UK office of Wavestone aims to hire 100 new consultants

27 January 2017 Consultancy.uk

The UK office of Wavestone has unveiled an ambitious growth strategy – the management and technology consultancy plans to hire 100 consultants in the coming 2-3 years.

Rebranded in July last year, following the merger between Solucom and parts of Kurt Salmon’s business, Wavestone is an international management consulting firm with a team of over 2,500 consultants in four continents. The consultancy provides a range of management and IT advisory offerings, serving corporates, multinationals, and public sector organisations.

After completing the rebranding, the firm’s leadership set out a bold new strategic vision aimed at establishing Wavestone as a top-tier international consulting brand by 2021. The strategy builds on a number of growth pillars, including accelerated growth in existing markets, market entry into new consulting segments and the opening of new offices. Analysts also expect inorganic growth to be on the agenda – Wavestone has in recent years completed acquisitions in France (several), the UK (London-based Hudson & Yorke) and Switzerland (Geneva-based Arthus Technologies). 

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As part of the firm’s expansion drive, Wavestone has also set ambitious targets for its UK business, says Harry McDermott, CEO of Wavestone UK. “To meet a growing demand, we are seeking to expand our UK consulting team, with the aim of hiring an additional 100 consultants in the next 2-3 years.” The firm’s offerings in the UK consulting market – an industry assessed to be worth more than £6.5 billion – aims to mirrors its parent organisation, yet the immediate focus lies on three primary service lines: 

  • Digital & IT Strategy
  • Digital & Emerging Technology
  • Cybersecurity & Digital Trust

Against the backdrop of strong market fundamentals, the likes of the Big Four and other mid-sized consultancies are also ramping up consulting teams and investing heavily in their digital and cybersecurity capacities, among others. Asked about how he believes Wavestone sets itself apart towards clients, McDermott remarks, “There is a great pool of intellectual capital, skills and capability within the Wavestone group; we work collaboratively and seamlessly across sectors and geographies to share knowledge and innovate for our global clients, seamlessly turning strategy into action.” 

He further highlights the firm’s established track record (“we have over 25 years of valuable legacy in delivering business transformation”) and points at what he believes is a “different” approach that the firm brings to the table. “The industry needs a consulting brand that offers something new and really understands how the emerging technology landscape can shape new business models. Our ability to provide trusted advice on complex business and technology transformation issues, and convert strategy into action, sets Wavestone apart as a valued consulting partner for our clients.”

Harry McDermott, CEO of Wavestone UK

Recruitment drive

Wavestone’s UK office have already started a recruitment drive for the new consultant roles lined up for 2017’s growth, with several positions currently being sought for, including (senior) consultants in the area of Digital Transformation and Cybersecurity & Digital Trust. “We are always keen to hear from experienced consultants with client facing experience who are determined to further develop their consulting skills and are ambitious about their career. Wavestone provides the opportunity to make your mark in the UK team and contribute towards shaping the future evolution of the UK business”, comments McDermott.

He concludes, “2017 heralds the launch of an exciting phase of growth for our UK business and we are keen to attract ambitious experienced consultants that can deliver an outstanding service to our clients.”

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Two consultancies among UK’s best office breakout spaces

05 April 2019 Consultancy.uk

A pair of Bristol-based consulting firms have been recognized for having among the UK’s best office break areas. People Source Consulting and Ashville were marked out for their vibrant and fun spaces, which feature table games, picnic areas, and even beer.

With competition for talent in the UK continuing to heat up – as the nation continues to enjoy its highest employment rate since the 1970s – firms have been upping their game on multiple fronts to help attract the cream of the crop. In order to successfully court the best candidates, companies are not only taking into account pay and benefits, but are also working to lure potential employees to their firms with the promise of innovative and vibrant work spaces.

In late 2018, employment website Glassdoor announced ten offices had been named the coolest places to work in the UK. Among those lauded for their work in enriching the working day of their employees was Capco – the only consultancy to make the grade.

Two consultancies among UK’s best office breakout spaces

Now, HomeLeisureDirect.com, a leading games room specialist based in the UK, has announced the ten offices it believes have made the cut for its inaugural Office Breakout of the Year competition. The contest has pitted a diverse range of companies against one another to be named the best office-based breakout space that the UK has to offer. Research from HomeLeisureDirect.com recently revealed that 65% of workers would consider switching employers for a better working environment, making the appearance of two consultancies on the list especially important for their recruitment ambitions.

People Source Consulting – a recruitment business from Bristol – hosts a brightly lit and vibrant space, complete with faux grass and picnic benches, along with a well-stocked beverage fridge – alcohol appears to be an option – as well as an array of tabletop games, including pool. Ashville, an asset management consultancy also based in Bristol, meanwhile boasts a break room decked out with table football, a table tennis court and even arcade machines.

Two consultancies among UK’s best office breakout spaces

The other eight finalists exhibit offerings including swinging hammocks, scooters and a bizarre and brilliant variety of other features. The other nominees are accessplanit – a software business from Lancaster; Digital 22 – a marketing and design agency from Clitheroe; Roc Search – a tech and engineering recruitment specialist from Reading; Sales-i – a provider of sales analytics software from Solihull; SEC Group – an office fit out company from Stevenage; SLG Brands – a portfolio of beauty brands with a head office in Cheltenham; Zest Digital – a digital marketing agency from Oxford; and 16i – a digital design agency also from Cheltenham.

Andy Beresford, MD of HomeLeisureDirect.com, said, “According to recent reports, the UK is currently seeing record levels of employment, and while that might be a great statistic, the knock-on effect is that it’s becoming harder and harder to recruit top talent… Being named as a finalist gives those shortlisted businesses the opportunity to showcase how they go about delivering a better working environment for their employees, with some top effort evidently involved judging by what we’ve seen.”