Team profile – Sean
What does Javelin Group do?
Javelin Group is a specialist retail strategy consultancy firm. The Strategy team advises retailers and brands on everything from omni-channel strategy to international expansion and cost reduction and also works with investors by conducting commercial and operational due diligence. As a wider business, Javelin works across the retail value chain, with different Javelin Practices covering different areas;
– Operations – supply chain and fulfilment
– Technology consulting -technology planning and platform selection
– Technology development – Systems integration
– Locations – store format and location selection
– Analytics – reporting and data in decision making
Javelin Group’s vertical model means we possess a range of skills and depth of expertise focused on ecommerce transformation that is second-to-none. We are now also part of Accenture’s global network so can draw on skills and expertise from outside our traditional areas of focus to deliver great work for our clients.
Why did you choose to apply for Javelin Group?
The specialisation in retail drew me to apply to Javelin Group given the extent and speed of change in the industry over the past few years. The impact that ecommerce and mobile have had on the way that consumers shop has been phenomenal, and the opportunity to learn more about the impact of the omni-channel world and support companies with such significant challenges really appealed to me. I was also keen to apply to a small consultancy since it was evident that I would be given high levels of responsibility and exposure to clients from the outset.
Describe a typical day as a consultant
There really are no two days that are the same. Our work is project-based, and the specific nature of each client’s business and the project scope means that every project is different. One day you could be sitting at your desk researching foreign retail markets, the next day be on the high street evaluating the store proposition and the next be creating slides for an executive board. The variety combined with the fact that projects are usually quite short (6-12 weeks) means that, despite long hours at times, work is never dull, and you are always developing new skills and working in new ways.
What are the best aspects of your job?
The variety outlined above keeps this job interesting and exciting, and I enjoy making a real impact for companies that I interact with on a day-to-day basis as a consumer. We have an amazing team who are passionate about our work, but no one is too serious. We get along really well, with regular socials which have included white water rafting, go-ape, a ski trip, bowling and pizza making.
Do you have any advice for applicants?
A passion for retail is key for this job. Read up about emerging trends in omni-channel and ecommerce. Think about who your favourite retailers are and why. Case study practice is also helpful, particularly market sizing exercises. Be logical in your approach to answers and always talk through your logic.
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