Is this a more of a corporate strategy, strategic planning or consulting role?

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New answer on Dec 11, 2020
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Anonymous A asked on Oct 06, 2020

So I am currently on week 2 of my new job (I'm a grad from top school with 1-2 years of post-graduate working experience). The job title is CEO Office Analyst. The company is an uprising unicorn startup company with 2500-3000 employees. So, far I'm just wondering what my role is considered as if it is corporate strategy, strategic planning or (internal) consulting, since I heard some distinctions about these three.

So, the CEO Office team is led by an ex-MBB. I also work with the department heads in divisions that I'm assigned to, even though not often. They are also mostly ex-MBB. Basically what I've done so far is creating slides and monitoring OKRs, I'm also involved in some analysis, also trying to challenge the business plan of the respective department I'm assigned to.

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replied on Oct 06, 2020
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Hi Anonymous,

For the same actual role many job titles are used across different companies - so don't worry too much about the specific role title as long as it's not completely misleading.

It's more important what you actually do, and even much more important what you actually achieve in this role!

Hope that helps - if so, please be so kind to give it a thumbs-up with the green upvote button below!


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replied on Oct 06, 2020
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Sounds like a corporate strategy role to me, but I don't think the difference is dramatic if you're using this as a stepping stone into consulting.

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Anonymous A on Oct 06, 2020

Thank you for your insight! Not sure yet if I wanna do consulting at an MBB firm since work-life balance is very important to me. I just hate it when I work more than 40 hours a week.

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Hi there,

It's definitely not consulting, as consulting means you're a "mercenary" i.e. a hired gun that works at companies for which you are not a salaried employee. You are very much hired by 1 company and work for that same company.

You are in both corporate strategy and strategic planning (they pretty much mean the same thing).


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replied on Dec 11, 2020
Ex-Mckinsey|Certified Career Coach |Placed 500+ candidates at MBB & other consultancies

Hello there!

Things you've mentioned are indicative of something between corporate strategy or strategic planning, and, as they are basically quite similar and kind of interchangeable, there is no need to worry about distinguishing them. One thing for sure - it's not a consulting role.

Do you have any further questions?


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