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Defense and Security Analyst

McKinsey & Company

McKinsey & Company

Washington, DC, USA
Posted on Friday, March 31, 2023

Defense and Security Analyst

Who You'll Work With

You’ll work locally in the Washington area in teams of 3 – 5 consultants, each with varying types of expertise (e.g., digital, strategy, operations, etc.).
This client-facing, partner-track role is based in our Washington, D.C. office and dedicated to serving our federal defense and security clients. You will support senior members of the US defense and security community on some of their highest priority issues.

What You'll Do

You will work with our defense and security clients on some of their toughest issues, in a fast-paced, non-hierarchical, and caring environment.
You will make an important contribution to the analysis, design, and implementation of performance-improving approaches, developing tailor-made solutions and working closely with clients at all levels to ensure high impact, sustainable results. Your work will include gathering and analyzing information, formulating and testing hypotheses, developing recommendations, and helping to implement sustainable changes.
All of our work is project-based, and it is varied. We help our clients on a broad range of topics, including strategy, operational performance improvement, risk and resource reallocation, organizational design and talent development, and digital issues.
When you join McKinsey, you are joining a firm that will challenge you and invest heavily in your professional development, building on the strengths you bring to the firm. Consultants receive exceptional training as well as frequent coaching and mentoring from colleagues on their teams. You will build your national security expertise, and learn to bring best practices from the private, public, and social sectors to your clients.
You’ll grow at your own pace on a “promote when ready” path. This partner-track role will give you considerable flexibility as you pursue your career at our firm.


  • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree helpful
  • TS/SCI clearance with polygraph required
  • Outstanding record of academic and/or professional achievement
  • Demonstrated aptitude for analytics, both quantitative and qualitative
  • Proven record of leadership at work or through extracurricular activities
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a team environment
  • Ability to work effectively with people at all levels in an organization
  • Ability to communicate complex ideas effectively, both verbally and in writing
  • Commitment to high standards and core values

FOR U.S. APPLICANTS: McKinsey & Company is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

Certain US states require McKinsey & Company to include a reasonable estimate of the salary range for this role. A reasonable estimate of the range for new joiners for this role in the United States is $112,000 - $112,000. Actual salaries may vary and may be above or below the range based on various factors, including, but not limited to an individual's assigned office location, experience and expertise. Certain roles are also eligible for bonuses, subject to McKinsey’s discretion and based on factors such as individual and/or organizational performance.

Additionally, McKinsey offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision coverage, telemedicine services, life, accident and disability insurance, parental leave and family planning benefits, caregiving resources, a generous retirement program, financial guidance, and paid time off.

FOR NON-U.S. APPLICANTS: McKinsey & Company is an Equal Opportunity employer. For additional details regarding our global EEO policy and diversity initiatives, please visit our McKinsey Careers and Diversity & Inclusion sites.

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