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Practice Specialist, Materials

McKinsey & Company

McKinsey & Company

Houston, TX, USA
Posted on Friday, May 26, 2023

Practice Specialist, Materials

  • Chicago
  • Denver
  • Houston
  • Miami
  • Toronto

Who You'll Work With

You’ll work in one of our North America offices as part of our materials practice. Our materials practice is made up of our metals & mining, paper & packaging and engineering, constructions and building materials service lines.
You’ll be part of our metals & mining service line based in NA. 

What You'll Do

You will lead problem-solving efforts on a portion of a client engagement. In this role you will deliver mining/metals business and operations content knowledge (with a focus on mineral processing operations), working either directly with clients and client project teams. You will be responsible for identifying issues, forming hypotheses, designing and conducting analysis, synthesizing conclusions into recommendations and helping to implement change with our clients that drives holistic impact. Throughout an engagement, you will be involved in discussions and presentations with senior client leadership. You will maintain or develop a strong internal reputation and network with client teams and be “in the flow” of new external thinking, including maintaining or developing an external reputation. You will help build company’s metals and mining capabilities, particularly in the area of advanced analytics applied to processing plants. You will renew personal knowledge and expertise over time to remain at the leading edge of the field. You will be based in a NA office and will work with mining client service teams alongside the Optimus AI, Solution Delivery and MineLens teams. OptimusAI is a proprietary solution based on a transformation approach, state-of-the art tools, machine learning models & techniques to increase processing plant productivity by developing decision support tools. Our approach blends together a robust delivery process with a highly specialist and collaborative team – both underpinned and supported by proprietary technology and products. MineLens provides mining companies with the strategic business intelligence they need to identify, quantify, and prioritize value creation opportunities in their operations. It combines advanced analytics, a comprehensive database of mining performance benchmarks and global mining expertise.


  • Undergraduate degree in engineering is strongly preferred 
  • Advanced degree in metallurgy, chemical engineering mineral processing or materials engineering; MBA is a plus 
  • 6+ years of work experience with a distinctive record of achievement and impact, with a focus in one of the following areas: mineral processing, beneficiation operations, business improvement/performance optimization at a major mining company
  • Passionate about the latest technological advancements in minerals processing techniques and process improvements
  • Field-based experience working on projects in the mining & metals industry 
  • Knowledge of continuous improvement programs, i.e., Lean/Six Sigma is desirable 
  • Exposure to advanced analytics and/or data science projects applied to operations is a plus 
  • Exceptional problem-solving and analytical skills
  • Demonstrated leadership ability and experience 
  • Ability to grasp and communicate complex ideas clearly 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills 
  • Strong personal drive and motivation 
  • Demonstrated success as a collaborative team player who is capable of working with others, but also autonomously with little direction 
  • Proven ability to lead teams, motivate others, gain the respect of clients and colleagues, and work collaboratively 
  • Flexibility to travel to remote mining locations 
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Job Skill Group - CSS Associate
Job Skill Code - PS - Specialist
Function - Operations
Industry - Metals & Mining
Post to LinkedIn - Yes
Posted to LinkedIn Date - Thu May 25 00:00:00 GMT 2023
LinkedIn Posting City - Denver
LinkedIn Posting State/Province - Colorado 
LinkedIn Posting Country - United States
LinkedIn Job Title - Practice Specialist, Materials
LinkedIn Function - Consulting;Engineering
LinkedIn Industry - Mining & Metals
LinkedIn Seniority Level - Associate