Joe, Consultant, gives insight into his role and a typical day
I started working at BearingPoint as an Analyst and got promoted to Consultant within a year of joining. As Consultants we work collaboratively in teams with our clients and you’ll need to be a ‘doer’ not just a ‘thinker’. You’ll quickly gain responsibility for your own area on a project and the client will expect you to challenge them – whilst understanding their unique business needs of course! – bringing new ideas based on your experience, training and insight. I’ve enjoyed working on strategy, operations and digital transformation projects in the Financial Services, Utilities and Manufacturing sectors, covering business process design, programme management and delivery governance, modelling gas pipe failure, defining IT requirements for an automotive plant and testing for an Insurance firm. My background in Chemistry also helps me to engage with technical team members, for example on big data analytics, which is a key differentiator skill in modern consulting.
Working for a premium Automotive Manufacturer my week day starts by heading to any of 10 sites from factories to IT offices, any time between 7am and 9am. We often have a ‘stand-up’ to run through priorities for the day and who is meeting who on the client side. Morning workshops focus on challenges, strategy and thinking through potential solutions with senior stakeholders. We’ll usually have another project meeting on planning, risks or reporting too. The afternoon could be background research, putting together a presentation and drafting documents for review, or working through feedback and actions from the morning. In the early evening I’ll work on training or business development, such as a proposal for a new project, before heading out for a swim, long run or team dinner depending on the night.
Most weekends you’ll either find me up a mountain hiking, scrambling and climbing or sailing out to sea, so anything adventurous really. I’m currently training for an overnight winter mountain marathon, in between renovating an old farm cottage on the Welsh borders and catching up with friends in London, so life never gets dull!
The London office is small enough to be known and make a difference but part of a firm that has global reach, strategic partners and the resources to drive your career forward in a professional and ethical way – be that through training, supporting charitable and social activities, sustainable business or diversity with equal opportunities for all our people. BearingPoint is well positioned with management consulting experience and a significant client network complemented by award-winning technology products, which is essential to gain credibility in today’s digital age.