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Professional Development Coordinator

McKinsey & Company

McKinsey & Company

Amsterdam, Netherlands
Posted on Thursday, July 6, 2023
Global Administration

Professional Development Coordinator

Who You'll Work With

You will be working in the Amsterdam office as part of the Professional Development team and will report to the manager of Professional Development.
The professional development team is part of the integrated people team and is a team that loves to be an integral part of the office, connecting both with the people, and with the business and strategic side of our office. You will be responsible for coaching individuals in this cohort, be jointly accountable for the pre-ASC program and you will contribute to several Professional Development (PD) related projects in the office.

What You'll Do

You will be responsible for the staffing activities for the pre-Associate consulting staff on a daily basis. This requires constant interaction with consultants, partners and with the firm’s global staffing community. You will also be responsible for the coaching and managing of consultants in this cohort. In addition, you will be involved in various PD or staffing related projects within Amsterdam and the Benelux office.
Specific responsibilities may include (but are not limited to) the following:
  • leading staffing process for junior associates and fellows from the generalist pool to ensure that the staffing process is effectively executed; this involves obtaining detailed information from leadership regarding possible studies and likely staffing needs; recommending best available team of consultants for each study, balancing team and individual needs; communicating staffing client and non-client decisions and rationales to all parties involved;
  • developing a professional relationship with consultants to understand their aspirations, experiences, strengths, development areas, and personal preferences;
  • co-leading the client development time process to ensure meaningful allocation of non-staffed consultants; this involves collecting requests from the leadership and consultant’s allocation to non-client local needs, projects, etc.
  • leading the pre-ASC journey: preparing fellows/JRAS for their journey by organizing events, having 1-on-1s coaching sessions on their plans and supporting where needed to guide them through this process;
  • managing the information flow in the required systems: maintaining accurate entry of staffing-related information in relevant systems (i.e., iStaffing), maintaining and sharing up-to-date consultant profiles;
  • liaising with finance department on staffing-related billing arrangements and monthly utilization;
  • Liaising with staffing coordinators in the Benelux and in the global staffing community to explore suitable international study opportunities for our consultants in other offices, and to facilitate inbound/outbound staffing assignments;
  • cooperating with local and/or BNL PD team on PD related projects (e.g. Local Learning, L2, Sponsorship and mentorship).


  • Bachelor's or master's degree
  • 3+ years of experience in a professional services firm, preferably (not a must) in a consultant role, or in talent management/professional development, particularly staffing
  • Strong problem solving skills and capability of thinking through nuanced and complex situations and finding win/win solutions among stakeholders with differing priorities
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (oral and written) at all levels; strong influencing capabilities and ability to deal with challenging and conflicting situations
  • Strong interest and experience in professional development and people, including the ability to build strong relationships with a large group of consultants and a natural curiosity to learn about their strengths and development areas
  • A non-hierarchical approach; flexibility and ability to build consensus
  • Confident and decisive decision-making, including the ability to stand by and explain decisions through resistance of involved stakeholders; ability to find compromises
  • Comfortable with multitasking, working under pressure and prioritizing within a fast-paced, demanding environment
  • Solution oriented, combined with a service mind-set
  • Organizational and administrative skills with attention to detail
  • A flexible team player with a collaborative style; high level of drive and initiative, willing to go the extra mile to improve existing processes and implement innovations; self-starting
  • Solid knowledge of Microsoft Office (outlook, powerpoint and excel)
  • Good judgement, strong integrity, maturity and fairness in dealing with people and confidential information
  • Fluent in English and Dutch

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.

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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Job Skill Group - CSSA
Job Skill Code - PDC - Professional Development Coordinator
Function - Firm Administration
Industry - Financial Services
Post to LinkedIn - Yes
Posted to LinkedIn Date - Thu Aug 25 00:00:00 GMT 2022
LinkedIn Posting City - Amsterdam
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LinkedIn Posting Country - Netherlands
LinkedIn Job Title - Professional Development Coordinator
LinkedIn Function - Administrative
LinkedIn Industry - Program Development
LinkedIn Seniority Level - Mid-Senior level