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Bain Futures - Practice Senior Manager

Bain & Company
Full Time
Boston, MA 02116
Posted Today
Job description

We are proud to be [1] consistently recognized as one of the world's best places to work, a champion of diversity and a model of social responsibility. We are a Glassdoor's Best Places to Work, and we have maintained a spot in the top four on Glassdoor's list for the last 13 years. We believe that diversity, inclusion and collaboration is key to building extraordinary teams. We hire people with exceptional talents, abilities and potential, then create an environment where you can become the best version of yourself and thrive both professionally and personally. We are publicly recognized by external parties such as Fortune, Vault, Mogul, Working Mother, Glassdoor and the Human Rights Campaign for being a great place to work for diversity and inclusion, women, LGBTQ and parents.

About Bain Futures

Bain Futures is the global think tank at Bain & Company, advancing disruptive ideas that will shape the future of business. Bain Futures provides highly relevant research, insights and analyses so business leaders can make the informed decisions and bold moves that will spell success. The group is chaired by James Root, Andrew Schwedel, Jimmy Allen, and Karen Harris, with guest contributions from other leading thinkers across Bain & Company. You can find our recent research here: [2] https://www.bain.com/about/bain-futures/.

After a successful 2021, in which we launched a major new research programme on The Working Future, we are looking to expand our team to allow us to take on a greater breadth of research topics. We have a wide range of potential topics on our radar, which we would be happy to discuss as part of the interview process.

About the Senior Manager role

The Bain Futures Practice Senior Manager role will focus primarily on leading substantive new research projects from initial idea to publication. You will be an active participant in discussions with group leadership, and will be expected to bring your own ideas and fresh thinking to the table. You will shape the narrative and work with our research team to undertake the necessary analytical groundwork to test and refine our thinking. You will also be involved in the drafting of publications and the preparation of presentation materials for senior external audiences.

We are ideally looking for a full time candidate, but also open to considering part-time candidates.

Roles and responsibilities:
  • Develop storylines for potential research projects, and present these to leadership
  • Design and execute supporting analytical efforts to test and refine these storylines (including surveys, interviews, analysis of secondary data sources, case studies etc.)
  • Draft manuscripts for publications
  • Work with our Creative Services team to design high-impact visual presentations
  • Work with Marketing to plan and oversee external campaigns
  • Support follow-up research and further iteration of our existing IP
  • Actively contribute to discussions across the full spectrum of Bain Futures topics
  • Collaborate with other Bain practice areas to gather input and increase the visibility of our research
  • Provide leadership and coaching for our internal team
About you:
Education: No specific educational experience is required for this role, beyond a bachelor’s degree in any field.

Relevant experience: Successful candidates will have demonstrated performance as a former consultant (either at Bain & Company or a similar firm).

Knowledge: While no specific prior knowledge is required for this role, the candidate will need to be widely read on current events to perform well in this role.

Personal characteristics:
Creative thinking: To succeed in this role, this person must be able to generate original and compelling ideas that push forward the thinking of the group.

Proven self-starter: We are a small and distributed team. This person will need to be comfortable shaping their own work with limited guidance, and working remotely. This will require organization, a proactive attitude, and the ability to troubleshoot issues as and when they arise.

Analytical acumen: This person will need to be comfortable with the process of identifying the right analysis to test a hypothesis, quickly drawing conclusions, and where necessary pivoting to further analyses. They will also need to have strong quantitative skills, and be familiar with the standard consulting toolkit (especially Excel and Powerpoint).

Adaptability: This person will need to be able and willing to pivot their work as new input and ideas come into the mix, as well as being willing to change tasks as and when the priorities of the group shift.

Intellectual curiosity: This person will need to exhibit a strong interest in a wide range of topics and ideas, as well as the ability to distill the specific implications for businesses.

Compelling Communication: This person will need to be able to clearly, confidently, and succinctly present their thinking to senior audiences. They will also need to be able to communicate well in written form (powerpoint slides, emails, and articles/memos).

Teaming: This person will need to be effective at getting work done through others, including knowing how to delegate and able to provide coaching.

A great colleague and teammate: Lastly, this person will need to be passionate about their work but also fun to be around, bringing a positive attitude to their interactions with the team.


Bain & Company is a global consultancy that helps the world’s most ambitious change makers define the future. Across 63 offices in 38 countries, we work alongside our clients as one team with a shared ambition to achieve extraordinary results, outperform the competition and redefine industries. We complement our tailored, integrated expertise with a vibrant ecosystem of digital innovators to deliver better, faster and more enduring outcomes. Our 10-year commitment to invest more than $1 billion in pro bono services brings our talent, expertise and insight to organizations tackling today’s urgent challenges in education, racial equity, social justice, economic development and the environment. We earned a gold rating from EcoVadis, the leading platform for environmental, social and ethical performance ratings for global supply chains, putting us in the top 2 percent among other consulting firms. Since our founding in 1973, we have measured our success by the success of our clients, and we proudly maintain the highest level of client advocacy in the industry.


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