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
Jasmin Jotangia
Analyst
Project Life: FMC

Following 4 weeks of Alpha Analyst Training and gaining the IMC, I was bright eyed and fresh faced, ready to start my internal role on the Bid Team. This involved responding to requests for proposal (RFPs) and creating high-quality sales material to win potential new clients. The role was a fantastic spring board to working at Alpha as it gave me the opportunity to build an internal network, something which is important throughout a career in consulting. The process of creating a proposal required rigorous project management and planning, both of which are essential skills as a consultant. These were great skills to take with me as I progressed onto client site.

Following 6 months on (my much beloved) Bid Team, I moved into a dual PMO (Project Management Officer)- BA (Business Analyst) role. Having both a workstream and programme level view has been important in my learning process because it has allowed a greater understanding of the mechanics of any project. As PMO, there are a core set of responsibilities which form the project governance, making it superbly important to ensure the smooth running of a project. This structure and cadence can take time to adjust to but there is always someone on hand to help. As a BA, I worked with an Alpha Project Manager and SME to help the client select an outsourcing provider and guide them through the process. This area of the role gave me the most client exposure and as a BA, you can really take on as much responsibility as you are willing to.

Whilst being at Alpha, I have also been involved in Business Management areas such as Cultural & Social Mobility and Training, attended numerous Lunch&Learns and acted as PMO for the Alternatives Practice, all alongside the fantastic social calendar that Alpha has to offer. This added dimension to working life at Alpha is what keeps it fresh and gives you a true sense of ‘Alpha Identity’ wherever you’re working.

Curan Tahim
Analyst
Project Life: FMC

Following the Alpha Analyst Training and passing the Investment Management Certificate (IMC) exams, I was lucky enough to get started on a project right away. Within a week of me starting, I was asked to help in the closing stages of the project, a year-long implementation. I was given full ownership to put together key deliverables that would be presented to the client, which was a significant opportunity considering I’d just joined a month earlier. This project gave me client exposure from the get-go and was a great sign of things to come at Alpha.

During the next month, I gained experience on two more projects. The first involved working with a Wealth Management client to review Portfolio Management System providers, giving me early insight into the Front Office. The team was very small, so I was able to do a lot of hands-on work, from analysing and creating cost models to facilitating interviews. The second project involved working with a Pension Fund to develop a cash flow modelling tool in partnership with a California-based startup. This presented a completely different challenge to the previous project, but was an incredible opportunity to be working in such an innovative area of the industry.

Alongside my role as an Analyst, I also look forward to the Business Management work I do every day for the Recruitment team. It's interesting to see how the recruitment process works from the inside, having only just been through it as a candidate. It also means I can provide real insight and make meaningful contributions into how we iterate our recruitment at Alpha as a whole. For me, this is a great example of Alpha’s philosophy that our people are our strongest asset. I've also been able to get stuck into Alpha's CSR initiatives, from becoming a 'Champion' for some of our Charity of the Year events, to playing in our Charity FIFA tournament!

An introduction to Alpha FMC: Graduates

01 year on

Alpha presents an exceptional opportunity to work in a high-performance and meritocratic environment that values diversity, wellness and inclusion. As a graduate, the company provided me with everything I needed and more to kickstart my career. Since joining, I have been on one large client project (13 months long), and one shorter project (4 weeks), both of which have been completely different – the first comprising a back/middle office vendor selection and implementation for a UK-based asset manager, and the second focusing on developing dashboards and tooling to help a team at a European asset manager adapt to newly-implemented Agile ways of working. Despite only having one year (and counting!) of experience in the industry, the responsibility and trust placed in me from my very first day here has been exceptional; from delivering challenging and complex messages directly to a client’s COO to managing intricate project proposals, you are thrown in at the deep end in the very best way possible.

Everyone at Alpha gets involved with business management as a way of contributing to broader company life – this can involve anything from organising firm-wide events to developing wellbeing or diversity & inclusion initiatives to roll out to the company. For me, working as part of a team to help create a strategy and develop a new practice area has been a real highlight of the past year and is demonstrative of the sheer amount of opportunity available to make a real impact on the company, no matter what level you are

03 years on

After trying my hand at different placements and internships during university, I didn’t yet know exactly what I wanted to do, but I did know what I wanted from it. I wanted to find a company that was small enough to treat everyone like they mattered, somewhere that offered exposure to different cultures and ways of working, and somewhere that I could make a difference from the start.

Alpha offered all of these things and more. After completing my induction and gaining the Investment Management Certificate in the first few weeks, I was soon exposed to senior members of prestigious firms, delivering work that provided genuine value. Since then, I’ve worked across a number of different areas and gained amazing experience in each, from strategy to implementation projects, with focuses on everything from investment to compliance, data, digital, and M&A.
Outside of projects and client work, we also help run many parts of company itself. To this end, everyone has one or two Business Management roles alongside our client facing work. For example, I have supported the Events Team, and the M&A Team.

What really separates Alpha though is the culture. From socials and karaoke sessions that occur unplanned as often as not, to events like our famous Christmas party, end of year dinner, and not to mention our Summer Session abroad, people truly become invested in each other and Alpha. That means there’s no such thing as getting to know someone for the first time on a new project, only to never meet them again. You’re more likely to have already been on holiday together and to end up lifelong friends

05 years on

Prior to joining Alpha’s graduate scheme, my only experience of the world of work was gained through internships I had completed at multi-national organisations. Therefore, with Alpha’s team at the time still in the double digits it was with a degree of trepidation that I first applied, with a host of questions as to what building a career at this small, unfamiliar firm would entail. 5 years later, I have a much clearer perspective on the answers.

Through the interview process, I was told consistently of the high level of responsibility I would get at an early stage. Upon joining, this became immediately apparent as I found myself participating in a workshop with the COO of a leading wealth manager on my first day. This level of exposure has continued in a similar vein over the last 5 years, during which time I’ve had the opportunity to participate in, and lead, some of the most interesting and transformational programmes in the industry. Working for a specialist boutique consultancy has allowed me to enjoy a wide variety of different engagements, ranging from regulatory & compliance, through to digital, sales & marketing, safe in the knowledge that all of them were contributing to my knowledge of the industry in which I have chosen to specialise.

Whilst Alpha provides great professional opportunities and experience, it is in the culture that that really the firm apart. In combining the stewardship of a listed company, the entrepreneurship of a start-up, the support of a family business, Alpha offers an unrivalled foundation upon which exciting, accelerated, and most importantly, sustainable, careers in management consulting can be built.

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