Engagement Manager, Strategy Consulting

Job Locations US-IL-Chicago
# of Openings
3
Category
Consulting
Type
Regular Full-Time

Overview

Stax Inc. is seeking experienced and self-driven consultants who are ready to step up into a leadership position and enter the next phase of their career as an Engagement Manager with Stax. As an Engagement Manager, you’ll play a critical leadership role in a case team, from owning projects and managing the day-to-day operations to working side-by-side with our senior leadership team in solving challenging and complex business issues.

 

We recognize you are driven by the opportunity to learn by doing. Across a range of sectors, you’ll engage and collaborate directly with clients, where your work will be highly visible to their management teams. You’ll partner with our Directors to gain first-hand experience in developing and fostering client relationships. You will also be overseeing the development of junior team members helping them grow in their careers.

 

Life at Stax is unique - our goal is to empower and challenge employees, with a better work/life balance than industry benchmarks. You get more content, more client exposure, and more time to think because of our business model. No question: you’ll work hard like in any consulting firm, but Stax has several unique operational differences than firms in the sector, whether large, mid-sized, or boutique. Our case teams benefit from our global skill-specific research and analysis teams (secondary, primary, deep analytics) which provide overnight support. Our efficient and focused approach has always been around content and action orientation, rather than 3-4-5 day on-site models, and long-stays at client sites. While the world has reduced travel for the near term, Stax’s model was always far less travel than traditional consulting.

  

Stax’s success stems from our ability to quickly diagnose an issue, develop clear fact-based answers and provide practical next steps. We tackle engagements by debating with facts and analysis. Our consultants are empowered to call it like they see it, rather than deliver answers they think clients want to hear. And this is why we have the client base of large and mid-cap private equity firms and their portfolio companies. 

 

WHY STAX

  • High-profile engagements with the large and mid-cap private equity firms globally, and the leadership teams of their portfolio companies. 
  • Front-line exposure and leadership roles with our action-oriented, non-bureaucratic client base across sectors and project types.
  • Immersive learning opportunities in a fast-paced environment.
  • Content-focused environment which can nourish your analytically driven opinion.
  • Associates, consultants, and managers are supported by our unique business model with integrated international teams that deliver research, data, analysis, and overnight support to allow you more time to think. 
  • Opportunities for personal growth and career development based on the merits of your work – the chance to have more than a 2-3-year stint – real upward mobility. Good people who genuinely care about the firm’s success and are consistently exploring ways to improve and build upon its accomplishments.

Competitive compensation that rewards strong performance and solid career development through mentorship and coaching opportunities. In addition, we offer comprehensive benefits including medical, dental, and vision coverage for you and your family, 401(k) savings plan with company matching, 3 weeks of vacation, life and disability insurance, generous parental leave, pre-tax transit benefits, mobile phone stipend, wellness reimbursement, charitable gift matching, and more. 

 

Responsibilities

Engagement Managers play a critical leadership role at Stax in developing and motivating team members, expanding our capabilities and leading firm initiatives to support our growth. You will assist in scoping projects and framing issues for clients, write proposals, on-board teams and manage day-to-day workings of engagements. You will facilitate and participate in analyses, quality control, and developing insights with the team, including directors. Managers are accountable for preparing and delivering presentation of findings and conclusions to clients.

At Stax, you will be exposed to diverse client engagements, allowing you to gain experience in a broad range of industries. Your work is highly visible to client’s management team through significant client interaction and impact. You will have the opportunity to own projects at the same time working alongside with a senior leadership team that is accessible and consistently offers opportunities for team member to learn and grow. You are encouraged to partner with directors to develop and grow client relationships.

Compensation consists of salary and incentive program that is competitive with large strategy consulting firms. Travel pre-Covid was historically minimal (around 10%) and during Covid Stax is currently adhering to local safety guidelines across offices.  

Qualifications

  • Candidates must have 7+ years of experience with a strategy consulting, strategic planning/corporate strategy group, or private equity/venture capital firm required.
  • MBA degree strongly preferred, but equivalent work experience will be considered.
  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically with proven research and analytic abilities, and working knowledge of consulting frameworks.
  • Demonstrated experience in performing various types of analysis including qualitative and quantitative research, secondary research, web surveys, market sizing, forecasting growth, and regression.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage consulting projects from nuts to bolts including planning and managing multiple and differing work streams within tight timelines.
  • Proven ability to manage, coach, and develop consultants and associates, or similar positions.
  • Proven written, verbal and presentation skills that demonstrate the ability to frame ideas that capture the appropriate level of detail, while conveying the “big picture” message and structuring of output logically.
  • Proven knowledge of full suite of analytical skills needed to execute project work and demonstrated proficiency in advanced MS Excel, PowerPoint, SPSS, and survey tools.
  • Proven ability to liaise closely with and manage global project teams a plus.
  • Have a high degree of initiative; roll-up your sleeves-type person who thrives in an entrepreneurial environment.
  • Detail oriented, self-starter with an intellectual curiosity and teamwork capabilities.
  • Ability to multitask and work in a fast-paced, time-sensitive environment.

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