2-Year Business Analyst Program
CMR's 2-Year Business Analyst program offers smart and motivated individuals the chance to work in a fast-paced, international work environment with a commitment to excellence. Business Analyst typically join us after completion of an undergraduate or master's degree, or after 1 to 2-year work experience in a non-strategy consulting field.
The focus of the Business Analyst position is to learn and practice the skills necessary to perform top-tier market research and strategy consulting. CMR invests heavily to ensure its team members have the best possible training. Upon entering the company, Business Analyst start in CMR Academy consists of a series of Learning Modules, the first four of with are "Key Learning Modules", providing intensive traning in the tools we use every day. While CMR also emphasizes the invaluable skills gained from hands-on work experience, the formal learning process continues at regualr intervals throughout the 2-year program, for a total of 20 modules.
Through training at CMR Academy and during career development gained from working on a wide range of projects, the Business Analyst positon at CMR is a great stepping stone for high achievers looking for good start to their careers. At the end of 2 years, most Business Analysts leave to pursue careers in industry or to continue studies. A few exceptional Business Analysts are promoted directly to the Analyst position.ꁲ
Upon promotion from the Business Analyst program, professionals typically spend 2-3 years at the Analyst level. Analysts are expected to take the skills that they learned at the Business Analyst level and further develop them as they take a more active role in analysis and project execution. It is at this stage that employees begin to develop further expertise in key areas of research and analysis and really put their skills to work.
Senior Analysts have mastered the necessary skills to plan and conduct research using a variety of methodologies. At the senior analyst stage, professionals take an active role in project management and apply a formidable array of skills to perform top notch analysis as well as help their team develop top flight analytical skills. The Senior Analyst position typically continues for 3 years at which time exceptional Senior Analysts are promoted directly to the Associate Procipal level. Others leave to pursue a MBA or professional degree programs.
Associate Principals are expected to take a leading role in project management and are able to oversee a large part of an engagement. At this level employees possess exemplary research, planning, and strategy skills and they are able to bring their expertise to bear in formulating the innovative strategy and actionable items needed to bring success to our clients in a variety of fields. After 2-3 years, once associates have displayed the skill and leadership required to manage projects they are ready for the next step, Principal.
Principals are expected to be able to manage all facets of a project including project planning, team management, research and analysis, strategy development, and client facing relationships. At this stage Principals will have begun to develop expertise in key fields and are sought after and considered thought leaders in their areas of expertise. Often Principals will be expected to provide oversight fro multiple projects as they further develop their expertise and excellence in strategic planning. After the 3-5 years required to develop true expertise in a field or fields of interest Principals take on the role of director.
Director/ Senior Advisor
As Director our strategy consultants are expected to be deeply involved in the development of client relationships. The expertise that Directors have mastered during their time at CMR is at this stage applied to building trust with clients and key actors in their areas of expertise. Directors are able to maintain strong relationships with current clients as well as assist new clients in meeting and exceeding the needs of their businesses as they strive for market beating sucess. This is the level that most experienced professionals with 15 years of experience in a non-strategy consulting firm join CMR.
Typical Career Path and Openings for Experienced Professionals
"CMR's greatest asset is our people. Our commitment to our clients starts with training our people, the best and brightest."
——Jessica, CFA, Managing Director and Head of the CMR Academy
Our team members need to get trained with the practical and theoretical skills needed to become truly great consultants to our clients. They learn on the job, through our mentorship program, and through the CMR Academy.
CMR Academy is our formal in-house training program that provides our professionals with the on-going training needed to improve their skill sets and knowledge bases. Each year, our team members take 10 modules that sharpen their skill sets, from learning path-breaking research methodologies to modules on specific industries.
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