Financial Services Advisory Consulting 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: Strategy, Operations, Finance, IT Advisory, Enterprise Intelligence, Programme Management and Change 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 insights through analysis and research, conducting client interviews, producing the many types of deliverable required to deliver complex change programmes, and helping to develop proposals.

New consultants build their skills by working on a diverse range of client engagements across our industry sectors.


The strategy practice advises companies on the most challenging questions that have significant impact to their business and their position in the market.  Examples include helping them to capture market share, bring new products or services to market, enter new markets, identify and segment their target customers, improve customer retention or how to best respond to changes in regulatory environment to improve their competitive positioning.


Our Operations teams help our clients to successfully transform their processes and operating models to become more efficient, better controlled and more cost effective, thus defending or increasing profitability and competitive advantage.


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

IT Advisory

Our IT Advisory professionals help to define, design and implement the technology components of large change programmes, from strategy and requirements, through to solution design and architecture, through to establishing sustainable IT change once systems have gone live.

Enterprise Intelligence

Our EI professionals assist clients to address their operational data and analytics requirements throughout their businesses. For our clients, understanding and fully integrating the data environment is key in the business landscape to gain the best insight into the market, clients and their demand, ensure compliance through reporting to regulators such as the FCA but also to harness predictive analytics and big data capabilities to increase competitive edge.

Programme Management

Our Programme Management team focuses on helping our clients execute their largest and most complex transformation programmes. There are a number of roles our firm can play; often we are accountable for delivery of the whole programme, whereas at other times we may be engaged to perform a programme review, or to advise a client how to turn around a programme that has gone awry.

Change Management

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.

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 further training 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 competency teams 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. 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. We consider candidates from any discipline however candidates with a long term interest in joining our Strategy team will ideally have a quantitative background. Candidates with a long term interest in joining our IT Advisory team will ideally have a technology or engineering 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.

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