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James Kirwan
Class of 2016

Sr. Associate


Why Waterstone?

Coming out of business school, I found consulting attractive because it allows you to work across many clients helping them solve their most challenging problems. Waterstone was a natural fit for me because of its focus on strategy consulting in the tech space across both software and hardware. Also, the opportunity to work extensively with top-tier tech PE firms on their portfolio companies was very appealing.

What has been your favorite engagement so far?

I worked with a multi-billion dollar manufacturer of ATMs that was looking for strategies to aggressively grow its services business. We had the opportunity to recommend exciting new offers such as advanced cash management, and help them develop a framework for operational excellence across their global business.

What has surprised you about working here?

The biggest surprise for me was the lack of travel. Like most incoming consultants, I assumed that I would be living out of a suitcase, but my travel has been limited to key events on each project such as a working session or project read-out. This has allowed me to enjoy both my weekends and weekdays in Chicago.

What advice do you have for applicants?

Always find time to stay up on current events in the business and tech world. No matter how busy you are with your studies and interview prep, carving out 15 minutes every day to read a publication like the Wall Street Journal or New York Times gives you a great perspective of what is going on in the business world and can almost always be applied during a case interview, or a real-life consulting case.



We are currently seeking talented Associate candidates to join Waterstone in both our Chicago and San Francisco Bay Area offices. Associates will primarily be responsible for delivery of client engagements, including structuring and completing quantitative and qualitative analysis, supporting business development efforts, and fostering client relationships. In addition to delivery, Associates will also be expected to contribute to firm development, participating in activities such as recruiting and thought leadership development.

Waterstone fosters an entrepreneurial culture and a results-based engagement approach. Candidates will be offered the unique opportunity to help shape the evolution of a rapidly growing strategic consulting firm.

  • Previous experience in strategy consulting, the technology industry, corporate strategy/business development, and/or private equity preferred
  • Client-facing, project-based experience a plus
  • Executive-level communication skills
  • Superior analytical and problem solving skills
  • Advanced financial modeling capabilities
  • MBA or Graduate Degree from a leading university
  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally on short notice


Waterstone Management Group is a Chicago-based boutique strategic advisory firm. Our clients are large enterprises and emerging companies in the technology and services industries, about half of which are private equity held investments. We work collaboratively with their senior management teams to address issues related to driving profitable growth. Waterstone’s people model is partner-based with low operating leverage. Our clients expect and receive hands-on client service from our partner team, which is composed of senior executives with significant operating, financial and transformational experience.

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