Gijs
Associate
EY-Parthenon B.V.
Office: Rotterdam
Year Joined: 2016
Education: University College London

What type of work do you do in your role as an associate at EY-Parthenon?

As an associate, you have a wide variety of responsibilities. These depend on the type of project, your experience level and your personal preference, but in general, you are the analytical foundation of a project team. This means you might, for example, build a market model, conduct industry interviews, perform a cost driver analysis of a specific business, or lead a consumer survey. You rarely do the same thing twice!

What is one of your favorite projects that you’ve work on?

This year, we spent some time with a Dutch producer of agricultural products, working to improve profitability under changing market conditions. My responsibilities included looking at ways to improve the yield on raw materials and performing maintenance more effectively. In this capacity, I spent a lot of time brainstorming and discussing solutions with the technical leaders on the client side. Over time, I gained extensive knowledge about an industry I had previously known very little about, which is really rewarding! In the end, the client adopted many of the ideas we discussed, and I could see the impact of my work almost immediately.

Why did you choose to work at EY-Parthenon?

I wanted to work for a top-level strategic consultancy with a focus on a “tangible” industry (e.g., consumer products) and with a dedicated, down-to-earth group of people. EY-Parthenon offered all these, so the choice was easily made.

How would you describe the culture at EY-Parthenon?

Driven but down-to-earth — people work hard but are also very approachable and do not take themselves too seriously.