Financial Services Advisory Consultant Programme – Information Technology Advisory (ITA)

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Our IT Advisory Consulting programme gives you the opportunity to work with the world’s leading investment banks, retail banks, insurers and asset managers throughout the UK and internationally. Our work isn’t about providing ‘off-the shelf’ solutions; our consultants focus on helping our clients identify and solve their most complex business problems individually tailored to address their specific business needs.

When you join us, you will need to think of yourself as a Consultant rather than a graduate from day one. This means playing a key role in one of our teams whether you are delivering an innovative solution for a client, analysing industry trends through conducting research or helping to develop proposals. Because graduates here take on roles like this, they go further, faster. Ultimately though, the rate at which you develop, and how far you take your career, is up to you.

As an IT Advisory graduate you are offered the opportunity to rotate through a number of different teams which will allow you to experience each team’s capability and discipline to enable you to make an informed decision about which team you would like to graduate into. Should you wish to specialise in a specific technology area earlier in your career you would also have this opportunity.

What will I be doing?

Our IT Advisory business sits within our wider Performance Improvement practice and is subdivided into competency areas, including Enterprise Intelligence, Risk and Compliance Technology and Finance Systems. You will be working within our IT Advisory business helping our clients to deliver technology-enabled business transformation programs to realise sustainable benefits.

Our people provide independent technology and business advice to help our clients to:

  • Enable business transformation and enterprise convergence across finance, risk, compliance and operations
  • Design and implement technology solutions (e.g. SAP) as part of the delivery of major business change programmes
  • Maximise the benefit from new technologies and concepts (for example Digital Banking, Mobile Payments)
  • Strengthen the internal IT organisation by delivering improvements with respect to the organisation’s IT architecture, data, digital assets, technology and people
  • Help our clients to address the significant challenges arising from changes to the regulatory landscape.
  • Address business challenges and improve business performance by managing data, developing analysis and insights, and providing decision-makers with key, accurate information

We do this by combining our technology knowledge with extensive experience in helping organisations improve their performance. This may be across the entire enterprise or may focus on specific parts of an organisation such as the finance, operations or risk functions. There is no limit as to what you can get involved in – from working as part of a bid team to redesigning processes and procedures or advising clients on the development and implementation of technology solutions.

What training, development and support will I receive within the first few years?

You’ll start with an intensive induction course to develop your core consulting skills. This initial course will also provide you with a great way to meet other new graduate joiners to start developing your EY network. This will be followed by advanced training courses to hone these consultancy skills through our structured training programme which will continue throughout the two year scheme. Additionally, at the end of your first year, we offer you the opportunity to take the CIMA foundation qualification, which is an industry recognized qualification and will provide you with a solid grounding in finance and business law. (The ACP program has been awarded “Gold” Quality Training Partner status by CIMA). Furthermore, to develop your specialist technology skills we also provide you with the opportunity to undertake technology-specific training courses help you achieve your career goals.

We will provide you with all the personal support you need to help you develop and gain the best from your graduate program, alongside world-class formal training. You will 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 – as well as helping you reach your career milestones faster.

The culmination of our fast-track program offers you the chance to be promoted to Executive when you graduate from the 2-year scheme.

What do we look for?

We are looking for graduates who are inquisitive, analytical, ambitious, great at working with people and have an interest in technology. You’ll need to be a good team player and demonstrate the potential to become a future business leader. You’ll need to be prepared to challenge us, to act on your own initiative (in regards to your own development and client work) and to make an impact on our teams and clients from day one.

Our academic requirements are:

  • Grade A or B for GCSE Mathematics and English Language
  • 320 (26) UCAS points (excluding General Studies)
  • 2.1 degree

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.

Although not mandatory, we would like to know if you have met any of the following criteria:

  • Your undergraduate degree or postgraduate qualification is in a business systems, IT, systems engineering or technology related subject
  • You have completed an industrial placement with a technology, software or IT consulting organisation
  • You have relevant post-graduate experience with a technology, software or IT consulting organisation or the IT function of a blue chip organisation or government department

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