Careers in EY ifb
Help banks and insurance companies transform their IT architecture to meet the finance, risk and compliance challenges of tomorrow.
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EY ifb EMEIA Financial Services Manager, Business Administration
Reimagining complex risk and compliance projects in the financial services industry
At EY ifb, we give you the freedom to use your knowledge and skills to shape the future of the financial services sector.
EY ifb offers transformative, technology-enabled services to banks and insurance companies. We have more than 30 years’ experience in finance and risk consulting, delivering large, complex projects that redefine business models.
We are part of the wider EY network, so your career with us will be supported by the resources, talent and technology of a global organization. We’ll help you ask better questions, seek better answers and build a better working world.
Our corporate culture is characterized by openness, teamwork and innovation, with a wide range of career development opportunities. There is a positive working atmosphere in which employees are encouraged to contribute their ideas, take responsibility and develop their skills. We value and encourage work-life balance.
Why EY ifb?
We provide an improved technology facilitated transformation services in accounting, controlling, regulation, risk management and compliance. As a global SAP partner, we have broad experience and know-how in the SAP domain and architecture.
We work closely with the clients to develop individual solutions tailored to their specific business needs and goals, helping them navigate disruption and build resilience.
As part of the global EY network, you will benefit from a wide range of resources, experience and a global presence. EY ifb clients benefit from working with professionals, who keep their knowledge up-to-date through continuous training so that they are in tune with their clients’ needs and understand their world. This is fundamental to the success and future growth of their businesses.
Your career at EY ifb
Our training program offers the best of both worlds. If you join us as a graduate, you’ll get to know the banking and insurance industries through our introductory program and New Joiner Training. At the same time, you’ll develop your SAP expertise and expand your professional network. You’ll be part of a dynamic peer group where you can exchange ideas and learn from experienced consultants. You’ll make valuable contacts here, both professionally and personally, that sometimes lead to lifelong friendships.
If you join us as a professional, we’ll connect you to your colleagues at our Onboarding Day and quickly introduce you to projects. You’ll meet other EY ifb professionals from all over the world at the regular symposiums, where you can discuss pressing topics and get to know each other better.
Within EY ifb you’ll find fewer rigid structures and rules but more freedom to shoulder responsibility, take the initiative and participate In an active way. Mistakes are openly addressed and seen as a learning opportunity, and we always welcome questions. We rely on everyone to be willing to develop their knowledge base and ask for support so that we can find solutions for the most challenging problems together.
And as part of the global EY network, you can connect to a wide range of resources, experience and teams in more than 150 countries worldwide.
As soon as you join us, you become part of the EY ifb family. Our culture is based on dialogue, collaboration-based cooperation and a flat hierarchy. Our doors are always open and we attach great importance to team spirit and mutual support. We offer you the opportunity to take on responsibility in a challenging environment and to build your skills.
What we’re looking for
You’ll fit in well with the culture if you actively tackle problems and understand the transformative power of technology with people at the center. You’ll work with high-performing teams, while building your skillset and your professional network.
Do you want to make a difference? Do you have an analytical mind and enjoy working in a team? Then EY ifb is the right consultancy for you. We recruit across many disciplines but we are particularly interested in graduates in mathematics, natural sciences, (business) informatics, physics and economics.
Are you curious and keen to develop your potential? We look beyond degrees and references, seeking out independent thinkers who can help shape the future. You will fit in well with our corporate culture if you actively tackle problems, appreciate leading-edge technical solutions, are self-confident, set the same high standards for yourself as you do for others, and appreciate your colleagues’ strengths and qualities. If responsibility means more to you than a detailed job description, you've come to the right place.
We value creative thinkers who can develop innovative solutions as part of an interdisciplinary team.
As a consultant at EY ifb, you’ll work closely with clients from the financial services and risk management industries to help them find sophisticated solutions to help transform their business. EY ifb offers a variety of roles and jobs depending on your experience, skillset and interests. We also have opportunities on teams that keep our business running, in finance, HR, It and other service areas.
Team play is part of our DNA. As professional in the financial services sector, you’ll find varied projects at EY ifb in which we are looking for active comrades-in-arms and innovative co-thinkers who can make a sustainable contribution. We expect analytical thinking and enthusiasm for creative and self-reliant work. We’d like to talk to you about how you could contribute to the company, the development of innovative solutions in an interdisciplinary team, the working atmosphere and the work-life balance. We look forward to a lively exchange with you. Even if there’s currently no suitable job advertised, please feel free to contact us and we will check individually whether we can find something to match your skills and experience.
Have we piqued your interest? Then you can find out everything about the next steps for your application process below.
We welcome applicants from different academic and professional backgrounds. These include natural sciences, mathematics and computer science as well as economics or interdisciplinary studies.
We are constantly hiring. Apply for a specific position or simply send us your application and we’ll explore potential opportunities.
So that we can meet people as quickly as possible, we conduct the interviews by phone and video. We can also meet candidates in person in our Cologne office.
To explore whether applicants are a good fit with us, we have an open dialogue in the form of interviews. In these interviews, you’ll get to know colleagues from the department and talk to a representative from the HR department. Your questions are always welcome – both in advance and during the interview process.
Be authentic and show us who you are – the interview is about finding out if we’re a good fit. We’ll ask you about your area of expertise and discuss relevant topics with you. But we’re not only interested in your know-how, but also in your enthusiasm for similar or completely different challenges.
As a rule, we complete the application process after six to eight weeks.
Your contacts in the respective business unit and our HR department are available to answer questions at any time. Shortly before you start working for us, we’ll be in touch with an information pack about your first day at work and the usual admin.
Hear from our people in EY ifb
People treat each other with appreciation and respect, regardless of career level. This team spirit is one of the main reasons I so enjoy working for EY ifb.
Like most natural scientists, I was faced with the choice of pursuing the conventional path of doctoral studies or entering the job market. IT consulting aroused my curiosity because I had really enjoyed bioinformatics and programming in college, but I was a little worried that consulting might not fit my personality. However, I felt comfortable with EY ifb right from the start.
My first months were very exciting. Most of the 15 new trainees were also recent college graduates and we really bonded. After that first round of training, I was lucky enough to spend three months in the development team of our partner SAP, which really prepared me for my first project at a bank.
My colleagues were very supportive from the start, taking time to explain things from the ground up. People treat each other with appreciation and respect, regardless of their career level. This team spirit is one of the main reasons I so enjoy working for EY ifb.
I’m currently helping a client with business analysis for Abacus A360, a reporting software tool. The main focus is on error analysis; whenever data is incorrectly calculated or transferred, I search for causes and possible solutions working with other business analysts and sometimes colleagues from development and the specific business unit.
I’ve always enjoyed thinking through different strategies and breaking down a problem. The thinking isn’t all that different from how it is in a laboratory, where something can go wrong in an experiment and solutions have to be found.
My basic knowledge of programming from college was helpful, but determination and being able to solve problems independently has proved more important.
In my work with EY ifb, I really value my co-workers and the opportunity to continually take on new tasks and subject areas. My colleagues are extremely good at what they do, they provide constant support and are always open to questions.
This team spirit was especially helpful in the beginning. When I joined EY ifb, I really wasn't familiar with EY ifb's specializations. The in-house training phase provides you with an overview, but you learn most through working with clients. Sometimes you simply have to jump in at the deep end, for example when you take on your first client project and have to prove yourself.
My basic knowledge of programming from college was helpful, but determination and being able to solve problems independently has proved more important. My specialization is data integration and modelling; I take care of the design and implementation of extraction, transformation, and loading (ETL) processes and data warehouses, mostly using SAP means and the ABAP programming language. Thanks to my training as a physicist, I've become a real techie and networking pro at EY ifb. Many industries, including consulting, have the reputation of being male-dominated, but I’ve never felt disadvantaged as a woman at EY ifb.
One of the most interesting experiences in my time with EY ifb group was spending 18 months on a project in Canada. It was extremely exciting to work in a different environment, getting to know new people and a new culture.
I have the freedom to bring my values to the table, while also developing and living my vision of how co-workers and leaders can interact.
At EY ifb less emphasis is placed on counting working hours and more on results. It’s a way of working that I knew and liked from my studies and was happy to continue. It may sound clichéd, but achieving something as a team is our top priority.
Over the past 18 years, I’ve taken on many different areas of responsibility and have become a senior team leader. I quickly realized that EY ifb a place you can feel comfortable and thrive. I have the freedom to bring my values to the table, while also developing and living my vision of how co-workers and leaders can interact.
I have the opportunity to help shape and support entire career paths. I see myself not just as a boss, but also as a motivator, consultant and helmsman for new markets and opportunities. In addition to team management, I’m currently promoting topics that have interested me right from the start, such as business warehousing, developments in the field of artificial intelligence or in-memory.
Work-life balance is important to me. I can work flexibly, so that I still have the capacity to pursue my interests outside of work and spend quality time with my family. Technology means I can stay in constant contact with everyone close to me when I’m traveling. At the same time, changing project locations also means I can take part in sports and cultural activities that enrich my life and provide experiences I can share with my family and friends back home.
At EY ifb, our diverse talents, temperaments and interests are our superpower for tackling complex projects. The right mix makes all the difference.
EY ifb Financial Services Organization Talent Leader