EY Experience across EMEIA

EY Experience across EMEIA

What’s it like to work at EY? See our people in our offices across EMEIA.

 

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How to apply for a job at Ernst & Young

Choosing where to start your career is one of the most important decisions you will make. This site gives you a brief insight into life at Ernst & Young – how we’ll help you develop your career and why you will enjoy working here.

Use the tabs on this page to find out more about the application process and how you can make sure you have the best chance of success.

Application, interview, selection

There are seven steps to complete before we can welcome you on board. This process will help you make sure you are applying for the right role and give you the opportunity to get to know us before you begin work here.

Identify your interests

Take a moment to visit Your role here to learn about our service lines and identify your area of interest. You can then apply for the relevant opportunity in Assurance, Advisory, Transactions or Tax.

Search for opportunities

Click on Job search and look for openings in your chosen area of interest. You’ll find more information about specific requirements in the job descriptions.

Apply online

This is your opportunity to give us as much information as possible about yourself so that we can make sure that you will be successful at EY. We ask all applicants to complete the online application form to ensure everyone is assessed fairly and objectively, and a member of our recruitment team reads each application. If you need to you can save your application and complete it at a later time. Please apply preferable online here.

If you have any difficulty applying online, please contact Phetsile Matsebula on 011 772 3000 or on graduatesa@za.ey.com.

Prepare for the interview

Wherever possible your first-round interview will take place in the office you’re applying to and will take approximately one hour. We are particularly keen to find out about you as a person – your strengths and attributes, and what you’re interested in.

We recommend you think about your hobbies, leadership positions and extra-curricular activities, as well as any work or other experience you’ve had that you think may be relevant to EY. It’s also useful to think about what questions you’d like to ask your interviewer.

Complete the assessment process

Depending on the role you apply to, you may be asked to participate in an Assessment Center day. This will include exercises such as a team meeting, a case study and possibly an interview with a Partner or Director. Your interview gives you the chance to get to know us better, while we gain a greater understanding of you and your strengths.

The exact structure and content of the assessment and final interview will depend on the program you apply to, as different roles require different skills. We’ll give you more information when we invite you to the assessment center.

Review our offer

We always aim to let you know the outcome of your final assessment within 48 hours. To help you get the most from your experience with us, we’ll also offer feedback on your interview. If you’re successful at this stage, we’ll make you a formal offer.

Prepare to join

You’ll find a large community of people at EY ready to welcome you. In the months before you take up your position, you'll have a chance to take part in campus networking events and possibly to meet your peers and new colleagues. We encourage you to take advantage of these occasions to help prepare for your first day at EY.

Different backgrounds and skills – but similar values

There are a number of criteria we look for in our employees. If these describe you, you can relax in the knowledge that you will feel comfortable within our working environment.

People who excel

We aren't only looking for high academic achievers, we want you to demonstrate leadership through extra-curricular activities and community involvement.

People with integrity

We want you to have a clear sense of personal and professional accountability and to show you are committed to doing the right thing.

People who demonstrate respect

We look for people who recognize the value of different backgrounds and points of view. By respecting these differences we enrich our perspectives, which helps us build strong relationships and enhance the services we provide to our clients.

People who are good at working in teams

We look for evidence that you are good at listening, learning, sharing, developing and working with others, including those that are different from you.

People with energy, enthusiasm and the courage to lead

We want you to be passionate and excited about the opportunities at Ernst & Young, your future and achieving your potential.

Be at your best

What can you expect in the interview? How can you best prepare to make a good impression? We offer you a number of hints and tips to give you confidence on the big day.

  • Learn as much as you can about Ernst & Young: who we are, our services and strategic direction. Make sure you can articulate how your strengths and career goals are aligned with ours and why you think you’ll succeed in our organization.
  • Prepare a list of questions for your interviewer(s) so you can assess whether Ernst & Young is the right place to launch your career. Ask us questions about our organization, our clients, the opportunities we can offer you, and what you can expect from us.
  • Try to relax and remember that we’re interested in the real you. Our interviewers are trained to get the best from you in the time you've got in the recruitment process, so enjoy it! Make sure you listen to each question the interviewer is asking and think about your best example.
  • Talk to us. Come along to one of our events on campus and ask our current graduates what it's really like to work at Ernst & Young.
  • Visit your careers service for advice on completing your application form and practicing interviews.

Frequently asked questions

Application, interview, selection and beyond

Make sure you know everything you can about our application, interview and selection process. You can also find out more about working here, your career development and life at EY.

 

Applying for jobs at EY

Where can I learn about open opportunities with EY?

Visit Job Search for opportunities in Advisory, Assurance, Tax, Transactions and Core Business Services. We list jobs by service line as well as by geography. You'll also find more detailed information about specific requirements within each job description. You can either apply online or “Add to my Job Cart” to apply after reviewing various job opportunities.

You can do basic searches, advanced searches or simply fill in a general profile application and, by activating the “Jobs Matching My Profile” functionality, we will inform you about new job opportunities according to your preferences. Please notice that by using “Save This Search” you can save your searches according to your personal preferences so that when you come back you can reuse those criteria.

How do I start the application process?

Go to Job Search and browse the list of job opportunities available in your country of choice. Once you've identified a suitable position(s), apply online and submit your CV/resume. We'll send you a confirmation email when we have received your information. If your application meets our requirements, we'll invite you for an interview. Visit Application process or Inter view Tips for more information on the process.

How do I submit my CV/resume online?

To increase your opportunities for success, we encourage you to submit your profile directly to an open position. Identify your area(s) of interest, search for jobs, select "Apply now", fill out a personal profile and submit your CV/resume.

You can submit personal and professional information by uploading a CV/resume. The system will automatically extract the relevant information included in the CV/resume and fill out part of the online submission. You can review the extracted information and make the appropriate changes in the next steps. There is a character limit of 2,500 for the Work Experience section of the CV/resume. If the number of characters exceeds 2,500 the CV/resume will not load. The following file formats can be uploaded: .doc, .wpd, .xls, .txt, .rtf, .htm/.html, .pdf, .zip.

What should I do if I cannot find an opportunity that matches my skills?

You can set up a job alert so you are notified as soon as suitable opportunities are available. Make a note to come back and check the site for open opportunities on a regular basis as well. This will help increase your chance of success.

Should I submit my CV/resume for every position in which I am interested?

Yes. Every position is filled separately, so you should submit a CV/resume for every opportunity and geography for which you'd like to be considered.

How can I search for jobs in different languages?

We have 12 languages available: English, French, German, Portuguese, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Danish, Italian, Spanish, Swedish and Dutch. You can scroll to the bottom of the page to see which languages are available depending on the job opportunities in each country.

Can I apply for a job outside my home country?

You can apply for any open position(s) you see in any of the 140 countries in which we have offices. Your eligibility will depend on the hiring country's qualification requirements, employment laws, work permit and/or visa requirements.

If I submit my CV/resume for a specific position, how long will it be before I find out if I'm being considered?

When you submit your application online, we'll immediately send you an e-mail confirmation that your information has been successfully received. If your qualifications and experience match our requirements, a recruiter will contact you to discuss your CV/resume in more detail. Because we receive so many applications, we can’t make personal contact with everyone who applies for a position.

Where can I get online help if I have questions about filling my application?

Go to the top right side of your screen and click “Contact Us”. Select your country in the "Select a Location Specific to your Query" field. Fill in all required fields, adding in your question(s) in the comments box. An email will be sent to the relevant country and a Recruitment team member will contact you regarding to your query.

What is the difference between a General Profile and Job Application?

Job Application is when you identify a specific job opportunity that is suitable for you and you decide to apply for that position. This way the recruiter will see you as a new candidate for this specific position. By going to the Candidate Profile section at the right of the screen you can fill in a General Application, which won‘t be attached to any specific role. This means that you will be an active candidate within our database so that a recruiter can find you whenever they perform a search according to your preferences and qualifications.

Can I update my profile and job submissions?

Yes, you can update your profile and job submissions whenever you want. Simply log in to your profile where you can edit all your information. If you wish to update or withdraw a job submission select ”My Job Page” within your profile where you can make adjustments.

Can I delete my profile and job submissions?

Yes, you can delete your profile and job submissions whenever you want. To delete your account log in to your profile and then click on “My Account Options” where you will find a delete link. Click on this link and follow the online instructions to delete your account.

How can I receive Job Posting Notifications?

To receive Job Posting Notifications, access your profile, click on "My Account Options", scroll down to the correspondence section, click on the "Edit" link and select "Send me an email notification whenever a new position matching my profile is posted (job posting notification)."

How can I retrieve my username or password?

Click on the link to access your profile and at the log in page click on "Forgot password" or "Forgot username". Follow the online instructions and you will then receive an email with your request.

 

Working at EY

How is EY structured?

EY is a global organization made up of member firms in more than 150 countries. Each member firm is owned by its partners and they have operational control of their business.

However, in order to maintain the same high standards of service quality and delivery in each of our locations, we have a global governance structure. This consists of four geographic Areas, each with an Area Executive that works in close partnership with our Global Executive, headed up by our CEO, Jim Turley.

To support our efforts as a global organization, we also have a global entity, EY Global, which works strategically with each of our Areas to support consistency and excellence in all of our activities around the world.

Where does EY have offices around the world?

EY has 190,000 people working across the world in more than 150 countries. Take a look at our location map.

What do EY professionals in the different service lines really do?

Use the links below for in-depth information about each of our main service lines, their various sub-service lines and areas of focus.
Advisory helps organizations manage their risks and achieve sustained improvements in performance.
Assurance gives stakeholders peace of mind about the validity of financial statements or other vital business information.
Tax helps clients comply with and navigate through the complexities of international tax strategies and regimes.
Transactions helps clients buy, sell and merge with other organizations.
Support Services manages and operates our internal functions to support all aspects of our business.

What is the organization’s policy on flexible working?

We're committed to helping our people succeed professionally and personally. We have a pragmatic approach to supporting individuals in meeting commitments in and out of the office. Through discussion and negotiation, we work together to agree on a framework that meets the needs of our business, our teams, our clients and those of our people.

It's an approach that allows you to manage family commitments or pursue personal passions outside of work. We're proud that some of our people have participated in the Olympics, written novels and recorded albums alongside sustaining their career at EY. We’re equally proud that people raise families whilst working for us.

 

Developing your career at EY

How will I continue to grow as a professional?

You want to realize your ambitions and advance your career and we want to help you do that. We have a learning and development framework called EYU (EY and you) that will help you identify the training you need to achieve your potential and how to make the most of the learning, experiences and coaching we provide. Your development is a mutual commitment: we provide an infrastructure that supports your growth, while you take responsibility for articulating your needs and making the most of opportunities. Together, we'll help you reach your aspirations.

What kind of training can I expect from EY?

Training is a core part of our learning and development framework, EYU (EY and you). We'll help you address your specific needs through award-winning formal learning, both classroom-based and virtual. No matter where you are, you'll have access to global tools and resources to build the technical competencies as well as business and relationship skills you need for success. And you'll also benefit from informal training through on-the-job coaching, skills-based volunteering and mentoring. You can learn more by reading the Your development section of this site.

What influence will I have over my career progression?

You own your career at EY but developing it is a mutual commitment. You're responsible for articulating your development needs and aspirations. We provide a supportive, learning, teaming and high-performance environment that will help you become a leader in your chosen service line. We offer plenty of career options and, wherever possible, we allow flexibility, so you can balance the demands of your professional and personal life. In return, you take responsibility for your professional and personal growth and for performing at your best every day.

Do I have to travel to develop my career?

The amount you travel depends on the service line you join, your area of focus and the clients you serve. While travel is not a requirement for career development, we strongly encourage diversity of experience. You can discuss likely travel requirements in more detail during your interview.

What if I join and then want to explore international opportunities?

At EY we have a culture that encourages mobility. If you are with us for over a year, have a proven track record of performance and the right skills and qualifications, we urge you to explore the global opportunities available through various short and long-term secondments. Go to Job Search to learn more about all available opportunities and to our website for more details on mobility programs we offer once you've joined.

How can I find out where I might use my previous skills and experience?

You'll find specific information about our service lines, sectors and areas of focus within our careers pages, as well as on the main ey.com pages. Once you've identified where you're most likely to fit within our organization, go to Job Search to look for available opportunities. The job descriptions contain a wealth of information, including qualifications and experience required.

 

Life at EY

What are the typical hours in a working week?

There's no typical week at EY. Your hours will vary according to the work or engagement in which you're involved. Occasionally, there may be some weekend work, particularly during busy periods. We encourage teams at all levels to work flexibly and discuss and negotiate how to meet the demands of each engagement. By communicating regularly with your team and supervisor, you'll be able to understand their expectations and plan your time effectively.

What is EY's approach to diversity and inclusiveness?

We're committed to creating an environment where all people feel valued, are part of the community and are able to perform at their best. Diversity is the mix of people we have and inclusiveness is how we leverage the mix to ensure that everyone feels welcomed. It's about welcoming and harnessing diverse viewpoints, and about how this leads to making better decisions for us and our clients.

It's also about operating in a way that helps people achieve their potential and make a difference, wherever they come from and whatever their characteristics. We believe in developing our people's cultural awareness and skills, including helping them to be aware of their own assumptions, frames of reference and behaviors.

To us, diversity and inclusiveness make business sense: they help us engage with clients and teams in a global economy. And in a world of shifting demographics, they allow us to navigate efficiently across boundaries.

What is the social life like in the office?

Here, you'll find individuals representing a variety of backgrounds, opinions and perspectives but united by a shared set of values. This means there are plenty of groups and networks built around shared issues and interests. These range from hobbies, sports and creative or intellectual pursuits through to support and volunteer opportunities.

They also include groups such as working mothers professional women’s networks, ethnic and cultural groups and a well-supported lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender group. Regardless of your background or areas of focus, you'll find colleagues who share your interests.

What is EY's approach towards environmental sustainability?

We recognize that we have a responsibility to reduce our impact on the environment but we also see sustainability as an important business issue for Ernst &Young and for our clients. On a global basis, we’re measuring our carbon footprint and finding ways to reduce it, such as:

  • locating our offices in buildings that meet the highest standards for sustainability
  • reducing the need for overseas travel through the use of video and teleconferencing
  • sourcing green energy suppliers wherever possible

As an individual, you can participate in one of the eco-teams in our offices that promote responsible practices or you can contribute your time to a charity or organization that benefits the environment.

How can I get involved with my local community?

We have a philosophy of encouraging our people to use their skills to help their communities achieve their potential by volunteering in the three Es: entrepreneurship, education and environmental sustainability. For example, EY people serve as tutors for promising secondary school students, mentor aspiring entrepreneurs and organize tree planting efforts. You’ll have many opportunities to get involved in the community where you live or work.

How easy is it to be a working parent at EY?

We value the contribution working parents make to our organization and support them professionally and personally. We recognize there is more to life than work.

Our encouragement of working mothers in the workplace has been recognized in many countries as leading class. We are committed to our people being great professionals and great parents (if they choose to be parents) and will work with you to achieve the flexibility needed to do this.

I have personal commitments that are important to me. Can I still join EY?

We offer a supportive environment that encourages our people to succeed professionally and personally. Whether that's to pursue a hobby or look after your family, we have an approach to flexible working that supports commitments outside of the office, which is why we offer excellent maternity and paternity benefits as a matter of course.

Do you provide information about or for your alumni?

At EY, we are committed to building life-long relationships with our people. Many of our practices throughout the world run successful alumni programs to bring previous and existing EY people together.