I work in Accenture Strategy. My specialty is business development and operational improvement programs, and my clients are mainly banks and insurance companies. My role is to act as the project manager and subject matter expert in client engagements which typically are large transformations. This means managing our internal team and supervising younger team members, but also acting as a senior advisor to our client stakeholders. My role includes meeting old and new client executives, discussing their issues and our potential solutions, and hence driving and participating in proposal processes. My last project was supporting a North European financial services company to plan and implement a merger. This included e.g. detailed financial analysis and organizational design. I’m also active in the recruitment process, meeting and interviewing candidates.
This is a collaborative workplace so a typical day often starts with meetings and ends with them, too. These include discussions of client issues and developing solutions and organizing our internal project team work. I mainly work at Accenture office, but my day includes one or more visits to client locations as well. My day doesn’t end at the office. As a mother of small children, I try to be with my kids after work as much as possible. I also need to be up-to-date with current events, so I briefly go through daily political and business news.
I spend most of my free time with my three daughters and my husband. What’s left is spent on sports and reading. I enjoy typical Finnish endurance sports like running, orienteering and skiing. Running in the woods is the best way to relax after a hard day at the office. As far as literature goes, I enjoy Russian classics and biographies.
Accenture is a wonderful place for bright, innovative and enthusiastic young people who have the right “can-do” attitude. This company offers the best possibilities to learn and develop new skills and to grow both as a professional and as an individual. If working in a fast-paced environment full of skilled clients and colleagues is what you’re after, then this is the place to be!
Be curious, be active and be humble!