Accenture careers are like Accenture itself - the very best there is in the world of consulting. If that describes you as well, then opportunities abound at Accenture and for a very simple reason - it's the biggest consulting firm on the planet. Though the home office is in Dublin, Accenture has 215,000 employees (that includes some 4,800 senior executives) in over 200 cities in 53 countries around the world, a remarkable global reach that stretches to every continent... well, not counting Antarctica.
Accenture's expertise is sought out by all but six of the latest Forbes Global 100 (and some three quarters of the Global 500). Governments around the world also use Accenture's services. Those high-end clients are reflected in Accenture's high-end profits. Over the fiscal year that ended in August 2010, Accenture netted $21.55 billion.
This year, for the third year in a row, Accenture was included on Fortune magazine's 100 Best Companies to Work For. Accenture was also 42nd on DiversityBusiness.com's Div50 ranking of America's Top Organizations for Multicultural Business Opportunities Of 2011 and number eight on Hay Group's 2010 Best Companies for Leadership.
For those interested in Accenture careers, the firm has a commanding presence in a broad array of businesses -- so many in fact that its services are organized under five operating groups which are themselves divided into 19 industry groups:
* The Communications and High Tech operating group includes Communications, Electronics & High Tech, and Media & Entertainment.
* The Financial Services operating Group concerns itself with Banking, Capital Markets and Insurance.
* The Health and Public Service operating group focuses on those industries.
* The Products Operating Group concentrates on Air Freight & Travel Service, Automotive, Consumer Goods & Services, Industrial Equipment, Infrastructure & Transportation Services, Life Sciences, and Retail.
* The Resources Operating group is devoted to Chemicals, Energy, Natural Resources and Utilities.
Accenture Management Consulting is divided into seven different areas of specialization (Accenture refers to them as "service lines"):
Customer Relationship Management
Accenture careers in this field are all about working with clients to rethink marketing in an age that is simultaneously global in scale yet focusing on the customers as individuals. Within this service line are Accenture careers that deal with the following:
* Customer Service
Consultants in Accenture's Customer Service Transformation services work with businesses and organizations to develop a constantly growing and loyal customer base. For more on Accentureís careers in customer service, go here: http://www.accenture.com/us-en/consulting/customer-relationship-management/customer-service-transformation/Pages/index.aspx
Accenture's Marketing Transformation services consultants help executives build a high performance marketing operation. Further information about this career path can be found on this webpage: http://www.accenture.com/us-en/consulting/customer-relationship-management/marketing-transformation/Pages/index.aspx
Sales Transformation services consultants focus on improving the performance of a client's sales team and the challenge of maintaining profit margins in a rocky economy and a world of emerging markets. More background on Accenture careers in Sales is just a click away: http://www.accenture.com/us-en/consulting/customer-relationship-management/sales-transformation/Pages/index.aspx
Finance and Performance Management
Accenture careers as a consultant in this service line call on your skills at balancing cost management with innovation and financial wizardry. Choose a future in any of these subcategories:
* Corporate Finance
Accenture consultants in this area work with CFOs and finance teams, supporting their strategic objectives and serving as copilots as they negotiate a highly competitive marketplace. More on a career path in this area of expertise can be found here: http://www.accenture.com/us-en/consulting/finance-performance-management/corporate-finance/Pages/index.aspx
* Finance Operations
Finance operations that lower costs, streamline processes and raise the level of service are the goals of Accenture consultants in this specialty. For more background on this service line, click here: http://www.accenture.com/us-en/consulting/Finance-Performance-Management/finance-operations/Pages/index.aspx
* Enterprise Performance Management
Accenture consultants guide their clients to aggressively creative performance management by weaving together financial, operational, competitive and marketplace data. Here's how they do it: http://www.accenture.com/us-en/consulting/finance-performance-management/enterprise-performance-management/Pages/index.aspx
Process and Innovation Performance
Accenture careers in this service line are for consultants who can help clients do what they do better, faster, and cheaper. The areas of emphasis are:
* Innovation Performance
Organization-wide innovation strategies that produce results yesterday if not sooner are the focus of this specialty. Some examples of the work Accenture does in this area: http://www.accenture.com/us-en/consulting/process-innovation-performance/innovation-performance/Pages/index.aspx
* Process Performance
Governments and businesses are the beneficiaries of Accenture's process oriented consultants who know that how you get there can determine if you get there at all. Click here to see the process-based advantage in action -- and to see if this is a career path for you: http://www.accenture.com/us-en/consulting/process-innovation-performance/process-performance/Pages/index.aspx
* Operational Performance
Consultants who can spot the weaknesses in an organization's structure and know how to address them shine in this Accenture service line. You can see it at work here: http://www.accenture.com/us-en/consulting/process-innovation-performance/operational-performance/Pages/index.aspx
Accenture careers in Risk Management will have you working with clients to proactively assess risks -- to see the bump in the road before they get to it. For more: http://www.accenture.com/us-en/consulting/risk-management/Pages/index.aspx
Accenture consultants help executives select the strategic direction that leads to the greatest value for the stakeholder. This most diverse of Accenture service lines includes:
* Mergers, Acquisitions, and Alliances
Help companies grow by entering new markets and forming new partnerships even as they don't lose sight of their existing interests. Learn more about such challenging Accenture careers here: http://www.accenture.com/us-en/consulting/strategy/mergers-acquisitions/Pages/index.aspx
* Operating Model Strategy
Accenture management consultants work with organizations to design strategies for maximally effective operating models that best respond to changing consumer needs and changing business realities. Here are some examples: http://www.accenture.com/us-en/consulting/strategy/operating-model-strategy/Pages/index.aspx
* Pricing Strategy and Profit Optimization
Accenture clients enjoy the benefits of management consultants experienced in pricing strategy, analytics, price-setting, and execution. If that describes you, click here: http://www.accenture.com/us-en/consulting/strategy/pricing-strategy-profit-optimization/Pages/index.aspx
* Sales and Marketing Strategy
Successful strategies for attracting customers, making the sale, and getting their repeat business are the bailiwick of Accenture consultants in this area. Yours too? Read on: http://www.accenture.com/us-en/consulting/strategy/sales-marketing-strategy/Pages/index.aspx
* Strategic Cost Reduction
All cost reduction measures are not created equal. Accenture management consultants guide clients to intelligent approaches that consider not just the immediate bottom line but the long term impact. Career paths in this service line are depicted here: http://www.accenture.com/us-en/consulting/strategy/strategic-cost-reduction/Pages/index.aspx
* Strategic Planning & Growth
You can be a part of Accenture's broad range of strategic planning services that help transform client companies into high-performance businesses. Here's a further look: http://www.accenture.com/us-en/consulting/strategy/strategic-planning-growth/Pages/index.aspx
Supply Chain Management
Channel integration, public and private B2B exchanges and electronic fulfillment to supply chain synchronization are all aspects of Accenture careers in this service line that combines the innovative with the practical.
Accenture consultants are masters of the ying and yang of fulfillment, as they help clients incorporate supply chains into their business strategies. A closer look is here: http://www.accenture.com/us-en/consulting/supply-chain-management/fulfillment/Pages/index.aspx
The manufacturing and design consultant team at Accenture help clients expand the creative diversity of their product lines while containing the costs. For more about Accenture careers in this service line, check here: http://www.accenture.com/us-en/consulting/supply-chain-management/manufacturing/Pages/index.aspx
* Product Innovation and Product Lifecycle Management
Accenture consultants help clients shepherd their products through the lifecycle of concept, production, selling, sustaining and renewal. For instance: http://www.accenture.com/us-en/consulting/supply-chain-management/product-innovation-lifecycle-management/Pages/index.aspx
* Service Strategy and Operations
These Accenture consultants are experts in the art of making revenue after the product has been sold, from maintenance, repair, parts and continuing customer loyalty. Here they are in action: http://www.accenture.com/us-en/consulting/supply-chain-management/service-strategy-operations/Pages/index.aspx
* Sourcing and Procurement
Private and public sector procurement organizations benefit from Accenture consultants who know the secrets of successful supplier relationships. http://www.accenture.com/us-en/consulting/supply-chain-management/sourcing-procurement/Pages/index.aspx
Talent and Organization Performance
Accenture consultants with the Human Performance team help companies take advantage of their greatest resources: the people who work for them. Your own talents in this essential business concern might be a good fit for any of these areas:
* Change Management
Change itself is changing in a world where the scope of new technologies and processes is unprecedented. How Accenture consultants are helping business and governments survive and thrive in such an atmosphere is shown here: http://www.accenture.com/us-en/consulting/talent-organization-performance/change-management/Pages/index.aspx
* Human Capital and Organization Effectiveness
Talent, leadership, culture and organization are the concerns of Accenture consultants who assist business in developing a specific human capital strategy to get the most out of their employees. Read more here: http://www.accenture.com/us-en/consulting/talent-organization-performance/human-capital-organization-effectiveness/Pages/index.aspx
* Human Resources & Talent Management
Accenture consultants in this service line know how to streamlining HR while still meeting the goals of an organization and the needs of those who work for it. For a closer look, click here: http://www.accenture.com/us-en/consulting/talent-organization-performance/human-resources-talent-management/Pages/index.aspx
* Learning and Collaboration
An effective workforce has to constantly keep up with the latest developments in their field, from the technical to the organizational. You could be one of the Accenture consultants who work their magic like this: http://www.accenture.com/us-en/consulting/talent-organization-performance/learning-collaboration/Pages/index.aspx
People of all backgrounds seek out Accenture careers -- and Accenture in turn actively seeks out and advances a diverse workforce. Their global workforce includes people of virtually every heritage on earth (for instance, Accenture is experiencing its most dramatic growth right now in its Asian branches). Accenture proactively seeks out talent in the African-American, Hispanic, and LGBT communities. One third of its workers are women. This fits in perfectly with two of the core concepts in
Accenture's corporate culture: respect for the individual and identifying, hiring and promoting the very best people to join the Accenture community.
The name "Accenture" is a shortening of the phrase "Accent on the future." If you've got what it takes for any of the positions above, Accenture could be part of your future.