As the first interview of this new year, we are glad to introduce to you the Director of Life Science and Healthcare practices, Paolo Correale who has been working at Tefen since September 2011. Italian-born, he graduated at the eminent Bocconi University and he traveled the world collecting as many post-degree diplomas as flight tickets. Passionate in water sports and home-made beer production, his final goal is to invent new styles in both his hobbies!
What is your background?
After a degree in Political Economics and an MSc in Management, I worked as an executive tutor at Bocconi University for almost a year.
After that, I started my consulting career in Ernst & Young, and worked there for three years. During this period, I specialized in Life Science practice, a field in which I became an expert once I joined the Tefen family. In Tefen, I first started as a Senior Consultant and now I am operating as Director and Head of the Pricing Practices in the Life Science sector.
What drew you to apply to Tefen Management Consulting?
I wanted to work in a company with an international profile, that would deepen my knowledge and expertise in the Life Science field.
Your previous employer was also an international company. Why did you decide to leave such a company?
True, but unfortunately it is very difficult to specialize in a certain field at the Big Five Firms. What I like the most in Tefen is the fact that there is always the possibility to improve and show your skills and capabilities, follow your interests and grow professionally. It’s one of the main reasons I came to work at Tefen.
What do you like the most and the least about your consultant life?
As I said, I really like the fact that in Tefen, I have a free hand with my professional interests and initiatives. Secondly, a consulting career gives me the possibility to travel a lot, be able to get to know different people with different backgrounds and engage in very different projects.
What I like the least is the tight schedule, and the huge amount of working hours that a consultant must do in order to respect the deadlines. Plus, while travelling is part of the positive aspects of work, being abroad too often and constantly travelling from one side of the world to another, may cause stress and a difficulty in organizing one’s private life.
I can also mention the complexity of the job itself. It is not easy to follow five or more projects at the same time, and meeting with clients ten or more times a week. This requires great managerial and organizational skills.
What’s the main goal for a management consultant according to you?
I believe that a consulting company should help the system to develop innovative models of partnership, that would generate benefits for all the stakeholders involved.
Tell us about your most memorable/engaging project.
One of the most engaging and interesting project I have worked on is a recent one. A world leader of Medical Devices asked Tefen to do evaluation practices at the company’s global level, regional level and country level. This project was very interesting because of the complexity of the interactions, and because the final goal was to transform a complex situation into a structured organization.
Moreover, our project helped the company understand the point of views of the stakeholders, based on the different functional and geographical areas of work.
What are your activities (if any) outside of work?
Well, my job does not allow me to have much spare time, but in the summer time I love practising every type of sport related to water: swimming, scuba-diving, snorkeling, etc.
As a winter in-door activity, I produce beer, Belgian-style beer, which is my passion.
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