Team profile – Ben

After graduating with a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics, I spent two years working as a Researcher for a political think tank. I enjoyed working with young, bright colleagues to devise solutions to complex policy problems, but was sometimes frustrated by the theoretical nature of the work. Strategy consulting seemed to combine many of the enjoyable aspects of my previous job with a more practical and actionable work output.

Why did you choose to apply for Javelin Group?

I was initially attracted to Javelin Group because of their specialism in retail. I felt by focusing on an industry, I was much more likely to develop deep expertise that would enable me to produce higher-quality, more rewarding work. I also thought the level of change and disruption in retail, as well as my personal experience as a customer in the sector, made it an exciting and relatable industry. As I progressed through the application process, it was clear that Javelin was a genuinely fun and enjoyable place to work, which has proven to be my favourite aspect of the job.

Describe a typical day as an Associate Consultant

What are the best aspects of your job?

The people you work with are my favourite part of working at Javelin. Everybody is bright and driven which creates a gratifying and motivating environment. That said, nobody takes themselves too seriously, and across levels, everybody is friendly and up for having fun.

Do you have any advice for applicants?

As with most other strategy consulting firms, case studies play a key part of the interview process, and practice makes a big difference.

Beyond that, understand Javelin’s business offering and how it differs from more generalist strategy consultancies. The job, even at a junior level, is quite different at a specialist firm, and it’s important to demonstrate that you understand that and are genuinely interested in the role. Keeping abreast of developments in retail and developing opinions about retailers you are interested in, and why, will help you understand if you would enjoy the job whilst demonstrating an interest in the sector.


Exeter, University of Oxford
Philosophy, Politics and Economics

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