Our clients rely on us to deliver scalable, business critical, end-to-end solutions. On this graduate programme, you’ll be the catalyst for making that happen whether this is on a large scale or smaller scale project. Accenture sets out the vision for its clients, it’s up to you to make it a reality. Often working on long-term, highly complex projects, this is your chance to develop a real in-depth knowledge of businesses, industries and technologies – giving you wide-ranging, highly marketable and transferable skills.
Meet Kevin, Accenture Senior Manager. Find out what he does day-to-day and what it takes to succeed on our Client Delivery Graduate Programme.
On this programme, you’ll work with a client team to deliver business transformation. Accenture sets out the vision for its clients, it’s up to you to make it a reality. This will include designing, building and testing strategic solutions ready for implementation.
A key member of the team, you’ll go the extra mile to understand client requirements, formulate a plan of action, and work with a range of onshore and offshore delivery teams to get it done. In close contact with the client at every stage, this role will make the most of your ability to communicate complex technologies, while managing third party suppliers, timelines and expectations.
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You’ll need to be prepared to travel as client projects could take you anywhere in the country – or even the world – though you will be aligned to a base at one of our main office locations in either London or Newcastle.
We believe that your career is your adventure. All this training, experience and client exposure is focused on turning you into an expert in exploring how a client’s vision is achieved through using the latest technologies whilst developing and sustaining the skills our clients demand.
What you know is what we can sell to our clients. So we’ll invest in your development from your first day and make sure you have all the training you need. As well as an award-winning induction programme and a supportive graduate community within the Technology Analyst Group, you can look forward to mentoring from some of our most successful leaders. The training you’ll receive will be wide spread and practical. It will combine sessions that focus on critical soft skills as well as the technical skills you’ll need to develop into a trusted and successful delivery expert.
Your credibility will depend on your passion for and knowledge of technology. We'll give you a strong start to your career by providing a variety of training depending on your project. We'll train you in business analysis, project management and testing, as well as the latest innovations and delivery practices which may cover anything from software, digital, to cloud computing, liquid applications or analytics. You’ll also attend one of our international core schools and get the chance to gain a range of industry certifications.
But more than that, we want you to understand the bigger picture. So you'll learn about our Accenture business areas and gain a deep insight into our Technology Vision. Plus, because of the size and scope of our business, you’ll get to work on some of the biggest and most complex technology problems in the world with a wide variety of clients.
We understand that what you earn and the benefits you receive have an enormous impact on your quality of life. Because we’re always competing to attract and retain the very best people, we continuously review our rewards strategy to make sure it’s the best it can be. It includes:
Competitive starting salary which varies from programme to programme
Generous holiday allowance
Interest-free season ticket loan
Generous pension scheme
Employee share purchase plan
Three days’ paid charity leave
Subsidised gym membership
Critical illness cover
Hotel and travel discounts
Generous shared parental leave
Generous car cash allowance (manager level and above)
“My current client project is brilliant. I’m constantly learning, working with people across the business to find out about field level mapping, and also creating design documents and pushing them through the approval process. During the past few weeks we’ve moved into the testing phase, which is completely new to me. The product we’re installing was developed in Spain, so everyone’s in the same boat, learning as we go and relying on each other for support.
I think the main reason to join Accenture is that you get the opportunity to try lots of different things within one company. When you’re a placement student, you’re not really sure what you want to do. So to join a company like Accenture, where we work with so many clients in so many different industries, means you get the chance to move around and really understand what you want to do with your career.
The working environment is really friendly and exciting. Every day is a different experience. I might spend most of my time testing, but it’s still a rollercoaster. You never know what will happen next. It also makes a big difference when you’re working with people who share your aspirations and are equally eager to do things.
If there’s something you want to do, never be afraid to ask. Everyone wants you to experience new things. So if you want to try a certain kind of training or help out on a particular project, they’ll more than likely say yes.”
"When I was at university, I attended one of Accenture’s Inspiring Women Events where I met some really interesting people and this confirmed my decision to apply to Accenture. Although I don’t have a technology or STEM background, I am interested in new developments in technology and how this can make a positive impact on the world which is why the Client Delivery Graduate Programme is the perfect fit for me.
Since joining Accenture, I have been on three projects – two shorter projects (lasting three weeks and one week respectively) and my current project. My advice would be to try and learn as much as possible from each of your projects – even if it’s a very short project, or within an industry you wouldn’t normally consider working in. I am currently in a project management role working for a client in the financial services industry. I help to plan and implement the service migration of over 300 servers. My team is quite small and is made up of around 60 people onshore and an offshore team based in the US. We carry out analysis to see where we could consolidate servers to save money without compromising the effectiveness of the system for the client. Then, we discuss any potential problems that may arise and work together to develop solutions. It can be challenging when we’re working to tight deadlines but, it’s really rewarding when the service migration runs smoothly and the client is happy with the work.
Outside of my role, I’ve joined the Accenture African Caribbean Network (AACN) and I am part of the communications team who are responsible for keeping our members informed of the latest events. The AACN organises social activities such a dinners, film screenings to celebrate Black History Month and networking events. I also organise dinners for my project, which is great as it means you get to know your colleagues outside of a work environment."
You will need to fill out an application form. You’ll be asked a series of free text questions and will also need to upload your CV. You will be asked to demonstrate your understanding of Accenture and how we use technology to help our clients to evolve their businesses. For London-based roles, you’ll also complete a situational judgement test. In the test you'll be presented with a variety of realistic situations that you may face in your role at Accenture, and you’ll need to choose from a range of responses to demonstrate what you feel would be the most effective solution. We’re interested in measuring a set of behaviours here, which are critical in order to succeed with us. You will be automatically directed to complete this when you click on the apply link. You will also be also be asked to complete a logic test.
You will be invited to complete a short digital interview, which you can do at a time and location convenient to you. You’ll need a webcam, either integrated or plug-in on your laptop or PC. This stage of the interview process will cover your understanding of our business and services, and assess your core skills and competencies which are essential to success in the role. It will involve video questions, aptitude questions, a debug challenge and a coding challenge. We are not expecting candidates to be able to complete all tasks correctly, but we include a variety of questions to identify your skills and potential, so give it your best shot.
Should you be invited to compete the digital interview you will be sent full details on what to expect and how to prepare prior to your interview.
The final stage of the recruitment process is a half-day assessment centre in our London or Newcastle office (depending on the location you apply to). There will be some assessed sessions, a group exercise and a one-to-one interview with a recruiter. There will also be some more informal unassessed sessions to give you a chance to get to know Accenture including a tour of our Innovation Hub. A manager will present a session about their own career at Accenture. This is a good opportunity to find out more about life at Accenture and ask any questions you might have regarding training, projects and career opportunities. There will also be the opportunity to ask recruiters questions during the session. Assessed tasks include a group exercise where you will be working in a team to identify the best technology solution for a client and an interview with a recruiter. The final part of the Assessment Centre is a 1.1 interview with a technology manager where you will have an opportunity to demonstrate your aptitude, skills and potential for the role. Should you be invited to an Assessment Centre, you will be sent full details on what to expect and how to prepare prior to your Assessment Centre. You will be informed of the outcome of the assessment centre within 10 working days.
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