Consulting & Professional Services: A - C
- Accenture. They offer a number of programmes in consulting, strategy, analytics, client delivery, software engineering, information security, technology, operations, HR, corporate functions and Teach First. All Consulting graduates follow the Analyst Training Programme, starting with three weeks in London of intensive technical skills training which covers both programming and Accenture consulting methodologies, followed by two or three weeks’ training offshore (in Bangalore or Chicago). Depending on the nature of the work you’ll be doing, this could be industry, skills or technology focused. The former forms the largest intake and is the largest part of the business. Accenture recruits throughout the year. Within the Analyst Consulting Group (ACG), you will be aligned with either technology or management consulting from the outset. The decision as to which of these two routes you take will be made during the selection process.The former forms the largest intake and is the largest part of the business.
Accenture also offer a Technology Architecture Graduate Programme
. You’ll work on projects that develop the most technically complex and cutting-edge solutions, as well as collaborating with delivery teams to ensure solutions are feasible and functional. This could mean defining technical requirements, developing technical architecture components, taking part in design and code reviews, or reviewing systems performance or test plans.
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- Aon. They offer five different streams. These include, Actuarial Consulting – General Insurance, Actuarial Consulting - Pensions, Investment Consulting, Insurance, Reinsurance & Risk Management and Health & Benefits Broking & Consulting. Aon has offices in London, Birmingham, Leeds, Bristol, Manchester, Glasgow, Farnborough, Epson and St Albans. Aon will also support you through your professional studies.
- Arthur D Little. Opportunities in the cambridge and London offices for managment consulting. They require strong academic background with analytical and problem solving skills. They recruit all year round.
- Bain & Co. They recruit for Associate Consultants in London. They recruit from any discipline - business studies, philosophy, languages, history—etc. They look for analytical ability and structured, logical thinking, not business knowledge or higher level maths. They do require Grade A at maths GCSE, or equivalent.
- BDO. They recruit into Audit, Tax and Advisory. In all programmes, you study over a 3-year period for your professional qualifications (ACA, CTA) combined with practical client experience. The Advisory department takes in a range of other business areas in which they offer graduate opportunities. These include Risk Advisory Services, Tax Investigations, Forensic Accounting, Business Restructuring, Corporate Finance, Valuations and Business Outsourcing & Advisory. They are looking for graduates who are attentive, sharp, energetic and resourceful.
- Buzzacott. They are a firm of accountants who work across multiple sectors in specilaist teams. They combine niche expertise in international and regulation-intensive sectors – expatriates, charities, LLPs - with mainstream tax and financial management services. They offer a 3 year contract which provides comprehensive, supervised training, with a manager as mentor and access to partners and senior staff for further guidance. A structured program of tuition is provided by a top firm of external tutors. Training consists of courses at the tutors’ offices, private study, regular tests, as well as on the job training. They are ideally are looking for orginial thinkers, people who are confident, good problem solvers and combine intellect with initiative.
- Capgemini. They offer three graduate programmes, namely, Consulting, Technology and General Management. Consulting graduates will join the Consulting Development Community (or CDC) – an 18-24 month programme which provides the structure, support & training to develop core consulting skills. These include project planning and management, business case development, strategic analysis and Microsoft Office competency plus ‘soft skills’ including facilitation, stakeholder management, relationship building and communication skills. Capgemini are interested in students from any degree discipline.
The General Management Programme offers a broad range of opportunities across a number of core services such as Finance, HR, IT, Sustainability and Marketing. The Technology programme is a structured 2-year programme that gives individuals a range of internal & external development opportunities. The core programme provides you with the tools to improve your personal skills including leadership, presentation and team working. Underpinning this is improving your technical skills.
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- Capita Property. They run a range of graduate schemes, with the option to work across both the public and the private sectors, you have the opportunity to gain a broad range of experience on a diverse set of projects. Capita provide study leave, training and development and hands on CPD opportunities.
- CGI. (formerly Logica). CGI recruit graduates into everything from Space and Defence to Bid Management, Cyber-Security to Project Management. Some of these roles are highly technical; others are more business focused. They recruit c100 graduates a year, mostly from technical backgrounds. Sales and marketing roles tend to be carried out by IT professionals who have the technical, business and marketing skills. They require IT or Computer Science degrees, although they will consider other STEM or Business degrees if you have technical experience relevant to the job specification. They also require 240 UCAS points at A level. You need to complete their application form. This is followed by online tests and an assessment centre. Learn more about CGI's assessment process and online tests HERE.
- Crowe Clark Whitehill. A firm of accounting and advisory consultants who speciase in five key areas namely: not for profit, corportae business, professional practices, pension funds and private clients. They offer a chartered trainee programme for graduates. Its a three year training programme which combines practical experience with technical study. You will work individually and as part of a team delivering audit, accounting and advisory services to clients, whilst studying to obtain your ACA qualification with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW). You need to have an interest in accountancy but you can have any degree discipline to apply. They have a number of offices including London and Manchester.
Consulting & Professional Services: D - M
- Deloitte. They recruit graduates into Audit, Risk Consulting, Tax, Consulting, Corporate Finance, Technology and Real Estate, within which there are 30 different career routes. The later provides comprehensive real estate advisory, transaction and consultancy services to a wide range of private and public sector clients across the UK and abroad. Depending on the business area you join, you're likely to be studying for professional exams in tandem with your everyday projects. You need to have a minimum of 4 weeks employment experience to be eligible for their graduate programme. There is no requirement for you to have studied a relevant degree, however if applying for an actuarial position you must have studied a degree with mathematical content.
Learn more about Deloitte's assessment process and online tests HERE.
- Dunnhumby. They are a leaders in customer science - analysing data from millions of customers to forecast customer behaviour, in terms of what they want, where and how much they will pay for it. Their graduate programme allows you to be rotated into two materially different assignments within their first two to three years to gain a broad base of knowledge across business areas. Typically, as a graduate you would start out in roles such as Data Analyst, Data and Product Development, Client Executive or Account Executive.
- EY. They recruit graduates into Advisory, Assurance, Tax or Corporate Finance. They run a development framework called EY and you. (EYU). It will give you skills, knowledge and support. They welcome applicants from all degree backgrounds, but look for certain attributes - these are high academic achievement, integrity, respect, teamwork, energy, enthusiasm and courage. Find out more about how to prepare for the job assessment process of EY here.
- Expand Research. Expand Research, a company of The Boston Consulting Group, provides market research within the Capital Markets and Financial Services Industry with a focus on technology and operations. They are looking for graduates to join as an analyst or associate. Analysts would typically have responsibility for managing and delivering specific projects, internally and/or to clients. These projects may range from single revenue streams within delivery, bespoke client assignments, assisting with management of specific client accounts or development of internal methodology and processes. An Associate role would involve supporting Analysts or Research Analysts with regards to specific programs or projects. Projects typically deal with decision support, syndicated benchmarking, strategy research and technology investment. Previous work experience in a financial institution, knowledge of capital markets technology and previous programming experience in VBA is an advantage.
- Experian. They are a FTSE 100 information services company providing data and tools to companies to prevent credit risk and fraud. They offer a graduate scheme which provides between two and three years of accelerated, hands-on learning, through planned rotational assignments. They provides three schemes in Finance, Technology and Information Technology. The finance graduate scheme takes three years to complete. During this time you’ll undertake three one-year placements and have the advantage of full study support from Experian towards a CIMA qualification. The technology graduate scheme takes two and a half years to complete and includes a 6 month rotation through the Texas-based offices. You need a computer science or IT related degree.
- Grant Thornton. Opportunities exist within Tax, Audit, Business Risk Services, Recovery and Reorganisation and Actuarial. There are also a number of specialist areas within these departments. A 3-year training contract is offered. They take 300 trainees a year, the majority of who go into Tax and audit. They accept applications from all degree subjects. Practice tailored psychometric tests similar to the ones used by Grant Thornton here.
- Hymans Robertson. They are an independent consultancy offering actuarial, pensions, investment & risk consultancy. There are opportunities to join one of a number of different practice areas in the firm which could include actuarial and benefits, investment or risk modelling. They have offices in Birmingham, Edinburgh, Glasgow and London.
- IBM. They offer three entry routes for graduates: Business, Consulting or Technology. As a Business Specialist, your role will focus on the commercial side of the business - delivering value to clients and increasing revenue. Roles are typically in one of three key areas - business operations, business development and project management. As a consultant you’ll become part of a global community and you’ll join a training program called ‘Consulting by Degrees’. Once you’ve completed the program, you will move into the specialism that best fits your skills. As a software engineer you are responsible for the complete life cycle of a software product – from research and design, to implementation and testing. Initially you’ll be allocated to one particular product development team but during your first two years with IBM you’ll have the opportunity to work on a range of products including working from IBM Research and Development Labs around the globe. Any degree discipline can apply for any of the programmes.
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- Javelin Group. Javelin Group is Europe’s leading specialist firm of ecommerce and omni-channel retail consultants, and systems integrators. They advise leading retailers in the UK, Europe and the rest of the world on their strategies, operations and technologies, and develop large-scale ecommerce solutions. They take c 6 new graduates each year onto their graduate programme. As a member of the Graduate Programme you will be based in the Strategy practice and spend 18 months developing your skills through a combination of on–the-job learning and organised training. You will gain experience of our different types of work (strategy, due diligence, operations, technology and locations) and gather the suite of skills required of a first-class strategy consultant. New graduates start as consultants, not analysts. This means that you participate in all parts of the project. Typically you will work for a director/associate director as part of a two/three person team on projects ordinarily lasting between four and 12 weeks.
- Kantar Worldpanel. Kantar Worldpanel is a leader in consumer knowledge and insights based on continuous consumer panels. Combining market monitoring, advanced analytics and tailored market research solutions they provide detailed information on what people buy, use and why. They do not run a graduate scheme but do have graduate front line roles such as new business and client services. They have offices in most countries as well as in London and Dublin.
- KPMG. They offer four graduate programmes: Audit (Business, Public sector, Mandarin), Tax & Pensions (Tax, Investment Advisory, Pensions Actuarial, Japan Practice in Tax), Advisory (Management Consulting, Risk Consulting, Transactions & Restructuring) and Central Services (HR and Facilities). As well as strong academic qualifications, KPMG are interested in certain behavioral competencies. These include strong awareness of business, a curiosity to find out more, the ability to think of new ways to solve problems, pride in your work, integrity, and people who strive to improve themselves and can build strong relationships that bring out the best in others. Learn more about KPMG's assessment process and online tests HERE .
- LB Group. A firm of accountants with offices in London, Chelmsford, Colchester and Ipswich LB Group who offer a full range of accountancy, tax and advisory services. They take on a limited number of trainees, all of whom are expected to study for professional qualifications from a relevant professional body. They offer financial assistance with tuition and exam fees.
- Marakon. Every year Marakon recruits graduates (from any discipline) to join their offices in London, Boston, Chicago and New York. Within the first 2 years at the firm you will receive over 300 hours of formal instruction on topics ranging from strategy and finance to leadership and networking. You will also be assigned a coach. To apply you need to submit a formal application with CV and cover letter. You need to be able to demonstrate analytical and creative approaches to problem solving, strong and confident communication skills, independent thinking and a collaborative approach.
- McKinsey. You will join as a Business Analyst. In your first two years or more, you’ll work across a broad range of industries and functions. You will likely have the opportunity to travel to different countries. As a new consultant, you can expect between five and eight weeks of training in your first two years. This will come from a mix of firm-wide training and local programmes. Business Consultant Readiness is a week-long course that new consultants at all levels complete when they join Mckinsey. It will help you understand and practice the core skills needed for success on your first client engagement. Business Analyst Training is a further one-week intensive course for business analysts, given at the end of your first year, that focuses on advanced problem solving and interpersonal and communication skills.
- Mercer. Graduates roles exist in four different areas with a number of different roles in each. These include Investing Consulting (Investment Analyst, Financial Strategy Analyst, Asset Transitions Coordinator), Retirement, Risk & Finance (Actuarial Trainee, Trainee Consultant, Retirement Analyst), Outsourcing (Trainee Pensions Consultant) and HR (Human Capital Analyst). Learn more about Mercers assessment process and online tests HERE.
- Morgan McKinley. They are a recruitment consultancy specilaising in accounting & finance, IT, banking and financial services, office support and tax, audit and advisory.As a graduate you will be provided witha clearly defined training plan.
Consulting & Professional Services: N - Z
- Newton Europe. They are a 'technical' consulting firm working across sectors such as healthcare, manufacturing, private equity, and defence. To apply you will need an undergraduate degree from a top university, preferably in Engineering, Science, Mathematics or Business. The ability to speak a foreign language (although not compulsory) would also be a great advantage.
- Northhighland. They are a global consulting firm with openings for graduate analysts. You will spend the majority of your time working on client-sites as part of small, intimate teams who help clients meet their operational and technology needs. You need a genuine intetest in business and technology. They are based in London.
- Oliver Wyman. You will join as a consultant. There are three different career tracks; Financial Services Consulting, General Management Consulting and Organisation Transformation. They are looking for outstanding students of any discipline who have integrity, maturity, initiative, intuition, creativity – and a strong background in problem solving and analytical skills. Successful candidates will combine intellectual curiosity and self-confidence with entrepreneurship. They hire with the expectation of progression to partnership.
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- PA Consulting. You will join as an Analyst. PA recruit c50 each year. Typical activities include gathering and manipulating information, presenting conclusions to the rest of the team, managing project plans, assessing risks and documenting client requirements. You will work closely with clients and senior consultants. The majority of Analyst opportunities are based in the EU and the US. Graduate opportunities are predominantly based in the UK, Norway, Sweden and Denmark. In the Uk you apply for one specific business area. PA put alot of emphasis on relevent work experience as well as quality academic results.
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- PWC. They offer 20 different graduate programmes within Actuarial, Assurance, Consulting, Financial Advisory, Legal, Tax and Technology. They welcome students from all degree disciplines. The PWC training programmes combine learning from doing, learning from others and formal training. They also provide Graduate Placements, allowing you to spend 6 months in Tax and then take some time out before starting with their full time graduate programme. There are also opportunities internationally.
- RSM ( formerly Baker Tilly). Opportunities exist in audit, tax, consulting, risk advisory, corporate finance, accounting and IT. You will receive structured training in all areas. They have 35 offices throughout the UK. You’ll need a minimum of Grade C in English Language and Maths GCSE, 240 UCAS and predicted at least a 2:2 degree to apply (or equivalent).
- Strategy&. Strategy& was formed in 2014, when the firm formerly known as Booz & Company combined with PwC to form a new kind of consulting team, offering strategy-through-execution services under one roof. You need a 2.1 and 340 UCAS points to apply for their graduate scheme.
- The Boston Consulting Group. You will join as an Associate. From the start, you’ll be working as a member of a case team, helping companies address strategic challenges and initiatives. You’ll gain exposure to a broad spectrum of industries and business concepts and practices. They require an outstanding academic record (minimum AAB at A Level or equivalent and an actual or predicted First or 2:1 or equivalent), plus evidence of excellence in non-academic and extra-curricular activities.
- Third Bridge. Third Bridge is an independent research firm that manages a growing global network of industry specialists. They facilitate consultations between their clients – private equity firms, hedge funds and strategy consultancies – and industry specialists who can deliver vital insight ahead of key investment decisions. They recruit graduate research analysts in London. All researchers have a clearly defined progression path; you join as Analysts and progress to eventually become Executives, Team Leaders and Account Managers, depending on your preferred route. Fluency in a second European language is an advantage.
- Smith & Williamson. They offer graduate trainee programmes in assurance & business services, corporate tax, private client tax services and investment management. You'll have exposure to a wide range of sectors from the outset. They look for people who can respond effectively to client needs and foster strong relationships.
Within the Investment Management area, they will support you while you study for the Investment Advice Diploma (IAD) and Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment (CISI) Masters in Wealth Management. You'll gain experience through a rotation programme, which includes placements in investment settlement operations, middle office, compliance, private banking and fund administration departments. You'll then have the opportunity to move to the front office, where you'll spend 6-10 weeks at a time on a variety of different desks.
Within The Private Client Tax area you will responsibility for your own clients from the outset, as well as assisting senior staff on assignments. You will also have full study support for your Associate Chartered Accountant (ACA) or Association of Taxation Technicians (ATT) and Chartered Taxation Adviser (CTA) professional qualifications. In Corporate Tax by the second year you will be managing your own clients and may be able to take up opportunities for secondments across the firm. Within Assurance and Business Services you will be working directly with managing and financial directors, responsible for checking that numbers stack up with fact.
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- Wills Towers Watson. The Graduate Programme gives you immediate exposure to actual client assignments. Graduate opportunities can be broken down into the following areas: Actuarial Consulting, Investment Consulting, Talent and Rewards Consulting, General Consulting and Software Engineering. Towers Watson recruit on a first come, first served basis and stop taking applications once they have filled their vacancies. They offer a one week formalised induction programme, which allows you to meet and network with your fellow graduate entrants and with senior people from the business. You’ll also be working on a project together for your first few months. Substantial support is also available to gain professional qualifications.
Learn more about Wills Tower Watson assessment process and online tests HERE.