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McKinsey & Company Editorial Director - McKinsey Global Institute in New York, New York

Editorial Director - McKinsey Global Institute

As the Editorial Director, much of your role will involve driving McKinsey Global Institute's key strategic priorities.

Who You'll Work With

You will be based in our office in Amsterdam, London or New York and work closely with McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) directors and partners (many of whom are economists), as well as consultants who serve as rotational researchers within the unit. You will lead a seasoned global team (of 10) comprising highly skilled executive and senior editors, digital and data visualization editors, senior graphic designers, and an editorial operations manager. And you will establish a network of internal leaders within the firm's publishing and communications communities with whom you will collaborate on MGI key initiatives.

McKinsey & Company established the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) in 1990 as its independent business and economics research arm. Its mission is twofold: to achieve breakthrough understanding of the most important global economic issues, using a "micro-to-macro" analytical approach, and to generate insights that shape decisions by corporate leaders and policy makers. MGI publishes major reports on six research themes: productivity and growth; the evolution of global financial markets; the economic impact of technology and innovation; urbanization; the future of work; and natural resources.

What You'll Do

In this role, you will focus on improving the quality and authority of our research and how it is communicated. You will help MGI evolve from a focus on big flagship reports toward simpler, sharper, more serialized content. As part of this, MGI plans to adopt a "digital first" publishing model, where we make innovative use of our digital channels as more than just "distribution" for our pdf reports.

Furthermore, you will be tasked with advancing our iconic vertical format into a screen-friendly format that is distinctively MGI and driving a "visual revolution" where our research manifests in inspiring iconography and graphics, building on our usual data-rich style.

You will improve the efficiency and discipline around taking our reports from ideas to published content, while maintaining the strong level of collaboration between editors and researchers. As a leader within the function, you will develop a positive, engaged global multidisciplinary team committed to building and furthering the mission of MGI, while also integrating new talent and skills beyond deep editorial talent; you will be an integral member of MGI's operating committee and serve as thought-partner to our senior leaders.

Additionally, you will help drive an overall publishing pipeline curated for thematic consistency and to be collectively powerful and relevant. You will build and cultivate the capabilities and processes needed for a digital-first publishing model, developing versatility across different digital formats beyond long form (e.g., video), and ensuring our MGI web page is a powerful and effective shopfront.

You will drive design guidelines and style guides to create a strong, ownable visual identity that increases our distinctiveness and impact. You will continue to build our visualization capabilities, including dynamic and interactive graphics, creating a visual-first model to communicate our key insights, drawing on the capabilities of the firm more broadly (e.g. video assets). You will build and maintain stronger common processes (such as stage gates) to create a streamlined "MGI way" of production, including introducing modern tools and methods, in collaboration with production manager.

You will also focus on building and deriving impact from an improved institutional capability across MGI's digital, innovation, and client communications agenda. Furthermore, within McKinsey, you will be responsible for establishing and maintaining relationships with McKinsey Publishing, McKinsey Quarterly, Firm Communications and other key internal and external stakeholders to help maintain and bolster MGI's reputation.


Bachelor's degree or higher
Broad knowledge of current events and trends in economics, business, policy, and technology; familiarity with the media landscape
Global content experience and outlook
15 + years of excellent and versatile writing and editing experience focused on business and/or economics in a high-quality journalism, research, corporate, or think-tank environment
Proven track record in digital publishing, audience development and multimedia content creation and dissemination
Ability to distill complex concepts and quantitative data into easily understood written narratives
Ability to focus on the big picture while simultaneously being meticulous with small details
Ability to meet tight deadlines and solve problems creatively
Excellent interpersonal skills; flexible team player; approachable, enthusiastic "can do" attitude
Ability to lead and influence with power of ideas and creativity and not from positional authority
Proven ability to lead and develop an editorial and digital publishing team
Familiarity with PowerPoint and Excel

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Job Skill Code - DPBG - Director of Publishing, Group

Function - Technology;Firm Administration

Industry - Media & Entertainment

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