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Consulting firm West Monroe Partners plans to add 500 jobs in Chicago

Management and technology consulting firm West Monroe Partners is planning to hire 500 employees in Chicago within the next five years, nearly doubling its workforce in the city.

Nationwide, the Chicago-based firm plans to bring on 500 additional recruits, and about 35 to 40 percent of those jobs will be in technology fields, West Monroe Partners said Tuesday.

The firm was founded in 2002 by ex-Arthur Andersen employees after that firm's collapse, and its biggest practices are in health care, technology, and mergers and acquisitions. Today, it employs nearly 1,000 people nationwide, including about 600 at its Loop offices. The firm is planning a 35,000-square-foot expansion in 2018 to accommodate the new hires.

Finding hundreds of new hires with technical skills would be a challenge if West Monroe Partners were only looking for experienced employees, Doug Armstrong, managing director of the firm's Chicago office, said in an email. But the firm also hires through acquisitions and recruits new graduates.

"We can barely keep up with the amount of growth, which is a good problem to have," Armstrong said in a news release.

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