Chicago Analyst-August 2023

CIL Management Consultants

Location Chicago
  • Closing: 5:00pm, 1st Dec 2022 CST

Job Description

About CIL:

CIL is a consulting firm with a market-leading position within our niche. Most of our engagements involve an M&A element, primarily to advise private equity firms who are looking to invest in high-growth businesses in the US and Europe. We also provide strategy consulting to a variety of companies, from global blue chips to the US’s most successful smaller businesses. We work across a wide range of sectors, including healthcare, IT, financial services, energy, manufacturing, leisure, business services, and many others.

Although we work in structured project teams, we are socially very equal, lively, and inclusive. There are no corner offices, no cliques – we work in open-plan offices and are not political. We think ‘a culture’ is something larger firms have to invent. Ours is the product of the people we employ.

We launched our Chicago office in Autumn 2018 and have enjoyed some great early success. Our office is small, dynamic, and entrepreneurial, and our employees enjoy the support of our over 120 colleagues in the UK. This is an opportunity to have a real impact on shaping its direction and growth over the coming years.

The role:

The analyst role is the first stage in a strategy consultant’s career. It is a highly demanding job – we will expect a lot from you, but you will receive first-class training and will gain valuable experience with which to build a successful career. CIL analysts are an integral part of our project teams, and over their first year will be expected to:

  • Grasp new business models quickly, typically working on a different project every 4-6 weeks.

  • Take responsibility for testing commercial hypotheses through collecting and interrogating primary and secondary research.

  • Carry out rigorous quantitative analysis of industry and internal company datasets.

  • Play a key role in debating and refining hypotheses with the project manager and project leader, drafting clear & concise output for inclusion in the final report once agreed.

  • Get in front of clients and help present our findings – we firmly believe that early client exposure is a great way to learn & develop.

  • Help coach others. We have two new graduate intakes each year so after six months, our analysts will be expected to support new joiners in their own development.


We are committed to being the best consultancy to work for in our field. As well as the benefits below, we pride ourselves on being flexible to the needs and personal circumstances of every single employee. The main benefits we offer include:

  • Rapid, meritocratic progression, with exposure to investors and management teams right from the start

  • A high-quality training program delivered within a hugely supportive learning environment (including structured training modules to take you from analyst to partner and financial support to study for relevant qualifications)

  • Competitive remuneration, and participation in our generous company bonus scheme

  • Option to join company private healthcare insurance

  • Matched 401(k) contributions with no vesting period

  • Generous holiday entitlement (17 days + 10 federal holidays) with the option to purchase 11 additional days each year

  • Hybrid working options, with very little travel

  • Initiatives to limit weekend working and to give time back in lieu of long hours worked

  • Regular company events & socials, as well as post-project team meals

  • An incredible company culture, with encouragement to pursue activities & interests outside of work

  • Sabbatical and secondment opportunities to our UK office as you progress through the company


What CIL people are like:

We have a team of ~190 highly qualified, highly skilled people across our four offices. Successful CIL people share some key attributes:

  • Strong academic background (we are degree agnostic) from a world-class university

  • Intellectual horsepower and curiosity for solving business problems

  • Motivation and ambition, able to stand on their own two feet

  • Strong team working and people skills

  • Outstanding numeracy, written and verbal communication skills

  • Humility and quiet self-confidence – we are not an ‘alpha’ environment

  • A keen sense of humor and broad shoulders

  • We also encourage our people to pursue activities outside of work and keep their hobbies & interests from university going.


Qualification criteria and how to apply:

We have strict qualification criteria. These are:

  • Outstanding academic record from a top university, any major

  • At the time of starting their employment, the successful candidate must have the right to work in the US. Unfortunately, we do not offer visa sponsorship

  • Excellent numeracy and completely fluent written and spoken English

  • Other language skills are an advantage, with many of our assignments featuring an international element

    We encourage candidates from all backgrounds to apply. CIL commits to creating and maintaining a culture where every employee feels included and respected; to countering discrimination through our recruitment and training processes and our interaction with other stakeholders; and to celebrating the diverse contributions of all our employees and stakeholders.

Removing bias from the hiring process

Applications closed Thu 1st Dec 2022


Removing bias from the hiring process

  • Your application will be anonymously reviewed by our hiring team to ensure fairness
  • You’ll need a CV/résumé, but it’ll only be considered if you score well on the anonymous review

Applications closed Thu 1st Dec 2022