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EY-Parthenon - Financial Services Strategy Manager

Location:  Athens
Other locations:  Primary Location Only
Salary: Competitive
Date:  29 May 2024

Job description

Requisition ID:  1452668

Working Location: Athens (hybrid)


Join our continuously growing team, which counts more than 2,200 employees in Greece, and is listed in Greece's Top Employers for 2023! Experience great flexibility, under our hybrid operating model across our offices in Athens, Patras, and Thessaloniki, while benefiting from personalized learning and career development opportunities. We prioritize diversity, equity, and inclusion, fostering an environment where everyone's unique perspectives are valued. 


About EY-Parthenon

EY-Parthenon is a leading global strategy consultancy, with more than 9,000 professionals, working across three areas of focus: corporate & growth strategy, transaction strategy & execution, and turnaround & restructuring strategy. In 2023, EY-Parthenon was ranked among the top 5 in the Vault’s Top 50 Consulting Firms.


At EY-Parthenon Strategy, we help CEOs and business leaders design and deliver transformative strategies across the entire enterprise, to manage challenges and build long-term value to all stakeholders. We are a fast-growing service offering within EY. This is providing new team members broader responsibilities, more exposure to clients and overall, a significant opportunity for personal growth and development.


With global connectivity and scale, EY-Parthenon teams focus on Strategy Realized. We are committed to bringing unconventional yet pragmatic thinking together with our clients, to deliver actionable strategies for real impact in today’s complex business landscape. At EY-Parthenon, we work with corporate, private equity clients and governments to enable them to reimagine their eco-systems, reshape their portfolios and reinvent themselves for a better future. From idea to implementation, our teams help organizations to build a better working world by fostering long-term value.


Our focus is to help governments and/or private-sector organizations plan their businesses, and make better decisions grounded in robust and compelling evidence. We provide the necessary foresight that helps make and deliver critical business decisions and investments and improves our clients’ performance. We help clients grow, create long-term value, manage emerging risks, and reduce costs through their strategic design. For smart, nice, and driven candidates, working at EY-Parthenon offers the opportunity to change how world-leading organizations do business. For more information, please visit


The opportunity

The EY-Parthenon Financial Services (FS) Strategy team is currently seeking to expand their team and recruit a Manager who will be able to build on their current strategy development, transaction and commercial experience, and work on a number of diverse and demanding projects.


In the EY-Parthenon FS Strategy team, you can expect to work with a range of Financial Services clients (e.g., banks, insurers, payments providers, wealth and asset managers, FinTechs), advising on strategy development (e.g., growth strategy, product strategy, new market entry), and both corporate and private equity clients on the investment, acquisition and divestment of FS-specific businesses. The FS sector is highly dynamic, where regulation, new entrants, digitisation, and evolving customer behaviour are just some of the market forces influencing the landscape and future outlook. As such, for those with experience in Financial Services, this role provides the opportunity to continue to immerse yourself in one of the most complex and exciting sectors.


Your key responsibilities

As a Manager at EY-Parthenon Strategy team, your will have the following responsibilities:

  • Lead client projects and engagement teams to deliver high quality outputs;
  • Maintain relationships with client personnel at appropriate levels;
  • Drive business development by preparing client meetings and project proposals and proactively seeking and identifying new project opportunities;
  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge of all phases and aspects of strategy development and implementation;
  • Deliver a high degree of client satisfaction with the engagement process and work products sufficient to drive additional and repeated engagements;
  • Develop business strategies using tools such as market analysis, customer research, portfolio optimization, etc;
  • Effectively manage diverse and international teams, maintaining the work life balance and promoting EY-Parthenon culture and values;
  • Mentor and coach junior colleagues to support their personal and professional growth and fit to the team;
  • Lead marketing and promotional efforts to further boost brand presence and awareness;
  • Actively support recruitment efforts in identifying and selecting future team members.



Skills & Attributes for Success

  • Able to independently lead projects & teams and manage senior-level clients
  • You are curious and purpose driven. We’re looking for people who see opportunities instead of challenges, who ask better questions to seek better answers that build a better working world
  • You are inclusive. We’re looking for people who seek out and embrace diverse perspectives, who value differences, and team inclusively to build safety and trust
  • Business and commercially driven – Working in a fast-paced, exciting environment with strong business acumen to really help add value to our clients
  • Business development – Assist in aspects of business origination, including pitches and presentations, and attending meetings with clients to help sell work. Contribute to our practice development initiatives, supporting the continued focus on our team as a great place to work
  • Learning – Learn and develop technical and personal skills to support achievement of career goals, through a blend of structured learning, coaching and experiences
  • Building Relationships – Strong working relationships with senior clients, including influence, advice, and support to key decision makers
  • Team management - Develop, manage, and mentor team members at the Intern, Consultant and Senior Consultant levels


What we look for

To qualify for the role, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Excellent academic background with a bachelors from a top-tier university in a relevant discipline, for example, accounting, finance, engineering, economics, business administration
  • Master’s degree in business, engineering, or economics. An MBA degree will be considered as a strong asset
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills both in Greek and English
  • 5-8 years of relevant working experience
  • Prior experience in strategy consulting or relevant experience in the industry
  • Relevant sector experience across Financial Services (e.g., subsectors including banking, insurance, wealth and asset management among others)
  • Proven experience in corporate and business strategy, business planning, market study, business/operating model design, and business transformation
  • Proven track record of project management and delivery, particularly large-scale consulting engagements
  • Experience of producing and reviewing high caliber reports, papers, and presentations
  • Strong people skills, including cross-functional collaboration and working with multi-disciplinary teams, staffing, learning, performance management, topic development, etc.
  • Strong internal and external business development/commercial acumen - track record in business development and sales of consulting services
  • Ability to further develop strategy and value creation offering
  • Entrepreneurial spirit, team player and excellent networker - ability to connect with the EY Global network


What we offer

  • Competitive remuneration package: You’ll be rewarded for your individual and team performance. Depending on your experience, our comprehensive rewards package includes benefits that suit your needs including cutting-edge technological equipment, ticket restaurant vouchers, a private health insurance scheme, life insurance, income protection and an exclusive EY benefits club that provides a wide range of discounts, offers and promotions
  • Success as defined by you: We’ll provide the tools and flexibility, so you can make a meaningful impact, your way
  • Personalized learning experience and career development: We provide free and unlimited access to educational platforms and EY Badges, support certifications, and provide coaching and feedback, as a part of our Leadership & Development process, all of which can lead to a meaningful impact and success as defined by you.
  • Transformative leadership: We’ll give you the insights, coaching and confidence to be the leader the world needs
  • Diverse and inclusive culture: You’ll be embraced for who you are and empowered to use your voice to help others find theirs
  • International Experience: Become part of international projects and work along multicultural teams, through our global network.
  • Above all, you will be working in one of the Top Employers in Greece for 2023, awarded by the Top Employers Institute.


About EY

EY exists to build a better working world, helping to create long-term value for clients, people and society and build trust in the capital markets.


Enabled by data and technology, diverse EY teams in over 150 countries provide trust through assurance and help clients grow, transform and operate.


Working across assurance, consulting, law, strategy, tax and transactions, EY teams ask better questions to find new answers for the complex issues facing our world today.


If you can demonstrate that you meet the criteria above, please contact us as soon as possible.


The exceptional EY experience. It’s yours to build.





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