Financial Services Advisory Consultant Programme – Performance Improvement

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To achieve their potential, businesses need to sustain and improve their performance in a rapidly changing environment. As one of our advisors, you’ll help many of the world’s leading financial services organisations tackle their most pressing issues. You’ll work in multidisciplinary teams that will bring diverse perspectives to every challenge. You’ll have the opportunity to build your skills in one of our focused competency groups. These include: Finance, Customer, Operations, IT Advisory, and Programme Management. You’ll also have the opportunity to team with professionals from other parts of the organisation including our Risk/Regulatory team. We’ll support your professional growth by enabling you to develop specific competencies and giving you experience of a diverse range of clients and projects, as well as supporting you through a professional qualification giving you a basic grounding in business – the CIMA Foundation course.

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.

You’ll have the chance to rotate around and gain experience from several of the following practice areas:


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.


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 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.

IT Advisory

Our IT Advisory 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.

Programme Management

Our Programme Management team focuses on major projects/[programmes at clients – either running these multi-million pound projects or coming in to review and get back on track programmes that have gone awry.

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

You’ll start with an intensive induction course to develop your core consulting skills. This will be followed by advanced training courses every 3 months to hone these skills through our structured training programme. You’ll also have the opportunity to get a solid grounding in finance and business law through the CIMA foundation qualification (The Advisory Graduate Programme has been awarded “Gold” Quality Training Partner status by CIMA). 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. 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. After two years you will join one of the service lines that you have rotated through as you look to build your career at EY.

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.

Entry requirements:

  • Grade B or above for GCSE Mathematics and English Language (or equivalent);
  • At least 340 UCAS points (or equivalent), excluding General Studies or re-sits;
  • A 2.1 or above degree in any discipline.

Please note: in exceptional circumstances we will accept applications from candidates who do not meet our academic requirements. If this is your case, you will need to provide strong justification for why we should consider your application. You will also need to provide documentary evidence of any mitigating circumstances.

The above entry requirements are not applicable for our Schools Programmes.

Our Advisory positions are based in London but may involve travel in the UK or abroad.

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