Graduates

Everyday Extraordinary

Our graduate schemes give you the opportunity to prove yourself on high profile projects with the top Asset and Wealth Managers.

Life as an Alpha Graduate

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
Michael Karlsson-Greenhill
Analyst
Project Life: FMC

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.

Sunny Amrat
Developer
Project Life: ATS

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.

An introduction to Alpha FMC: Graduates

01 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.

03 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.

05 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!

We’re devoted to your development

Training

All new Analysts will take part in the Alpha Analyst Training, designed to provide a combination of tool-specific training (e.g. Excel/PowerPoint), soft skill training (time management, presentation skills), and training in Consulting activities (preparing a cost model, producing deliverables, managing stakeholders). Analysts will also become certified in an investment management qualification (either IMC or IFP). All our Graduates also become qualified Project Managers, completing the Agile certification. Alpha also has a generous training budget for those that wish to pursue further training, whether it be the CFA, CWM, coding languages, or anything else!

Benefits

Competitive salary
Equity stake and profit share
Medical, dental and vision coverage
25 days’ holiday
Generous commuting allowance
Choice of laptop and mobile phone allowance
Sponsorship towards professional qualifications
Opportunities for global secondment

The Assessment Process

If you are successful with the initial screening process, you will be invited to a half-day assessment at our Alpha offices. This will consist of 3 elements:

  • Competency-based interview
  • Case Study
  • 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 half-day assessment, you will be invited back for a Final Round Interview with one of our Executive Directors.

 

An introduction to Alpha FMC

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 summarised by the one pervading thought that I had as I exited Alpha’s offices that evening, which was: “I want to work HERE.”

Dimitrios; Consultant Developer

An introduction to Alpha

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.

If this does not show as an option on your school’s portal, please forward those materials to us-graduate-recruitment@alphafmc.com