Threats to cyber security are increasing. Our Accenture Security practice provides advisory and technical support to help our clients improve their information risk and security management without compromising governance and compliance. The Information Security Graduate Programme aims to deliver the next generation of cyber security specialists.
We look for a relevant degree in cyber systems, software or information security, engineering or computer science. You’ll need to have or be expecting a minimum 2:1 degree (achieved or predicted). We look for either a STEM degree (science, technology, engineering, maths) with information security subjects or relevant work experience, such as an internship. You’ll be a ‘people person’, well-rounded and happy to take on new challenges. Flexibility is important, as you’ll be joining a versatile industry. You’ll need the ability to work with different teams but also independently, across the UK and sometimes Europe. You should expect to be taken out of your comfort zone and discover something new all the time – so a can-do attitude and a willingness to learn will be key.
Applications are now closed.
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 Edinburgh, London, Manchester or Newcastle.
You can expect comprehensive training which includes the possibility of individual self-study leading towards CISSP, CISM and ISO27001 lead auditor qualifications.
You’ll begin your career learning the basics of Accenture and our Security practice, working alongside managers and senior managers on client engagements.
Once you have mastered the basics, you’ll develop skills in project management and methodology, solutions delivery and security assessment, while working with big-name clients where Accenture have a security presence. Our aim is to help you move from Analyst to Consultant as quickly as possible.
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)
Ever wondered what our cyber security experts do every day at Accenture? Or what it takes to succeed on our Information Security Graduate Programme? Watch this video to meet Accenture Security.
I joined Accenture after being on a graduate scheme at another company for one year. My flatmate at the time was a strategy analyst in the ACG, and I was on the lookout to broaden my career opportunities. After hearing great things about Accenture, I decided to apply because I knew Accenture’s breadth and depth of experience, and bigger range of clients would allow me to experience things I hadn’t been able to in my career so far. I joined the company as an experienced hire analyst, but as a second year graduate that also meant I got involved in all the graduate activities within the ACG, which was great.
My current project is about securing the backend processing of what banks do for their customers - so transactions and things like that. It’s my job to ensure the whole system is secure. Day to day, it’s about co-ordinating how everyone involved on the project works together to deliver what’s needed and ensure that the outcome is compliant. This involves a lot of meetings with people in Paris and India, as well as vendors and of course the client. I really enjoy that I get to speak to people from so many different backgrounds, with everyone as helpful as they can be, so it really feels like we’re working as a team.
I’ve found the training here really useful, having been to the ACG training school and receiving some specific security training too. There’s a lot of on-the-job training (about 50:50) and at the moment I’m studying towards a security qualification, funded by the security practice, which is highly recognised worldwide.
If you’re thinking of applying to Accenture I’d say research the company; make sure that you’re willing to move around for your job; and be prepared to learn new things at a fast-pace!
When I finished university, I joined Teach First then did an internship with Accenture which really won me over and I guess led to me being offered a role here.
My first project at Accenture was a workplace transformation - very much around how people use office IT and interact with each other in an office environment to improve productivity. That project touched upon Identity & Access Management, which effectively is the journey of an employee joining, moving around and leaving a company, it’s that area where I’ve specialised since. I explore how people access tools, help people gain access to these securely and look at how they are de-provisioned when someone moves around the company or leaves. Since my first project I’ve moved on to other clients and helped to roll-out platforms that enable secure user journeys in terms of Identity & Access Management. The work I do touches people but it’s very technology-focussed as well in terms of how it impacts their day-to-day working life, an ideal career path for me.
I like the interaction with the client and the people I work with. There’s a lot of collaboration so even if you don’t have the exact answer you can pretty much be assured you can speak to your colleagues, gain from their experience and ideas, to discuss with the client.
When I joined I was surprised by the amount of opportunities you find here, you can pretty much carve out your own niche area. I would say when you start as a graduate, take the general training from the initial training programme on-board and embrace the work you do across all projects and disciplines. You’ll then find the opportunity to specialise in an area that’s right for you and do more relevant training towards becoming an expert in that specific area.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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