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Operations – Product Development Expert – Asia – Greater China



McKinsey & Company is a management consulting firm that helps leading corporations and organizations make distinctive, lasting and substantial improvements in their performance.
Detailed Description
McKinsey’s Operations Practice is one of the fastest growing practices in McKinsey globally and in Asia.  We are committed to helping our clients achieve world-class operations.  Blending strategic thinking with hands-on implementation, we develop and define operational strategies to help our clients around the world solve their most critical problems.  We tackle the key operational challenges faced by our clients, particularly in the areas of supply chain management, product development, purchasing & supply management, service operations, manufacturing, and capital productivity.  To ensure we continue to deliver distinctive expertise to our clients, we hire primarily experienced professionals with strong industry background.
Our work in product development includes developing, defining, and implementing strategies that help clients make lasting improvements to their innovation and business performance. Specifically, we serve clients on a range of PD improvement topics including: 
  • Product Development Performance Transformation:  Master planning the transformation of the holistic PD system, achieving first impact through pilots, building client skills, institutionalizing change, and initializing continuous improvement
  • Portfolio and Product Strategy:  Betting on the right technologies, creating superior product concepts and addressing the most attractive segments. Ensuring the companies’ product portfolio is consistent with its BU strategies, core capabilities and the competitive environment
  • Product Line Strategy:  Providing an attractive product line with the optimal level of complexity, managing product attractiveness over time, and providing variety at minimum cost through product platforming and modularization
  • Design-to-Value:  An integrated approach to improving product attractiveness, quality and reliability; improving product properties (weight, performance), and reducing/optimizing product cost
  • Time-to-Market Excellence:  Gaining additional early life volume and market share and achieving first mover price premiums
  • Development productivity:  Optimizing R&D costs and freeing up bottleneck capacity for additional growth 
McKinsey’s Asia Operations Practice is seeking an Expert specializing in Product Development with depth in automotive, electronics, industrial products, chemical industry.
Desired Skills
An Expert consultant must be a highly capable problem solver and be able to work on highly complex problems requiring strong analytical, conceptual and quantitative ability.
In addition to the Product Development-specific experience and knowledge outlined above, all Operations Practice consultants possess common characteristics consistent with our Firm-wide hiring mission. We are seeking individuals who are:

  • Passionate about and committed to operations and technical excellence
  • Strategic and creative thinkers
  • Comfortable and adept with quantitative analysis
  • Proven leaders with the ability to inspire others, build strong relationships, and create a true followership
  • Able to grasp and communicate complex ideas clearly
  • Collaborative team players, capable of working well with others but also autonomously with little direction
  • Results-driven achievers
  • Comfortable with extensive travel (greater than 80 percent)
We also require the following:
  • A technical degree, such as Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or Material Science from a top tier school
  • Minimum 15 years’ experience in a series of progressively senior product development roles
  • An advanced degree – MBA or MS ME/Ph.D – is considered a plus
  • Fluency in English and a local Asian language; Mandarin being a huge asset
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