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Strategy Graduate Programme

Fast-track your career at the sharp end of business and technology.


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Introduction

On this programme you’ll be a trusted partner to global clients, helping to address their most significant business issues. Part of a project team, you’ll drive innovation and support clients to define the case for change and execute business transformation agendas.

As an Analyst, you will be working closely with professionals in other Accenture businesses, you’ll utilise our business insight and understanding of how technology impacts industries to help clients stay ahead in the digital world. So, you could be structuring and performing analysis and primary research, developing business cases and plans, or developing your skills to help clients understand leading-edge technology capabilities.

  • Business Strategy is about helping clients develop new products and services in innovative ways, or prepare for the digital markets of the future.
  • Technology Strategy focuses on creating technology strategies that are synchronised with clients’ business, people and operations, and building the IT and operational capabilities needed to execute these strategies.
  • Operations/Function Strategy helps clients enhance their agility with simplified and digitally enabled internal functions powered by skilled talent.

Places on our Strategy Programme are limited. As an Analyst, you’ll need to be a critical, creative and deep strategic thinker and be able to demonstrate project evidence of this on your CV. It’s also important that you are a natural leader, effective relationship builder and collaborative teammate who’s digitally savvy and up for a challenge. With strong communication skills, you should feel comfortable leading workshops and have good presentation skills. You will also need to be intellectually curious, eager to learn and have a desire to help companies turn disruption into opportunity through strategies that enable them to successfully execute with equal strength across growth, profitability sustainability and trust. Quantitative and analytical skills and a real passion for business and technology are key. Ideally, you will have taken classes in statistics or data analytics and will know how to work data visualisation tools (PowerBI, Tableau, Alteryx) or programming languages (R, Python, Julia, SQL).

This programme is open to those with a minimum 2:1 (in any discipline – achieved or predicted).

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You’ll need to be fully mobile 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.

Training & development

We believe that your career is your adventure. All this training, experience and client exposure is focused on turning you into a trusted client advisor; someone with deep industry experience and digital awareness who is able to become a future leader at Accenture. What you know is what we can sell to our clients. So we’ll invest in your development from your first day. And realising you need to be up-to-speed as soon as possible, we’ll make sure you have all the training you need. As well as an award-winning induction programme and a supportive graduate community within the Analyst Consulting 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 core capabilities you’ll need to develop into a trusted and successful consultant.

All training will help you get the all-round skills for success but it will be your experience that will really make the difference, which is why the variety of live project work we’ll give you will be so important.

Your journey

Our Strategy graduate programme at a glance:

0-3 months
Finding your feet

Two weeks’ classroom-based learning in London.

Key focus on networking, getting to know Accenture and your support networks.

By week 3 you’ll be placed on your first project. You’ll get stuck in and hit the ground running as you get to know your team.

3 -15 months
Exploring your options

Further exposure to our business.

Opportunity to join two-day course and gain SCRUM Master certification.

1-week training at one of our core schools.

Quarterly virtual training on hot topics with Senior Managers and Managing Directors.

1-week soft skills and presentation skills training.

15+ months
Ongoing learning and development

Opportunity to gain industry certifications.

Accreditations in tools and technologies.

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 which varies from programme to programme
  • Generous holiday allowance
  • Personal laptop
  • AMEX card
  • Interest-free season ticket loan
  • Generous pension scheme
  • Employee share purchase plan
  • Three days’ paid charity leave
  • Subsidised gym membership
  • Private healthcare
  • Life assurance
  • Critical illness cover
  • Hotel and travel discounts
  • Generous shared parental leave
  • Generous car cash allowance (manager level and above)

Application process

The info you need to know about applying to an Accenture programme.

1. Online application

Applications for most programmes open in the autumn. To apply, you need to complete an online profile. You can only apply to one programme in any six month period but if you are unsuccessful you can apply to other roles.

2. Discovery portal

If you are suitable for the role, you’ll be invited to our Discovery Portal. This is an interactive experience and takes about an hour, but there’s no time limit. You’ll receive feedback within a few days.

3. Assessment centre

If you’re successful at the Discovery Portal stage, you’ll be invited to one of our assessment centres where you’ll take part in a variety of activities designed to help us find out what your strengths are.

4. Technical interviews

For some of our programmes, the final stage will be one or two technical interviews with managers from the specialist area you have applied to work in. We’ll give you lots of advice before your interviews.

5. Offer

Well done! If you’re successful in all the stages we’ll offer you a place on the programme and tell you your start date. If you don’t pass, we’ll give you the opportunity to get feedback.

6. Onboarding

Three months before your start date, we’ll ask you to provide evidence of your academic results and two references. We’ll then send you details of your training week where we’ll welcome you into Accenture!

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