Financial Services – Graduate Consultant
About FTI Consulting:
FTI Consulting is a global business advisory firm, dedicated to helping organisations navigate and manage a diverse range of complex issues and business challenges. Our expertise covers the spectrum of Corporate Finance & Restructuring, Economic Consulting, Forensic & Litigation Consulting, Strategic Communications and Technology. We are a company of more than 4,600 professionals with annual revenues in excess of $1.8 billion, with offices located in every major business centre in the world.
Our professionals are some of the most experienced leaders in their fields, and advise across a range of industries. Our clients engage us for high-stakes concerns or emerging opportunities that require specialised expertise, and over the past two decades we have been engaged to work behind the headlines on some of the biggest news stories to date.
FTI Consulting is a fast growing and vibrant place to work. Steered by our values of Integrity, Creativity, Achievement, Empathy and Respect, its meritocratic culture invites both collaboration and healthy debate. We are large enough to be trusted by our clients to solve their biggest issues and yet small enough to know our colleagues on a personal level enabling better team working and a supportive culture to develop your career goals and ambitions.
Who we are?
An effective financial services industry is critical for the success of any economy, and affects us all. Clients turn to FTI Consulting’s Financial Services team when they need expert advisors who understand the complexities of the sector, the changing expectations of regulators and the needs of broader stakeholders and society. We support them in identifying and addressing complex issues whilst enabling them to achieve cost efficiency and to implement enduring commercial solutions.
We work with boards and senior executives across a range of financial services firms, helping them to respond to difficult questions, such as:
- Are you ready for incoming regulation?
- Are your customers receiving products and services that meet their needs?
- Do you have appropriate controls to prevent financial crime?
- Is your board providing effective oversight of the business?
What will you be doing?
As a Consultant in the Financial Services team, you’ll be a client-facing professional, involved in projects and business development activities from the outset.
Project delivery: You will work as a core member of the delivery team for client projects. Each project will be different, typically involving understanding and analysing issues, project management, stakeholder engagement, document reviews, client interviews, process walk-throughs, developing solutions and drafting reports.
Proposals: By researching prospective clients and supporting the proposal writing process, you will play a key role in winning new business.
Team building: You will be encouraged to build internal and external relationships, contributing to an open, collaborative working environment and to the identification and delivery of cross service line engagements.
Thought Leadership: Consultants play a crucial role in building the brand of FTI and the Financial Services team by developing and contributing to interesting and thought-provoking collateral, and by designing, organising and participating in industry events.
What are some examples of our work?
Corporate governance review of a major European bank
Confronted with a perfect storm of a national economy in crisis, significant internal upheaval, and wide-ranging regulatory changes, the board of a major European bank turned to FTI to improve its corporate governance mechanisms. Our work included evaluating the effectiveness of the board; running education sessions with senior stakeholders; reviewing the risk management framework; and assessing the three lines of defence model. As a result of the bank’s clear focus on good governance, it emerged safely from the recession without needing bailout support, even winning a national award for its governance arrangements.
Systems and Controls Review of an Insurer
An insurer turned to FTI for advice after weaknesses in its governance and control were identified by management and the regulators. FTI advised on the development of a comprehensive policy framework, reviewing a number of operational policies across all areas of the business and suggesting improvements. We also reviewed proposed changes to the client’s governance arrangements, suggesting a series of enhancements designed to improve risk management and oversight.
Financial crime remediation programme support
We were engaged to assist a bank in a remediation programme covering thousands of clients. As well as performing a review of client files, our team provided recommendations for procedural improvements, designed and delivered technical training on combatting financial crime to approximately 100 employees and held coaching sessions for the bank’s senior management. This helped the client to build a robust financial crime resulting in positive feedback from the regulator.
What can we offer you?
We offer graduates early exposure to a variety of projects of commercial and reputational significance to our clients. You will work directly with our clients to find solutions for some of the most pressing challenges in the financial services industry, whilst benefitting from the support of colleagues with wide-ranging experience, including former regulators and senior industry practitioners.
We are committed to developing professionals with outstanding consultancy skills and a strong technical understanding of regulatory matters.
Your Performance Coach will work with you to develop a bespoke training and development plan, supporting you in achieving industry-recognised qualifications. You will also have access to our comprehensive in-house learning and development programme as well as the chance to develop your skills and knowledge through a broad range of challenging projects.
You may also have the opportunity to travel as part of project delivery.
Who are we looking for?
Engaging personalities: Consultants require the ability to build effective working relationships with clients and colleagues across FTI, so excellent interpersonal and stakeholder management skills are crucial.
Analytical thinkers: Our team is made up of problem solvers who take a pragmatic approach to a wide range of client challenges. You’ll be given the opportunity to research and provide advice on complex regulation and emerging industry best practices.
Confident communicators: Our Consultants engage with senior stakeholders both verbally and in written reporting and communication.
Adaptability: You’ll rotate between projects across our service lines, taking on varied roles at different client sites. The ability to deliver in a timely manner whilst maintaining high quality is essential.
Commercial awareness: In order to understand the challenges faced by our clients, Consultants need to stay abreast of industry developments and the changing regulatory agenda.
Diverse perspectives: We welcome applications from a range of academic backgrounds. If you have excellent academic qualifications (at least an upper second class degree), we’d like to hear from you.
How do I apply?
To apply, and for further information, please visit our website. You must submit your CV and cover letter.
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