People Advisory Services - HR Advisory

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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.

In today’s globally integrated, tightly regulated and increasingly competitive business environment, one critical success factor stands out: people. Our PAS services offer a “total picture” perspective, integrating mobility, workplace effectiveness and reward. Through our comprehensive approach, we can help our clients make the most of their investment in their people. We assist clients ranging from some of the world’s largest employers to fast growing entrepreneurial businesses in our offices across the UK from London to the regions.

PAS consists of three core areas: Mobility, Reward, and HR Performance Improvement.

What will my day be like in HR Advisory?

Your day to day activities will be different and varied according to the project you are part of. There will also be times when you not tagged to a project and it will be your responsibility to contribute to business development for the team by helping with proposals, meetings and workshops. One of the things our graduates tell us they appreciate about our job is the variety of different types of work you will be involved in. You may be involved in organising and participating in client facing meetings, internal meetings, analysing companies, creating slides for proposals, analysing clients’ issues and solving problems. You could be based on client site 5 days a week, sometimes less, and at other times you could be based 5 days a week in the office.

There is no typical week and you will experience diverse schedules. Projects are varied and the HR Advisory team offers flexibility to its members.

You will work with leading private and public sector organisations throughout the UK and abroad, helping them identify and address complex business problems. As a member of the HR Advisory team, you’ll have the opportunity to work across all three of our service offerings:

Enabling Business Performance through People
Changing how HR works by ensuring their activities and initiatives are directly connected to and focused upon business performance via integration into the wider business plans. These engagements typically include business and HR analytics, development and execution of integrated people strategies and talent programmes.

HR Function Effectiveness
Our HR Functional Effectiveness proposition focuses upon transforming HR functions, enabling them to operate more effectively and efficiently. This could include improving their operating model, processes, enabling technologies, or developing the capability of people within the HR function.

Business Change Enablement
This area supports clients to address the people aspects of mergers & acquisitions, divestments or business restructuring. Engagements in this area typically include due diligence, reporting, organisation design, culture and integration and talent mapping.

As a member of the HR Advisory team, you’ll gain a breadth of experience by working across a variety of industries and geographic locations depending on the project you are working on. You’re day will typically involve completing analysis and research, conducting client interviews and helping to develop proposals and recommendations. HRA has ambitious growth targets and, as such, you will also have the opportunity to get involved in developing material to support our internal HRA processes and go to market propositions.

What are we looking for?

We do value academic qualifications in Human Resources, however, of equal importance; 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 a positive impact on our teams and clients from day one.

What training and development will I receive?

In your first year, you'll start with an intensive induction course to develop your core consulting skills and assist you in building your networks. You will also have the opportunity to study towards CIPD at MOL, which is a qualification of particular relevance to the HR profession. You will find that by studying it, you are able to offer greater insight to client conversations and client work.

The work is very demanding and you’ll need to learn fast. The training and development you receive is second to none, and will support you in gaining the expertise and experience you need to build yourself an excellent reputation and have a real impact in your area of specialism. The skills and experience you pick up will help you to drive your career further, faster.

Entry requirements:

For Graduates
You are eligible to apply for this programme if you are studying for an honours degree or have graduated with an honours degree.

For Summer Interns
You are eligible to apply for this programme if you are studying for an honours degree and in your penultimate year or if you are in your final year and taking a gap year or completing a Masters degree.

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