BCG, Expert Consultant (Pricing)

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New answer on Dec 23, 2019
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martina
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asked on Dec 22, 2019

Hello everybody,

BCG recently posted a job for Expert Consultant (Pricing) in the US. Is anyone familiar with this role and with the day-to-day activities?

I’ve been working in pricing and commercial planning in the high tech & telecommunications industry for more than 10 years, so as an experienced hire do you think it makes more sense to apply as a “specialist” instead of a general consultant? What are the key factors to consider whether to apply as specialist or generalist?

Thanks in advance!

Martina

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Luca
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replied on Dec 22, 2019
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Hello Martina,

The activity will be the same of a general consultant but you will be always staffed (when possible) on pricing projects.

Considering your tenure I strongly recommend to apply as a specialist. The general consultant has always considered as a junior source at his first/second work experience that is not any specialized. Furthermore, if you didn't work in a consulting company is likely that, as "generalist", they will offer you the entry level position. As expert, indeed, you can try to leverage your tenure a bit more.

Hope it helps,
Luca

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martina on Dec 22, 2019

Thanks, Luca!

Mark on Dec 29, 2019

Hi Luca, how does the interview process differ for specialist roles (specific practice and capability)? Is it still general cases or do they focus on your area? Anticipating C2 or PL level

Antonello
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replied on Dec 22, 2019
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Hi Martina,
the difference will be about the type of project you are going to handle: a "specialist" consultant has to be staffed at least 70% of times on practice engagements.

With your expertise, I recommend applying as a specialist consultant, since likely you will be suddenly staffed as project leader and the strong experience in the practice can perfectly balance your lack in consulting.

Hope it helps,
Antonello

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martina on Dec 22, 2019

Thanks, Antonello!

Clara
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replied on Dec 23, 2019
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Hello!

The type of job is going to be overall similar in terms of scope, way of work, teams, travels, etc. However, as an expert you will be mostly staffed in engagements related to your area of expertise (this, by the way, normally impacts your lifestyle too, in a positive way).

Given your background, I believe you have a much better hiring chance applying as an specialist -and also you will be more comfortable in the rol and add more value-.

Hope it helps!

Cheers,

Clara

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Vlad
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replied on Dec 22, 2019
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Hi,

Both specialist and generalist tracks right now can become partners. Taking into account your background - this role give you much higher chances of securing an offer, so I recommend to apply

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martina on Dec 22, 2019

Thanks, Vlad!

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