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Consultant People Consulting

Posted 17 Jun 2024
Work experience
1 to 3 years
Full-time / part-time
Job function
Degree level
Required languages
English (Fluent)
Dutch (Fluent)

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Do you want to make a lasting impact on people and organisations?

Do you want to be challenged and inspired?

Do you want to work at pace and drive global delivery?

Then join EY to gain experiences that will last a lifetime.

We’re looking for multiple (senior) consultants to join our People Consulting team, where we continue to experience unprecedented growth across our competences: People & Transformation, Digital HR and HR Transactions & Rewards.

The opportunity - What future are you building towards?

As a Consultant in the People Consulting team you will be offered a diverse and fulfilling career. Together with EY colleagues from other expert teams, you will have the opportunity to work with a range of (international) clients on large and small-scale engagements across multiple industries; both domestic and globally.

Our team - Do great minds always think alike?

The People Consulting department consists of 45 HR and change management professionals that have at least one thing in common. We have a human-centric mindset and put humans at the center of our engagements to make a lasting impact for our clients. While you will be onboarded in a specific competency, we closely work together across our competences in order to make a lasting client impact. We are looking for candidates that have at least one of the requirements of the specific competences as written below, combined with the general requirements which are described later on. Our focus competences are as follows:

People & Transformation

Change is constant and so are business needs and underlying solutions. In achieving business objectives and adoption of the overall solution, setting humans at center has been our key differentiator and success factor. Our focus is driving (behavioral) change management strategies as part of large business transformations, whilst targeting company culture and different leadership components. In addition, there is a strong focus on HR topics related to creating HR strategies and supporting the implementation of future of work best practices while enabling skills-based organisations.

Some of the specific requirements the People & Transformation team is looking for:

  • Strong understanding and experience deploying change management for different initiatives
  • Familiarity and experience with HR practices and/or functional set up is a plus, this includes proficiency in areas such as HR operations, HR business partnering, talent & performance management
  • Aware of cultural mechanics and leadership behaviors in organisations

Digital HR

In an increasingly digital world, there’s a growing demand from our clients for HR digitization and HR technology solutions. We advise our clients on how to digitally transform their HR organisation. This includes guiding on new technologies, process automation, develop digital HR strategy and roadmap. Next to this, also leverage and oversee the implementation of HR technology to drive HR strategic priorities, essentially optimizing the employee experience and enabling (generative) artificial intelligence for HR.

Some of the specific requirements the Digital HR team is looking for:

  • Understanding and experience in implementing HR technology solutions, e.g. ServiceNow HRSD, SAP SuccessFactors, Workday. ServiceNow HRSD experience is pré
  • Eager to develop in, or experienced with digital HR transformation, employee experience and HR processes & analytics
  • Eager to develop, or experienced with client facing project management, documenting business requirements, leading fit-gap analysis, as-is and to-be business process designs.
  • Awareness and understanding of emerging HR technologies and AI

HR Transactions & Rewards

Organizations re-evaluating their business strategy may lead to mergers, acquisitions (M&A) or restructurings. In this competence, we advise and work with clients through either the complete transaction deal cycle or their restructuring aspiration. Our consultants provide a comprehensive range of sell- and buy-side and restructuring solutions related to people services. In addition, there is a focus on total rewards components, either in projects related to M&A or e.g. in the harmonization of total rewards practices.

Some of the specific requirements the HR Transactions & Rewards team is looking for:

  • Strong understanding of financial acumen and how people can leverage financial benefits in M&A or restructurings
  • A background in HR M&A deal and restructurings and driving the people agenda in the deal life cycle, experience with total rewards is a plus
  • Experience working with organisation design & talent planning, HR operations, works councils and/or unions
  • A large amount of eagerness to get started and get trained with our extensive learning curriculum

Responsibilities – How can you make a lasting impact in a rapidly changing world?

  • Demonstrate technical skills in the aforementioned competencies, e.g. HR Management, Change Management, HR Technology, HR M&A
  • Work alongside clients and lead project workstreams, from planning through implementation together with your team
  • Support during the sales process by brainstorming with the team on the client’s request and drive the development of solutions
  • Prepare client workshops and assist in facilitating workshops
  • Contribute to generate profitable revenue by identifying additional engagement opportunities and building lasting relationships with clients
  • Influence and persuade clients and stakeholders to gain support for project related initiatives and/or decisions

Skills and Attributes for success

  • Team player with the ability to integrate with new teams quickly and effectively
  • Collaborative and good at building relationships
  • Ability to manage projects, analyze problems and to provide input to insightful, practical and sustainable solutions
  • Qualitative and quantitative data analysis skills and data manipulation and presentation, such as through MS Excel tools and Power BI
  • Able to manage stakeholders and client relationships in a fast paced and complex environment
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills and experience of producing high quality reports, papers, presentations with excellent attention to detail
  • Ability to bring ideas and insights to clients that provide value, help address risk and assist in the driving solutions
  • You demonstrate resilience in stressful situations and excel in performing under time pressure
  • You are familiar with fast-paced dynamics and are able to navigate them effectively

General job requirements – Where do you start if you want to change the world?

To qualify for the role, you must have

  • A relevant master’s degree, e.g. in Business Administration, HR, Change Management, Finance
  • Relevant working (internship) experience of up to 2 years within industry or consulting related roles with strong affinity for the people agenda
  • Ability to analyze problems and to provide input to insightful, practical, and sustainable solutions
  • Strong understanding of people related processes related to HR transformations, business transformation or M&A depending on competency
  • Strong oral and written communication skills in English and Dutch preferred
  • See for more specific job requirements the descriptions above

Already interested? Apply now!

What we offer – Is everything that counts being counted?

  • Vitality: the choice is yours. An online session with an external vitality coach, practical tips on topics such as nutrition, energy, sleep, and mindset and/or a voucher card to rent a padel court.
  • Flexible working: you decide where and when you work in consultation with your team. At home, at the office, at the client or from another European country (up to 20 working days per year).
  • Salary: in addition to your fixed salary, depending on EY's financial performance, you may be eligible for a bonus. You are also entitled to an expense allowance (depending on the function) and an internet allowance of €40 net per month.
  • Time off: you are entitled to 29 vacation days per year when full-time employed.
  • Mobility: Contribute directly to our ambition to reduce EY's carbon footprint to zero by 2025. With the new scheme you choose the most diverse sustainable options via the EY My Daily Travel app or online environment. Think of the use of lease bicycles, electric shared scooters, electric shared cars, flexible lease cars and various subscriptions for public transport. You can also view your CO2 footprint via the app.

For more information about our employment terms, visit our page here.

The office

Our office in Amsterdam is located on the Zuidas: a bustling area where many companies are based. In our Cross Towers, as many as 1000 people are welcomed daily. Haven't had breakfast yet? Then a special smoothie will be made for you or simply a delicious cappuccino. During lunchtime, the team is ready to serve you a fresh lunch. For a breathtaking view of Amsterdam, head to the 22nd floor. Collaboration takes on a new meaning through the Wavespace. This high-tech environment brings together clients and colleagues virtually worldwide!

Bij EY werk je aan uitdagende projecten en krijg je te maken met de nieuwste ontwikkelingen. De wereld verandert snel; de vragen die aan ons gesteld worden ook. Standaardoplossingen bestaan niet meer. Daar moet je mee kunnen omgaan. Daarom kijken we niet alleen naar je studierichting, maar ook naar je persoonlijkheid. Wie ben je en wat neem je mee? Samen…

Bij EY werk je aan uitdagende projecten en krijg je te maken met de nieuwste ontwikkelingen. De wereld verandert snel; de vragen die aan ons gesteld worden ook. Standaardoplossingen bestaan niet meer. Daar moet je mee kunnen omgaan. Daarom kijken we niet alleen naar je studierichting, maar ook naar je persoonlijkheid. Wie ben je en wat neem je mee? Samen ontdekken we waar je talenten liggen, zodat je je bij ons kunt ontwikkelen tot de beste versie van jezelf.

Bring yourself. Build your future.

Management Consulting
Active in 150 countries
6,000 employees
60% men - 40% women
Average age is 32 years