Financial Associate

Dean & Company 14 reviews Vienna, VA
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"Dean & Company Associates are focused on enhancing clients' bottom-line performance through leading the development of innovative solutions to complex, high-stakes problems and driving implementation of these solutions. Successful applicants will demonstrate the following qualities: - Hold a Ph.D., MBA, or have been promoted to a similar position at another consulting firm - Strong analytic and problem solving skills - Communications proficiency - Ability to guide fundamental client change in a challenging yet supportive manner - Capability to learn rapidly and to structure problem solving approaches efficiently - Possess the ultimate goal of thinking and acting like a CEO

Associates have significant client exposure and responsibility from the outset. During the first year or two, most Associates will work on a variety of strategy development problems in multiple industries (e.g., competitor analysis, pricing policy, company valuations, operations capacity and cost, distribution, product planning, business development and marketing). They will have the opportunity to specialize as they move into a managing role.

Specific responsibilities of the position include: - Executing broad based research to find the data to address the client's issues, - Conducting analysis to integrate and draw meaning from often disparate data, Leading the problem solving process by designing the research analytic paths and translating analytic results into recommendations of practical and implementable solutions from the client.

Associates at Dean & Company work within case teams, both internal and client staffed, and take responsibility for a significant module of the casework. Case team sizes vary according to project, but generally consist of four to six Dean & Company professionals. Associates work on one case at a time, though more experienced Associates who are performing at close to Project Leader level may split time among cases.

The Associate position offers an excellent learning and career opportunity and is designed to lead to positions of increasing responsibility. Promotion is based on performance and skill-level, not tenure, determines an individual's career path.

Travel varies based on client and firm needs and averages two to three days per week. The office culture is non-hierarchical; all consultants are encouraged to play an active role in driving client solutions and work closely with the firm's leadership to achieve this end. Office attire is business casual, in keeping with the open culture. "

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    1. 1 person found this helpful

      Pluses and Minuses of a Small Firm

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      Former Employee - Analyst in Vienna, VA
      Former Employee - Analyst in Vienna, VA

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      Pros

      The work tends to be very analytical and interesting and the clients are top-tier. The recruiting process is very selective so you'll be awed by some of your classmates. Over the last couple years, the company has made a lot of changes and have promoted VP's to CMO and COO, which seems to have put more focus on growing the client base and improving the internal processes. The case managers on average tend to be pretty good.

      I think this is a great place for a quantitative type to begin learning about business.

      Cons

      Given that it's a small firm, the work tends to be concentrated in a few clients at any one time. The project flow can be uneven, especially on private equity, so you'll have some 75 hour weeks and other 45 hour weeks. Client contact and travel is uneven across projects.

      The training program is OK, but could use some upgrades

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      The two areas that should be focused on are marketing and training. It would be good to expand into a few more industries but that takes time. Outside training options should be considered.

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    2. Decent firm

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    3. 3 people found this helpful

      Be wary

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