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QuantumBlack Overview

London, England
201 to 500 employees
2009
Company - Private
Consulting
Unknown / Non-Applicable
QuantumBlack is a data science consultancy helping companies use data to drive decisions. We combine business experience, expertise in large-scale data analysis and visualization, and advanced software engineering know-how to deliver results.

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Mission: We bring together the brightest data scientists, engineers and designers to take on the biggest problems facing the world’s most influential organisations.

Our teams work in multi-disciplinary environments harnessing data to provide real-world ... Read more

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    Read writing from QuantumBlack on Medium. An advanced analytics firm operating at the intersection of strategy, technology and design. www.quantumblack.com @quantumblack.

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    To celebrate the International Women’s Entrepreneurship Day, QuantumBlack is running an immersive day of workshops and networking dedicated to applied Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning (ML) on Friday 16th November in London - an event designed by women, for women.

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QuantumBlack – Why Work For Us?


Our guiding principles

We harness data, analytics and design to give organisations a clear path to improve performance.

We combine our skills and approach with McKinsey & Company’s knowledge and expertise to provide transformational impact by solving some of the toughest business problems.

At QuantumBlack you have the best of both worlds; all the benefits of being part of one of the leading management consultancies globally and the autonomy to thrive in a fast growth tech culture:

  • Real-World Impact – No project is ever the same; we work across multiple sectors, providing unique learning and development opportunities internationally.
  • Fusing Tech & Leadership – We work with the latest technologies and methodologies and offer first class learning programmes at all levels.
  • Multidisciplinary Teamwork - Our teams include data scientists, engineers, project managers, UX and visual designers who work collaboratively to enhance performance.
  • Innovative Work Culture – Creativity, insight and passion come from being balanced. We cultivate a modern work environment through an emphasis on wellness, insightful talks and training sessions.
  • Striving for Diversity – With colleagues from over 40 nationalities, we recognise the benefits of working with people from all walks of life.

Recent projects include: 

  • Healthcare Efficiency – We helped a healthcare provider improve their clinical trial practices by identifying congestion in diagnostic testing as a key indicator of admissions breaches.
  • Environmental Impact – We designed and built the first data-driven application for a state of the art centre of excellence in urban innovation by collecting real-time data from environmental sensors across London and deploying proprietary analytics to find unexpected patterns in air pollution.
  • Product Development – We worked with the CEO of an elite automotive organisation to reduce the 18-month car development timeframe by improving processes, designs and team structures.

Who you are

A core value at QuantumBlack is fusion and at the heart of our multi-disciplinary teams is the belief that the sum of individual parts will always be less than the impact of the entire team. We look for people who are highly collaborative and capable of laying aside their own agenda, listening to and learning from colleagues, challenging thoughtfully and prioritising impact. QuantumBlack colleagues believe in iterative change, experimenting with new approaches, learning and improving to move forward quickly. Trust between colleagues is paramount here – we seek individuals who can always be trusted to work in the best interests of all colleagues and are naturally enthusiastic.


Why work at QuantumBlack?

  • Real World Impact

No project is ever the same; we work across multiple sectors, providing unique learning and development opportunities internationally.

Our work draws on applying cutting edge research from academia and industry to real-life business opportunities.

Examples of our impact:

-Saving lives: Bringing potentially life saving drugs to market faster by helping a pharma company drastically decrease clinical trial times.
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Keeping people connected: Improving telecoms networks up-time through predictive maintenance and optimisation.

  • Fusing Tech & Leadership

Apart from working with the latest technologies and methodologies, as part of McKinsey & Company we offer first class learning programmes at all levels. No other tech companies boast the development capabilities that we do being part of the McKinsey group.

We work on projects with clients from all over the world, allowing you to enhance your global network and exposure.

We work with you to achieve your professional goals providing the platform for deep specialists to become leaders in their field and in wider business.

Some of our industry keynote speeches include:

The Female Quotient at SXSW debating the future of AI and getting more women into STEM careers.

Mobile World Congress to discuss the future of AI and the impact on work.

Hosting a 300 person workshop at  Web Summit discussing Explainable AI.

  • Multidisciplinary Work Culture

Our teams include data scientists, engineers, project managers, UX and visual designers. You will be part of a specialist guild allowing you to hone your craft, whilst interacting regularly with practitioners from other fields in an agile environment.

Examples of this include data science coffee sessions – our weekly gatherings for data scientists with external speakers discussing recent leading papers – and a Tech Talk series. 

  • Flexible Career Tracks

Our growth alongside McKinsey means you will have the option of different career tracks. 

Whether you want to become a thought-leader in a specific technical field, a people leader or move to McKinsey career tracks, you can take advantage of the McKinsey global network to seek the opportunities you are looking for.

With offices in the UK, North and South America, Australia and India we provide global opportunities.

  • Innovative Work Culture

Delivering impactful transformations with our clients is not easy and we work hard. We also believe that creativity, insight and passion come from being balanced happy.

In addition to modern workplaces, we are health and wellness-focused; from yoga classes to sleep clinics and nutrition seminars, we promote a healthy work-life balance. We prioritise the highest quality of work, not the longest work weeks. 

We encourage our teams to work from their home office where possible to facilitate knowledge sharing.

  • Striving for Diversity

Everyone here recognises the benefits of working with people from different backgrounds. We are an inclusive company with colleagues from over 40 nationalities.

You can read more about why our group believes that diversity matters here. We encourage people from non-traditional academic backgrounds to apply.

Being at the forefront of the Data Science field and a McKinsey company, we have a responsibility to promote and embody a diverse community. We recognise we can always do more but we are proud to be part of McKinsey & Company - an award-winning organization for workplace diversity, supporting initiatives such as LeanIn.

  • Ethics & Trust

We are passionate to be applying machine learning and AI solutions, and we embrace the responsibility that comes with it

We drive discussions surrounding the economic impact of AI and its associated ethical questions, as you can read on our Medium blog.

Data is the lifeblood of any modern organisation, and trust is the currency of our engagements with clients.

We strive to maintain the highest levels of data handling, governance and information security with our clients. Nothing is more important to us.

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    Pros

    - high challenge ("be the best you can be") but high support as well (training, coaching)
    - amazingly smart colleagues
    - design + software engineering + data science + data engineering + ML engineering + product management = crazy cool mix of people on project teams
    - nice office (London)

    Cons

    - high pressure to perform means sometimes people not used to it can get a bit stressed

    Advice to Management

    - keep doing town halls and getting everyone together
    - be thoughtful about which work to take - don't take it all - stay cutting edge

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    I applied in-person. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at QuantumBlack (London, England) in January 2018.

    Interview

    I want preface this by saying my interview process at QB was one of the best I've ever experienced. Hats off to the recruitment team - the process from start to finish was engaging and exceptional. I really felt that QB were actually interested in learning about it me - as opposed to many other companies that treat this process as a numbers game. If the QB culture is anything remotely close to the culture of its hiring team, it'll be a great place to work!

    In terms of the actual process, I met some data scientists at NIPS and then had a chat with the recruiter. A few days later, I received a call from the recruiter and we arranged a 1-hour initial chat where we spoke about QB and the recruitment process. I was then sent a coding test which I completed (though, I wasn't able to do so well on one of the questions). Thankfully, I heard back positively from the recruiter and I attended a preliminary on-site about a couple of weeks later. The interview involved a case-study as well as a chat with a senior DS. After this, I was invited to a final-round where I presented my masters thesis for ~1 hour and had a chat with another team lead. Throughout the entire process, I was kept well-informed by my recruiter and he was more than happy to answer any questions I had!

     I heard back from the team at most 2 days after every stage of the process and I'm looking forward to joining the team soon.

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QuantumBlack Awards & Accolades

  • Best Consulting Firm To Work For In 2018, Vault, 2018
  • 2018 LinkedIn Top Companies in the UK, LinkedIn, 2018
  • The Times Top 50 Employers for Women, The Times, 2017
  • Best Places to Work 2018 for LGBTQ Equality, Human Rights Campaign Foundation, 2018
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