U.S. PhD Analyst - 2020

Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles

PhD Analyst position

If you’re a bright, ambitious PhD in a highly quantitative subject (e.g., applied mathematics, physics, engineering, or similar), and you’re interested in tackling some of the toughest and most interesting business problems, consider joining L.E.K. as a PhD Analyst.

You’ll quickly take on significant responsibility as you play a crucial role on each case team, leading analytical workstreams to draw critical conclusions that address core client issues. Your ability to apply your unique skills to conduct high-quality work is critical to the breakthroughs that make a lasting impact for our clients.

While casework varies every day, your primary responsibilities will include:

  • Developing rigorous strategic and financial analysis that will be utilized to determine L.E.K.’s recommendation to the client. Examples include developing a spreadsheet model of market growth and competitor share, developing a valuation model for a company or product using discounted cash flow analysis, testing customer sensitivity to product attributes using adaptive conjoint analysis, or determining probability distributions of acquisition value.
  • Collaborating with project team members to derive trends, conclusions, and recommendations based upon the analysis. A PhD Analyst must transform what he or she has learned into thoughtful insights regarding the client’s strategic direction.
  • Leveraging your background and transferring specific knowledge base to the team in order to develop rigorous solutions to client issues.
  • Gathering primary and secondary data on markets, competitors, and customers through database and Internet searches, market research and other commercial reports, internal client data, and telephone and in-person interviews. 

Why L.E.K.?

The PhD Analyst role at L.E.K. is differentiated from alternatives in several key ways:

  • Breadth of experiences: While our projects span many services and company types, our focus is business strategy and M&A. PhD Analysts typically work on ~6-10 projects a year, providing greater exposure across clients and strategic issues, as well as faster development of business acumen.

  • Fun, stimulating work environment: L.E.K. teams spend substantially more time in their home office relative to teams at peer firms, and we pride ourselves on a vibrant social culture, including case team events, office parties, non-profit involvement, and much more.  

  • International exposure: Approximately 65% of team members gain international exposure within their first 3 years, either through projects staffed across global offices, travel to international client locations, or, if they choose, by relocating to an international office on either a temporary or a full-time basis. Click here for more on our international Swap program.

  • Upward mobility: L.E.K. is a meritocracy with an entrepreneurial culture and frequent feedback. Promotion paths do not follow a strict timeline; we promote people as quickly as they develop.


While we don’t use a rigid checklist, we look for a combination of attributes in candidates that provide a solid foundation for a successful career at L.E.K., including leadership, drive, intellectual curiosity and academic achievement, analytical ability, teamwork, and uncompromising ethics. PhD Analysts at L.E.K. typically have PhDs in highly quantitative fields.


L.E.K Consulting is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

This opportunity is closed to applications.