• Oliver Wyman – Principal – Johannesburg
  • Oliver Wyman Group in Johannesburg, , South Africa
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  • 4 days ago

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Who We Are

Oliver Wyman is a global leader in management consulting. With offices in 70 cities across 30 countries, Oliver Wyman combines deep industry knowledge with specialized expertise in strategy, operations, risk management, and organization transformation. The firm has more than 6,000 professionals around the world who work with clients to optimize their business, improve their operations and risk profile, and accelerate their organizational performance to seize the most attractive opportunities. Oliver Wyman is a wholly owned subsidiary of Marsh & McLennan Companies [NYSE: MMC]. For more information visit www.oliverwyman.com. Follow Oliver Wyman on Twitter @OliverWyman.

The Firm’s capabilities and intellectual capital are enhanced by our deep industry expertise, geographic range, analytical rigor, and hands-on, collaborative approach. Our professionals see what others don’t, challenge conventional thinking, and consistently deliver innovative, customized solutions. We also... work side by side with senior executives to accelerate execution through a blend of behavioral and management approaches.

As a result, we have a tangible impact on clients’ top and bottom lines. Our clients are the CEOs and executive teams of the Global 100 companies.


Oliver Wyman has established a strong presence in IMEA and our Financial Services practice is a leader in the region. We continuously strive to be the trusted advisor for Financial sector leaders, supporting them on their most critical and complex problems and delivering impact and transformations for them. Our portfolio of clients ranges from the top regional banks to investors, capital markets, central banks, and ministries of finance. Widely recognized as influential thought-leaders, we draw on a deep understanding of our clients' businesses and our own in-depth industry knowledge to develop sustainable strategies and cutting-edge policies for the top companies and governments in the region, working closely with senior executives and top leaders of regional governments.

Why Join Us

Our work is marked by exceptional impact for our clients. By consistently producing results, we have earned a reputation for quality work and attractive career opportunities.
• A growing, entrepreneurial firm with exceptional economics; global revenues exceeded $2.0 BN in 2018
• Work with our clients’ senior management from Day one to solve challenging problems
• A meritocratic eco system that provides for rapid development without an MBA
• Specialization at your own pace, with the opportunity to work across multiple industries
• Significant international assignments & attractive compensation for performance
• Programs to ensure work-life quality & career flexibility through our FlexOW talent initiatives including: 10/11 – month work years or sabbaticals, non-profit fellowships, and corporate externships
• An open, respectful, and inclusive culture that welcomes, values, and supports all colleagues as they are
• A company that is committed to having fun & providing a springboard to exciting future career options
• Continuous training available at all levels & across various domains
• You will be part of a new growing office in Johannesburg.


The Role and Responsibilities

Principals are experts in particular content areas and provide day-to-day leadership of complex client projects and aspects of the client relationship and commercial process, teaming with Partners. They ensure on-time delivery that meets or exceeds agreed upon goals, leveraging Oliver Wyman best practice, their own expertise and the firm’s technical competence. They become trusted advisors to senior clients, with the ability to guide and influence their thinking, and to be viewed as experts in particular content areas.

Oliver Wyman Principals are seen as Partners of the future and, as such, are fully engaged in building business through identifying new and expanded opportunities; they create exciting and additive intellectual capital through thought leadership and are knowledgeable on a broad range of adjacent topics. Principals develop others and build a strong personal brand both within and outside the firm.

We welcome applicants with a proven track record of excellence. Successful applicants typically have extensive subject expertise, as well as previous experience in managing projects with tight deadlines, excel within a team environment, and establish and maintain strong business relationships.


Your Attributes and Experience

Just as every client project is different, so we recognize and value the diversity of backgrounds and skill sets for successful Principal candidates. We are seeking high-caliber individuals who want to join our winning team. Preference will be given to candidates with:
• 7-10 years of relevant experience, ideally with a top-tier strategy consulting firm (or other similar organizations)
• In-depth knowledge of Financial Services topics
• Ability to point to projects with tangible impact and upside for the client (revenue, profit)
• Natural problem-solving mindset
• Track record of leading and managing teams, and delivering against tight deadlines in fast-paced, demanding environments
• Strong background in strategic problem solving with demonstrable analytical skills e.g. experience in dealing with large data sets and driving insight and action from this
• Ability to apply content knowledge, provide thought leadership in project execution, and to develop new intellectual capital to support business development activities
• Outstanding written and verbal communication skills; confidence in presenting to senior executives
• Undergraduate or advanced degree from a top academic program
• Willingness to travel and to work fluidly and respectfully with our talented team.



We’re serious about making OW a rewarding, progressive, enjoyable and balanced place to work.
• Self-starters and free thinkers who work well in a team

We are individuals who are self-starting, motivated, energetic, entrepreneurial about what we do
• Common aspiration, collective endeavour, shared success

We have the common aspiration to have an impact, leave a legacy and change the world. We have no interest in running a steady-state business. We want to build, grow and shape the environment around us
• Straightforward, open, respectful interaction

We value an environment where every member of Oliver Wyman is encouraged and expected to voice his or her opinion
• Opportunity without artificial barriers, anti-Kudzu

We value merit and believe that to create a true meritocracy we need to remove artificial barriers to opportunity
• Balanced lives

We value people whose lives balance work and non-work activities because we believe they are both more interesting colleagues and are able to make better contributions to the Firm. We push ourselves hard to deliver excellence, but we also work to extract the maximum benefit from the flexibility of a project-based business. We provide the ability to take career breaks for personal or family reasons. We fundamentally value each other’s time, and are sensitive to how it is used. We are an output not input-based culture, have respect for people’s personal decisions, and believe that one's workload must be sustainable. We seek balance for ourselves and our colleagues
Johannesburg South Africa


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