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Expectations on the role 'project leader' at BCG

Anonymous A asked on Aug 21, 2019 - 2 answers

Hi fellas

any ideas what are the expectations / job description on the role "project leader" at BCG?

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replied on Aug 21, 2019
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Hi!

Have a look at the below short explanation of every generic role in MBB firms, including BCG Project Leader.

Level I

McKinseyBusiness Analyst (BA)

BCG“Associate”

Bain“Associate Consultant” (AC)

Description: First two years out of undergraduate degree.

Level II

McKinsey – “Associate” (ASC)

BCG“Consultant”

Bain“Consultant”

Description: first post graduate school role (but with roughly 10–30% as direct promotes from Level I across firms).

Level II b

McKinsey – “Junior Engagement Manager” (JEM)

BCG“Senior Consultant” / ”Acting PL”

Bain“Case Team Leader” (CTL)

Description: third year after grad school and bridge to Project Manager role. Not a “formal” promotion at the firms, but definitely a precursor for promotion/designation.

Level III

McKinsey – “Engagement Manager” (EM)

BCG“Project Leader” (PL)

Bain“Manager”

Description: 3–7 years after grad school and responsible for day-to-day oversight of teams and main contact for client project leader. This is a formal promotion and a significant career turning point at either firm. Reaching Level III sort of proves full mastery of the general consulting toolkit in MBB quality, including day-in-day-out team management and operational client management.

Level IV

McKinsey – “Associate Partner” (EM)

BCG“Principal” (PL)

Bain“Principal/Senior Manager”

Description: after 2–4 years as a Project Manager (Level III), signals greater focus on relationship management and commercial skills. Time is split across several teams to give content and context guidance. Partner case is built.

Level V

McKinsey – “Partner”

BCG“Partner”

Bain“Partner”

Description: on average 6–8 years after grad school. Highly engineered, formal promotion process involving a committee decision with broad spectrum of Partners from multiple global offices with stringent interviews and performance documentation process.

Level VI

McKinsey – “Senior Partner/Director”

BCG“Senior Partner”

Bain“Senior Partner”

Description: effectively, Partners with tenure. Exact mechanics are a little vague, but generally Partners with 4+ years experience in the role with a consistent track record of client impact, commercial success, and meaningful IP development.

Francesco replied on Aug 22, 2019
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Hi Anonymous,

Sidi already provided a very good explanation of the different roles in MBB. In terms of the Project Leader position specifically, a PL is a manager responsible for leading a team of Associates and Consultants, interacting directly with the partner responsible for the project. Some good skills a Project Leader should have include ability to:

  • lead the team in the project and delegate activities
  • interact effectively with the client
  • interact with the partner of the project
  • define the project roadmap, review deliverables and solve team issues

Best,

Francesco

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