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Project Leader/Principal, Operations (Procurement & Strategic Sourcing)

Boston Consulting Group

This is a Full-time position in Chicago, IL posted October 26, 2021.

Who We Are Boston Consulting Group partners with leaders in business and society to tackle their most important challenges and capture their greatest opportunities.

BCG was the pioneer in business strategy when it was founded in 1963.

Today, we help clients with total transformation-inspiring complex change, enabling organizations to grow, building competitive advantage, and driving bottom-line impact.

To succeed, organizations must blend digital and human capabilities.

Our diverse, global teams bring deep industry and functional expertise and a range of perspectives to spark change.

BCG delivers solutions through leading-edge management consulting along with technology and design, corporate and digital venturesand business purpose.

We work in a uniquely collaborative model across the firm and throughout all levels of the client organization, generating results that allow our clients to thrive.

Practice Area Profile The Operations Practice (OPS) Area is one of BCG's largest functional practices.

We help our clients create competitive advantage by enhancing their performance and building strategic capabilities.

BCG's expertise in Operations covers the following areas
– supply chain management, procurement, manufacturing, service operations, cost efficiency, operational transformation, research & product development, program and project management, all with a strong digital and analytics overlay.

What You'll Do *WHAT WE NEED:* BCG is looking for *Procurement and Strategic Sourcing* *Project Leaders and Principal consultants* who will partner with clients to take on their most difficult challenges, transform mindsets, create outstanding value, and build capabilities that enable organizations to achieve sustainable advantage.

The ideal candidates will be inquisitive, curious, and confident, with a penchant for going above and beyond immediate project requirements to find deep insights that others have missed.

They will possess significant experience in procurement with depth in strategic sourcing and a genuine passion for problem-solving.

Leadership and communication skills will be critical to success.

They will become an integral part of a top tier, growing team in this field.

* * *WHAT YOULL DO:* At BCG, we set our standard for value creation high, challenging ourselves to deliver tangible and positive change.

Our work must provide next-level insights, create unparalleled value, change the mindset of our clients, and directly lead to clients taking action and executing their business in new ways.

Project Leaders and Principals manage work on client engagements, direct studies to define client needs, supervise research activities, and participate in business development.

They oversee the formulation of hypotheses for research and investigation, as well as advanced analysis to identify opportunities.

They work closely with clients to solidity their competitive advantage and drive value on multiple levels: financial impact, organizational transformation, enhanced effectiveness and digitalization, improved supplier collaboration and optimized risk management.

Project Leaders and Principals are also responsible for continuously developing the firms knowledge and capabilities, and play a key role in the development and maintenance of high-level client relationships.

Projects vary based on client needs, but the importance of seeing possibilities where other people find limits will be a constant.

Project Leaders and Principals go deep to unlock insight, challenge established thinking, drive transformation, improve performance, and deliver bottom-line impact.

You will contribute to the successful execution of strategic sourcing / procurement cases, business development, and topic development in North America: * Lead and execute strategic sourcing / procurement cases in various settings (programmatic cost take outs, PMIs, others) * Specifically, execute strategic sourcing assessments, should cost modeling, support market events (RFIs, RFPs) and incumbent supplier renegotiations, improve supplier collaborations, improve supplier risk management, drive procurement and strategic sourcing digitalization and perform other relevant initiatives * Contribute to topic development via research, creation of service offerings and products * Build awareness for BCG strategic sourcing / procurement competence * * *WHO YOULL WORK WITH:* The Operations (OPS) practice area is one of BCG's largest functional practice areas.

We serve five broad business lines: Manufacturing & Supply Chain Management, Strategic Sourcing and Procurement, Service & Support, Design Engineer Build, and Operational E2E Cost & Efficiency.

We help companies think beyond the limits of their traditional business models, choose where and how they should add value, and reorganize to defend themselves against new threats and seize new opportunities.

The Operations practice provides the capabilities and the experts to help our clients create competitive advantage by enhancing their performance and enabling them on their journey to operational excellence.

Youll collaborate with BCG team members from many backgrounds and disciplines in a team-oriented, relationship-driven environment.

Working alongside some of the worlds top minds on cases that reshape business, government and society, you will increase your understanding of complex business problems from diverse perspectives, and develop new skills.

At the same time, youll partner with senior clients, taking on the role of trusted advisor, and work at all levels of the client organization to find and execute value creation strategies that result in meaningful, enduring impact.

What You'll Bring (Experience & Qualifications) ** *YOU BRING (EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS) * * 3-5 years of post-graduate school experience in consulting focused on strategic sourcing * A combination of industry and consulting experience is preferred * Experience across indirect and direct sourcing, management of programmatic efforts, as well as experience in P2P processes and digitalization preferred * Strong analytical skills and a high capacity for conceptual thinking.

Must be able to thrive in a hypothesis-based environment where inductive rather than deductive reasoning is the norm * Demonstrated ability to manage client engagements, client relationships, and provide thought leadership to teams, owning the responsibility for the quality of engagements *YOULL BE BASED IN:* ** Chicago, Detroit, Minneapolis, Boston, New York, New Jersey, Washington D.C, Philadelphia Effective November 1, 2021, all new US hires must be fully vaccinated or subject to a religious or medical exemptions.

BCG will consider staff fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the final dose of a WHO-approved COVID-19 vaccine.