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CAREERS


Consulting Graduate Programme

The fast-track to developing the world-class business skills you’re looking for.

INTRODUCTION

Accenture Consultants help our clients conceive, design and execute business solutions at the speed and scale that the new digital world demands. On this programme, you’ll develop the skills to transform our clients businesses across people, processes and technology.

You’ll work as part of a project team to build enduring, trust-based relationships at the heart of a client’s organisation, helping them to address their most significant business issues. You’ll get early responsibility and build your skills and expertise through interesting and challenging work. This will be focused on specific industries: Financial Services, Products, Communications, Media and Technology, Health & Public Service and Resources. Not only will this enable you to pursue your passion, but you’ll develop an understanding of the business issues and technologies applicable to each industry, enabling you to grow and play your part in delivering innovative solutions tailored to each client.

We consider applicants from all academic disciplines. You’ll need to have or be expecting a minimum 2:1 in your first undergraduate degree, or equivalent international undergraduate degree and you’ll need at least 340 UCAS points across your top three A-Levels (that's AAB or equivalent, achieved in the same academic year - excluding General Studies).

Applications are now open and close on 5th January 2018. Positions are filled on a first come first serve basis, so we encourage you to apply early to avoid disappointment.

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You’ll need to be fully 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 Edinburgh, London, Manchester or Newcastle.

REWARDS & BENEFITS

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

Competitive starting salary which varies from programme to programme

Generous holiday allowance

Generous holiday allowance

 
Personal laptop

Personal laptop

AMEX card

AMEX card

 
 
Interest-free season ticket loan

Interest-free season ticket loan

Generous pension scheme

Generous pension scheme

 
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Employee share purchase plan

Three days’ paid charity leave

Three days’ paid charity leave

 
 
Subsidised gym membership

Subsidised gym membership

Private healthcare

Private healthcare

 
Life assurance

Life assurance

Critical illness cover

Critical illness cover

 
 
Hotel and travel discounts

Hotel and travel discounts

Generous shared parental leave

Generous shared parental leave

 
Generous car cash allowance (manager level and above)

Generous car cash allowance (manager level and above)

 
 

MY ACCENTURE CAREER

ROSELYN
Management Consulting Analyst
BA (Hons) Economics, University of Durham

After finishing university, I attended one of Accenture’s Inspiring Women events at the Science Museum where I heard from Annie-Marie Imafidon (co-founder of the Stemettes – a social enterprise who aims to inspire the next generation of females into Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths). It was a really exciting event and I was impressed with Accenture’s commitment to increase and retain the number of women in their workforce.

One of the best things about working at Accenture is meeting and working with so many different and interesting people. Joining such a large company with a start group of driven and likeminded people was a really enjoyable experience, and I’ve made some great friends along the way. I really didn’t appreciate how valuable this network would become, but once you all start working on different projects, you begin to understand the importance of these contacts. It’s also nice to know that you have a support network of friends who understand the work you do.

Outside of my role I am part of the Accenture South Asian Network (ASAN) Committee. As part of this I have organised events such as the recent Meet the Leader Breakfast we hosted at Dishoom, where we invited someone from the business to come and speak about their career and experiences at Accenture. It’s been a great opportunity to meet people with similar interests and take on a position of responsibility outside of my current role. I would recommend making the most of the opportunities on offer by getting involved in extra-curricular activities you enjoy – there is so much to choose from.

As I previously worked in a digital marketing agency, I initially found it a little difficult to get my head around the idea of “the bench” (when you’re not on a chargeable project). I have been on the bench for a short amount of time, however, it was useful because I got the chance to help out on smaller projects, attend events and find out more about the work Accenture does and how this fitted in with my interests.”

REBECCA
Consultant
BSc (Hons) Management
Warwick University

“My first project saw me helping to put a bid together for a new client. It was only a two week project, but the work was intense and the hours really, really long. With the client's expectations of us changing almost on a daily basis, I can safely say it was a steep learning curve - but that's what Accenture is all about.

“My first project saw me helping to put a bid together for a new client. It was only a two week project, but the work was intense and the hours really, really long. With the client's expectations of us changing almost on a daily basis, I can safely say it was a steep learning curve - but that's what Accenture is all about.

I'm certainly an expert in mining now and think I could even operate heavy machinery if I had to! From trainers to the miners themselves, I talked to everyone in order to fully understand what different people needed the project to achieve. It really stretched me professionally, but the experience I gained led to my promotion to Consultant in just six months.

I've recently started Accenture's first ever Polo Club. I'm very proud of this achievement and even more proud of the fact that we won the City Polo Championship in our first year. I love all kinds of sports and have recently signed up for one of the biggest challenges of my life - to learn 10 Olympic sports and become competitive in all of them! I'm doing it to raise funds for Diabetes UK and I can't wait.”

JOSY
Technology Consulting Analyst
LB Law
University of Nottingham

Before joining the Consulting Graduate Programme, I was on the six month Graduate Marketing Internship at Accenture. It was a great opportunity to learn more about how Accenture presents itself as a brand in the marketplace. I really enjoyed my internship, but I felt that I wanted to learn more about the business and the exciting work Accenture does for its clients, so I decided to move into consulting.

I’ve been on my current project with a client in the financial services industry for a year now. I’m a Project Manager, which means I’m responsible for ensuring that we’re on track to meet deadlines. It’s my job to liaise with key stakeholders (both internally and externally) to make sure the project is progressing within the specified timelines and budgets. We’re helping the client to become more efficient by implementing voice technology, which will help them to deliver better customer service. It can be frustrating for everyone involved when there are delays in the project, but I’ve learnt that you need to keep an open line of communication between yourself and the stakeholder so when things do go wrong, they’re not unaware of the situation. It’s really important to manage expectations on both sides.

When you’re working on client site most of the time, you sometimes become very absorbed in project life. I think it’s important to remember to get in involved in Accenture activities as well, whether it’s using a volunteering day or attending an Analyst Consulting Group (ACG) social event. For example, I’m part of the Inclusion and Diversity committee for my client account and I helped to raise awareness of Black History Month through organising a talk with a guest speaker and one of the Managing Directors. I’m also part of the Accenture African Caribbean Network (AACN) and hosted our Black History Month internal finale event for Accenture employees. I think our people are Accenture’s biggest asset. The people you work with and surround yourself with are what makes Accenture a great company to work for.

ED
Management Consultant
BA (Hons) History & Politics
Birmingham University

My route to Accenture was a little bit different to most. I had already left university and been employed for a year and a half before coming to the firm. During that time, I had been on another graduate scheme in the public sector, designed to develop future leaders in local government.

It was a highly regarded scheme, but I realised that my personality was more suited to the private sector — and a consultancy role in particular. Life moves fast in firms like Accenture. You also get to work with the best people in their field ¬— the people who set the benchmark.

When you start as an Analyst, you usually get assigned to a big client. I was assigned to a well-known energy company, one of the biggest of its kind. I was helping them with their communications strategy for a change project to embed new technologies and ways of working.

It was a project, which is why I was working on it for 18 months. That’s a relatively long time for a graduate to spend on one placement, but it’s not completely unheard of. The sheer scale and complexity of some of our projects means that some of our consultants can be embedded within a client for years.

One of the great things about Accenture is that you get responsibility straight away. I’ve seen it from my own experience and from those of my peers too. I doubt many other companies would place this level of trust in their graduate talent.

You also develop fast. You really notice the difference between an Analyst who’s been here for four weeks and one who’s been here for a year. As you evolve within the firm, you become a noticeably more rounded professional; and your communication and presentation skills will be that much more polished.

AYOMIDE
Technology Consulting Analyst
BA (Hons) Politics and International Studies
University of Warwick

When I was eighteen, I went to a work conference with my mum where I met some employees from Accenture. I didn’t know what Accenture did at the time, but I really liked the people I met and was interested in the client facing aspect of their work. I then completed an internship in audit with another company and I realised I really enjoyed the client facing element of the work, but felt that audit wasn’t the right career for me.

I joined Accenture soon after graduating from university and I think everyone initially finds the transition from university into the world of work a bit tricky. The pace of work is quite fast and you have to learn how to prioritise the tasks you’ve been given to effectively manage your time and workload. The thing I’m most proud of so far is when I delivered a project by myself. It was the first time I had been on client site and the deadlines were very tight. At that point I felt out of my depth, however, through asking lots of questions and speaking to different people on the project, I picked things up. I think building a strong network and positive relationships with colleagues is so important in the world of consulting.

I’m currently working on a project for a client within the financial services industry and I’m a Project Manager. I ensure that we complete the tasks within the given time frame, within the budget we are allocated and I liaise with various teams to make sure that we are meeting the requirements of the client. The great thing about Accenture is that you can get involved in a range of extra-curricular activities. I’m part of the Accenture African Caribbean Network and support the marketing activities for the network. I helped to promote the activities we organised to celebrate Black History Month and I regularly put together content for our newsletters. Last year, I took part in Palace-to-Palace, which is a 45 mile cycle from Buckingham Palace to Windsor Castle to raise money for The Prince’s Trust. It was a great day spent with friends and colleagues and thankfully it wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be!

FRANCESCA
Technology Consultant
BA (Hons) Modern Languages
Nottingham University

If you had told me a few years ago that one day I’d be working in technology, I would have laughed at you. I was your typical arts student at school. I studied Modern Languages at university. Nothing in my background pointed to a future in technology, so it wasn’t something I ever seriously considered as a career option.

But Accenture saw things differently. They clearly saw some potential in me during the selection process — because they went on to offer me a place aligned to technology. I was surprised at first, but now I can see the logic behind their decision. With the right training, I felt supported to learn and develop my technology knowledge and expertise. What’s harder to teach are the soft skills that also underpin the role: the client relationship and project skills that every successful consultant needs.

What I like about Accenture is that they expect their graduates to add value from day one. Even when I was as a relatively junior member of the team, I had real scope to contribute. In the early stage of my career, there was nothing more satisfying than seeing my ideas being put forward to the client.

It creates an interesting dynamic when you’re embedded in a client organisation. It almost feels like you’re part of two cultures – the Accenture one that you belong to and the client one that you’re experiencing every day. They’ve gone out of their way to integrate the two teams though. I work alongside client team members every day, and you never get that feeling of a ‘them’ and ‘us’ division between us. Accenture clearly know how to make these types of engagements work.

JESSICA
Management Consulting Analyst
BA(Hons) History
UCL

Before I joined Accenture I was working in marketing. I really enjoyed the creative aspects of the role, but I wanted to try something different. I have always been interested in the digital industry and heard that Accenture was doing interesting things in this sector, so I decided to apply.

When you join Accenture as a graduate, it can be a bit daunting at first because Accenture is so big and you’re not too sure how to find your place. However, it’s quite comforting to know that everyone in your start group is in the same situation – and that you are part of a community. My advice would be to raise your profile by using any skills or talents you already have and get yourself known for it. For example, I offered to help a manager with some design work and as a result of this he was able to recommend me for a brilliant creative opportunity on a different project.

I’m now on my fourth project and I’m currently working in UX design, where we’re redesigning the customer experience for the client. We conduct research and find out what customers want to see and then use these insights to design prototypes. I’ve been quite lucky so far as I’ve worked on a variety of projects. My first role was with a telecommunications client and it was fairly technical, whereas my second was an exciting role with the Innovation Programme. The Innovation Programme is Accenture’s incubator for great ideas and it helps our clients to develop concepts and new ideas to solve problems. Outside of my role, I am now an Editor of a magazine for the products industry and I enjoy helping organise events with the Accenture Digital.

APPLICATION PROCESS

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APPLICATION AND ONLINE TEST

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APPLICATION AND ONLINE TEST

The first part of the application process is to fill out an application form which includes an online situational judgement test. You’ll give us details of your experience and education, and attach your CV. 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.

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DIGITAL INTERVIEW

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DIGITAL INTERVIEW

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. 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.

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ASSESSMENT CENTRE

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ASSESSMENT CENTRE

If you are successful at interview stage, you will then be invited to attend a half-day session in our London office, where you will take part in a group exercise, and a final 1:1 interview. A manager will open the session with a presentation 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. After this, the assessments will commence.

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GROUP EXERCISE

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GROUP EXERCISE

You will be put into groups and work as a team to prepare a proposal based on a client case study. This is a real team effort and you will be put under time pressure to assimilate a large amount of information, make quick decisions with conflicting information and come up with the best possible solutions for the client.

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FINAL 1:1 INTERVIEW

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FINAL 1:1 INTERVIEW

This interview will be split into two parts. The first part will be for you to discuss your client proposal in more detail and provide the assessor with some insight into the rationale behind the decisions made. You will also be asked to consider other possible solutions for the client. In the second part of the interview, you will be asked to discuss your interest in Accenture and demonstrate a strong understanding of both our business and the graduate role. You will also have an opportunity to demonstrate the skills and strengths that you can offer Accenture and discuss with your assessor why you are the perfect fit for the graduate role.

 

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