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“How can I be a Management Consultant when I have no Experience?”

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Ever wondered how a graduate can enter the world of consulting having never worked a single day in Industry? How can someone find improvements and better ways of doing things in a company if they’ve never worked in that sector? These questions stumped Tim Murray and Kat Suddaby during their final years of chemical engineering at Cambridge. They were bombarded by several consulting firms looking to recruit them and their classmates, but never quite understood what any of them really did. Surely management consultants spent their days locked in broom cupboards on client sites, crunching numbers on laptops, working until 11pm not speaking to anyone. Within two years surely you’d become extremely unhappy, and finally you’d be put out of your misery by the compulsory 2 year cull? Right?! With some firms maybe, but it doesn’t always have to be that way. Tim and Kat, both alumni of the CEB department, will be talking about their experiences since joining Newton, and giving you an insight on what life is really like at Glassdoor and FT’s #1 ranked Consulting Companies to Work For in 2016/17. Newton is a team of award-winning consultants who solve complex challenges and change organisations for the better. In her first year at Newton, Becky worked with an NHS trust to annually enable 5,800 more patients to be seen in clinics, release 80,000 clinical hours and save £2.8m. Tom left university three years ago and has helped ensure low income families can afford fresh fruit and veg, protected the jobs of 4,500 workers and taken 1,500 lorries off the road. Since being founded in 2001 by three Cambridge alumni, we have averaged 35% growth every year. This means you’ll develop fast, delivering change on a range of complex assignments across the public and private sectors, from healthcare to defence, local government, grocery, manufacturing, transport and utilities. We’re different. Not just in the way we do business but in the people we hire and the lengths we go to support you to succeed. So much so, we put 100% of our fees at risk to deliver guaranteed results.

Tim (Pembroke, 2004) is an Associate Director and has been with Newton since graduating from the Chem Eng Department 8 years ago. During his career, Tim has experience across a wide range of industries including: Chemicals, Retail, Consumer Goods, Healthcare, Defence, Property Services and Local Government. One of Tim’s proudest achievements was leading a programme with one of the UK’s most forward thinking engineering companies to double the output of their flagship product, resulting in a 20% increase in the group’s profits. Currently Tim is leading a team of 30 consultants to improve the availability and quality of fresh goods at one of the UK’s largest supermarkets. Outside of work Tim is keen sportsman. He played tennis and cricket for the University but these days is just as likely to be found running along the banks of the Mersey near his home in Manchester. Kat (Pembroke, 2009) is a Senior Consultant at Newton. Following graduation from CEB , she took 9 months travelling around India and Africa before starting in May 2015. Since joining she has worked on five projects across two sectors, including working with the largest county council in the UK to meet the budget cuts without compromising quality of care for children under 18 and taking cost out of the fresh produce supply chain into one of the four large UK supermarkets. Kat is originally from Leeds, and has since moved back. In her spare time, she can be found on her bike in the Yorkshire Dales, swimming in a lake, or travelling through a less well travelled country.

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