Experienced Hire

Your career path at Bain can take on many different shapes – depending, among other things, on the career level you start with and the pace of your development. If you start as a manager, you’ll take on project responsibility from the outset. After significantly expanding your leadership skills for about two years, you’ll be appointed to Senior Manager. In that role, you’ll have a strong part in shaping client relationships and acquiring new clients, while you prepare yourself for your role as a Partner.

Regardless of your level, we support you throughout your career at Bain & Company with an individual, globally oriented training program. At the beginning of your career with us, you will start with an introductory training course lasting several days, which will prepare you for your day-to-day work as a consultant at Bain & Company.

You can also expect a global training program. Global trainings take place in various locations around the world. Together with international colleagues from other Bain offices, you will learn from international trainers and share your experiences. In addition, you can choose from a variety of individual, local training courses on a wide range of relevant topics tailored to you and your needs.

At Bain, we attach great importance to your personal development. From day one, we adhere to a basic principles of mutual learning.

Formal and informal feedback and coaching
Along with intensive coaching and support from your team in everyday project work, you’ll regularly receive constructive formal feedback to support your development as best possible.

In addition, we have a personal buddy system in which a so-called “Colleague” – a consultant with one to three years’ experience – will be assigned to you from the outset. They will help you “grow into” our ways and our organization and be available for your questions and concerns at any time.

Experienced consultant colleagues will be assigned to you as your personal mentors. They’ll assist you in familiarizing yourself with our firm and be available for confidential advice on any matters concerning your career.

We are a global firm operating fluidly across borders. With our offices in more than 50 cities and clients all around the globe, you have unlimited possibilities to gain international experience. More than 50% of our consultants are currently on international assignments.

International clients and projects
In a Manager role, you’ll experience first-hand how global thinking and action are put to practice at Bain. A large part of our projects involves assignments abroad, or working on international teams.

Based on your professional experience, you’ll be able to hit the ground running, bringing your expertise to our consulting work. Of course you’ll also be free to pursue your other passions, for instance by joining one of our practice groups (affectionately referred to as Ring-Fences) such as Advanced Analytics, ADAPT, or Private Equity. Or you can take the lead on a social-impact project.

We want you to be able to build a strong career for yourself while continuing to pursue your personal passions. That’s why we offer various flexible work and career options.

Leave of absence
At Bain, you’ll be free to take unpaid leave whenever you need to. What you use that time for is entirely up to you.

Part-time models and internal roles
Family needs, personal projects, career considerations – no matter what your motive, part-time work models (such as 10+2 ) are always available at Bain and adaptable to your specific needs. Should you want a break from client projects, we’ll find a suitable internal role for you.

Pro-bono work
Another attractive option involves working on pro-bono projects for a period of time. You might choose to work for a local or global charity or green project, or perhaps go on an extended transfer.

We are 1,200 Bainies in the DACH-area with 1,200 different personalities. Whatever makes you tick – at Bain we value you and your individual perspective on things. We know that good ideas thrive on diversity, and that cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds, perspectives and orientations only matter in one way: by making each of us unique. We live an inclusive corporate culture and we actively fight any form of discrimination – be it in the application process or our day-to-day interactions. Find out more about our inclusiveness and diversity initiatives here.  

Whether you choose to continue your career with Bain, or prefer to make a career move that will take you somewhere else: The strategy consulting experience, entrepreneurial spirit and diversified industry expertise you’ll have gained as a Bainie will make for a world-class profile that is recognized worldwide to be sought outside of Bain: Your experience in strategy consulting, your entrepreneurial spirit and the extensive industry expertise that you gain through your work at Bain & Company give you a world-class reputation.

As a proof in point, around half of the more than 1,000 alumni in Germany and Switzerland hold top management positions in business. As an extra asset, you’ll remain a life-long member of an influential network of ex-colleagues and clients.

Application process

Applying for a position with Bain & Company is possible at any time. Please use our Online tool and send us your application about three months before your preferred entry date. Along with your cover letter and résumé, make sure to upload all relevant academic and occupational certificates. Receipt of your application will be confirmed immediately.

Your office preferences will be reviewed in the order of your priorities. If your office preferences are Germany or Switzerland, you will usually receive our response within two weeks of completing the online assessment. Should you also have selected international offices among your preferences, your application will be forwarded to those offices. In that case you’ll receive feedback from the office indicated most recently, so the response may be delayed somewhat. Please note that the selection criteria and cycles may differ in other countries. Should you have any further questions regarding the application process, please contact the respective Bain office.

When you join us as an Experienced Hire, we decide on your recruiting process individually. In any case, you will have a series of intensive personal interviews with consultants at Partner and Senior Manager level. This gives you and us the chance to assess whether a career change to Bain is the right move. We will also jointly assess your short to medium-term potential for partner promotion.

In the dialog, we will discuss case studies from our project work with you to assess your problem structuring and solving skills, as well as your creativity. Here you will find some case studies that show you how a team can master challenging tasks: Interview Preparation.

After the initial face-to-face meeting with a Bain partner in the appropriate industry or functional area and a brief introduction to our project work, values and culture, we typically schedule up to five individual interviews for you.


More questions? 

Recruiting contact

Germany and Switzerland:
Sabrina Pfob
E-mail: germany.recruiting@bain.com