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"We are looking for talented people who value a culture based upon respect, collaboration and new ideas, and who have a passion for delivering solutions to the most complex and challenging issues affecting the private and public sectors."

Alan Middleton, CEO

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Campus and graduate recruitment

Starting your career

Your role as an Analyst will be diverse and exciting. Typical activities include gathering and manipulating information, presenting conclusions to the rest of the team, managing project plans, assessing risks and documenting client requirements. This is to name just a few of your potential roles: your duties will be fluid, changing to meet the client’s requirements. Our Analysts find they learn and grow with every project. One thing is for sure: you will work closely both with clients and more experienced PA colleagues. 

As your skills develop and you move up the ranks, you could find yourself leading a major change programme for a FTSE 100 company or working in a foreign country designing IT strategies for its government. You could even become a recognised industry expert in your field. At PA, you create your own opportunities.

The majority of our Analyst opportunities are based in the EU and the US, and most Analysts and campus recruits join between September and November. We are looking for people who show quality, integrity and commitment. This is a rare combination but, if you have it, you will want to be part of an organisation where others have it too.

To work at PA, you have to be confident and assertive. You must be able to drive your own development and push yourself forward for projects. If you are intellectually astute and like dealing with complex business issues and strategies, our graduate programme is for you. 

Selection

Analyst recruitment may vary slightly, depending on your domicile country and the practice to which you are applying. In general, however, we use the same four stages. 

Application: all candidates must apply for their preferred role online. To find yours, please search and apply via ‘campus recruitment.’ 

First stage (interview and competency): the initial competency interview takes place either face to face or over the telephone and focuses on particular areas of interest on your CV. At this stage, we will invite you to discuss real-life examples of your experience. Our aim is to understand your reasons for applying to join PA and for selecting the business area you have.  

Second stage (assessment): The assessment centre is designed to test your general business acumen and potential consulting skills. We do not ask you to prepare anything in advance – all materials are provided on the day with preparation slots scheduled.  We recommend that you are clear about your reasons for applying to join PA and for selecting the business area you have. This stage includes:

  • interview with a member of the business area for which you have applied

  • case study preparation and role-playing exercise

  • group exercise. 

Final stage: This involves a one-hour interview with a member of PA’s Management Group, usually someone from the business area to which you have applied. 

Due to the high volume of applications we receive, we will endeavour to get in touch within two to three weeks after the application deadline. 

EU graduates

View our Denmark recruitment brochure

Our graduate opportunities are predominantly based in the UK, Norway, Sweden and Denmark.

In the UK you apply for one specific business area; in the other EU countries you send one application and are then considered for all business areas. We prefer a minimum 2:1 degree and 300 UCAS points/300 ECTS (or equivalent). Due to differences in educational and grade systems, our requirements for each position may vary from country to country. Therefore please view the individual job specifications for more information. 

US undergraduates 

View our US recruitment and graduate brochure

Typically we expect a GPA of 3.5 or higher. We accept applications from students across a wide variety of degree programs. We look for candidates with relevant internships and/or work experience. We prefer that anyone hired from campus be authorised to work in the US for an unlimited period.

US MBA graduates 

View our US recruitment and graduate brochure

In the US, PA seeks individuals graduating with an MBA to provide consulting advice to senior executives in client organisations. Specifically, we advise leading organisations on critical issues around strategy formulation and the key role technology plays in the current and future implementation of those strategies.

Which business area is for you in the UK? 

View our UK recruitment and graduate brochure

The following table will give you an idea of each of our practice’s focus area in the UK. Please ensure you apply online for specific details of each position. Our requirements for each position vary from country to country. Therefore please view the specification for more information. 

Practice Brief description of practice Applicant requirements & profiles
People & Operational Excellence We work with clients to ensure that business processes become the mechanism for delivering the strategic intent of the business. Delivering business operations is challenging and involves a range of disciplines from the transformation of structures, technology and processes through to change management, employee transition and operations management skills and disciplines. Any degree discipline.
Strategy & Decision Sciences We use techniques such as simulation, decision analysis, business process modelling, optimization, scheduling and economic modelling to solve our clients' strategic and operational business issues.

An 'A' Level in mathematics or statistics, and a degree in mathematics, statistics, operational research, management sciences or a numerate/quantitative subject.

Post-graduate degree in operational research or management sciences is desirable.

Financial Services We provide strategic advice and insight-driven execution to clients in the financial services industry, and are recognized leaders in risk/capital management, banking, payments and insurance. Any degree discipline considered. Applicants will be expected to have excellent problem-solving, communication and organisational skills, strong modelling capabilities are particularly desirable.
Government Services We ensure increased benefits from public spending by delivering effective change that respects public service values and accountabilities.
**This Practice is now known as Government Defence & Security as it has merged with the former Defence & Security Practice – however, graduate requirements will still differ.
Any degree discipline.
Information Technology Group We offer a range of advisory services to our clients, from business and IT design to implementation and delivery. An IT-related subject.
Project Management We specialize in helping our clients to design and deliver their most challenging and complex business and technical programs. Engineering, IT or Business Studies.
Shared Services & Outsourcing We design and implement major strategic sourcing programmes, manage shared service organisations, develop and improve supplier relationships and assist with HR transformation delivery. Business or Finance degree. MBA and postgrad welcomed.
Defence & Security We maximize the delivery of project benefits for customers in the government and private sectors, working across key areas of policy, strategy, and implementation of change. Systems Engineering is an essential discipline which underpins the delivery of our most complex assignments.
**This Practice is now known as Government Defence & Security as it has merged with the former Government Practice – however, graduate requirements will still differ.
Systems Engineering, Business and Architecture degrees.
Technology Group PA's Technology Group develops hardware and software products, and the process equipment to make them; it also offers a range of mobile telecoms consultancy and product development services. For our product and process engineering positions - a mechanical engineering degree, or a post-graduate degree in physics with an emphasis on optics, sensing, instrumentation or electronics is required; For our wireless technology positions - electronic engineering, computer science, communications-related degree is required.


Please apply for these roles by going to “Search PA Jobs” and “Campus Recruitment”.

UK Application closing date for Analyst roles to start in September 2014 will be 31st December 2013.

Campus enquires/FAQs

If you have any questions about graduate/campus recruitment, please email the applicable regional contact below:

UK:             graduate.recruitment.queries@paconsulting.com

Nordics:      nordic.recruitment@paconsulting.com

Germany:   germanycareers@paconsulting.com 

NB – CVs submitted to the above email addresses will not be accepted.

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FAQs

How many Analysts does PA recruit each year?

What graduate opportunities are currently available?

What qualifications is PA looking for in its graduates?

Will PA sponsor my work permit?

Do I have to apply to a specific practice?

Does PA accept degrees from any discipline?

I have a PhD/MBA. What do I do?

Can I apply for positions in more than one region?

Can I apply for more than one position?

Can I defer my start date with PA for a year?

How important is relevant work experience?

Does PA offer any work experience opportunities?

What training is provided?

What are the opportunities for travel?

What is the dress code?

Are there opportunities for formal study or sabbatical leave?

Does PA do any pro-bono or voluntary work?


How many Analysts does PA recruit each year?

This varies each year and between practices, but usually it is at least 40 in total.

What graduate opportunities are currently available?

Analysts are our entry-level consulting positions. We recruit for vacancies in a range of practice areas each year. The role for which you apply will depend on your skills, experience and personal interest. If you are applying in the UK, please read this page carefully to find out which business area is for you and to gain more information on each practice. We do not run a rotational programme so whichever Practice you apply to will be where your career at PA will start. PA supports career mobility so there may be opportunities for you to move across Practices at a later stage.

What qualifications is PA looking for in its graduates?

We prefer a minimum 2:1 degree and 300 UCAS/300 ECTS points (or equivalent) or a GPA of 3.5 or higher. However, we look at applications as a whole with a strong emphasis on relevant work experience. This could include relevant part-time work while studying, internships, industrial placements, volunteer work, or other work experience since graduating.

PA is committed to recruiting staff solely on the basis of their ability. We seek to employ the best people with different ideas, styles and skill sets in order to ensure innovation and on-going success as a firm. 

Will PA sponsor my work permit?

UK and EU: No – applicants must already have the unconditional right to live and work in the countries in which they are applying to work. 

US: Yes – some practices can sponsor work permits. Please see individual job descriptions for specific requirements.

Do I have to apply to a specific practice?

For the UK and US, you must apply for an Analyst or campus recruitment position within a specific practice. For other regions, you apply with one application to the company as a whole. This will be clear in the job descriptions online.

Does PA accept degrees from any discipline?

Most of our business areas accept applications from any degree discipline. It is the combination of your degree and profile that matters. However, our IT and technology and innovation practices, for example, prefer science-based degrees such as computer science, electronic engineering, mechanical engineering or physics. Check the job specification of the Analyst vacancy in which you are interested for specific information about the requirements.

I have a PhD/MBA. What do I do?

Generally, someone with a postgraduate qualification with little or no relevant experience would still come through our campus/graduate recruitment. As PA is a meritocracy, if you are able to perform at a higher level you can expect to progress more quickly. If your PhD/MBA is paired with significant relevant experience, we suggest you apply for more senior opportunities in your chosen practice and apply accordingly.

Can I apply for positions in more than one region?

Yes, although you will need to submit a separate application for each vacancy. We also ask that you mention this upfront and keep us informed if your situation changes (eg if you decide to withdraw one of the applications).

Can I apply for more than one position?

Yes, you can submit as many applications as you wish. However, we suggest you submit no more than three. Think critically about which practices you wish to apply for and ensure that your application highlights your interest in these areas.

Can I defer my start date with PA for a year?

Unfortunately, we are unable to take applications from candidates wishing to take a year-out after accepting a position. However, as we offer a range of different start dates, you could still be able to do a few months of travelling before you start. If you did want to take a longer period of time-out after graduating, we suggest that you apply in the following year’s recruitment round. You should think carefully about timing so you are available for interviews.

How important is relevant work experience?

Whilst relevant work experience will support your application and demonstrate your interest in a particular industry / sector, it is not an essential requirement.  It is more important that you are able to demonstrate the skills learnt through work experience and how you can use these skills at PA.

Does PA offer any work experience opportunities?

We do offer summer internship and industrial placement opportunities. All positions are advertised on line so please do visit our careers site regularly.   

What training is provided?

On joining PA, Analysts attend an intensive two week global induction programme (all of which is residential). The first week will be On-boarding, held either in Cambridge or Horsley; and the second week will be specific graduate training, held in Greenwich. This covers essential aspects of business, consulting and interpersonal skills, as well as getting to know more about PA and meeting Analysts from other practices and our international offices. Analysts can also take advantage of technical courses related to their practice. As well as having a line manager to assist in your development, all Analysts are assigned a Mentor to guide you professionally throughout your career with PA, and in the first few months you will also have a Buddy who acts an informal guide.

What are the opportunities for travel?

It really does depend (for example on the location/s of clients) but PA consultants are expected to work anywhere in the world so there are opportunities for overseas travel and, more regularly, domestic travel.  Locations can vary – from Copenhagen to Wales, from Belfast to Dubai.  Our consultants can be asked to work anywhere at short notice so flexibility is essential.

What is the dress code?

On a day-to-day basis, business casual dress is the standard. Suits or more formal business dress can be required for some client commitments.

Are there opportunities for formal study or sabbatical leave?

PA offers the opportunity for study breaks and career breaks although there are criteria around minimum length of service (2 years), performance records and the relevance of study to PA’s business. Granting of study breaks and sabbatical leave is at PA’s discretion.  We help fund MBA and other business-related qualifications for our most able people where there is a clear need and the programme is flexible enough to accommodate assignment demands. If you choose to undertake part time study that has direct relevance to your work, paid leave to attend exams may also be granted. 

Does PA do any pro-bono or voluntary work?

PA launched its Giving Back and Volunteering programme in 2005. Generally, the best way that PA can support social causes is through the time and skills of our employees. As such those staff members interested in committing time to a socially worthwhile cause have been able to spend up to 3 days a year on an eligible project, providing that the commitment can be managed around client commitments/administrative duties. Interested staff can either nominate a cause that they would like to work for or apply to join a pro bono project that PA has established. PA also enables staff to contribute their own funds to charities via payroll giving.


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