Career at SPNS

What we are looking for in our team

SPNS consultants excel in four areas

Problem solving: Our consultants (team members) help leaders solve their toughest and most urgent problems. You must have superior intellectual abilities as well as a practical sense of what works in complex organizations.

Achieving: Our consultants strive to deliver distinctive and lasting client impact. This requires tremendous energy, determination, and judgment, particularly when working with multiple stakeholders under tight deadlines.

Personal impact: Our consultants work closely with a wide range of people in their daily jobs. This calls for strong communication skills—particularly when addressing conflicting points of view. You have to be adept at building trusting relationships with clients to enlist their participation and support.

Leadership: Leading people and fostering productive teamwork are critical to success here. You need excellent leadership skills to bring people together to drive positive change within organizations.

Our consultants are accomplished and well rounded, with diverse backgrounds and experiences. They’re also fun to work with. Our clients and colleagues value this unique mix of talent, skill, and character.

It’s your career; make it your own.

When you arrive at SPNS, you won’t find a well-worn path to follow. Your direction is mainly up to you.  Making your own way accelerates your growth and inspires you to explore. This freedom is at the root of our mission to transform businesses into large-scale organization through highly motivated team of consultants within a serene and friendly work atmosphere. Also we create a firm that develops, excites, and retains exceptional people.

In practice, you’ll have to be open to taking up any project assigned to you as you might not have any form of influence over the projects you work on, the people you work with, and the places you go. Your development needs or particular client needs mean that sometimes we’ll direct you to a specific engagement. But we’ll also give you the freedom to define your own path as you grow within the company.

Explore the role of a consultant at SPNS

It is important to note that every industry is different, and every client is unique, so it’s impossible to detail what your specific responsibilities might be. But in general, you will spend your time identifying issues, forming hypotheses, designing and conducting analyses, distilling conclusions into recommendations, and presenting results to the client’s management.
You will be working closely with the client at their site (this might be any part of the country or world, this implies that you must be willing to travel with short notice); conducting interviews, leading brainstorming sessions, and helping them build skills to implement solutions.
Roles and career paths: Choose the background below that best describes yours, and then read through each role to follow your career path.
Business Analyst: At SPNS our business analysts take responsibility for a discrete part of the problem solving in each client engagement. They play important roles in data gathering, actively contribute to the team’s final recommendations, and present their work to senior client executives. They also have a voice in determining the team’s style and pace of work.  Business analysts find different ways to continue their personal and professional development. Many leave our firm to pursue advanced degrees or spend time in a new industry or with non-profits. Other top performers stay with SPNS and become associates. After pursuing advanced degrees, or gaining additional work experience, strong performers are invited to return to SPNS as associates.
Associate: Associates lead a key portion of an engagement.  They apply a broad range of creative problem-solving skills, combining technical and analytical excellence.  They synthesize conclusions into recommendations and work directly with senior leaders to implement change.  Associates have to develop foundational knowledge across each of the basic functions (e.g., strategy, organization, and finance).  Because the starting point for each associate entering SPNS varies, so will the mix of client exposure and more formal training needed to build capabilities.  Generally, most associates identify an area of real interest in their third year and focus on learning more.
Engagement Manager: When associates are ready for the next level of responsibility, they become engagement managers. Engagement managers own the client problem. They are the hub and center of the full engagement team. They are responsible for determining how to bring the best of SPNS to the client. By working closely with clients, they maximize the impact of our work and lead the client through the change process. They also follow up our work on an ongoing basis to ensure sustained impact.  More experienced engagement managers act as thought leaders in an industry section and/or a function and are sought out by colleagues and clients for this expertise.
Associate Principal: Recognized and elected as “partners-in-training,” associate principals begin to split their time among multiple engagements, rather than working on one engagement at a time. Associate principals continue to build real expertise in functional or industry areas in order to create new thinking and develop new problem-solving approaches. They are inspirational team leaders, typically having several people viewing them as a mentor. They make sure that each associate on their team leaves their engagement better performing than when they joined the team.
Partner: Associate principals who are elected partners have demonstrated their superior ability to deliver significant impact for our clients. They possess distinctive knowledge and can use it to serve high-performing industry leaders. They inspire their colleagues and team members to achieve great things and actively mentor the next generation of firm leaders. They live our values and ensure our firm continuously fulfils its mission statement.  Typically, successful consultants who join SPNS early in their career can expect election to principal (the first stage of partnership) within five to seven years. People with substantial prior professional experience may be elected much sooner and, in rare instances, may join our firm as a partner. There is no limit to the size of our partnership.
Director: Directors are the most senior partners at SPNS. They are typically elected director six to seven years after their partner election. They establish strong relationships with senior leaders and create opportunities for others to grow and develop. They are passionate about impact for our clients and the leadership of our firm.

SPNS Career Path

SPNS Career Path The impact of your contributions as a consultant shall form the basis of your evaluation, and you will only move on to the next role (level) when you acquire the necessary skills. The pace of progress is determined by your ability to lead clients to solutions, help your colleagues succeed, and develop and share knowledge. And your progressive movement is tied to your performance appraisal outcome. However, an average of 16years shall be spent moving from the entry point through the level of a director.