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

What type of work do you do in your role as a consultant at EY-Parthenon?

As a consultant, you start making the transition into the role of project manager and get a high degree of responsibility. You start taking charge of the more complex workstreams of large projects and have the chance to try your hand as fully-fledged project manager on smaller engagements. This means you play a larger role in terms of client interaction, thought leadership and project planning and get a chance to develop some new skills. Without a doubt, the learning curve continues! 

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

One of my favourite projects concerned 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.