Business Consulting Graduate Programme

Help organisations navigate disruption and transform their businesses whilst studying for a professional qualification.

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    Business Consulting

    Business Consulting can help to solve complex challenges and issues that are prevalent as businesses seek to transform themselves in the digital age. Our teams reimagine and transform business models by creating growth, managing cost and efficiency, responding to market pressures and regulations and resolving operational challenges.

    Technology in Business Consulting

    We're building a better working world by transforming businesses through the power of people, technology and innovation. 

    We deliver technology-enabled transformation to our clients to help generate long-term value. We team closely with our Technology Consulting practice to support our clients through their transformation journey. Our teams fuse business insight with technology, digital and data solutions for competitive advantage.

    What will you be doing?

    • Working with a variety of clients from start-ups to recognisable organisations
    • Listening to client problems and defining strategies and solutions
    • Developing proposals and business cases for EY or our clients
    • Analysing trends in industries like banking, retail or telecommunications, media and technology
    • You’ll also be expected to be flexible and spend time away from your office
    • Are you eligible to apply?

      We operate an open access policy, meaning we don’t screen out applications on your academic performance alone. You will, however, need to be working towards an honours degree in any subject, have a minimum of grade 4/C GCSE (or equivalent) in English Language and Maths, and three A-levels/Five Highers (or equivalent) to be eligible to apply. 

      Eligibility for Visa Sponsorship:

      Locations: Belfast - Applicants must have the right to work in the UK without sponsorship from EY. Please note, Graduate visas are not eligible as right to work for this vacancy as this role will not meet the Skilled Worker salary threshold before the Graduate visa expires.

      Locations: London, Birmingham, Manchester, Bristol - This vacancy is able to offer visa sponsorship if you are unable to secure the right to work in the UK yourself.

      We welcome applications from all academic backgrounds and are looking for individuals who will succeed at EY in the desired role and future qualifications, therefore throughout our recruitment process your academic performance will be considered against your online assessment scores to determine your suitability for an EY role. We are also proud to partner with RARE recruitment, so that your application can be processed in the context of your socio-economic background. This allows us to give you the maximum credit for your achievements, assessing whether you have overachieved in light of your personal circumstances.

      Read more about our academic requirements.

    Professional qualifications 

    CIMA Certificate in Business Accounting for Financial Services and the Chartered Management Consultant accreditation for UK & Ireland.

    Programme length

    Two years

    Business skills training

    You’ll have access to all the learning EY has to offer. This includes our EY Badges programme, virtual, live instructor-led classes, live classroom sessions, curated and snackable content and master classes. The range of content is vast and includes courses on analytics, emerging technology and IT, as well as marketing, leadership and personal wellbeing.



    How’s it structured?

    After induction, you’ll join your team in either Financial Services (FS) or UK & Ireland (UK&I) and jump straight into work on real client projects.

    The programme lasts two years and will provide you with a variety of experiences and learning opportunities to support your development. On the job we'll help you develop the skills to decipher how each client problem is different and to find innovative ways of solving them. You'll be part of a large graduate community which is a great opportunity to build your network, participate in corporate sustainability events and develop your leadership skills. 

    In FS, you'll get exposure to a range of sectors across Financial Services including Wealth & Asset Management, Banking & Capital Markets and Insurance. You'll even get the opportunity to apply for a six-month secondment, gaining valuable insight into another area of our business.

    In UK&I, our clients span government and public services, energy, retail and telecommunications and media and technology.

    Whichever business area you join, you'll have access to training and development resources as well as support from colleagues within your team. Since no two projects will be the same, we’ll coach and mentor you in a way that will prepare you for anything.

    By the time you finish, you can expect to be well on your way to becoming a Senior Consultant with the opportunity to build a specialism in your preferred area.

    What type of work will I be doing?

    As a graduate on the Business Consulting programme you may have the opportunity to work across one or more of our competencies:
    • Business Transformation

      Business Transformation is a multidisciplinary competency, bringing together our capabilities in project and programme management, transformation architecture, experience design, business design and transformation execution to problem-solve, design and deliver large scale, multi-year, multi-stakeholder transformation programmes. In addition, Business Transformation focuses on operational challenges ranging from optimisation of processes, reducing costs and expenses and target operating model design.

    • Finance

      Within Finance, we help our clients navigate change, transforming their business by bringing together our business insights with our innovative technology, digital and data solutions, supporting them through their complex business and finance transformation journeys via a variety of tools and methods tailored to meet the unique challenges that each client presents.

    • Financial Services (FS) Risk

      In FS Risk we help clients to identify, manage and monitor the risks in their business. We support companies to respect local and international regulation, to manage large and complex remediation activities and to design processes and procedures to shape an efficient way of governing the company. We offer a broad scope of services tailored to the needs of financial institutions including advice on Financial Crime, Prudential Regulation & Financial Risk and Regulatory Compliance.

    • Supply Chain & Operations

      The supply chain of the future is no longer linear, but a networked ecosystem.  In Supply Chain & Operations we help clients effect fundamental change in their operations’ performance to support sales growth, become more cost competitive, minimise risk and ensure operational resilience.

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    Rewards and benefits

    You want a career that counts. An experience that challenges you. That rewards performance and ultimately defines your future. That's what's on offer at EY. After all, our success is founded on yours.

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    All candidates should be given the opportunity to be their best selves throughout the process. We have adjustments in place to make all individual applications accessible.

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    2024 Applications are now closed


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