Graduates at Alpha
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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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
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.
We pride ourselves on a highly competitive graduate benefits package, including, but not limited to:
Salary of £35k plus equity stake and profit share
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:
Educate and involve people from all backgrounds to understand and promote gender, sexual orientation, cultural and socio-economic diversity throughout the organisation
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.