Saying that Accenture is a world-leading management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company may not mean much to you. So we’ll put it another way: Accenture goes into a business, sees where improvements can be made, then uses cutting-edge technology and thinking to make it quicker, slicker and higher performing.
They do this with hundreds of organisations in numerous industries across the world - you’ll have heard of more than a few of their clients. For your career, this opens up almost limitless variety and possibility.
To put this into context, 50% of our planet’s post is now processed using Accenture systems. For anyone making an online payment today, chances are it’ll be secured by Accenture technology. Imagine being able to say that a project you’ve worked on has that kind of scope.
For your chance at a career with Accenture, they offer opportunities in two areas: Analyst Consulting Group (ACG) and Accenture Technology Solutions (ATS). There are more details about these under the ‘Work’ tab.
Whichever area sparks your interest, you’ll get stuck into live projects from day one. Together with training and mentoring, this will give you the well-rounded experience you need to grow your career. Fast.
You can find out more about Accenture’s opportunities by clicking on the tabs to the left. There’s also loads of information on their careers website.
Accenture Technology Solutions (ATS)
ATS is a global network of IT specialists and experts who develop, deploy and maintain the systems and software that boost the performance of Accenture’s clients. It routinely works in partnership with industry leaders like Microsoft, Oracle and SAP, as well as with emerging market innovators.
You must have a relevant degree and a genuine passion for technology to join ATS. You’ll be able to choose from a home base of London, Manchester, Newcastle or Edinburgh, but you also need to be flexible as you could be deployed to projects anywhere in the UK or further afield. You can choose to join in one of the following areas:
As a Software Engineer, you’ll benefit from a broad, deep spectrum of technology learning. You’ll gain the core knowledge you need to design, build and support high-quality solutions through training. Technical learning will be tailored to suit the kind of work you’ll be doing – so you could find yourself developing advanced skills in technologies such as Java, testing, Oracle, Agile, iOs and SAP, amongst others.
While Java is a core discipline within ATS, there may only be limited opportunities at present to make it a specialisation. If there is such an opportunity, then you can expect to have your understanding of Java design principles, patterns and coding standards fully refreshed. Visit the website to be kept up to date about roles in Java at Accenture.
Analyst Consulting Group (ACG)
To join as an Analyst, you don’t need a technical degree but a strong interest in technology plus good commercial awareness and communication skills. You’ll also need to be flexible as you could be deployed to projects anywhere in the UK or further afield. There are two areas in Consulting – you’ll be placed in the area that’s the best fit for you.
Technology Consulting forms the biggest part of the Consulting business and this is where most Consulting graduates begin. Accenture provide leading-edge technology solutions for all kinds of organisations, in all kinds of sectors throughout the world. Here you’ll be right at the centre of the action, analysing client processes, people and systems and then helping to develop and implement solutions that deliver crucial transformations. The work is complex and innovative – and it’s changing the way the world works.
Management Consulting involves working with clients to help them identify ways to improve their businesses, and then carrying them through from concept to reality. Projects might range from risk management in the financial sector to supply chain development and customer relationship management: whatever the subject, you’ll be a key member of a multi-disciplinary team delivering decisive business change.
Internships & Placements
The best way to find out whether you would enjoy a career at Accenture is to have a go. All of its schemes offer a competitive salary (Boot Camp not included). Most of them are based in London but whichever area you join, you’ll need to be mobile as live project experience could take you around the country.
All the details of scheme content, application deadlines and running dates are listed on the website, along with information on the competitive salaries and rewards. For all schemes Accenture operates a rolling deadline, which means places will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis – so apply early to avoid disappointment. And remember, competition is fierce for all schemes, so put everything you can into your application.
Accenture Technology Solutions Industrial Placement
The12-month Industrial Placement for would-be software engineers combines formal training with practical, hands-on experience in live development environments. There will be scope to work on many different projects, from development to deployment, while building skills in testing, SAP, Oracle, Java/J2EE, C#, BEA Weblogic and more – as well as the chance to gain ICTTech certification. Placements are normally undertaken in the third year of a four-year course.
To join the technology-focused Industrial Placement, you’ll need 240 UCAS points and a predicted 2:1 in computer science, technology, maths, science or an engineering-related degree. An interest in business-focused IT is also essential. Industrial Placements are usually based in London but you must be prepared to travel to take advantage of the placement opportunities.
Consulting Industrial Placements
Discover what it’s like to be a consultant at Accenture by becoming one. The experience starts with a week’s induction in London, then you go straight into working on a live project, somewhere in the UK. As well as business knowledge, you’ll learn about testing software and undertaking research. By the end, you’ll have skills in all the areas you need for a successful career in consulting.
This programme offers 12-month placements for undergraduates and 6-month placements for third-year undergraduates on a four-year course. You must have 340 UCAS points and a predicted 2:1 or equivalent to apply. Applications are now open for the 12-month internship.
Summer Vacation Scheme
If you’re in your penultimate year, you can see what Accenture do - and how - throughout July and August. During your eight-week placement, you’ll find yourself working on live projects anywhere in the UK. Applications are now open.
We provide a series of intensive team and individual challenges in a 48-hour schedule that has been the proving ground for some of our most impressive talent. If you are one of the chosen few to make it onto this course, you will develop valuable new skill-sets while gaining a unique insight into what we do. Applications are now open but close on 7th November so apply soon!
The Teach First programme allows you to defer the start of your Accenture career for two years so that you can spend time teaching in a secondary school. While adding to your leadership and communication skills, you’ll be making a significant contribution to the community. Please note that before you apply for the ACG, you’ll first need to have your place on Teach First confirmed.
N.B. To be considered for any of the ACG schemes, you must have 340 UCAS points and a predicted 2:1 (or equivalent) in any subject. You must be prepared to travel to take advantage of the placement opportunities.
To find out more about Accenture's school leaver programme and apprenticeship opportunities, click here.
School Leaver Programmes
Learn and grow with us after you leave school and you will still have the time and money to do other exciting things in your year off, like travel. The beauty of this scheme is that it’s only eight months long, running between September and May, and we will pay you a £18,000 pro rata salary + £500 relocation allowance to help towards the cost of being based in London.
You can find out more about our Horizons scheme on our website.
We operate a rolling deadline, which means we fill roles on a first-come, first-served basis. You should apply early to avoid disappointment.
Salary & Benefits
Graduates joining ATS start with a salary of £26,500, with 25 days’ annual leave (plus an optional extra five days, gained through overtime). On top of this, you’ll learn highly marketable technical skills and have the opportunity to explore different specialist areas.
ACG graduates have a starting salary of £31,500 plus a bonus of £10,000 during the first year, and 30 days’ annual leave.
Also part of the deal are a huge range of benefits, such as an interest-free season ticket loan, pension scheme, subsidised gym membership, a personal laptop, healthcare and life assurance, discounted hotels and travel, and three days of paid volunteering leave.
Analyst Consulting Group (ACG)
Graduates can join the Analyst Consulting Group (ACG) from any academic discipline, although Accenture are keen to recruit more graduates from maths, science, engineering and technology backgrounds. You must have 340 UCAS points (across your top three A-levels) and a predicted 2:1 or equivalent. Successful applicants are allocated to either Technology Consulting or Management Consulting on the basis of their aptitudes and strengths in the selection process, as well as business need. Most of the opportunities in the ACG are for Technology Consulting.
Accenture Technology Solutions (ATS)
To join Accenture Technology Solutions (ATS), you’ll usually need a degree in IT, computer science or a technology-related subject. However, they also take maths, science and engineering graduates who can demonstrate a passion and flair for IT. Academically speaking, you must have 240 UCAS points (across your top three A-Levels) and a predicted 2:1 or equivalent.
How To Apply
To apply or find out more about any of our schemes, visit: accenture.com/ukgraduates