Team profile – Matt
Javelin Group was, and remains, my first job after finishing my studies at Brasenose College, Oxford, where I read Classics and Modern Languages (German). Having graduated in 2006, I took a year out skiing in Canada and joined Javelin Group on the Graduate Programme in 2007. The immediate appeal of Javelin Group was the size. I was very keen to join a smaller, fast-growing firm to both test myself and get exposure to clients quickly.
As an Associate Director within the Strategy practice, my time is now shared between project management responsibilities (liaising with the client, managing resource, guiding the output of junior colleagues etc.) and selling new work to prospective clients. I also pick up some training responsibilities for new colleagues and attend conferences a few days a year to make sure I am keeping up to speed with the latest developments in the market-place.
I have worked for many of the UK’s largest retailers as well as smaller firms, primarily on digital transformation and omni-channel retail strategy projects. The remainder of my time is spent working on Commercial & Operational Due Diligence projects for private equity houses, helping them to appraise retail businesses for investment. Whilst about 80% of my time is spent working for conventional retailers, I have also worked for many brands, telecommunications, media and B2B clients.
Javelin Group offers a great diversity of work: despite being sector specialists no two projects are the same and typically we start a new project, and therefore an entirely new challenge, every three months at least. The projects are genuinely very interesting and hold much more appeal for me than working in other sectors. The people are really friendly and the culture is open (I sit facing our co-founders in the open plan office). Javelin Group is truly “meritocratic”: good work is rewarded and you quickly come to feel like a very valued member of a close, but fast-expanding team.
Brasenose College, University of Oxford
Classics and Modern Languages, German