Advisory Consulting Programme – Performance Improvement

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We advise the world's leading organisations and public sector clients throughout the UK and abroad. Our work isn't about providing 'off-the shelf' solutions or systems implementation; our consultants focus on helping our clients identify and solve their most complex business problems. Our teams of experts work across our clients' businesses; whether helping them to grow profitably, manage risk, reduce costs or transform their organisations. Our goal is to deliver sustainable performance improvement for our clients, all over the world, and ultimately, to grow global business.

What will I be doing?

You'll need to think of yourself as a Consultant rather than a graduate if you join us. This means playing a key role in one of our teams: generating direction through analysis and research, conducting client interviews, and helping to develop proposals and recommendations. The speed at which you develop and how far you take your career is up to you.

As a Consultant on the ACP you’ll have the opportunity to rotate across business units within both Performance Improvement and Risk Transformation as listed below:

Our customer practice advises companies on how to identify and manage their most valuable customers. This could include helping them to capture market share, bring new products or services to market, or improve customer retention.

Our finance professionals help our clients transform their finance functions to drive efficiency and provide better financial insight. This is about changing the role of finance from transactional processing to supporting the business make better decisions.

People and Organisation
Our people and organisation teams help our clients to successfully transform. They are experts at managing the impact of change on employees and customers, enabling them to fully realise the benefits and deliver sustainable improvement.

Our strategy professionals help clients to develop and execute strategy. They generate insight into the client's business and deliver recommendations to drive growth or reduce cost.

Supply Chain and Operations
Our supply chain and operations professionals help our clients realise value from their end-to-end supply chains, negotiate commercial agreements and improve their organisational effectiveness.

IT Consulting
Our IT Consulting professionals work alongside clients within both private and public sectors providing independent advice on all our client's IT capabilities. This ranges from designing the target operating model to align to a client's business strategy to identifying significant improvements to the client's IT operations through systems, processes and/or people changes.

Cyber Security & Resilience
Cyber Security supports our clients’ commercial success through a focus on delivering secure, resilient business operations and the transformation of security services delivery, company-wide. We do this by ensuring the security strategy is aligned with their business goals, identifying and protecting clients’ key assets and information and using intelligence to proactively identify cyber threats.

Strategic Risk
The leading advisor for strategic risk capability, we help clients transform their decision making to be agile and resilient in managing and exploiting strategic uncertainties, resulting in improved performance and shareholder confidence; “turning risks into results” by helping clients make the necessary changes to their organisational capabilities to better understand, manage and exploit the risks to their strategic objectives. This might involve: Insight Based Risk Management, Risk Culture, Controls Transformation, Portfolio Optimisation and Compliance Based Transformation.

Contract Management
Contract Management assists clients manage their commercial portfolio and their relationships with suppliers. Our services include designing effective contract management functions, carrying out supplier performance monitoring and ensuring contract terms and conditions are being followed through verification and review services. Through effective contract management our clients achieve cost savings, efficiencies and value for money across their commercial portfolio.

ERP Security and Controls
We support our clients by transforming their risks into results and improving performance through our technology enabled Risk Transformation Programmes. Harnessing the power of GRC (Governance Risk & Compliance) technology provides this opportunity without compromising business service delivery. Our service can dynamically incorporate with any business sector by managing risk, access and process control achieving amazing results for our clients.

What training and development will I receive in my first few years?

The breadth and challenge of our fast-track rotational scheme offers you the chance to be promoted to Senior Consultant after just 2 years.

In the first year you'll start with an intensive induction course to develop your core consulting skills and start building your networks. This will be followed by lended learning curriculum including knowledge sharing and networking sessions, technical and soft skills training and learning events. You'll also have the opportunity to get a solid grounding in finance and business law through the CIMA foundation qualification (The ACP programme has been awarded "Gold" Quality Training Partner status by CIMA). In your second year, you will begin to undertake training that is aligned to the area of the business you want to move into once you leave the ACP and become a senior consultant. The diverse experience you'll gain working in teams from across our services will help you make an informed decision about the direction your career will take, how far it takes you is down to your energy, commitment and performance. To help you achieve your career goals, you'll be assigned a personal counsellor and receive the encouragement of, and exposure to, senior members of our organisation. This will allow you to shape your career and achieve your potential.

What do we look for?

We look for graduates who are inquisitive, analytical, ambitious and great at working with people. You'll need to be a good team player and demonstrate the potential to become a future business leader. These qualities are much more important than your degree choice. You'll need to be prepared to challenge us, to act on your own initiative and to make an impact on our teams and clients from day one.

Application Deadlines:

Graduate Advisory Consulting Programme - Performance Improvement vacancies in Manchester only:

  • Opening Date: 3 August 2015
  • Closing Date: 31 October 2015*
  • Online Assessment Deadline: 2 November 2015

*If you miss this deadline, please check our website again on 15 November 2015, as we will re-open for applications to fill any remaining vacancies.

Entry requirements:

For Graduates

You are eligible to apply for this programme if you are studying for an honours degree or have graduated with an honours degree.

For School Leavers

To be eligible for our schools leaver programme you should be studying A levels, Scottish Highers, or equivalent.

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