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    • Graduate careers in Strategy Consulting BR GHT
    • We’re the one firm for all talented graduates. Graduates who, whatever their degree discipline, background or aspirations, have qualities that make them stand out. Strategy Consulting at PwC is a case in point. Here our success is founded on the recognition that we’re all individuals who combine our strengths and draw on each others’ experience to achieve our clients’ objectives. Your objectives are important too, which is why you’ll enjoy all the freedom and support you need to shape a rich, fulfilling career.
    • Welcome to Strategy Consulting at PwC Welcome to Strategy Our distinctive approach to strategy Consulting at PwC consulting combines the detailed and Rock solid foundations rigorous evaluation of business propositions with the ability to help PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC) is clients develop new strategies and one of the world’s largest professional approaches. services firms, with an unparalleled knowledge base and client list. This A concentrated approach strong foundation not only acts as an We offer fully flexible, tailored services outstanding springboard for the for our clients but in the main our work continued development of our strategy is concentrated in three areas: consulting business, it also creates an Corporate and Business Unit Strategy: informed, experienced environment that We offer a wide range of strategic advice fosters individual aspirations. to blue-chip and corporate clients. A global consulting practice Building on PwC’s global corporate Strategy Consulting at PwC is a rapidly connections and experience we can offer growing global consulting practice with our clients high-quality services including: over 300 strategic consulting staff strategic planning, M&A support, worldwide. In addition to the 13 partners business plan development, customer and more than 140 professionals based proposition development, strategic in our London headquarters there are supply chain improvement, pricing other Strategy Consultancy practices in strategy, organisation transformation, Amsterdam, Dubai, Frankfurt, Madrid, and market entry strategy. Milan, New York, Paris, Singapore, Private Equity Consulting: We work with Shanghai, Stockholm, Zurich and Central many leading private equity funds and & Eastern Europe. As a dedicated their backers to understand which Strategy Consulting practice within PwC businesses present attractive we enjoy a dynamic boutique culture investments and then rigorously analyse while benefiting from the support of a the business plans and strategies of such global professional services firm. companies. Working as an Associate Consultant Corporate Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A): within Strategy Consulting at PwC is a We also advise corporate clients on their rewarding experience, offering exciting investment and acquisition strategies, opportunities to work across a wide performing due diligence on their targets range of sectors with ambitious clients and advising them on the likely outcomes and knowledgeable colleagues. of takeovers and buyouts. Text ‘PwC’ or ‘events’ to 85792 1
    • Our projects Our deep industry and technical expertise crosses every sector and wins us the most complex projects. Our advice is invaluable in helping clients to understand the strategic issues involved and make key decisions. But what exactly are these projects? What might you be working on? Overleaf we try to give you an idea. Our findings and recommendations are invaluable in giving our clients confidence in the growth potential of businesses. Text ‘PwC’ or ‘events’ to 85792 3
    • Private Equity Consulting: Corporate Mergers & Commercial Due Diligence of Vue Acquisitions (M&A): Cinemas for a Private Equity Investor Sale of Trader Media Group by After growing almost continuously for Guardian Media Group 20 years, cinema admissions plateaued When Guardian Media Group sought in 2002. Before acquiring a potential to sell part of Trader Media Group target business, our client wanted to (which owns Auto Trader), we carried know if this was just a temporary out Vendor Due Diligence work to slowdown or a sign of market maturity. support the sale process. In a period of limited growth, they We analysed both the used car market wanted to know how to drive the value and the classified advertising market, of the business after its acquisition. drawing conclusions on Auto Trader’s Detailed analysis of the competitive positioning within the market. One of environment, drivers of performance of the key areas of focus was to analyse the Vue portfolio and a number of other the shift of advertising from print to prominent issues (such as high quality online and how this may develop in the home cinema and the threat of piracy) future. Key questions included: What helped illustrate that the business was will the implications be for Auto Trader well positioned both to capitalise on magazine and What any future growth in the market and to will happen to used car advertising in drive growth through expansion of its regional newspapers? Will eBay be cinema portfolio. successful in this market? Will Google’s model of free classifieds have a large impact? Our report included our assessment of these and many other factors, which we then presented to a number of different private equity bidders to help increase their understanding of the business and the sector in which it operates. 4 Text ‘PwC’ or ‘events’ to 85792
    • Our findings and Our recommendations are projects invaluable in giving our clients confidence in the growth potential of businesses. Corporate and Public Sector Strategy: A market analysis for the Department Motorola strategy for WiMAX in EMEA for Education and Skills (DfES) The new ‘hot’ area in telecoms is mobile Ensuring that services for children are broadband in which the principal accessible to all children and of a high standard WiMAX has attracted standard is important to the substantial research & development Government and to DfES. To enable investment. Motorola wanted to be the them to monitor those services, DfES leader in this technology but needed and PwC worked together to examine help to understand what the market care provision in several key areas opportunity was, how it compared with (including childcare, adoption and other technologies and, most fostering, and parental support services) importantly, who were the most as part of a four-month project. DfES attractive target customer segments. ultimately published the PwC reports We supported Motorola with an and used the findings to inform policy extensive market study discussing the development and governmental WiMAX opportunity with fixed and strategic planning. PwC has also mobile operators across EMEA. We conducted work with other major concluded on the key target segments government departments such as and the WiMAX positioning and then HMRC and DCA. helped Motorola develop business plans for WiMAX networks in a number of countries across the region. Our work helped Motorola to secure a number of large equipment contracts around the world. Text ‘PwC’ or ‘events’ to 85792 5
    • Total exposure Specialist knowledge We expect everyone to contribute – so As a new Associate Consultant you right from the start we’ll encourage you will spend your first few years working to take on as much responsibility as for a wide variety of clients (including you can handle. We’ll value the work Private Equity, M&A and Corporate you do internally, in areas like strategy clients) and we encourage you recruitment, training and marketing, to gain experience across as broad a as highly as your work with clients. range of sectors as possible: The projects we work on generally last Business Services four to eight weeks, which means you’ll Government & Public Sector be exposed to the widest possible range of industry sectors, clients and Consumer Goods issues. Such variety differentiates us Financial Services from our competitors where much Industrial Products longer projects are the norm. The broad Media & Entertainment experience you’ll gain as a result will act as a strong base for developing Pharmaceuticals & Healthcare individual consulting skills. Retail Technology & Communications Travel & Leisure Aiming high Your career path is flexible. Prove your analytical rigour, commercial acumen and project-management ability and we’ll aim to promote you to Consultant in two to three years. There is no two-year ‘up or out’ policy and we’re proud of our high retention rate. As we’re meritocratic, your rise will be as swift as you deserve. Your career path is flexible. Prove your analytical rigour, commercial acumen and project-management ability and we’ll aim to promote you to Consultant in two to three years. 6 Text ‘PwC’ or ‘events’ to 85792
    • Rebecca Simon Associate Consultant, Joined 2008 Engagement Manager, Joined 2003 Geography, Manufacturing Engineering Tripos, University of Bristol University of Cambridge After six months teaching and travelling I’ve enjoyed the broad range of in India, I wanted to pursue a career experience I’ve been able to gain in that would enable me to learn about Strategy Consulting at PwC. I believe topical and interesting business issues the sheer number of projects I’ve been whilst at the same time building my exposed to has helped me develop my overall skill base. Joining the Strategy consulting skills faster than I would Consulting team was a great decision have done at many of our competitors. because it has given me exposure to so It also helped me achieve promotion to many different projects across such a Consultant in under three years. After variety of sectors and topics, from the working across a diverse range of trendy (digital cinema) to economically industry sectors in my first couple of important (government manufacturing years here, I knew I was most strategy). One of my favourite interested in the industrial products challenges has been arranging and sector and now specialise in this with a conducting interviews with online particular focus on automotive. I have advertising experts. It meant real just returned from a secondment to our responsibility, speaking with CEOs group in Shanghai which allowed me to from very dynamic and fast moving gain experience in a different working companies to gain an insight into a environment and increase my exposure relatively new market. I gained valuable to automotive clients. insight that helped drive our client recommendations. Text ‘PwC’ or ‘events’ to 85792 7
    • You’ll be the cornerstone of the team. We’ll value your opinion from day one and want to hear it. Your job description Associate Consultant material? Our work is project-based and our Not only analytical, intelligent and policy is that you work on only one creative, you’ll also need to be articulate project at a time in your first few years. and confident in expressing your views. This means you can focus totally on the Bring us these qualities and, within a job in hand. For each particular project year, you’ll be expert at financial analysis, we bring together a specific team – business modelling and interpreting typically three to eight people who’ll interviews and market dynamics. Your work together on the project for project team will support you and your between four to eight weeks. As an Engagement Manager and Consultant Associate Consultant (AC), you’ll be the will guide your development. cornerstone of the team. We’ll value your opinion from day one and want to hear it. Responsible for desk research, detailed technical analysis and modelling, telephone interviews and practical field research, you’ll develop practical insights based on your analysis of the findings. Such work is vital to the project team and you’ll present your findings and contribute ideas at team meetings and to clients. 8 Text ‘PwC’ or ‘events’ to 85792
    • Johan Gordon Consultant, Joined 2003 Associate Consultant, Joined 2008 Economics and Management, English Literature, Cambridge University University of Cambridge & Yale University I chose Strategy Consulting because With my background in English its fast-paced projects offered a broad literature, I thought my lack of previous range of experiences and I wanted business experience might be an issue. exposure to private equity. So far, I’ve But I was able to show in other ways not been disappointed. I’ve worked on that I could think commercially and more than 30 projects across the UK structure my ideas. For me looking at and Europe in industries as diverse as any business and its strategic issues is semiconductors, gambling, newspapers interesting, regardless of the particular and retail. My projects have ranged from industry or content. The relatively short commercial due diligence for private projects mean I have had exposure to a equity houses to market entry strategy wide variety of sectors in a very short and – during a six-month secondment to amount of time. Day-to-day I will be our post-deal consulting team – cost carrying out research and analysis to saving and post-merger integration work. support the project team. In practice Although there have been many chances this means desk based research, to travel with work, most of it is still telephone interviews and analysis, office based, which makes for a better along with client meetings and project work-life balance for me. As well as my team meetings to test the assumptions client work I’ve also spent a year running we’re coming up with. I’ve been our graduate recruitment programme impressed so far with how much and am now undertaking a sponsored responsibility I’ve been given right from MBA at Stanford in the US. day one. Text ‘PwC’ or ‘events’ to 85792 9
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    • Training Your training is designed to develop the core skills and knowledge you’ll need as an Associate Consultant. It begins with a comprehensive two-week induction. This introduces you to the basic tools of strategy consulting and includes theoretical courses, such as Basic Strategic Principles, as well as practical subjects like Presentation Skills. The final one-week case study gives you the chance to put your new skills into practice. After that, and throughout your career, you and your Counsellor will tailor your training to your needs. Text ‘PwC’ or ‘events’ to 85792 11
    • We’re looking for analytical rigour, confidence, strong communication and team-working skills and a curiosity about the world of business. Growth in every direction Who do we aim to develop? The global training resources of PwC PwC is aiming to recruit 20-25 and external training providers will give exceptional graduates to join us as you access to a wide range of modules Associate Consultants in Strategy ranging from ‘Strategic Thought’, Consulting in April or October 2009. ‘Improving Your Influencing Skills’ and First of all you’ll need a strong ‘Flexing Your Style’. In addition we run academic record. As well as at least a a number of away days throughout the 340 UCAS tariff or equivalent you must year with a leading London Business have, or be on course for, a 2:1 or School strategy professor. above in any degree discipline. More We also offer foreign language courses than this though, we’re looking for if you want to further develop your analytical rigour, confidence, strong current language skills for business communication and team-working skills use. Ultimately though, our best and a curiosity about the world of training takes place in our close business. You’ll also need to be team environment, on the job and numerate. Fluency in another European in front of our clients. language would be a distinct advantage. Unfortunately we can’t For outstanding members of our team accept applications from anyone who we offer sponsored MBAs at leading needs a work permit to work in the UK. business schools in Europe and the US. 12 Text ‘PwC’ or ‘events’ to 85792
    • Robert Joanna Consultant, Joined 2005 Associate Consultant, Joined 2006 Economics and Management, Civil and Structural Engineering, University of Oxford University of Cambridge The induction course was really As I did an engineering degree at thorough and allowed me to hit the university, I wondered if I’d be at a ground running. As a result, I was given disadvantage compared to students lots of responsibility on my first project with degrees in business or finance and was able to make an active when applying for a job in consulting. contribution from day one. At PwC I found that the range of skills The team culture is also genuinely I offered, such as strong self-motivation, supportive. Everyone I’ve worked with good communication and insightful has helped me develop my skills and analysis skills, plus a proven interest in fulfil my learning objectives. There’s so business issues, mattered more than much talent and experience in the team the subject I’d studied. I was attracted that I’ve picked up new skills without by the excellent training package on realising. On-the-job coaching has offer and felt it would give me the influenced my development the most greatest support in gaining the skills and, as it’s tailored to my needs, has I hadn’t had a chance to develop at been the most useful. There’s plenty of university. There’s a strong emphasis more formal training to take advantage on individual training needs here. of as well. I’ve recently been on a People come from a range of degree three-day deal simulation course at backgrounds and all need different the PwC training centre. types and levels of support to develop. Text ‘PwC’ or ‘events’ to 85792 13
    • A different atmosphere A question of balance Culture is key to any firm – and we Working in Strategy Consulting at PwC believe ours genuinely differentiates is both well-paid and good fun and we us from the competition. It’s based emphasise how important it is to on treating our people as individuals. maintain an enjoyable, balanced We want them to enjoy their work while lifestyle. Instead of having a ‘face-time’ achieving their career goals and culture, we focus on results. Our aspirations. So we assign everyone an boutique culture is reflected in the office Engagement Manager to act as a career atmosphere, and is fostered by the fact Counsellor and an experienced that much of our work is London-based. Associate Consultant as a Buddy, This means you won’t have to live out who will look after your development, of a suitcase for five days a week. And training and career direction. As a although our work does regularly result, your training and project work involve international travel, it will be rare can be tailored to your specific needs. for you to spend weeks away from home. What’s more, our London office boasts a diverse range of nationalities and languages, making it a fascinating place to develop as a strategy consultant. We emphasise how important it is to maintain an enjoyable, balanced lifestyle. Instead of having a ‘face-time’ culture, we focus on results. 14 Text ‘PwC’ or ‘events’ to 85792
    • Our culture Rakhi results in more effective and enjoyable Associate Consultant, Joined 2006 project teams. Politics, Philosophy and Economics, A good example of this is the amount of socialising we do together. As well University of Oxford as regular informal Friday night drinks What really stood out about Strategy at a local pub and a monthly drinks Consulting at PwC were the consultants reception at a stylish bar, there have I met at the careers fair. They seemed been more lavish events like a trip to genuinely interested and excited about Euro Disney and Barcelona. Learning to their jobs, appeared to be nice people drive tanks at our Industrial Products and really emphasised how enjoyable away day and dinners at some of the and friendly their team was. best restaurants in London to celebrate There are lots of firms out there and the completion of successful projects. they will all offer you a good salary, Obviously there’s also been some hard glossy recruitment brochures and a work. But I haven’t been disappointed good graduate programme. However, by the promise made to me about the what you should look at is their culture friendly, supportive team environment and and the people you could end up the enjoyment I get from working here. working with. To me that’s the only thing that really makes one employer different from the next. My first impression of PwC still holds true. I’ve found the people here to be the real highlight of the job. Our culture is driven by a common interest in the work we do, combined with a strong emphasis on getting along with each other as individuals. Ultimately this Text ‘PwC’ or ‘events’ to 85792 15
    • Applying is simple You need to apply online at You must attach your CV and a covering letter via our careers website. You will need to include some brief details about yourself. It isn’t a full application form. If you have any questions about the process, please call our recruitment team on freephone helpline number 0800 100 1500. The closing date for applications is 1st December 2008. Unfortunately we can’t accept applications after this date. If you’re successful at this stage, we’ll invite you to take part in the following assessment days: First-round 7th-16th January 2009 Second-round 21st-28th January 2009 16 Text ‘PwC’ or ‘events’ to 85792
    • Strategy Consulting at PwC Representatives from Strategy Presentations and Events: Consulting at PwC-wide events: Top Consultant Career Fair, Warwick University Barbican Hall, London Reception Evening 10th October from 10am 9th October from 6.30pm LSE Consultancy Fair University of Oxford 15th October from 6pm Reception Evening Cambridge University 14th October from 6.30pm Consultancy Fair Durham University 16th October from 1pm Reception Evening University of Oxford Management 15th October from 6.30pm Consultancy Fair Cambridge University 22nd October from 11am Reception Evening London Strategy at PwC Case Study 21st October from 6.30pm & Presentation Event University of Bristol PricewaterhouseCoopers Reception Evening Embankment Place WC2N 6RH 21st October from 6.30pm 3rd November from 6pm London Universities Reception Cambridge University Strategy at PwC Evening (PwC offices, Case Study & Presentation Event Embankment Place) 5th November from 6pm 28th October from 6.30pm Oxford University Strategy at PwC 4th November from 6.30pm Case Study & Presentation All events can be found on our 6th November from 6pm website where you will be able to book your attendance. Text ‘PwC’ or ‘events’ to 85792 17
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