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Risk Specialist

Posted 22 Jul 2022
Work experience
4 to 5 years
Full-time / part-time
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Degree level
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English (Fluent)

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You will be based in our Amsterdam, Brussels, Dusseldorf or Madrid office as part of the McKinsey’s Risk function, whose mission is to enable McKinsey’s client impact and innovation, while managing risks to our firm, our clients and our people. The function is a highly integrated global team with backgrounds including communications, consulting, diplomacy, government, government affairs and law.

You will work as part of the firm’s global client service risk team, which advises McKinsey’s partners and Client Service Risk Committee (CSRC—a committee of respected partners, supported by professionals in firm functions, to advise on the most complex risks) on how the firm can best serve its clients and publish its knowledge while managing the risks involved.

You will work closely with client-serving partners and wider colleagues across the firm, with the firm’s board and risk committees, and with other professionals including our communications and legal teams. You will focus on advising on risks relating to providing professional services such as organizational and individual conflicts of interest, confidentiality and reputation risk. You will report to the director of risk for Europe.


You will lead and support risk reviews for Europe and the individual offices in those regions.

In this role, you will advise partners and the client service risk committee on how to manage potential risks on higher-risk client engagements. You will also integrate advice from across firm functions (including communications, legal and risk) and ‘cells’ (practices, offices, new delivery models) to provide counsel on multi-faceted issues. You will be a trusted adviser to partners and an ambassador for the CSRC’s dual mission of enabling client service while managing risks to the firm.


  • Bachelor’s degree; master’s or professional degree is a plus
  • 4+ years of professional experience in communications, legal, consulting/professional services, public policy and/or public affairs
  • Experience navigating complex risk and/or legal issues in Latin America; strong understanding of risk issues unique to the region
  • Distinctive project management skills demonstrated through executing on broad initiatives involving multiple stakeholders
  • Strong analytical, problem-solving skills – working on complex, sensitive, time critical issues, quickly getting up to speed on unfamiliar topics
  • Entrepreneurial, collaborative attitude; interest and aptitude for working as part of a global team, across countries and cultures
  • Strong personal presence and credibility; ability to work across all levels of seniority and geographies, cultivating trust-based, peer-counselor relationships
  • Highly resilient, expressing comfort and credibility in challenging discussions with senior colleagues, balancing robustness, persistence, flexibility, humility, tact and calmness under pressure
  • Outstanding English communication and listening skills; clear and concise writing, augmented by strong listening skills
  • Additional language skills, as well as experience working with clients across Europe, are a plus

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