Consultants are responsible for managing client projects and quickly evolve into case team leaders. They manage a team of associates in addition to designing, conducting and analyzing research on our clients’ key questions, including:
- How large is the company’s market and at what rate is it growing?
- How do customers rate the company relative to the competitors?
- What drives growth in this market?
- Do potential follow-on acquisitions exist?
- How realistic are the new market opportunities?
- What are the exit opportunities?
Individuals interested in partnering with clients to evaluate business strategies and assess investment opportunities will find the IGS consultant role exciting and challenging. Consultants quickly gain in-depth knowledge of diverse markets when evaluating a broad range of industries for private equity firms and corporate clients. In addition, consultants build and develop team and client management skills and are given a high level of responsibility for their projects and teams early in their tenure.
IGS’ entrepreneurial environment provides individuals the unique opportunity to shape their own professional development, as well as the culture and operations of the company.
Consultant Professional Development
Consulting is by its nature an apprenticeship industry. Much of the learning occurs through doing. That said, IGS is committed to developing the capabilities of each of its members through both formal and informal programs.
Upon joining the firm, consultants participate in a hands-on orientation program. More seasoned members of the firm provide an overview of the case process from start to finish, including designing and conducting research, data analysis, presentation development, and managing teams.
In addition to “on-the-job” training, the firm holds training sessions for consultants. These training sessions cover a wide range of topics, such as writing client proposals, drafting presentations, and developing associate talent. Round table sessions facilitate discussion and experience sharing among the consultants and vice presidents.
Consultants also participate in firm wide training sessions. Consultants and associates jointly prepare and lead these training sessions. Topics cover a range of skill development areas from modeling and research to presentation skills.
IGS pairs new consultants with a mentor who is a more experienced consultant or vice president. Mentors provide consultants with advice and guidance about case management and project leadership to supplement the formal professional development process.
Consultants receive formal, written assessments of their progress and development twice a year. These assessments provide detailed feedback and guidance on an individual’s skill and career development. In addition, consultants receive upward feedback twice a year from the associates they have managed. These evaluations provide detailed feedback and guidance on an individual’s team and project management skills.
Consultant Career Path
IGS consultants begin their career assuming a high level of responsibility on their case teams. They are responsible for managing their projects and evolve into case team leaders. At the same time, consultants are encouraged to get involved in business development and help write proposals and pitch new clients.
IGS consultants who demonstrate strong client and team management skills can be promoted to vice president. As a vice president, individuals join the management team, have the opportunity to own equity in the firm, and participate in the growth and development of the firm, in addition to developing their own client relationships.
Life after IGS
The market analysis and project management skills that consultants gain at IGS translate into a broad range of opportunities. Consultants who leave IGS typically pursue roles in corporate development and strategy, private equity, or other aspects of investment management.
Apply for Consultant Role
In addition to strategy consulting experience, consultant candidates should have exceptional research and analytical experience. Consultants manage case teams and must have considerable project management experience. Consultants typically have an MBA, although it is not required. Candidates should be interested in:
- Assessing investment and growth opportunities for private equity firms and corporate clients
- Gaining an in-depth understanding of a wide variety of industries
- Synthesizing research and analysis to deliver answers to clients key questions
- Building business development and client management skills
- Assuming a high level of responsibility on client teams as well as within firm
- Working in a dynamic and collegial environment
- Working and living in Boston. IGS consultants rarely travel
IGS recruits on campus at Harvard Business School and The Tuck School of Business. Please submit materials through the appropriate campus recruiting process.
In addition to our campus candidates, IGS is always interested in meeting qualified and interested candidates.
Interested consultant candidates can submit their resume and cover letter via email to:
Jennifer O'Hara, Senior Vice President
Investor Group Services
855 Boylston Street, 6th Floor
Boston, MA 02116