If you’ve heard me speak at a business school or university you’ll know that one of the points I stress is to do research before approaching consulting firms. And one of the easiest ways to research is to read firms’ press releases, or subscribe to consultancy news sites. Here’s some items of news about strategy and management consultancy from these sources which have landed in my inbox over the last few weeks. These snippets can help you if you have made consultancy your career target for 2019.
top 20 firms in supply chain – consulting and data science in retail – more opportunities in Belfast – hiring consultants for the City – women in consulting – Chinese students in the UK – (some) of your questions answered
Strategy house OC&C reports that Brexit effects have improved the turnover but reduced the profits of UK food and drink producers. https://www.occstrategy.com/en/News%20and%20Media/2018/09/Brexit%20driving%20growth%20but%20not%20profit%20for%20the%20UKs%20food%20and%20drink%20industry And the consultancy’s link-up with the Indian data science firm Ugam should mean better data analysis for, amongst others, the struggling retail sector., https://www.ugamsolutions.com/press-releases/Ugam-and-OC&C-Strategy-Consultants-Partner-to-Help-Retailers-Improve-Business-Decisions. More about the retail sector’s travails can be found on PA Consulting’s website https://www.paconsulting.com/newsroom/expert-opinion/retailtechnews-the-new-reality-for-retailers-15-october-2018/
Northern Ireland has received another boost with the announcement that Grant Thornton is to recruit 50 new staff – economics consultants, cybersecurity specialists and change management experts – into its Belfast office. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-45782449. This comes on top of the news that PA Consulting is to recruit 400 consultants for its digital innovation centre in the city, reported in last month’s newsletter http://www.donleslie.uk/newsletter/ Aspiring consultants who want to avoid London’s overheated house market might find some opportunities here.
Another month, another listicle. Or two. The FT has surveyed the supply chain and operations consulting field,, and website Consulting.uk https://www.consultancy.uk/news/19043/top-consulting-firms-for-operations-supply-chain-in-the-uk has analysed the findings. A top-twenty ranking of consultancies is included, with some new and unfamiliar names amongst the usual suspects. A ready-made list of firms to target if you are set on joining this important consultancy service line. And who are the top digital agencies? Accenture Interactive, IBMiX and Atos Digital, says the research Econsultancy. The other 97 can be found at https://econsultancy.com/top-100/
Perhaps the banking and financial services vertical is more of interest? Strategy house Oliver Wyman has appointed a new banking head https://www.oliverwyman.com/media-center/2018/october-/david-gillespie-to-head-up-oliver-wymans-banking-practice-in-the-uk.html , Roland Berger (“the McKinsey of Munich”) looks at the impact of fintech https://www.rolandberger.com/en/Insights/Global-Topics/Future-Digital-Finance/ , and an insight into the problems of digital payment applications https://worldpaymentsreport.com/# With so many innovations it’s no wonder the sector needs to hire external advisers: headhunters Odgers offer a perspective https://www.odgersconnect.com/what-we-think/insights/nearly-half-of-financial-services-firms-turn-to-independent-professionals-over-traditional-management-consultancies-for-more-flexible-consulting-support-120
KPMG has promoted 166 of its staff to partner and director level https://home.kpmg.com/uk/en/home/media/press-releases/2018/10/kpmg-in-the-uk-announces-2018-partner-and-director-promotions.html Senior appointees often have sign off to recruit into their teams….. And over a third of these new KPMG leaders are women. Meanwhile, Deloitte and The Berkeley Partnership are two consultancies shortlisted by website WorkingMums for their support to working mothers. https://www.workingmums.co.uk/2018-top-employer-awards-shortlist/
Chinese, and others of Chinese heritage, should check out PwC. It has launched the Chinese Talent Development Platform to correct an underrepresentation of individuals in senior leadership roles. https://www.pwc.co.uk/press-room/press-releases/Chinese-Talent-Development-Platform-launch.html
And finally, Gartner Research predicts what will be happening with AI, blockchain and e-privacy www.forbes.com/sites/steveandriole/2018/10/18/gartners-strategic-predictions-for-2019-the-good-the-silly-and-the-weird/#10c1e1b3e651
I’m half way through my Autumn tour of business schools and universities in the UK and Europe. I’ve been delivering webinars and presenting seminars on careers in strategy and management consultancy, and also providing 1:1 coaching for students interested in the sector. Some of the issues raised at these sessions are covered in blogs on this website, including Can Arts Graduates Go Into Consulting; Media Consultancy lowdown; and the importance of an oven-ready CV .
Don Leslie Management Consultancy Career Strategist
Careers and Consultancy London United Kingdom
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