Competitive business today is all about making intelligent, informed decisions. As a Senior Consultant within Parthenon-EY, you will help make that happen. Parthenon is a leading advisory organization focused on strategy consulting. We are committed to combining our unconventional thinking with our clients’ smarts to deliver actionable strategies. The Software Strategy Group (SSG) is a specialized advisory software practice within Parthenon serving private equity investors and their portfolio companies from diligence through strategy and execution.
In today’s complex business landscape, creativity has become a necessary ingredient for sustained success. Parthenon-EY has an ideal balance of strengths – deep and concentrated skills with broad executional capabilities, intimate client relationships with larger networks of support, and proven processes along with a progressive spirit to unlock opportunity for our clients, amplify the impact of our strategies, and make Parthenon the global advisor of choice for business leaders. You have the opportunity to develop your career through a broad scope of engagements, mentoring and formal learning. That’s how we develop outstanding leaders who team to deliver on our promises to all of our stakeholders, and in so doing, play a critical role in building a better working world for our people, for our clients and for our communities.
Your key responsibilities
SSG provides investment and acquisition guidance (including commercial, product and technology diligence), strategy/value creation and transaction advisory services to companies and investors in the Software Economy. EY-Parthenon Software Strategy Group teams have completed hundreds of successful projects and provide a unique capability to help companies make critical decisions and complete successful transactions.
Senior Consultants are responsible for leading work streams and engagements, translating client needs into project tasks and deliverables. Senior Consultants manage day-to-day problem-solving and team analytical activities, and serve as key liaisons between consulting team members, VPs and Partners, and our clients.
Our Senior Consultant lead teams on a variety of client issues, ranging from diligence to value creation engagements:
Product and technology diligence: The Software Strategy Group provides market-leading product and technology diligence of companies in the Software Economy, an “inside-out” assessment of product capabilities, product road map, software architecture, technical debt, and the organization and processes associated with a software organization.
Integrated diligence: When EY-Parthenon teams combine product and technology diligence with leading commercial due diligence “outside-in” capabilities, we provide clients with a cohesive view of their target investment from both a market and an operational perspective, providing insights that each diligence work stream may not uncover independently. We are a leader and innovator in this integrated offering and bring unrivaled capabilities to the marketplace.
Software development effectiveness: EY-Parthenon teams provide an assessment of a company’s software development organization for capacity, talent and process, and actionable recommendations to improve productivity, timeliness, predictability, quality and overall alignment with the corporate strategy. This assessment is conducted through site visits, interviews, data analysis, hands-on evaluation, primary research and benchmarking. EY-Parthenon provides a detailed strategy on how to improve internal and external integration, communication and governance.
Technology strategy and road map: By analyzing clients’ technology road maps and potential alternatives, as well as assessing cost, risk and alignment with strategic objectives, we help companies identify and build a suitable technology strategy and architecture road map — sometimes building on internal efforts and sometimes on brand-new ideas. This type of engagement includes the potential re-platforming initiative or a major transformational effort — such as a substantial acquisition or a software-as-a-service transformation.
Product strategy and road map: EY-Parthenon teams analyze a company’s product road map and provide recommendations for improvement in product strategy and road map based on market and competitive research, team capabilities, development cost and risk, and technology underpinnings. This type of engagement typically includes primary research on the competitive landscape and market greenspace. It may also entail post-merger consolidation or rationalization of a product portfolio. Like other engagements, it leverages the combination of capabilities in understanding and assessing competitive marketplaces and deep knowledge of software technologies.
Skills and attributes for success
Develop business strategies using tools such as market analysis, customer research, macroeconomic forecasting, and portfolio optimization.
Review transaction rationale and/or deal documents to identify critical business issues and risks relating to a proposed transaction.
Manage work streams and motivate teams with diverse skills and backgrounds.
Develop, manage and mentor junior team members.
To qualify for the role, you must have
At a minimum, a bachelor's degree with outstanding academic performance and at least five years of software-related work experience
Experience managing business strategy and/or M&A strategic diligence projects in complex environments
Ability to make detailed assessments of industry, products, markets, competitors and customers to identify risks and opportunities
Ability to multitask and work efficiently in a fast-paced environment
Excellent problem-solving, project management, facilitation and interpersonal skills
Proficiency in the English language, including the ability to listen, understand, read and communicate effectively, both in writing and verbally, in a professional environment
Effective organization and time management skills with the ability to work under pressure and adhere to project deadlines
Willingness and ability to travel, when necessary (approximately 20-40%)
A passion for software!
Ideally, you’ll also have
An MBA or related graduate degree with at least three years of post-graduate-school related work experience in a consulting firm, preferably with technology-oriented clients, or experience in a software or technology company in a product or R&D-focused role
Expertise in one or more software sectors (ERP, CRM, Digital Media, Mobile, etc.)
A demonstrated ability to lead teams on complex assignments and develop individual team members
What we look for
We are looking for candidates who have a strong aptitude for quantitative and qualitative analysis and the ability to link business strategy to performance. Being a strong team player is critical, with the ability to adapt to changing requirements or deadlines in support of our clients’ goals.
What working at EY offers
We offer a competitive compensation package where you’ll be rewarded based on your performance and recognized for the value you bring to our business. In addition, our Total Rewards package includes medical and dental coverage, pension and 401(k) plans, a minimum of three weeks of vacation plus thirteen observed holidays and three paid personal days, and a range of programs and benefits designed to support your physical, financial and social well-being. Plus, we offer:
Support and coaching from some of the most engaging colleagues in the industry
Opportunities to develop new skills and progress your career
The freedom and flexibility to handle your role in a way that’s right for you
As a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services, we hire and develop the most passionate people in their field to help build a better working world. This starts with a culture that believes in giving you the training, opportunities and creative freedom to make things better. So that whenever you join, however long you stay, the exceptional EY experience lasts a lifetime.
If you can confidently demonstrate that you meet the criteria above, please contact us as soon as possible.
Make your mark. Apply today.
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