Careers in Advisory: helping organizations improve performance and manage risks
Our Advisory service line focuses on helping clients to improve their performance and manage their risks more effectively. Particularly important in a challenging and uncertain business environment, with escalating competition.
We work with clients to address their specific circumstances and help turn strategy into reality. Whether it’s an improved finance function, enhanced supply chain or superior customer management, we’re able to offer added value. This is why Advisory is our fastest-growing service line and an energetic, fast-paced environment with nearly 20,000 professionals around the world.
Because Advisory is a diverse and fluid business area you’ll be involved in a huge variety of work. This will involve delivering wide-ranging and constantly changing ideas to our clients across a broad spectrum of industries and locations.
As a matter of course, your experiences will be wide and varied. You’ll quickly be given responsibility to deal with complex business problems — an excellent way to build the skills you’ll need for a long and fulfilling career.
Where you can focus
Within Advisory you can choose to work in one of three business areas. Each of these is split into a number of dedicated practices:
In a world of continuous business challenges, our clients are faced with a constant need to generate long-term, sustainable growth. As part of our Performance Improvement team you’ll help provide independent, objective and high-value business advice to the world’s most successful companies.
Working in Risk, you’ll be offering our clients more than protection. You’ll also be helping them make better and faster decisions, reduce costs and improve performance. It’s a fast-moving area, as global risks change at a dramatic pace, so you’ll be helping clients continuously evaluate their risk management processes and identify the risks that matter.
Information Technology Risk & Assurance (ITRA)
IT is a significant factor in driving business success. Working in ITRA you’ll help clients rationalize IT costs, manage their overall IT risk position and deliver value from IT. You’ll also have the challenge of working alongside clients to manage their IT risks in line with their business strategy, giving them the confidence that their organization’s key IT-related risks are identified, understood and managed effectively.
Our IT Advisory professionals work with commercial and public sector organizations. They provide independent advice on how clients’ IT operations can support their business strategy and its implementation. Working with them you’ll help to provide insights into organizational culture and help align a client’s technology with their people and processes.
You might prefer to work in one of our Cross-Advisory teams. Here you’ll learn specific technical skills and work within our Performance Improvement, Risk and IT Risk & Assurance groups. These teams are:
- People and Organizational Change
- Program Advisory
- Strategic Direction
Careers in Assurance: creating confidence for the business community worldwide
As the global financial crisis confirmed, there is clear connectivity between the world’s economies. Our Assurance services give the kind of confidence to investors that is essential for trust and informed decision-making. Timely and relevant financial information is, in fact, essential to the health of the world economy.
This means everyone has a vested interest in understanding factors such as risks, investments and values in relation to all economic matters – from individual retirement plans to the financial stability of regions like the Eurozone.
It also makes for a seriously stimulating working environment, where you’ll work across a wide variety of industries with equally varied clients at a high level.
This area is extremely broad, giving you the opportunity to develop a general grounding in business and opening the door to many career paths. You can become an assurance professional or move into other areas of the business.
It is your gateway to a wide range of opportunities, and enables you to gain a number of different qualifications.
Where you can focus
When you first start, you’ll develop broad assurance skills across many areas – covering both audit and non-audit work. You can then call on this experience when it becomes time to narrow your focus.
You might work in the following areas of Assurance:
1. A career in Audit and Accounting
Today’s global financial markets demand international consistency in accounting and auditing standards and approaches. You’ll have the challenge of meeting these using a range of resources, enabling you to help our clients navigate — and thrive — in this environment.
Within Audit and Accounting you can work in a variety of different areas, including:
External Audit at EY plays a huge role in preserving the integrity of the global business landscape. You can provide peace of mind to our clients by using your analytical skills to give companies, investors and regulators confidence in the validity of financial statements, business-critical information or processes.
Your main aim will be to provide independent verification of our clients’ compliance with accounting principles. By doing so, you play an important role in helping businesses accurately reflect their financial picture and, in turn, protecting financial markets.
Climate Change and Sustainability
Our Climate Change and Sustainability Services team is grounded in our core skills in Assurance, Tax, Transactions and Advisory. Working in this area you’ll be able to help our clients understand business and regulatory threats and opportunities, explore and execute commercial transactions, monitor performance and assure public disclosures on progress.
Financial Accounting Advisory
As an assurance professional you’ll learn how to deliver relevant business and industry insights, and help non-audit clients focus on issues that matter to them. Through our Financial Accounting Advisory Services, you’ll help with many current critical issues, including IFRS conversion support, implementation of new accounting standards and assistance with public offerings.
2. Fraud Investigations & Disputes
Organizations need to respond effectively to the risk of fraud, comply with ever-increasing regulation, and take the right approach to business disputes. You’ll be helping our clients develop strategies to pre-empt, manage and resolve the risks of business conflict. You’ll also assist in investigating alleged misconduct, fraud and non-compliance with regulation.
Careers in Transactions: helping clients buy, sell and merge with other organizations
At a time when the global business environment holds increasingly complex strategic challenges, it’s vitally important for our clients to raise, preserve, invest and optimize capital. This process is a vital component of their competitiveness for the long term.
We work with the world’s largest organizations, fastest growing companies, and private equity firms on some of the biggest and most complex cross-border engagements in the global market.
You’ll help those clients make better and more informed decisions about how they manage capital and transactions in a changing world. That means advising businesses on how they preserve, optimize, raise and invest their capital to help them achieve their strategic objectives.
In short, you’ll be confirming your clients’ long-term health and enabling them to create social and economic value from their corporate transactions.
If you’re interested in capital and how to make it work harder, then you’ll feel at home in Transactions. Dealing directly with senior executives, lawyers, finance professionals, and other professionals, it’s a challenging and exciting role in a dynamic, forward-looking environment.
Where you can focus
As you develop your career in Transactions, you’ll be able to build technical depth and explore a breadth of business issues. To help you decide where to specialize, your first few years will be spent in at least three different areas of the business. Your options will include:
Today, more than ever, organizations must plan carefully for growth and analyze their capital agenda and related transactions in the context of their overall business strategy. As part of our M&A team you’ll help identify the right transaction and capital strategy for clients.
Working in this award-winning team, you’ll focus on Private Finance Initiative (PFI) and Public Private Partnership (PPP) projects. You’ll learn about key infrastructure sectors, from energy to transport – enabling you to provide highly valued independent advice.
Join our market-leading Restructuring practice and you'll help local and global clients change their organizations throughout the whole economic cycle. You’ll add to your technical knowledge with in-depth industry experience, building your understanding of the specific competitive challenges our clients face.
Operational Transaction Services
In this business area you’ll help clients drive operational value from their capital strategy. You’ll learn how to develop the right plan for complex integrations, divestments and carve-outs — and how to implement it properly. You’ll play a key role in an integrated approach that focuses on our clients’ financial, tax and operational needs.
Transaction Real Estate
In this dynamic and complex market you’ll help clients develop and execute real estate transactions by providing objective and responsive advice. You’ll offer a dedicated and committed service to assist clients in achieving the potential of their real estate assets, portfolios or companies.
A transaction can be one of the most complex and risky business propositions our clients can undertake. You'll help them achieve the best possible outcome, from initial strategic assessment to implementation and post-integration. Your aim will be to improve their negotiating position and accelerate a smooth transaction with minimal disruption.
Every transaction has tax implications. Working with a worldwide network of professional advisors you’ll combine diverse cross-border transaction experience with local tax knowledge across a broad spectrum of industry sectors. This way you’ll help clients make informed decisions and navigate the tax implications of every transaction.
Valuation & Business Modeling
As a transaction professional you'll help clients evaluate and confirm their capital and growth strategies. You'll work with clients in areas such as understanding the specific value proposition for complex business holdings and investments, and identifying non-core assets for divesting.
Careers in Tax: help your clients navigate the complexities of international tax
By meeting their tax obligations, clients help the wider community. As we help them to navigate an increasingly complex tax and regulatory environment and support them in making the right decisions, we’re contributing to the better working world that everyone wants to see.
Our advisors therefore need a deep understanding of relevant legislation, outstanding communication skills and the ability to manage client relationships effectively.
As a tax professional at EY, you'll use your research and analytical skills, apply yourself to stay on top of the law and acquire an in-depth knowledge of clients’ businesses.
We provide a full suite of tax services to clients ranging from the very largest multinationals to fast-growth entrepreneurial businesses. You might choose to start your tax career with us by acquiring a broad experience across a range of different service offerings or by focusing on one particular area.
The sections below give an idea of what you can experience in our different tax service lines:
Business Tax Services
Our business tax professionals help businesses meet complex demands for tax reporting, compliance and planning, and tax policy and controversy.
Business Tax consists of different service offerings, including:
- Business Tax Advisory
- Business Tax Compliance
- Tax Accounting & Risk Advisory
You’ll have the chance to gain experience across multiple service offerings, with long-term opportunities for focusing in one or more area.
You’ll also work with clients ranging from entrepreneurs to long-established worldwide organizations, developing a breadth and depth of tax and business skills domestically and on a multinational basis to advance your career.
Our human capital professionals help many of the world’s largest companies to mobilize their employees around the world. We have developed a unique model in integrating our core services and advisory offerings to assist our clients to manage their global workforce and to deliver operational improvements.
Join our global team to become a trusted advisor in one or more of our eight core services:
- Assignment Services
- Global Immigration
- Expatriate Tax Services
- International Social Security
- Global Employment Tax Services
- HR & Payroll Performance Improvement
You can also focus on strategic approaches to human resource operations through our six advisory offerings:
- Accidental Expatriate
- Global Mobility Policy Advisory
- Global Equity
- HR Transaction Advisory
- HR Cost & Risk Advisory
- Compensation Accumulation
One of our key service goals is to team with each client and align our approach to our client’s needs. We believe in close communication and investing the time to develop a strong, long-term relationship.
Our indirect tax professionals work with clients that trade goods or services nationally and internationally. Work with them and you’ll advise how indirect taxes such as value added tax (VAT) or goods & services tax (GST) impact your clients’ supply chain and financial and accounting systems.
You’ll identify and address areas of risk, advise clients on the taxation implications of international trade and assist them in complying with customs regulations. Working in Indirect Tax, you’ll gain wide-ranging experience across different industries and opportunities to work internationally, and receive the support you need to become an effective tax professional.
Our international tax professionals help multinational companies align their global tax position with their business strategy to maintain competitive advantage and provide shareholder value.
International tax teams support clients’ cross-border transactions, assess their international tax strategies and provide a range of services, including transfer pricing policies and tax-effective supply chain management.
As a member of our international tax team, you’ll gain experience on engagements with some of the world’s largest international organizations and have opportunities to work with different tax regimes through international assignments.
Our transaction tax professionals advise companies and private equity investors on all tax aspects of their transactions.
They assist clients with structuring transaction tax efficiently and undertake tax due-diligence reviews of potential targets.
Together with Restructuring colleagues, they also help companies in financial difficulties. This includes helping those in formal insolvency proceedings to restore their balance sheets by advising on sales of non-core businesses.
Transaction tax professionals look after clients of all sizes across all industries, working closely with colleagues in different service lines around the world. In this dynamic and fast-moving environment, you’ll work on a variety of transactions. These range from acquisitions of small family-owned businesses to significant, newsworthy deals, including acquisitions, disposals, mergers, de-mergers, joint ventures, refinancing or stock exchange transactions such as IPOs. Each will help you develop the skills and knowledge you need to develop your career.
Get on the fast track
Every day, every EY person is part of building a better working world – for their clients, their communities and themselves. An excellent way of getting a taste of this environment is to become involved while you’re still a student.
We can offer you a number of different options, from a two-week Work Experience Program to a year-long Industrial Placement.
You'll benefit from experiences, learning and coaching that will help you achieve your goals and adapt successfully to professional life.
You'll also gain insights into what life at EY is really like and have the opportunity to build valuable relationships.
Find out which programs are available to you.
Discover what life as a professional is all about. Work on real projects and prepare yourself to perform at an outstanding level. Apply for an internship with EY and get a head start on your career.
To discover more about this program, contact your university careers center or speak to your EY campus recruiter.
EY Summer Leadership Program
Accelerate your understanding of professional services and develop your leadership skills with a one- to three-day course designed to introduce you to our culture, people and practices that drive our success.
Through group activities, discussions and training, you’ll build your leadership, teamwork and communication skills. If you show the qualities and strengths we’re looking for, we’ll invite you to interview for an internship or full-time opportunity with us. To discover more about this program, contact your university careers center or speak to your EY campus recruiter.
EY International Intern Leadership Conference
If you join us as an intern, you’ll have the opportunity to qualify for this annual three-day event, held at Disney World in Orlando, Florida. It brings together all of our talented interns from around the world, giving them an opportunity to develop a clear understanding of the scope and range of possibilities that EY opens up.
To be considered for the conference, you need to demonstrate the qualities we’re looking for in our future leaders. We issue invitations to interns who we believe best live by our values and demonstrate a strong desire to achieve their goals.
EY Industrial Placement
If you’ve chosen a degree that requires a year in industry, or simply want a year’s work experience, this placement can give you 12 months of valuable business know-how.
Working within our Assurance, Tax, Transactions or Advisory practice, you’ll be performing a role similar to that of a new graduate. From the outset, you’ll be working on real client projects and will contribute to a variety of work across a range of sectors.
We suggest you apply early as there’s a large number of people who apply for a limited number of positions.
EY Work Experience Program
This intensive program kicks off with two days of training for our Tax or Advisory service line. This will equip you with the basics to participate in a client-facing project team. You’ll then contribute to live projects and gain valuable insights into professional life.
Successful participants are also offered the opportunity to be fast-tracked to an internship in their final year. Placements are limited and competition is high, so apply early.