High client exposure and responsibility from day one

Querine Bulthuis, Associate Consultant, NL

Education

University of St. Gallen

MA, Strategy and International Management

Erasmus University of Rotterdam

MSc, Organisational Change and Consulting

BA, International Business Administration

I have always had a broad set of interests and enjoy being surrounded by a wide variety of people, topics and ideas. Looking back at multiple diverse projects, my years working for Eden McCallum have nurtured my natural curiosity: from getting to know the meat processing industry, to assessing an investment in tech partnerships, and transforming innovation processes of an
e-commerce player.

What stood out across the projects was the high level of interaction with the client. Often our team would be part of a broader client team, in which we would collaborate closely to achieve the project objectives. Such strong client engagement has grown even more important since I have been promoted from analyst to associate consultant. Increasingly responsible for managing relationships with clients and being their trusted advisor, these experiences have proven invaluable. This implied that in various projects, I could start leading client teams or work one-to-one with clients’ senior managers.

From my first project onwards, I received significant responsibility, which has proven exciting and challenging at the same time. As an Associate Consultant, I can now leverage the times that my team has pushed me outside my comfort zone. I feel prepared to lead workstreams, ‘own’ analyses and present resulting implications. With the help of my mentors and a coach that is offered following your second year, I am further growing in development areas and exploring how to best use my talents. Eden McCallum’s extensive training programme has further contributed to feeling competent to tackle project challenges.

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