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Careers FAQs

  • We’re always looking for brilliant Consultants to help grow our teams. All open roles can be found on our job search page. We typically recruit across all levels; Analyst to Partner, in all business areas.

  • In the UK, Nordics and Sweden, our Graduate, Industrial Placement and Internship roles typically open mid-September.

    In Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands we recruit on an on-going basis.

    In Denmark, applications open in January.

  • We have a diverse range of opportunities across all levels. When applying, it’s important to choose a role that reflects your skills and interests. Make an honest assessment of your strengths and weaknesses and compare that list with the competencies in the job specification.

  • Unfortunately, we’re not able to take on students for informal work experience. Eligible candidates are encouraged to apply for a Summer Internship or Industrial Placement.

  • The majority of our roles do not have any specific academic requirements. However, some of our technical roles do require you to have a relevant degree subject. These will be listed on our job adverts.  Whilst there isn’t a specific academic standard, we may ask to see evidence of your academic results during the hiring process. 

    For roles in Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands we require all candidates to have a master’s degree.

  • We welcome international applications, but we are unable to offer sponsorship for work permits, so you’ll need to have the full right to live and work in the country you are applying to. Your application will be automatically rejected if you do not have these rights.

    We do require candidates to fluently speak the language of the country they are applying to.

  • You’re perfectly eligible to apply for a Graduate role. If your PhD/MBA comes with significant relevant experience, we’d advise applying for more senior opportunities.

  • Yes, but you will need to submit a separate application for each vacancy. We recommend you think critically about which role you would like to apply for and make sure your application highlights your interest in this area. Use our role selector to understand where your skills fit in best.

  • Yes (with the exception of the UK), but you will need to submit a separate application for each vacancy. We recommend you think critically about which role you would like to apply for and make sure your application highlights your interest in this area. Use our role selector to understand where your skills fit in best. 

    For our UK graduate roles we will only accept one application in any recruitment year so please do consider the role that is best suited to you.

  • No, unfortunately it is not possible to reapply again in the same recruitment year. We would welcome an application from you in a future recruitment year.

    Please note that if we do discover a duplicate application, we will reject this regardless of how far you are in the process

  • Yes, while we encourage candidates to start as soon as possible, we do offer a number of on-boarding dates for you to choose from.

    For UK graduate roles, you can request to defer your application at offer stage. Please note deferrals are not always guaranteed.

  • Whilst relevant work experience will support your application and show your interest in a particular service/sector, it is not essential for your application.

  • All new joiners start their PA career with a two-day induction at our Global Innovation and Technology Centre (GITC) as well as in the local office they are joining. It’s your chance to get to know the company, meet Consultants from different countries and practices, and learn some essential elements of business and consulting.

    All new Analysts start with an intensive two-week residential induction; week one (onboarding) is held at the GITC in Cambridge, UK, and week two will see you begin specific graduate training offsite

    Your development is important to us. Our PA Academy offers a range of different training sessions throughout the year to support your growth and development.

    Please note that due to Covid-19 and various government restrictions your onboarding may be virtual.

  • The answer ultimately depends on factors like where clients are based, but as a rule our Consultants are expected to work anywhere in the world. Be ready for opportunities to travel overseas and more regularly domestically – anywhere from Copenhagen to Wales, Belfast to Dubai.

  • We do offer opportunities for study and career breaks, at our discretion, with set criteria for:

    • minimum length of service
    • performance record
    • relevance of study to our business.

    Where there is clear business need and the programme can flex around work demands, we will also help to fund MBA's and other business qualifications for our most able people. If you choose to study part time a subject with direct relevance to your work, we may also grant paid leave to sit exams.

  • Our Giving Back and Volunteering programme lets our people use their time and skills to support social causes. You can commit up to three days a year to an eligible project, as long as it fits in with client and work obligations. You can join an established pro bono project or nominate a new cause.

    If you would like to contribute financially to charity, you can do so through payroll giving.

  • Our recruitment team will be the first to read your letter, so please address it to ‘The Recruitment Team’.

  • We will send you an acknowledgement as soon as we receive your application. During busy times of year we do ask for a little patience. We receive thousands of applications, each of which is read individually by our Recruiters, as well as Consultants from around the business, to make sure we select the best candidates.

    You can also set an ‘alarm’ when submitting your application, so you’ll be notified when your application is progressed.

  • Travel expenses are reviewed on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the business area you are applying to join.

    Currently our recruitment processes are virtual due to Covid-19.

  • Unfortunately, due to resource we are unable to offer individual feedback. We appreciate how valuable feedback can be and we know this is disappointing. We working on how we can change this for future years.

  • Not at all. We are an equal opportunity employer and are committed to treating all candidates and employees equally and fairly. We will not need to see evidence of your disability or to discuss your disability in any detail. We will only need to know of any adjustments you may require in throughout the recruitment process so we can best support you