Meet ARCONDIS – the Life Sciences Consulting Specialists

Meet ARCONDIS – the Life Sciences Consulting Specialists

ARCONDIS (https://www.arcondis.com/en/) is the largest consulting company exclusively specialized in the life sciences industry in the DACH-region. ARCONDIS strength lies in the connectivity of our longstanding experience in life sciences with our expertise of services in Quality, Compliance, Business Transformation and IT Management across all customers, departments and project phases. With a strong focus on customer satisfaction, strategic-oriented problem solving and our teams of diverse backgrounds ARCONDIS is constantly growing and serves many customers from big pharma to smaller companies.

Get to know ARCONDIS, and the unique spirit of its consultants.

Please join us for a presentation (which will be held in German) and a Q&A session followed by an Apéro on Tuesday, December 4th, at 5:30 pm at the SkyLounge, Klingelbergstrasse 61, 4056 Basel. You will have the chance to network with like-minded people and experts, ask the consultants questions and learn about the daily-life of a management consultant in life science in an interactive, relaxed atmosphere.

Sign up for the event here and send your CV (in German or English) to info@graduateconsultingclub.org including your level of German. Your application is only valid after receiving your CV. Application deadline is the 28th of November 6pm. You will receive a confirmation of participation for the event latest on the 30th of November

Workshop with Charles River Associates

Workshop with Charles River Associates

We cordially invite you to a special Monday workshop on Nov. 26th from 19:00 to 22:00 with Charles River Associates! CRA is a leading global consulting firm that offers economic, financial, and strategic expertise to major law firms, corporations, accounting firms, and governments around the world. CRA’s Swiss office focuses exclusively on the life sciences industry, serving clients (pharmaceutical and biotech companies as well as regulatory agencies and governments) across the country as well as globally. Currently the firm is actively recruiting. So be sure to check out this amazing opportunity!

The workshop will replace the usual Monday case workshop and take place at ETH Zentrum, HG E42. Consultants from CRA will give a brief intro on the company, followed by a workshop on life science consulting, and then an apero. Only 20 spots are available! It's *first come first served*. You are warmly invited to sign up via this link

We hope to see you there!

Data Science in Industry

Data Science in Industry

We were very excited to have a podium discussion about Data Science in Industry on Wednesday, 21st of November.

The evening was a success; initially the event was planned for 50 participants but as registrations kept flowing in a new venue was booked to accommodate all registrations. In total, we counted 163 registrations and show up rate of about 80%. Our audience was mostly from ETH (90%) with a strong representation of the Computer Science department (more than 25%).

Participants (left to right on the photo below)

Dr. Rebekka Burkholz, the moderator, is a mathematician and physicist by training and holds a PhD in systemic risks. Her task for the night was to keep the panel discussion flowing from one topic to the next and tease the speakers with challenging questions for our audience to gain insights in the data science industry.

Dr. Pavlin Mavrodiev, Data Scientist at Migros, combines education in electrical engineering and computer science. This broad knowledge led him to work as a software engineer at SAP, scigility, and hyperloop transportation technologies.

Dr. Sandro Saitta, who works as Chief Industry Advisor at the Swiss Data Science Center, gathered experience in various industries: Finance, Telco, Chemicals, Online Travel and Fast-Moving Consumer Goods.

Dr. Antonios Garas, the Compliance Metrics Functional Lead at Credit Suisse, is a physicist by

training who studied how complex systems are related to the fundamental properties of their

underlying network and topology.

Dr. Thomas Wiatowski, a Senior Data Scientist at Zühlke and mathematician by training, consults companies on bringing machine learning, artificial intelligence and data analytics to production.

Dr. Mario Tomasello, Senior Consultant in Forensic Technology at EY, has a strong interest in

system thinking. He gathers experience in analytics, modelling and anomaly detection in large

scale datasets.

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Discussion

Laetitia, the main organizer of this event, welcomed the participants with a presentation about the GCC’s vision and services, she introduced the panelists, and gave the word to Rebekka.

The discussion was kicked off by seeking to define the term “data science”. Thomas described data science as an interdisciplinary field, agnostic with respect to size, source, and form of the data; a field in which mathematical tools are combined to domain knowledge with the goal of creating value. Data scientists need to, therefore, actively communicate with stakeholders within a project. Pavlin, in turn, described the field of data science science as “statistics with programming”. The diversity and complementarity of opinions in the panel reflected in the whole discussion.

Next, the panelists provided an overview of their tasks and responsibilities. In data science groups incorporated in firms, the vagueness in the understanding - sometimes definition - of the competences expected from data scientists can be a source of confusion. In these context, stakeholders are generally non-data scientists who have little understanding of what data science is. They do not anticipate which algorithmic methods can answer their question and, hence, data scientist are also assigned reposting tasks which actually should be tackled by the business intelligence unit.

In the discussion about current trends in the data science industry, Pavlin shared his trust and love for the programming language Bash. He reminded the crowd several times of the essential role that the language plays in solving day-to-day data science tasks. Finally, all-round advices were given on how to enter the work force as the next data scientist. An apéro was opened and exciting discussions kept going until late.

The GCC also invited the board of the newly founded ETH Data Analytics Club to see where overlap in interests could lead to synergistic planning of projects. The board members present enjoyed the event and were enthusiastic in discussions about potential future collaborations.

We thank our supporters, in particular Rebekka, who moderated this event for us, the VSETH for the generous financial support and food&lab for welcoming is in their space and helping us with serving the apéro and the venue set-up.

Feedback

Attendees who responded to our post-event feedback survey were satisfied with the event and the approachability of the panelists with 88%. They found it helpful for their future career with 81% and want to see more of such events with 90%. We also received positive feedbacks from our guests: all those who filled in our post-event questionnaire would love to come back to the GCC for similar events! Attendees and panelists can best describe their impressions:

Attendees’s feedback:

“I really enjoyed it, it was very helpful and I appreciate the work you've all put into this event.”

“It was interesting to understand what the word 'science' means in 'data science'”

“The event was very helpful! Many thanks to the discussants and organizers.”

Panelist’s feedback:

“Perfect, just repeat the format!”


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Evening with IQVIA

Evening with IQVIA

IQVIA (https://www.iqvia.com), formerly Quintiles IMS Holdings, Inc., is an American multinational company serving the combined industries of health information technologies and clinical research. They will be holding a networking event with the Graduate Consulting Club in Basel on the 19th of November 2018 to establish a better connection with our members. You are invited to join this nice evening to meet the consultants from IQVIA in a relaxed environment and get a peek into the benefits of working with this amazing consultancy. To apply simply send your CVs to info@graduateconsultingclub.org by 15th of November 2018. We will inform you about your participation latest by 16th of November 2018.

Looking forward to seeing you there!!

Breakfast with McKinsey

Breakfast with McKinsey

The Graduate Consulting Club is happy to invite you to a special and unique consulting event with our Gold Partner McKinsey&Company - a relaxing breakfast. Join us on October 26 at Fusion Coffee, ETH Hönggerberg, where several McKinsey consultants will share their experiences and interesting stories of working in a leading management consulting firm. You will have the chance to network, ask them questions and learn about the daily-life of a management consultant in an interactive, relaxed atmosphere.

Case Workshop with AWK

Case Workshop with AWK

We are excited to invite you to a case workshop with AWK Group on Monday, 8th of September, at 7PM in ETH HG E42.

Please note that the event will be held in German

Consultants from the Swiss consulting company AWK will visit us and host a case workshop. The company’s competencies range from Asset Management, through Procurement to IT and Digitalization.

We will start with a presentation of AWK and a case, then you will have some time to work on the case in teams. Afterwards, you will present your solutions, get feedback, and also see what AWK’s proposed solution is. The evening will end with an Apero where you’ll get the chance to speak to the company’s representatives and get your questions answered!

To apply, please fill out this link. It's on first come, first served basis. Only 20 spots are available, so you are encouraged to apply quickly.

We’re looking forward to seeing you there!

Case Workshop with A.T.Kearney

Case Workshop with A.T.Kearney

We would like to invite you to a special Zurich case workshop on *Monday, 24th of September, at 7PM in ETH HG E22*. This workshop consists of three components. First, they will briefly introduce the firm. Second, students pair up to give each other a case. Meanwhile, the consultants will visit each group and give personalized feedback. *Their expert feedback will help you in your professional development either you are new to or experienced in case practice.* Therefore, take advantage of this excellent opportunity! Afterwards, an Apéro will be served.

To apply, please fill out this link. It's first come first served. Only 14 spots are available, so you are encouraged to apply quickly.

General Assembly 2018

General Assembly 2018

The last year of the GCC was marked by one word – growth. After establishing itself in its first year, the club has set its course on growth in all aspects: from the number of members and companies that we work with to the activities that we offer to our members. We have more than doubled the number of members and companies we held events with and we have opened the pro-bono consulting practice which offers consulting experience to our members. Our pilot project with an ETH PhD-student organization was a tremendous success. Three projects are currently underway and three more are planned until the end of the year.

Case Workshop with Accenture

Case Workshop with Accenture

On Monday, 11th of June our usual Zurich case workshop was amplified with a visit by consultants from Accenture, one of the largest consulting companies in the world with over 425 000 employees.

Dinner With Arthur D. Little

Dinner With Arthur D. Little

On May 7th, 2018, Arthur D. Little hosted and together with the Graduate Consulting Club organized a tapas dinner in a cosy Spanish restaurant in Zurich. Arthur D. Little is the world’s oldest management consulting firm founded in Boston in 1886. The firm traditionally has a unique position between top-management and engineering. For example, Arthur D. Little was involved in setting up NASA's Apollo program.

PwC - Unconscious bias Workshop

PwC - Unconscious bias Workshop

On March 19th, 2018 together with our Gold Partner PwC, the Graduate Consulting Club organized an event focused on the people's perception of the world around them and the skills relevant for meaningful communication with current and future colleagues and clients.

McKinsey - Ebola Workshop

McKinsey - Ebola Workshop

On March 15th, 2018 together with McKinsey & Company, the Graduate Consulting Club organized an event focused on consulting in the context of Global Public Health. This sector stands at the intersection of many fields, such as Pharma & Life Sciences, Policy Development, Logistics and Supply Chain Management, to name a few. It offers many diverse opportunities for those interested in plotting the future direction of global well-being and the health of mankind as a whole.

Meet KPMG - co-hosted event

Meet KPMG - co-hosted event

The sheer amount of data generated by new tools is not only an opportunity and a challenge in the scientific world but it will also change the face of some industries. In this talk by KPMG you will learn more about the company and the way healthcare consulting might change in an age of big data analytics and AI.

McKinsey - A Place For You

McKinsey - A Place For You

McKinsey is organizing a two-day female-focused networking event in Thun, Switzerland, on 23.-24.11.2017. It is a great opportunity for women from accross fields and disciplines to come together, get to know each other and learn from senior McKinsey consultants. Apply and find #aplaceforyou!

Breakfast With McKinsey

Breakfast With McKinsey

On the 10th of November, 2017, The Graduate Consulting Club co-organized a different kind of consulting event with our Gold Partner McKinsey&Company - a relaxing breakfast. Several McKinsey consultants joined us to share their experiences and interesting stories of working in a leading management-consulting firm. Students had the chance to ask them questions and learn about consulting first-hand in an interactive, relaxed atmosphere.

Meet Oliver Wyman

Meet Oliver Wyman

Oliver Wyman is a global leader in management consulting. With offices in 50+ cities across 30 countries, Oliver Wyman combines deep industry knowledge with specialized expertise in strategy, operations, risk management, and organizational transformation.

On the 2nd of November, 2017, ETH alumna Gina Melchner von Dydiowa and Unibas graduate Dr. Mario Metzler shared with us their transition from the study hall to the world of management consulting.

Quintiles IMS Meets GCC

Quintiles IMS Meets GCC

Quintiles IMS, a major healthcare consulting company, will be coming to the Graduate Consulting Club on the 26th of October in order for our members to get to know them better. Join this nice, relaxed event and meet with consultants from QuintilesIMS to see how you can benefit from working in this vibrant, interesting consultancy.

McKinsey Healthy Insights

McKinsey Healthy Insights

On the 11th of May, 2017, Together with McKinsey & Company, the Graduate Consulting Club co-organized an event focused on consulting in the context of Pharma and Life Sciences. This sector is one of the fastest-changing of those served by McKinsey & Co., and it offers many diverse opportunities for those interested in plotting the future direction of the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries.

The event consisted of a series of interactive discussions on three main topics: Pharma & Medical ProductsGlobal Public Health; and Analytics and Big Data and what it means for Life Sciences.

PwC Consulting Behind The Scenes

PwC Consulting Behind The Scenes

It was our pleasure to welcome PwC Consulting for a career seminar Behind the Scenes at PwC Pharma Consulting. On the 9th of February, 2017, students had a chance to meet and discuss with consultants from the PwC Pharma and Life Sciences consulting practice. Bodo Baumeister, Daniel Leutenegger, Heike Nowag, and Patrick Schorderet joined us in Zürich to give us an insight behind the scenes at PwC Switzerland.

PA Consulting Brunch

PA Consulting Brunch

Graduate Consulting Club is proud to welcome PA Consulting for a different kind of a career event – A Consulting BrunchEsther Ketelaars from the PA London Office and Theodore Milonas from the Basel Office will be joining us to share their story and to answer your questions. You will have a unique change to learn about consulting first-hand. Please View Event for more info.