Jim Scully, *03, ECO

Position
Managing Director, Accenture
Role
GradFUTURES Forum Speaker
Bio/Description

Jim is a Managing Director in Accenture Strategy and the Lead for Accenture's North America Strategy and Consulting Development Programs. Jim is based out of the New York City office and within Accenture Strategy is focused on Consumer Goods and Services. Jim has worked with clients to develop corporate and business unit strategies, establish and execute upon commercial and operational initiatives, and identify key competencies, resources, and criteria necessary to ensure sustainable, measureable impact. He also has experience in M&A/L&A strategy, divestiture strategy, due diligence, and competitive intelligence.

Prior to Accenture he was part of the management team at Dean & Company, a boutique consulting in the DC area and led the strategic operations function at Kadmon, an emerging biotechnology company in NYC. While at Dean he worked across industries including consumer goods and services, hospitality, biotechnology, healthcare, & medical devices, and media & technology. Administratively, he led the firm’s recruiting, onboarding, training, and internship programs. Jim received his Ph.D. in Economics from Princeton University where he was affiliated with the Office of Population Research and focused on applied microeconomics and public policy. He holds a B.S. in Economics and Mathematics from Bates College.

"As a new consultant, one of the pieces of feedback that I got was that I needed to change my perspective from "what's wrong with the data?" to "what can I do with the data?"

In academia you have fairly unlimited time to solve a problem and it is important to get everything right. In consulting you have limited time and resources to solve potentially boundary-less problems, thus you have to change your perspective a bit and be more comfortable with ambiguity and not having everything as perfect and right as you may want it.

I have had the pleasure of recruiting at Princeton throughout the years and coming back to share my experiences with undergraduates and graduate students. I look forward to continuing to do so.

What advice do you have for current graduate students regarding their professional development?

Three thoughts:
1) Take advantage of the opportunity Princeton presents to you and the many experiences you can have
2) Think about what you're doing, what you could do, and what the transferable skills you are developing (or could develop)
3) Bring your authentic and genuine self to everything you do and focus on the things that bring you joy and that you're passionate about"

Yes, I am open to being contacted by a Princeton Graduate Student for an informational interview!

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