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My job explained: Information management consultant

My job explained: Information management consultantYvan is an Information management consultant for Accenture. His job combines technical expertise with business know-how. Find out more about why he enjoys it so much.

Could you tell me a bit about your job?

I am a consultant, part of Accenture Information Management Service in the Portal group. This means that I am working on internet-based projects for Accenture.

My job consists of helping companies to deliver internet-based projects, on budget and on time. Within my group there are a variety of technical experts but we also have a large percentage of business people that talk to the client daily to make sure the project moves forward.

I belong to the business side. My ‘roles’, as we call it in our jargon, could be as diverse as project manager, programme manager, business analyst or user experience analyst. A role could span from a few days to several years.

What is a ‘typical’ day at work like?

It is difficult to describe a typical day, because the nature of our job is that we can have many different roles with different clients. But to give you an example, I am currently working for Universal Music - the client is based in London and the development team is based in Paris.

Therefore, I am travelling to Paris three to for days a week for six weeks. My current role consists of defining and creating the new user interface of the new platform for Universal Music. We use a tool to create prototypes, which the client approves. On a daily basis, we work with the specification team to make sure we understand their requirements and incorporate them into the prototype. Our work will end in a platform that delivers Universal Music’s catalogue to its clients such as iTunes or Nokia.

Why did you choose this as a career?

I have always been passionate about new technologies, and internet was the domain that attracted me the most.

What qualifications do you need?

Many of my colleagues do not have a technical background. I studied Business and Economics at university. However, I have learnt how to develop a web site from scratch while studying business at university. This first experience opened many doors later.

What was the interview process like?

First I had an interview on the phone to make sure I had the right qualifications for the job. Then I had to come to London (I am French and I was working in Paris) to pass an assessment day with a case study, a presentation and a one on one interview with human resources.

What has been the most challenging thing in getting to where you are?

When you are labelled a ‘technical expert’ it is difficult for others to see or to give you a different role, and I really wanted to be on the business side and work with the client.

Now, though, I have great clients and great projects. I hope that in ten years’ time I’ll be running my own company!

Do you have any advice for young people who want to work in consultancy?

Big consultancy companies prefer to hire young people to train them in their own way and with their culture. Working for a consultancy company will give a young person the opportunity to work on different projects in a multicultural environment. The level of exposure and experience you acquire cannot be matched in a small company. It is also a fantastic opportunity to be on a fast track career.

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