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Day in the life of a CbDer

Here at IBM Global Business Services we live and breathe a client-first mindset in everything we do. We understand our clients, advise them and deliver meaningful value to them. We inspire them and help them to become their market leaders. We call it The IBM Way and we’re looking for people who share this mindset.

Are you passionate about building a career in consulting? You will take on new challenges every day, enjoy real responsibility from day one, work with the brightest minds in the business and help us make markets by transforming industries and professions with data. We are looking for ambitious graduates who are forward thinkers with imagination and drive: people who can develop big ideas and turn them into big solutions for our clients.

If you’re interested, our CbD program is for you!

The CbD Program

IBM Consulting by Degrees is our world - class program designed to develop top, entry - level consultants into tomorrow’s leaders. By providing a variety of project and role experiences, and deep skills development opportunities, our consultants are prepared to launch and accelerate their careers successfully. The CbD program seeks the best and brightest from all walks of life – from business to engineering; communications to computer science; analytics to application development and everything in between.

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The Roles

Business Consultant

IBM Business Consultants work with our clients to address new and often technology-enabled opportunities, as well as solve specific business problems. This may involve working through all or any part of the project lifecycle; understanding the client’s requirements and analysing the business context; advising them on best practice or recommended strategy; or designing and delivering solutions.

During your first 2 years, you’ll move between different assignments, working with a variety of blue-chip clients. You may be designing and building innovative customer experiences, using leading edge methods to help plan, solution and execute client work, or analyzing business requirements and configuring functional software in the next generation of applications; making a difference to our clients and to the world.

Business consulting is varied: the path you take and the velocity of your progression will be largely in your hands!

Technology Consultant

In a world where groups of scrum teams increasingly deliver solutions, being technical is essential. And working in our client-facing teams means that multi-skilled technology consultants who have excellent people skills to bridge between business product owners and our project teams will thrive.

You’ll grow a strong set of consulting and technical skills working alongside some of the world’s leading technology experts in Digital, Cognitive and Cloud, learning from their experience as you take on increasing challenges and responsibilities; all of which provides opportunity for strong career growth.
You may be designing and building innovative customer experiences, using real-time analytics and cloud technologies, infusing cognition into our clients’ enterprises, or building mobile and web apps; making a difference to our clients and to the world.

Our ambition is to enable you to become one of IBM’s technology leaders: Solution Architects, Technical Programme Managers, Cognitive Architects, Digital experts, Distinguished Engineers and Cloud leaders.

Strategic Analytics Consultant

As a Strategic Analytics Consultant, you can expect to work on projects providing specialist analytics or business modelling support. Projects can last anything from a few weeks to over a year, and can be based at a client site, an IBM location or a combination of both. We work at the interface of consulting and analytics; using data to derive insight for our clients, and helping to explain technical concepts using strong communication skills and creative visualisation.

We usually work as part of a small team – either with other consultants, or as the modelling specialist within a team of industry experts. Part of the attraction is that all projects and roles are different, and you’ll find yourself in challenging client-facing situations from a very early stage in your career. You’ll have the opportunity to create your own career path- whether that’s focussing on a particular industry, or choosing to specialise in business skills (including business modelling, benefits realisation, customer analytics etc) or technical skills (including R, SQL, Python etc).

Training is provided for this role as part of the IBM Consulting by Degrees graduate programme, as well as specific technical training for Strategic Analytics Consultants.

Click on the roles to check you meet the minimum requirements, these will vary depending on the role.

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Training and Development

Throughout the program you will benefit from:

  • Continuous on-the-job learning
  • Mentorship from your Consulting by Degrees manager and local mentor
  • An educational plan with classroom and virtual courses designed to accelerate your career
  • Expertise within both the Business and Technology specialisms – regardless of what programme you join
  • Ultimately carving your own career path based on your talents and aspirations
Foundation: Defining yourself as a consultant, Breadth: Contributing to a common project goal, Depth: Bulding leadership skills, relationships and expertise, Promotion: Ascending career path to the next level

Leadership Profiles

Matt Candy

Matt Candy, Vice President, UKI & Europe Leader, IBM iX

Nearly 20 years ago, I began my career as an IBM graduate (and formally PwC Consulting prior to acquisition into IBM) - the start of a long and fascinating adventure. Today I’m thrilled, and very proud, to not only still be enjoying this adventure with IBM, but also to be the Executive Sponsor of the CbD Graduate Programme in UK & Ireland. Over my career I've had the chance to work with some of the most amazing clients, the most talented and brilliant IBMers, and to solve some incredible business challenges - it has been a hugely energising and rewarding experience.
In my role as Executive Sponsor, I want to continue this amazing adventure with you! I want to build on my personal experience and passion to help develop the next generation of IBM leaders who can make an impact on the world. Join me and my team to imagine the businesses that will shape the world for years to come, and together with our clients, we can make them real.

Sarah Kmetz

Sarah Kmetz, Global Program Manager – GBS Early Professional Hire Program

It's an exciting time to be at IBM as we transform to meet our clients' rapidly changing business needs. The Consulting by Degrees program has become a huge part of that transformation. With CbDers in over 50 countries across the world it truly is a world class graduate program, helping prepare our next generation of consulting leaders. Program participants around the world continue to impress me with their passion, intellect, and innovation, working with leading edge technologies such as Cognitive, Watson, and Cloud. Participants in the Consulting by Degrees program are leading the way to the future of IBM and delivering innovation that matters both for our company and the world.

Graham Jeffrey

Graham Jeffrey, UKI Consulting by Degrees Programme Manager

As the Leader of our Consulting by Degrees Programme in the UK & Ireland I really do believe I have the best job in the world. As a Consultant myself with almost 20 years of experience it is incredibly inspirational to be able to work with today's graduates, our emerging leaders of the future. I have the opportunity to share my vast experience, across many clients and sectors, to positively influence, shape and develop our Programme for You, our future leaders. This is a big responsibility, but incredibly rewarding, seeing our graduates doing the brilliant things they do for our clients every single day - bringing innovation, thought leadership, the very latest emerging technologies and the drive, ambition, tenacity and technical curiosity needed to succeed. Coupled with our world class methods and training you really can embrace The IBM Way and be the ones to power the IBM of the future.

I am immensely proud of all our CbD'ers past and present and the extraordinary impact they are making. If you see yourself as a future IBM Leader, someone with ambition to make the world work better and to create the career you have always imagined then join the CbD Programme and become an IBMer doing what IBMers do. I look forward to meeting you.

Transform your Community and Career

Our consultants support various initiatives across the business, whether it is recruiting our next generation of new hires, peer mentoring, or leading internal improvement processes and giveback opportunities. At IBM, you will be exposed to corporate and community programs that promote the IBM values of social and corporate responsibility, values that are shared and experienced locally and globally. You will also be invited to explore the hundreds of diversity organizations and local IBM clubs, so you can become part of our extended community in your region and globally.

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