About-Berkeley

About Berkeley

We’re about being there for our clients when it really matters. When it absolutely has to be right. Doing the right thing is both our ethos and sweet spot. And it’s why clients turn to us again and again

 

Careers

Find out how you can make a big change to your career by joining one of the best small firms in the UK.

 

I started out in Management Consultancy in 1997 having graduated from the University of Durham with a Masters degree in Astrophysics.  I have worked with some fantastic clients over the last fourteen ...

Hadley Baldwin, Partner

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The people

It's the people that make Berkeley different to other consultancies. Bright, friendly, down-to-earth people who are both thinkers and doers. Working by your side, as consultants and colleagues, to get the right results.

Career progression

Career Progression

At Berkeley we don’t have a big organisational hierarchy with fixed job title ‘hurdles’ to jump – but that doesn’t mean you won’t develop enormously with us. Developing our people is a fundamental part of how we operate – you will develop skills in entirely new areas of consulting and also build on and consolidate your learning in existing areas of expertise. As your career progresses with us, you will take on more complex roles and have the opportunity to develop your own personal and professional goals. Consultants are assigned to projects with a strong focus on aligning roles with their individual development goals and career objectives.

While there is the opportunity to aim for partnership, it is definitely not the sole focus for our consultants and there is no obligation for this to be an objective – partnership doesn’t suit everyone’s preferences and we also strongly value consultants who set alternative career goals within or outside Berkeley. This creates a culture focused on collaboration not competition which stands us apart from other consulting firms.

Kirsty Nethersell's Career Progression

Kirsty Nethersell

Introduction

Kirsty started her management consultancy career in 1999, having graduated from Liverpool University with a degree in Geography.

2007

Attracted by the opportunity to work on a wide variety of assignments for top tier clients, Kirsty joined the Berkeley Partnership in 2007 from Accenture.

August 2007

Kirsty took on the role of Defect Manager at a global oil major to lead defect management for a large SAP implementation with an aggressive timeline. At Go Live, Kirsty also supported the transition to Early Life Support, working alongside the business and support teams.

Sept 2007 - Oct 2007

Worked with a global products major to help implement a large scale, global financial transformation programme. This included data input tool for use across all global sites that both the business and technical teams would endorse.

Oct 2007 - July 2008

Kirsty designed a new operating model for a global oil major’s learning and development function including writing the business case, the costing and the planning.

Aug 2008 - Sept 2008

Kirsty worked with a European retail major to help implement its UK strategy program plan and to establish a governance model.

Oct 2008 to Sept 2009

Kirsty spent 12 months as an integrated project plan and assurance manager for a global hardware and services corporation.

September 2009 – December 2011

Kirsty’s role was extended a further two years to lead their UK implementation of a multi release SAP and system replacement programme.

Jan 2012 – June 2012

Kirsty went on a well-deserved six month sabbatical to travel the world!

June 2012 – September 2012

Back to work, Kirsty helped a global oil major design an SAP upgrade approach and create an implementation plan.

November 2012 - Present

Kirsty then moved to a major consumer goods organisation, where she has been developing a five-year IT strategy and roadmap for their HR function. She has recently been extended to support the implementation of that strategy.

2014

In July 2014, Kirsty became a Partner.

Olavi Valli's Career Progression

Olavi Valli

Introduction

Olavi started his consultancy career in 2003, having graduate from The University of Edinburgh with a Masters in Business.

2012

Olavi joined Berkeley as a Consultant in 2012, leaving Accenture as a Senior Manager after 9 years on large scale business transformation projects, across the Health and Government sectors.

September 2012

Started with an SVP level commercial contracts review of a large scale Business Intelligence implementation at a global FMCG company, unique as the review was co-sponsored by the supplier in this contract, a Big 4 consultancy firm.

January 2013

Led the IT mobilisation and planning of a consumer engagement strategy at a global FMCG company, including architecting and managing the supplier selection process.

July 2013

Olavi was then brought in to run a business process improvement workstream at a UK regulator to over-haul and improve the efficiency of a key regulatory process.

October 2013

Olavi joined a global ERP roll-out project at an international medical equipment supplier, working with the management team to support a business critical go-live in North America and Canada.

January 2014 - present

Working with the senior management team, Olavi architected a new Risk framework across a key business unit at a UK regulator, including the implementation approach and a subsequent project to deliver this across the departments in the unit.

Jenny Johnston's Career Progression

Jenny Johnston

Introduction

Jenny started her consultancy career in 2000 after graduating from the University of Warwick with a Masters Degree in Physics.

Jenny was brought in to project manage the global change impact of new HR principles for a multi-national pharmaceutical firm

January 2013 - April 2013

Worked with a global FMCG to help implement a global governance structure for their £50m single solution logistics programme.

June 2013 – December 2013

In June 2013, Jenny developed the business model and supporting business case for a £25m programme to help a major oil company implement a global cash and banking hub.

January 2014 – May 2014

Jenny helped one of the UK’s largest public services providers redefine their IT Strategy and develop a five year roadmap for their core systems.

June 2014 - current

Jenny is currently working with a global FMCG, managing the Change activities to support the initial rollout of a range of Agile technologies, and defining the strategy for the longer term adoption.

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