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Human Capital Consulting: Senior Associate (Senior Consultant) - Hybrid

Location:  Johannesburg
Other locations:  Primary Location Only
Salary: Competitive
Date:  20 Sep 2023

Job description

Requisition ID:  1429279

People Advisory Services (PAS) shapes and delivers the part of business strategy that depends on people. As a PAS professional, you will have the opportunity to work with global clients to understand and address some of their largest and most complex people-related challenges, and ultimately improve and drive sustainable business results. We focus on engagements that relate to the Human Capital value chain in totality, including, but not limited to, Organisation Design, Change Management, Talent Management, HR Technology, Learning, Transactions and Reward

In joining EY, you will gain access to valuable experiences and a wealth of knowledge and thought leadership by working across capabilities, service offerings, sectors and geographies. Whenever you join, and no matter how long your stay, the exceptional EY experience lasts a lifetime.


Job summary:

As a member of the PAS team, focused on the Human Capital value chain and business performance, you will join a talented group of professionals that help support and improve businesses through their various types of transformation.  This could include work such as the design and implementation of operating models and organisational structures, improvement of process efficiency, management of people risks, support of change efforts to help organisations successfully transition to their desired future state, and advising organisations on a range of challenges that are associated with a merger, acquisition, divestiture and/or carve-out. Our key capabilities include:

  • Change Management
  • Organisation Design
  • Talent Management
  • HR Technology
  • Reward
  • Learning
  • Reward
  • Transactions


Key responsibilities:

As a Senior Associate (Senior Consultant), you will be a key resource on business transformation projects. In this role, you should be able to deliver quality client service, analyse complex problems and deliver insightful solutions, while also managing resources to deliver on the project objectives. You will also be expected to have advanced written and verbal communication skills, excellent attention to detail, be able to engage in critical thinking, take initiative, and be able to quickly integrate into new teams and rapidly establish relationships both internally and externally. More specifically, the successful candidate should:

  • Demonstrate technical competence in our core Human Capital capabilities (as described above) and take a practical / business-driven approach to solving complex client challenges
  • Stay up-to-date with key technical and functional skills, as well as industry trends
  • Go the extra mile to deliver high-quality deliverables
  • Be able to influence and persuade clients and stakeholders to gain support for any major change initiatives and/or decisions
  • Coach and manage junior members of the team
  • Encourage and facilitate collaboration amongst team members, and promote an inclusive working environment
  • Be able to identify and help manage any potential issues and risks during a client assignment
  • Contribute to business development and client pursuit activities
  • Identify and flag any follow-on engagement opportunities
  • Support and lead certain engagement activities from planning through to implementation
  • Be able to remain calm and composed in stressful situations
  • Be proactive and take initiative
  • Be comfortable dealing with ambiguity, embrace uncertainty and adapt swiftly to changing situations
  • Be able to work in a fast-paced environment


To qualify, candidates must have:

  • Relevant postgraduate qualification
  • Relevant professional experience, for example, previous Consulting experience and/or experience in  large-scale projects
  • At least 3 to 4 years’ experience in our core competency areas across the Human Capital value chain (Organisation Design, Change Management, Talent Management, HR Technology, Learning, Transactions and Reward)


Who we are:

At EY, we are 212,000 people based in 728 offices in 150 countries, organised into 28 Regions and four Areas. The vast majority of our people work in one of our four service lines – Assurance, Advisory, Tax, Transaction Advisory Services (TAS) – or in Core Business Services (CBS), which provides internal operational support such as HR and IT services. In joining People Advisory Services (PAS) however, a team which is jointly owned by Tax and Advisory, you will be provided with a unique experience of being exposed to two service lines.

As a business advisor at EY, you will help many of the world’s leading companies and governments tackle their most pressing issues. You will also have the opportunity to reach your potential by being given opportunities for professional development and experiences with clients across geographies and industries.

EY is committed to being an inclusive employer and we strive to achieve the right balance for our people, enabling us to deliver excellent client service whilst allowing you to build your career without sacrificing your personal priorities. While our client-facing professionals can be required to travel regularly, and at times be based at client sites, our flexible working arrangements can help you to achieve a lifestyle balance.


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