Consultant Spotlight: Andrew McLean


Meet our Oracle HCM Cloud Consultant, Andrew McLean! He has been a valuable part of ArcLight Consulting for 3 years! Get to know him better below!

Hometown:  Pepperell, MA 

Alma Mater:  University of Massachusetts Amherst 

Favorite things to do outside of the office: Traveling, driving around with the convertible top down on a nice day, and trying/creating new cocktails/wine/beer. 

How has your background impacted your experience as a consultant?  My past work for a non-profit organization is what kickstarted my career in consulting. In college, I worked for a non-profit that provided marketing, strategy and business development support to local small businesses. There I learned the value of crafting solutions for specific business needs. Additionally,  across my professional experience, I have had a very process-improvement and continuous-improvement oriented approach to my work regardless of whether or not it was consultative. This has served me well in my career as a consultant.  

What’s a typical workday like for you?  Wake up, do a little perusing of the news, sometimes go out and grab breakfast from somewhere, then start work between 8 & 9 usually first going through emails, followed by meetings, client solutioning and connecting with my team. 

As part of a team that works 100% virtually, what technology or collaboration tools do you use to make your work life easier? Fortunately, I live in proximity to many other Arclighters so having the occasional office face time is nice, outside of that using teams is my best friend when it comes to chatting with remote employees, whether it be through IM or for a few minutes at the beginning of a call. 

What motivates you to wake up and go to work every day? I am motivated by: 

  • All the aspirations of things I want to do in my life that are supported by my work 
  • I get a great deal of satisfaction from finding solutions and creating efficiencies for clients 
  • The opportunities I have to contribute to the business internally, this has been an awesome experience, especially early in my career 

What kind of work have you been doing?  Reporting, dashboard building, ORC (recruiting system) strategy/design, leading team of delivery center consultants, core HR system strategy/design, client training/system knowledge development 

Where do you see the benefits? I see the benefits: 

  • In the workload alleviation that has resulted from my/my project teams’ work 
  • In the development of my clients as system owners/operators who are now contributing to the strategy/design pieces more than ever before 

What’s your process?

  • Understand the problem or situation 
  • Think outside of the system, what is the REAL business problem or situation here 
  • Apply system thinking, how can the system and tools they have solve this problem? 
  • Make an action plan and execute in order to turn the proposed solution into  
  • Communicate the solution to the project team at large as it may benefit them or spark further ideas for improvement