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

Whatever your long term career goals, we’re here to support you. Through an open dialogue, we help our people to build the capabilities, experiences and networks they need to boost their careers.

 

After graduating from York University in 2006 with a masters degree in Physics, I instantly decided that a career in technology was for me. I joined Accenture’s technology consulting practice where I ...

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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.

Our people

We’re here to support you, whatever your long term career goals

Lots of people stay at Berkeley for the long term. It’s a great place to build a career. We only create partners from within the firm, and one of the reasons for our business growth is to provide partnership opportunities for our people. People can continue consulting at Berkeley as long as they are doing a great job and developing their capabilities.  

But we know that some people will ultimately want to take their career in a different direction. We encourage an open dialogue around this – and help to build the capabilities, experiences and networks our people need to boost them into the next phase of their successful career.

Graduating from Nottingham University in 1999 with a degree in Management Studies and French, Dom began a varied career in the Management Consulting industry. With experience of working for large firms such as Capgemini and smaller boutique consultancies, Dom worked with clients across finance, IT, retail and utilities, as well as the public sector, gaining a broad base of knowledge in every area of the programme lifecycle – from strategy and shaping, through to business analysis, implementation and Programme Management. It was with over six years experience of implementing both major change programmes and smaller projects, that Dom came to The Berkeley Partnership with career development firmly in mind.

Since joining in 2010, Dom has taken on numerous projects, including the development of an IT strategy for the trading arm of a large energy company, managing the PMO for an IT Retail change programme and most recently taking on the role of the Resource and Commercial Manager on a global Business Information programme for a consumer goods company. The responsibility of these projects have enhanced Dom’s stakeholder management skills, his personal drive and his resilience – allowing him to successfully deliver in complex and challenging environments.

Graduating from Dublin City University with a primary degree in International Marketing and Languages, Fiona joined the Management Consulting industry and began a career with Accenture. During her 10 years with the firm, Fiona worked in a variety of roles, primarily programme and project management, change management and value realisation. Here, she gained extensive experience of the industry and worked with a broad range of clients across every area of the programme lifecycle. In 2007, Fiona made the leap from a large firm to the smaller Berkeley Partnership, keen to embed her know-how and skills into our business.

Over the course of her ten years with us, Fiona has been involved in numerous projects, from the transformation of learning for a global consumer goods company, to the shaping of a policy for a UK government department. Each project has helped to shape her as a talented and dynamic consultant with outstanding capabilities in mobilising and leading IT and operational change projects.

With a degree in Management and a Masters in Marketing from the University of Manchester, Will began his career in industry and consulting. Starting out with Tesco PLC, before moving on to KPMG Advisory, Will has worked across both the private and public sectors, his focus on strategy and large scale transformation programmes. In 2008 with plenty of consulting experience behind him, Will made the transition to The Berkeley Partnership to take on a huge variety of interesting work.

Since then, Will has completed a number of challenging projects, from developing a strategy for an international sports bookmaking and gaming business, to building and running a pan-European service delivery function. These projects have given Will the opportunity to take an independent approach to his work and develop his expertise significantly.

With a first class degree in Metallurgical Process Engineering from the University of New South Wales, Australia, Kate took on a role as an engineer in the steel industry, gaining manufacturing and supply chain experience over a five year period. A change of direction then took Kate to Accenture, joining the management consultancy industry. Over ten years, she worked her way up to Senior Manager, earning extensive experience in large-scale SAP deployments, enterprise integration and applications management – working with a variety of utilities and oil & gas clients across the UK, Europe and Australia. Her next career move was to join The Berkeley Partnership.

During her time with us, Kate has worked across a range of industries including Consumer Products, Oil & Gas and the NHS. Her roles have included strategy development, operational turnaround and delivery assurance for large-scale programmes. Each project has honed Kate’s programme management abilities, including working with clients at an executive level and involving complex stakeholder engagement.

Kate is actively involved in Berkeley’s Community Contribution programme and is a trustee for the charity UK Youth, one of Berkeley’s supported charity partners. Kate currently works 4 days per week as part of Berkeley’s flexible working offer for its employees.

After achieving a First Class Masters in Engineering from the University of Sheffield in 1999, Adam began a varied career in Management Consultancy – specialising in the implementation of strategies with clients across retail, media, telecoms, healthcare and government. In 2009, having worked with a range of large firms including PwC, PA Consulting and Dixons Retail, Adam moved to Madrid to further his studies, graduating in the top 10% of his MBA class at the Instituto de Empressa. It was with over nine years experience and this qualification under his belt that Adam was drawn to the culture of The Berkeley Partnership, joining us in 2011 and changing the way he saw management consultancy.

Since joining, Adam has been furthering his experience in the retail sector, from formulating strategic thinking through to programme management of the delivery of that strategic vision. This has provided Adam with valuable and high profile experience, as he’s successfully delivered programmes in complex and challenging environments.

I left Berkeley in 2000 to become head of consulting for Inforte’s fledgling European business unit, then becoming MD in 2005. I moved on from Inforte in 2007, when the business was acquired by French software house Business & Decision Group.  I then joined Tesco as an IT Director, responsible for IT Strategy, Capability and Transformation in their dotcom business, before moving on more recently to become Head of Commercial Systems at easyJet.

I was employee number nine in Berkeley, joining in 1993, having been with Accenture for six years previously. Berkeley inevitably was a huge contrast with Accenture, which was what I sought. It was a little daunting at first being plunged in solo to a major UK retailer, working alongside one of their project managers on a major new solution for General Merchandise, but free of the Accenture straightjacket, one can engage in a more collaborative style of consulting that is much more rewarding and more enduring for you and the client.

I formed much stronger relationships with my clients than I would have done in a larger consulting environment, which is what really matters, that you make a lasting difference to people and have fun at the same time. I’m also grateful to Berkeley for the particularly strong ethics that are a key part of the culture. Lots of people talk about trust and integrity, but at Berkeley, it’s taken very seriously, and these are core to me much later in my career. Putting yourself in others shoes, client, colleague, whatever, and treating people as you would wish to be treated is just so important.  Berkeley always treated me as an individual, and I think taught me a better style of consulting in a fun environment, a great team to work with.

I moved from Berkeley to BP where I firstly took on a role as Programme Manager for a major IT & business change programme within BP's Oil Trading Business. I was responsible for delivering a series of projects which are genuinely transformational. Touching nearly every trading function globally, they sought to bring a step change improvement in BP's ability to control its trading business as well as delivering significant efficiency benefits.  More recently, I've taken on a new role as Head of Digital Security Programmes & Change. It's a challenging role, but massively rewarding, and sometimes even fun! 

I know that I would not have got to this level of responsibility without the benefit of having had five years working at Berkeley.  Like many other Berkeley consultants I served my time in big firm consulting - PwC and Accenture - but was drawn to the more intimate client model that Berkeley offers.  The firm's values struck a chord with me immediately: always "doing the right thing" for the client, upholding the highest standards of work and maintaining a very strong delivery focus. 

A consulting organisation is only as good as the people who work for it and working at Berkeley you are surrounded by hugely capable people.  I made many friends in my time there - colleagues and clients alike - and although I moved on back in 2005, I continue to feel part of the extended Berkeley "family".   

I left Berkeley in 2004 after seven very rewarding years to spend what was intended to be a year out in New Zealand with my family – which has since become a decision to emigrate.  We now have residency, live by the sea and I drive to work looking at the Southern Alps. I am one of three founding members of Thinking Cap Partners, an IT project management consultancy set up in Christchurch in 2006.

My time at Berkeley contributed greatly to my confidence in taking this leap of faith, and in determining how I wanted our small business to evolve. The Berkeley values and esprit de corps are (I believe) exactly what any employee and any client would want them to be. The focus on the long-term client relationship, the instilled belief that work is to be enjoyed rather than tolerated, and the view that the consultant’s skill lies in leveraging the client’s expertise, rather than replacing it, are all now tenets of my own business.

I have very fond memories of working (& playing) with a group of extremely able and like-minded people. Our annual “away weekends” were legendary, with only a little work done and even less sleep had. The client events were always very well attended – there was clearly a sense that the people there enjoyed each other’s company outside of the office, as well as respecting each other in it. Berkeley will undoubtedly continue to thrive because of its talented people, its strong relationship ethos and its results – I’d commend it equally to prospective clients and future employees.

I am currently CTO at Haymarket, responsible for all technology across the organisation - accountable for technology strategy, delivery and operations, including Digital, Marketing, Analytics and Enterprise IT.

Prior to that I was at Channel 4 in heading up technology and business change for online/web, audience insight and business intelligence. I was responsible for changes to and support of our core websites and business intelligence solutions, as well as delivery within the new executive function of audience insight. I left Berkeley in late 2006 having been there for nearly six years.

My first job out of university was with Accenture where I spent time developing systems. After five and half years I decided I wanted to find a new challenge, work in a different environment, and somewhere where I could feel more part of the company. I had a couple of friends who were working at Berkeley – I talked to them about what life was like there, spoke to one of the partners and within two weeks I had a job offer and resigned straight away! The thing that struck me when I joined was how friendly and bright everyone was and at the same time having a very strong drive to ensure that the highest level of work was done.

The other big thing was everyone’s strong integrity around the work – the right answer was key even if that meant delivering a difficult message and for me this resonated strongly. In a marketplace it’s difficult to find people you can trust and I know during my time at Berkeley building trust with clients was paramount. Overall, I know that I developed and learnt a lot during my time, and now have broader skills and a wider set of experiences which help me every day.

After graduating from the University of Newcastle in 1995, I spent my early career with Anderson Consulting as it then was. It was a great place to cut your teeth in consulting but ultimately I found it unsatisfying being a small part of large project teams with very little direct influence on the overall outcome.  Berkeley offered me the chance to build my own client relationships and much greater responsibility and autonomy in my work.  The support’s there when you need it but they really trust you to do get on with the job with minimal supervision and interference.  I also enjoyed the variety, small and large projects and a range of industries. The highlight was a large-scale change programme for an oil and gas client which was a very demanding but gave me a great sense of achievement personally and meant a lot to the firm.

After 5 good years with Berkeley, I decided I wanted a change of direction.  My main driver was wanting to be part the longer term direction of one business rather than moving from one client project to the next, so that meant a move from consulting to in-house.  I felt I could be completely open with the Partners about my plans and they were constructive and supportive in helping me to make the move. After a bit of time out, I took up a great opportunity with rightmove.co.uk, where I have recently become a Director. It’s a very different role of course, but I learnt a lot about leadership at Berkeley and that’s been incredibly useful.

I’ve stayed in touch with a few people at Berkeley. I had a real affinity with the people there and alongside the scope of work and responsibility, I still think they are a great option for any consultant looking for an alternative to the big firms.           

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