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BCG Knowledge Analyst Roles

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Can anyone shed light on the BCG Knowledge Analyst (industry specific) roles? Specifically:

- What are the day to day tasks involved in these roles?

- Is there an opportunity to work on project teams and interact directly with clients? Or is this very limited and a purely back office role?

- Is the interview process as difficult as consulting roles? E.g. estimation questions and verbal case interviews? Or are they focused more more on being able to demonstrate your relevant technical / industry expertise / behavioural / personal fit?

- What are the exit opportunities for these roles?

I am currently working within industry (5 years of experience) and have seen a role advertised which is of interest. But I am not sure whether this type of role will be a good fit for me.

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Vlad replied on 04/02/2018
McKinsey / Accenture / Got all BIG3 offers / More than 300 real MBB cases / Harvard Business School

Hi,

1,2) The knowledge analyst is a supporting (non-consulting) role. Here are the implications:

  • You are specialized in a particular industry sector
  • You may or may not be assigned to a project. In most of the cases, you will have limited client-facing activities.
  • Lower salary
  • No international staffing, though lots of remote work with other offices

3) You will have standard consulting cases (although maybe less than 6). You will have the industry-specific questions. In general, these interviews are not that hard. You should know:

  • Latest trends in your field
  • Key analytics instruments and examples of how you applied these tool in your past
  • Applicability to different industries

I think the best way to prepare is to find the relevant technical articles and knowledge nuggets on McKinsey, BCG official site - they have plenty of them.

4) Mainly the roles in the industry you were specialized at (Functions - Research, strategy, etc)

Good luck!

Andrea
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replied on 04/02/2018
Former BCG decision round interviewer with 300+ real interviews in 8 years

In asnwer to your questions:

1) Primary and Secondary research for consulting teams; creation of internal "white papers" on industry trends; organization of practice area events

2) You will work a lot with project teams (they will assign the work) but in my experience there is no interaction with client. This is mostly a back office role

3) No, you are correct on the focus

4) Can go in cmpetitive intelligence teams of industry's players

Hope this helps,

Andrea

Andrea
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replied on 04/03/2018
Former BCG decision round interviewer with 300+ real interviews in 8 years

I would skip casing and focus both on industry knowledge and on how you would go about looking for and collecting data and translate that into insights.

Hope it helps,

Andrea

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