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Brianna Bannister

What was your background before joining Chartwell?

Prior to starting at Chartwell in March 2021, I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering at Cornell University.

During university, I had internships in the food industry, both in a lab setting and in a manufacturing setting. I really enjoyed the excitement of being on the factory floor and constantly utilizing the problem-solving skills I’d learned through my engineering coursework.

I was drawn to Chartwell because I wanted to be challenged to use these technical skills every day and I was excited to get the opportunity to travel to different manufacturing sites throughout the world.

What have been the biggest factors for your professional development since joining Chartwell?

One of the biggest factors in my professional development has been the ability to get experience in several different industries early in my career.

Like many Associate Consultants in the beginning of their time with Chartwell, I was rotated to different projects every few months to allow me to experience different types of manufacturing facilities. At each site, I acquired new technical skills, faced unique challenges, and worked with different types of client organizations.

Another notable influence in my development has been the management system at Chartwell. From the start, I was given responsibility of my own project workstreams. Since then, I’ve been challenged to own increasingly larger pieces of work within projects, while receiving effective support from my line managers, Chartwell partners, and my peers. On a regular basis, I review my development progress and goals with my line manager, which has helped me direct my focus towards areas of improvement and accelerated my development overall.

What is a typical week for an Associate Consultant?

On a typical Monday morning, I fly from Boston to the client site and immediately hit the ground running! Each week, I set up a plan and goals for that week, which I discuss with my line manager. Then, I’ll meet with my on-site team and discuss the previous week’s outcomes, this week’s goals, and set actions.

Day-to-day activities on site vary greatly, but I usually spend a good bit of my time on the factory floor working directly with operators to observe and solve problems, run trials, and collect data. Throughout the day, I will have a few meetings with members of the client team to further progress project goals and I will also spend some time analysing data in Excel.
In the evenings, I typically eat dinner with my team, do some exercise, and explore the area around site.

After flying back home on Thursday evening, I head into the office on Friday to do training, internal work, or office activities.