An insight into the life of a Management Consultant at RSM
September 2018| 5 minutes| Career Blogs
Name: Graham Murphy
Job Title: Management Consultant
Joining date: March 2015
Department: Management Consulting (Transformation, HR and Change)
Summary of role
Working within the Management Consulting department is extremely varied. I would generally consider my role to have two halves of client facing and back office/commercial. When I first started, I joined from a Human Resources role – so initially most of my work was in the area of HR Advisory. Within 3 months of starting I was conducting extremely specialist HR work including workplace investigations. Within 6 months I was assisting in general management consulting initiatives including organisational strategy development, organisational development interventions (e.g. organisational structure reviews) across a variety of sectors. More recently I’ve been seconded to a client to deliver a system implementation and act as interim Head of Human Resources. The other half of my role includes commercial duties such as billing clients, development of proposals, designing methodologies to complete work and developing tenders for prospective work.
What’s been the highlight so far?
When I first joined, HR Consultancy was a standalone unit – we did not have access to work in technology, risk and other areas. Since the Management Consultancy unit consolidated last year, it opened up a whole range of opportunities for the team and I have been able to do work I never would have in a HR Consultant role. A close runner up would be having a commercial management system I developed (as a non-accountant in a primarily accounting practice!) taken up as best practice within my team.
What’s been your biggest challenge so far?
Timesheets and chargeable time! In my previous job you clocked in, did your work, and clocked out at the end of the day. I wasn’t accustomed to thinking of my day in terms of time input, recording my day segments (i.e. 15 minutes for one client, an hour for another), or an appreciation for the idiom “time is money”. After my first six months it became second nature– and also honed my time management, organisation skills and commercial awareness!
What’s surprised you most about working at RSM?
Speed of personal development, definitely. I suppose this comes down to working directly with Partners on various projects and learning directly from them. They’re also really open to new ideas/approaches proposed by Consultants.
What’s next for you at RSM?
My current secondment is coming to an end, so I’ll be returning to the main office in Ranalegh with hopes to get back into more strategic, organisational development work… alongside new projects to develop additional skills!
What’s your top tip for someone looking to apply to RSM?
Highlight key achievements in other employment or during college. This could be projects you completed, improvements you introduced, awards you won, customer recognition… and make this stand out on your CV. It will be eye-catching to the reader and give an interviewer something to focus on.
If you are called to interview and nervous during, or before,– wiggle your toes! It’s a technique to dispel nervous energy without anyone noticing… provided the table isn’t clear glass!
Describe RSM in 3 words
Rewarding , developmental and dedicated