable with extensive travel (greater than 80 percent)
  • Collaborative team players, capable of working well with others but also autonomously with little direction
  • A strong interest in knowledge development, i.e., contributing to articles, experiential learning and a passion for capability building
  • Able to grasp and communicate complex ideas clearly
  • 10+ years’ experience in industry or consulting environment that includes a progressive career trajectory, outstanding professional achievement and impact
  • Bachelor degree required, Master/MBA degree with superior academic achievement preferred
McKinsey & Company is a management consulting firm that helps leading corporations and organizations make distinctive, lasting and substantial improvements in their performance. With consultants deployed from more than 100 offices in over 60 countries, McKinsey advises companies on strategic, operational, organizational and technological issues.

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