Graduates at Alpha

Everyday Extraordinary

Our graduate schemes give you the opportunity to prove yourself on high profile projects with the top Asset and Wealth Managers. We have 2 graduate schemes, FMC Analysts, for those wishing to pursue a core consulting role, and ATS Junior Developers, which is for those who wish to pursue a technical consulting career.

You will work on a number of projects that give you experience in different aspects of Alpha. You will work in small teams with our consultants on complex client work including: strategy and operating models, Mergers & Acquisitions, portfolio management, operations and outsourcing. There’s plenty of variety, and you will be given responsibility and exposure right from the very start. You will be involved directly with senior clients and will very quickly become an expert in different areas of Asset and Wealth Management.

Unlike other graduate schemes, at Alpha there is no fixed time at level. After your intensive induction and training, you will be put on projects just like anyone else in the team, and you will also benefit from our training schemes (“Alpha Consulting School”) as well as our mentoring and buddy programme, to ensure you’re supported in your content, skillset, and career development.

We are looking for candidates who are bright, hard-working and eager to make a difference in a sociable and fast paced consultancy. If you’re looking for a career that combines stimulating challenges with a lively work culture, Alpha could be the place for you.

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Life as an Alpha Graduate

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1 Year on

Working at Alpha for a year has exceeded all my expectations. Alpha provides a unique combination of a high performing environment within which your personal development and goals are supported. I have worked on three different client projects since I started. The first two were relatively short (4-8 weeks long). The final project has been 6 months so far (and counting!). This third, and longest, project has been an implementation of a new CRM system for a global asset manager. Working for a client on a more long-term basis has given me an opportunity to build out my responsibilities and increase my practice knowledge.

Another key part of my first-year experience has been my involvement with business management. At Alpha, every member of the team contributes to the broader company life. For example, I have been involved in launching Alpha’s first pro bono charity initiative through our Charity of the Year partnership. This is one of my favourite things about Alpha so far – no matter what level you are, there is space to shape the company culture.

Emily
Analyst and Ballroom Champion

3 Years on

Upon graduating from university, one of the primary appeals of a career in consulting was the variety of work that I imagined it would entail. During my time at Alpha, I have completed both strategy and implementation projects, covering everything from sales and marketing, through to product development and compliance. I’ve also had the opportunity to work with different types of buy-side firms, including asset and wealth managers, hedge funds, securities services firms and prime brokers. 3 years on, Alpha has certainly delivered on the variety that I had hoped for!

From the first day of my first project on which I was asked to attend a meeting with the COO of a leading wealth manager, I have continually been challenged to take on responsibility beyond my comfort zone. However, Alpha also places huge emphasis on promoting the welfare of its people. For instance, as part of my internal business management responsibilities, I am involved in Alpha’s Diversity & Inclusion programme through which we constantly challenge ourselves to create an environment in which everyone can thrive.

Equally, whilst our projects are typically demanding and fast-paced, Alpha makes efforts promote work-life balance. For instance, regular evening and weekend working is actively discouraged, and requests for extended leave whether to go travelling or focus on extracurricular activities are regularly granted. It is the opportunity to work on interesting projects as part of high performing team, in a firm that places such a high value on the wellbeing on its people that I have most appreciated about my time at Alpha.

Divakar
Manager and Culture Vulture

5 Years on

In many ways, I feel like we have grown up with Alpha, and Alpha with us. Joining Alpha as one of the first three graduates was a fantastic opportunity. Five years later I’m writing this from Singapore; my new home for the foreseeable future, which is testament to Alpha’s strengthening global presence, as well as my own professional development.

When I started in 2012 I was excited, but tentative. Everyone at LSE seemed to know exactly where they wanted to be. I had been fortunate enough to work with the Alpha team for four weeks before my final year at university. I studied Maths and Statistics, which was clearly well regarded but I was excited by the prospect of working on something more practical.

During that month, I immediately noticed the energy at Alpha. It was not how I had expected. Everyone was extremely smart but humble, sharp but sincere and, most of all, so sociable and welcoming.

I joined an adolescent Alpha; brilliant and daring. Now, five years on, we have more than tripled in size into a company spanning from San Francisco to Singapore. In that time, I’ve worked on a huge range of projects; middle and back office RFPs and migrations, in-house benchmarking, trading procedures, business cases, digital assessments, process automation, client reporting strategy, order management and risk system implementations; London, Edinburgh, Geneva, Glasgow, Oxford, Singapore.

And the list will continue.

Last winter I was asked if I wanted to come to Asia and, once again, I find myself as one of three, taking the first steps into a new chapter in Alpha’s life. I love all things food-related, so being in Singapore is like a playground for me! Alpha and I have embarked a new journey; it won’t be easy, but it is certainly exciting!

Alice
Manager and Curious Culinarian

Project Life

The clichéd response to “what will I be doing?” is that as a consultant, no two days are the same. As a graduate at Alpha, you could be working on bids and proposals for our directors, working as PMO on one of our large implementation projects, mastering data analysis with our benchmarking team, doing research into the latest technologies, helping our subject experts write thought leadership on hot industry topics, or developing new software for our charity of the year. Whatever you’ll be working on, we can promise it’ll be varied, challenging, and interesting.

Project Life: FMC

Michael K-G, Analyst & Travel-Fanatic
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After completing Alpha’s induction and gaining my IMC, I joined the Benchmarking team and was working on client projects alongside a Director (the amazing Bo) before my first month was up. Benchmarking was a great starting point, involving a mixture of analytical and soft skills both to compare clients’ costs and operational performance and to present the findings directly to senior clients.

Following a few months on Benchmarking where I worked with a number of different clients, I started in a newly created role at Alpha as the Practice Manager for our Front Office Practice. This is one of the largest practice areas at Alpha, and covers all of our work within our clients’ Front Offices, ranging from research to portfolio management, investment risk, and dealing.

The role involves coordinating our pipeline of projects, supporting our practice recruitment and resourcing, and helping to manage our internal efforts like training and events. This is a huge responsibility and has offered a brilliant learning curve, aiding in my own development and helping to grow the practice at the same time.

Outside of projects and client work, I’ve been involved in several areas of the business. At Alpha, on top of being consultants we also help run many parts of company itself. To this end, everyone has one or two Business Management roles and mine are with the Events Team and the Digital Team. In addition, I’ve also been heavily involved with the M&A Practice, including writing a FinTech focused article that was published to our website and helping to run the day-to-day activities of the team.

I’ve worked on many interesting projects – and have been provided fantastic opportunities along the way, particularly my secondment to the USA.
The projects I’ve worked on centre around our Distribution practice but it’s hard to summarise them since they are all so varied. I’ve used different technology stacks on each one, from React JS and robotic process automation to iOS app development on another. Additionally, working with Salesforce has given ample opportunity to hone my front-end web development skills and UX/UI design.

There’s more to it than just client projects, however. As a rapidly growing company, there is plenty of room for developers to improve typical workflows and processes we use at work. I’ve worked on building out part of our internal communications infrastructure with Slack and Node.js.

Aside from coding, however, my favourite things about Alpha are the opportunities that it has provided me. Initially this was due to the variety of project work that I worked on. Although the job title says developer, we are very much expected to be “developer consultants”, where we deal with wider business and technology issues during our engagements. After all, the best software is made when you understand the user and prioritise their needs.

Project Life: ATS

Sunny, Junior Developer & music buff

Other reasons you’ll love Alpha

  • As part of the Graduate Scheme, you will receive training on a number of industry topics, advanced computer skills, as well as core consulting skills. FMC Graduates will also sit the Investment Management Certificate (IMC), whilst ATS Graduates become certified in platforms such as Salesforce. All our Graduates also become qualified Project Managers, whether it be in Prince2 or Agile. Alpha also has a generous training budget for those that wish to pursue further training, whether it be the CFA, CWM, Languages, Presentation Skills, or anything else!
  • Part of what makes Alpha unique is that we all have the opportunity to make our mark on the company through our business management roles. The roles can cover anything from Social and Events to Training, Recruitment, Infrastructure, Knowledge Management, and many more. We all own and help to run Alpha together.
  • At Alpha, our team culture is really important to us, and we love not only working together but socialising too. The social life of a graduate at Alpha is – in short – very active! From analyst socials to the ski trip to whole company summer conferences to treasure hunts or cocktail making, you’ll get a warm welcome in true Alpha style, and will be part of the team in no time.

Benefits

We pride ourselves on a highly competitive graduate benefits package, including, but not limited to:
Salary of £35k plus equity stake and profit share
Pension scheme
Generous commuting allowance
Choice of laptop and mobile phone allowance
Sponsorship towards professional qualifications
Opportunities for global secondment

Diversity & Inclusion

We believe that diversity makes Alpha stronger, more innovative and more productive, and as #AlphaAllies we follow 5 core principles which promote an inclusive culture:
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Educate and involve people from all backgrounds to understand and promote gender, sexual orientation, cultural and socio-economic diversity throughout the organisation

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Retain Alpha’s meritocratic culture of rewarding talent regardless of gender, sexual orientation, cultural or socio-economic background
Improve the diversity of both our applicant pool as well as the Alpha team
Support external initiatives that raise the profile of underrepresented groups in business
Contribute to a positive environment for underrepresented groups at Alpha

Diversity & Inclusion at Alpha

The Assessment Process

If you are successful with the initial screening process, you will be invited to an Assessment Centre
The Assessment Centre consists of 3 interviews:

  • A CV & competency based interview
  • A Case Study
  • A Group Exercise

After your interviews, you’ll be able to meet more of our team over drinks and nibbles and will get a chance to get to know us better.

If you are successful in the Assessment Centre, you will be invited back for a final-round interview with one of our Executive Directors.

 

Case Study Tips

What do we look for?

 

“Despite the expected nervousness, as soon as my interaction with the people at Alpha began I distinctly remember feeling more at ease. Everyone was extremely approachable and there was a conscious effort on their part to make this normally stressful process for any graduate as accommodating as possible.

The actual assessment components, while rigorous at times, were conclusive as I was given the opportunity to showcase who I was as an individual, an opportunity that I greatly cherished. However most importantly, the transparency provided in regards to my potential role within Alpha’s structure and the type of culture the company strives to maintain allowed me to feel that I would be valued.
I think my experience can be summarized by the one pervading thought that I had as I exited Alpha’s offices that evening, which was: “I want to work HERE.”

Dimitrios; Junior Developer and Distinguished Debater

How to Apply

So, if you’re looking for an opportunity to work with an outstandingly talented and committed team, delivering change to the largest Asset and Wealth Managers, we’d love to hear from you.
Alternatively, please email uk-graduate-recruitment@alphafmc.com to find out more, or find us on linkedin

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