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August provides an unmatched total equation

What makes August distinctive as a place to work is not so much one unique thing, but rather a unique combination of things. Our unmatched total equation combines intellectual and entrepreneurial challenge with the prospect of being part of an extraordinary community while having the opportunity to enjoy good quality of life.

Intellectual and entrepreneurial challenge

The diverse nature of assignments, industries and companies coupled with complex problem solving make strategy consulting highly interesting and motivating. You will be exposed to an endless array of intellectual challenges, for which clients depend on you and the team to develop solutions. Not off-the-shelf or standardized solutions, but tailored solutions that fit seamlessly to the problem or situation at hand. Exposure to constant intellectual challenge – and the steep learning curve that follows from it – is a big part of the appeal of strategy consulting as a profession, and typically a key reason for why people join August.

But the challenges you face at August are not just intellectual, you also get a taste of challenges with an entrepreneurial angle. While client engagements are at the core and center of what we do, we are simultaneously building and developing our company. What do we want to be, what are our targets, how do we compete, what do we need to develop, and how do we go about doing all of this? Addressing these types of questions is not limited to a selected few – everyone in the team contributes to this and has a unique opportunity to leave their own mark.

Being part of an extraordinary community

A strong sense of community gives that nice extra flavor on coming into work every day. At August, the essence of community is perceiving and engaging people as whole persons rather than just professionals. It’s not merely getting along with your colleagues, it’s not only the social events and fun stuff, it’s far more profound than just effective teamwork between great individuals. To put it simply, it’s about being appreciated not just for what you do, but for who you are. And thereby fostering an environment where outstanding people can flourish and unleash their full potential. Although extraordinary is always in the eye of the beholder, we dare to make this claim when describing our community. Why? Because that’s what it feels like to us.

Opportunity to enjoy good quality of life

Although challenging and meaningful work for many at August is a key ingredient in quality of life, it is for none the only ingredient, or even the most important one. There’s family, friends, exercise, culture, hobbies, travel, you name it. While we are humble towards the fact that quality of life is a strongly subjective perception that we can’t guarantee anyone, we put a lot of effort into making sure our people have the opportunity to enjoy good quality of life, whatever it means to each and every one. We don’t have a fixed model or form for how this is done, as everyone has their unique needs and interests. However, an indication that we might have succeeded on some level is the fact that on average our people turnover is lower, and our tenures longer, than what you typically see in strategy consulting.

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for talented and motivated people with an edge

As we see it, outstanding individuals performing as a team is by far our most important asset. Consequently, we build our organization methodically, piece by piece (or rather, person by person). We are looking for exceptionally talented and driven individuals – people who have demonstrated high performance in studies, work or other fields of life. Individual characteristics that are helpful are curiosity, drive, courage and willingness to make a difference.

While everyone at August is an own unique individual, there are certain qualities most have in common:

  • Outstanding analytical problem-solving skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Strong team player attitude
  • Motivation and drive

If you believe you have what it takes, don’t hesitate to apply!

August career path

Our career path ensures a steep learning curve throughout your tenure at August and allows you to continuously develop new capabilities

Intern

In terms of responsibilities and expectations, interns are comparable to those of full time analysts. Our interns take their place as trusted team members in client engagements under the guidance of experienced colleagues from the very beginning. A successful internship can also serve as a stepping stone to a permanent position at August after graduation.

Analyst

Analysts are fully-fledged team members in client projects, carrying individual responsibility in well-defined areas, from data gathering to drawing insightful conclusions and preparing client-ready materials. Analysts always work under the supervision of more senior consultants, receiving support from them in their work, while benefitting from constantly learning something new.

Consultant

Consultants carry broad responsibility for coordinating information gathering, structuring analyses, drawing insightful conclusions and presenting conclusions based on them. Consultants are responsible for their own work streams, which can also include supervising their junior colleagues.

Associate manager

Associate managers supervise the work of the junior staff members and are independently responsible for larger entities, including operative project management and coordination with clients. Associate managers are responsible for the management of complete projects or sub-projects, depending on the scope of the project.

Manager

Managers are responsible for the operative management of projects. Managers have excellent leadership skills and they work closely with the client, ensuring that work is carried out as agreed and the knowledge that has been accumulated during the project is transferred to the client organization.

Director

Directors work simultaneously on several projects as senior advisors. In addition to project work, directors are responsible for the development of August and its client relations.

Partner

Partners carry the ultimate responsibility of August’s operations and leadership and their development, as well as its corporate culture and identity. Partners participate in many projects as seasoned advisors, injecting their broad-ranging business knowledge and strategic insight into them. Partners are also responsible for the development of new business and existing customer relationships.

How to apply?

Internships for students

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Internships for students

EXPERIENCE what strategy consulting is like at the forefront. LEARN how to solve complex real world business problems. MAKE a difference by creating unique solutions that deliver impact. PROSPER in a close-knit community that brings out the best in people.

We are now recruiting several interns for 2021. An internship lasts 2–3 months with flexible timing during winter, spring, or fall. Typically, our interns are at least 3rd year university students with demonstrated high performance in studies, work, or other fields of life. As individuals they tend to be intellectually curious, entrepreneurially driven, and brave difference-makers. And compassionate too, the kind of people you’d want to have as your colleagues.

If this sounds like you, don’t hesitate to apply for our 2021 internship by October 1, 2020.

Please send your application by e-mail to: internship@august.fi.

Headline your e-mail: “Firstname Lastname application for internship 2021”. Please attach to your application your cover letter, resume, university degree transcripts, and upper secondary school matriculation certificate. Also note that by sending your application you acknowledge that you have read and understood our recruitment privacy policy and agree to the use of your personal data as set out in it.

If you are interested, do not hesitate to send your application right away as we will start inviting candidates to interviews already during the application period.

Permanent positions

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Permanent positions

Are you a recently graduated student (or a student close to graduation) in pursuit of a challenging and stimulating career opportunity? Are you a professional looking for a new exciting phase in your career?

We welcome applications for permanent positions throughout the year.

If you are interested, please send your cover letter, resume, and in the case of recent graduates, also your university degree transcripts and upper secondary school matriculation certificate, by email to andreas.lindholm@august.fi

Please note that by sending your application you acknowledge that you have read and understood our recruitment privacy policy and agree to the use of your personal data as set out in it.

Recruitment process

Recruitment process is tailored to the position

The recruitment process is slightly different for internships and permanent positions. For permanent positions the process consists of several rounds of interviews, depending on the background of the candidate and the position applied for. The following description provides more detail on what the process for internships typically looks like:

Application

In your application, you are expected not only to convince that you have what it takes to be a strategy consultant, but also that you are a good fit with August. For detailed information on how to apply, please visit the “How to apply” section above.

1st round interviews

The first round consists of two interviews with the objective of testing your ability and motivation to become a strategy consultant and the mutual fit between you and August. At this stage, you will also get the chance to solve at least one business case (for more details about case solving, see section “Preparation tips for a case interview” below).

2nd round interviews

In case you make it to the second (and final) round, you will meet two of our Partners (or Directors) in two separate interviews. The purpose of this round is to clear any doubts on your side (e.g. your future desires and your motivation to work at August) or our side (e.g. your ability to structure and solve complex business problems, or your fit with August). This is your opportunity to convince us that you have what it takes for the job and that August is the right place for you.

Orientation – August Academy Bootcamp

If you are extended a job offer and decide to accept it, your career at August will begin with the three-day August Academy Bootcamp training session where you get to experience consultant’s life by delivering a simulated real life case in teams and presenting your answer to a Steering Group. In addition, a personal ‘buddy’ will help you to get started with any practicalities or concerns during your first weeks at the August office.

Preparation tips

Preparation tips for a case interview

In a case interview, you are presented with a situation of challenge that a real or fictional business is facing. Your task is to analyze and solve the problem.

Why do we have case interviews?

Consulting is essentially about problem solving. Case interviews are a way to simulate in an interview context the kind of problems we work with and solve. They provide us with an opportunity to understand your ability to frame problems, identify key issues, structure analyses and get to conclusion.

What do we look for in case interviews?

We are expecting you to build an understanding of the situation, frame the problem, structure the analysis, analyze and draw conclusions, and finally synthesize your findings and make recommendations. Ultimately the interviewer is trying to get an indication of your potential for solving our clients’ problems in real life based on a combination of skills such as structuring, logical reasoning, mathematical orientation and business sense. In addition, the case provides the interviewer a glimpse of how you interact with other people.

What formats and types of cases do we use?

The format of case can vary a lot, depending on the interviewer. Some interviewers favor candidate-led formats, where the candidate is expected to be firmly in driver’s seat all the way and the interviewer intervenes rarely, whereas others may prefer more interviewer-led formats, where the candidate works on specific parts of the overall problem and interviewer controls the process in significant ways. In other words, be prepared to take an active or a reactive role, depending on how the interviewer formulates the problem and your task, and how the interviewer guides you at the outset.

There is a multitude of different types of cases. Every interviewer has their own preferred types, often drawing upon own experiences from real life cases. A few examples of themes in case interviews are listed below:

  • Market sizing / estimation
  • Organic growth strategy
  • Profitability improvement
  • Industry analysis
  • Supply chain optimization
  • Synergy assessment
  • Sourcing improvement
  • Pricing

Is it necessary to prepare for case interviews and how to do it?

Few people make it successfully through case interviews without any preparation. We warmly encourage you to take some steps to prepare, as this is likely to improve your chances of securing a job offer. Here are a few practical tips related to the interview situation that are useful to know:

  • Listen to the interviewer carefully and make sure that you understood the key issues and address the question
  • Do not hesitate to ask clarifying questions on terms or concepts before going forward with the case and clarify the intended scope of the exercise
  • Take time to structure your analysis and necessary information carefully. The interviewer might hold important information that you should ask for or you may be presented with an abundance of information, all of which is not relevant for solving the case
  • Make the interview a discussion as it is important that the interviewer follows your logic in detail and you may also get some hints if you stay alert
  • Act convincing in calculations but remember that many times the data tells the response directly if you know where to look for
  • Make sure to “sanity check” your calculations and conclusions before committing to them to make sure they make sense in the context of the case
  • Once you are done with the given assignment, take it to the next level and think of the implications and next steps.

Please be aware that these are just the very basics. For more information, tips and practice cases, you may want to check out e.g. Case in Point (by Marc Consentino). Also, there is a multitude of tips and practice cases available for free on the internet for the inquisitive mind.