GRADUATE CONSULTANT

Actica are currently accepting applications for the role of Graduate Consultant.

Location: UK Clients sites – Predominantly along the M4 corridor
Job Type: Full Time, Permanent
Industries: UK Public Sector and Defence
Grade/s: Consultant
Salary: £26,000.00 – £30,000.00 + Biannual Bonus (Biannual Pay Review)
  Switches to annual pay review at Principal Consultant grade and above.
Holiday: 25 Days Annual Leave + Public Holiday

Role Profile

We will provide you with a fantastic springboard into a consulting career with client engagement and project work the norm from the start. You will gain experience in a manner that will provide the right level of support to ease the transition from an academic environment, whilst enabling you to make a positive contribution at an early stage.

Your position as an information and communications technology (ICT) consultant will provide you with a unique opportunity to provide valued advice to public sector and defence organisations. You will help them achieve significant benefit from their IT investments and business change requirements. The range of clients and project work ensures that you will gain exposure to a wide variety of technical and business challenges in a short space of time.

As you progress in your career you will be encouraged to hone your skills and take on responsibilities in areas such as:

      • Cyber Security and Information Risk Assurance;
      • Technical, Enterprise or Security Architecture;
      • Operational Research;
      • Strategy Development;
      • Management Consulting.

You will typically work on client sites, co-located with other project members, including client staff, Actica colleagues and other suppliers.

Due to the nature of client side working, regular travel within the UK should be expected. The base office is in Guildford, but it is likely that you will spend the majority of your time working with clients at their sites.

Career Development

You will be given the opportunity to further your career in consulting, specialising in the application of a broad range of methodologies and technical specialisations to a wide range of business problems.

A career mentor will be on hand to provide support and guidance throughout your journey with Actica. You will also work with a performance and development manager who will conduct six monthly reviews to set career objectives and identify training courses which are both relevant to your current project work, and aligned with your planned career progression.

We provide substantial training, including online, classroom and in-house courses, leading to nationally recognised qualifications in areas such as Project Management, Agile methodologies, Business Analysis, IT Service Management, Enterprise Architecture, Cyber Security, and Technology Procurement. We provide structured career development pathways to help you gain responsibility and influence.

Responsibilities

Working as part of an Actica team, your consultancy assignments could include:

      • Developing strategies for future delivery of ICT services;
      • Supporting large ICT procurements, including developing procurement strategies and documentation and evaluating bids;
      • Providing technical assurance that proposed solutions are fit for purpose;
      • Explaining to risk owners and other stakeholders the causes, likelihood and potential business impacts of information risks throughout the information system lifecycle.;

Qualifications and Experience

Actica is looking for candidates with excellent problem-solving skills and an interest in technology. We pride ourselves on giving high calibre consultants the chance to excel. You will be motivated, willing to learn and have the ability to work with other consultants and client staff or independently. The fast-moving nature of the technology environment requires our consultants to be quick thinkers, proactive and self-motivated – with the ability to apply structured approaches to often unfamiliar subject matter.

We look for candidates with:

      • A good degree in a STEM subject, with further study at Masters and / or PhD level a bonus;
      • An understanding of the use of technology in business and public sector contexts;

You will also benefit from having one or more of:

      • The ability to present and justify conclusions to project teams and stakeholders;
      • The ability to build and maintain durable working relations with stakeholders;
      • Proven abilities in communicating and delivering to stakeholder expectations and requirements;
      • Prior work experience gained in a technical and / or consulting environment;

The nature of the Actica’s business means that a wide and varied background is preferable and the capability to adapt quickly to change is always required.

You may not feel that your skills precisely match the requirements of this job specification; however, we encourage you to apply if this is a role that appeals to you. We require individuals with a broad skillset, so there may be other aspects of your experience which are equally important to us, but that are perhaps not listed in the role specification above.

Actica aims to nurture a diverse workforce through inclusive working practices, promoting equality in our recruitment activities, and by employing candidates on the basis of merit. Discrimination against individuals on the grounds of protected characteristics is not permitted and we take steps to ensure that our staff are made aware of their legal responsibilities when making hiring decisions.

We are keen to improve diversity within our organisation and the industries in which we work, and hope to employ individuals who share that view.

Candidates must be eligible and willing to gain UK Security Clearance to apply for this position.

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