West Monroe Partners to add 500 jobs in Chicago – Technology News

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29 August 2017 | 10:00 am

West Monroe Partners, a Chicago management and technology consulting firm, plans to hire 500 employees in the city over the next five years.

The hiring push is part of a larger effort to recruit 1,000 nationwide. About 350 to 400 of the new hires will work in technology, said CEO Kevin McCarty. Many will be recruited directly from colleges like University of Illinois, Purdue University and Miami University in Ohio.

“The skill set that we most want is the tech skill set,” he said. “We will build these people into the technologists and the industry practices (consultants) that we need.”

West Monroe, an offshoot of Arthur Andersen, booked $160 million in revenue in 2016, a 25 percent bump over the previous year. It has roughly 900 employees now and will hit 1,000 by the end of the year, McCarty said. (Two-thirds are in Chicago.) Its biggest practices are customer strategy and implementing customer-relationship management software like Salesforce; combining tech systems for merging companies; and advising health insurers.

The firm currently leases 80,000 square feet on the 11th floor in the Franklin Center at 222 W. Adams St. and plans to add another 35,000 square feet in January. It has added a call center and acquired other firms specializing in Salesforce integration and health care IT.

The firm plans to add about 100 people a year in Chicago, McCarty said. About 450 of the 500 will be consultants, with the remainder working in the firm’s HR, marketing, legal and finance departments.

Recruitment will be a challenge for West Monroe, since “it is highly, highly competitive for people like that in this space,” said Chris Geier, chief executive at Chicago-based accounting and consulting firm Sikich. There were approximately 43,000 people employed in Cook County in management consulting in 2016, a 17 percent increase since 2012.

But McCarty says he’s not concerned. Training new college grads is time-consuming and expensive, but it pays off. The firm is also controlled by the employees through an employee stock-ownership plan. “That’s why we think adding 500 jobs is not going to be a problem,” he said.



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