UC welcomes people with diverse educational backgrounds and experiences. UC is extremely selective, however, in its hiring process and specifically looks for compatibility with Our Values (i.e. being Reliable, Responsive and Resilient). Each candidate goes through in-depth interviews and case study sessions. Only 1 out of every 50 candidates who apply to UC, is selected to join our Team.
The Professional Development Program
We invest heavily in training to ensure the success of our employees. The Professional Development Program is a continuous activity designed to prepare professionals and office staff for the daily rigors of the profession.
- Every Friday morning, 52 weeks of the year, from 8.30 am to 10.30 am, the team gets together to participate in our weekly training program. We discuss current and past UC Case Studies and strategy consulting methodologies.
- We also analyze the entry and growth story of other companies in India, with their Managing Directors often joining us on a video call at the end of our discussions. Some guests who have recently participated in our PD Program Case Discussions:
- Suresh Narayanan : Chairman and Managing Director – Nestle India
- RS Sodhi : Managing Director – Amul, India
- Pramit Pal Chaudhuri : Foreign Editor – The Hindustan Times, India
- Jim Wadia : Former Managing Partner – Arthur Andersen Worldwide
- Shital Kakkar Mehra : Leadership Executive Presence Coach
- The PD Program simulates a live consulting environment so that new candidates get a feel for the profession of consulting. Through case studies, simulated assignments and functional training sessions, new consultants acclimatise themselves with nuances of the profession.
UC helps our employees balance a rewarding consulting career with life outside of work. Our policies are designed to encourage a pleasant working environment. Examples of few of our policies follow below:
- Monitoring Long Hours:
UC’s Leadership Team is committed to supporting a healthy balance between life and work. We monitor employee hours weekly, to identify if specific individuals or case teams are consistently working excessively long hours and take necessary steps to address these situations when they occur.
- Compensation Leave:
The Compensation Leave is addressed to those employees who have worked exceptionally long hours on a case and have dedicated personal time for clients work. These employees are given comp-off after their case concludes, in recognition of their extra work.
UC is the best place to learn and apply fundamentals of business. Before joining UC my exposure to business challenges was limited to day to day operation, but after three years at UC, working across different range of projects, I can now see immense intellectual development in me. This is the place where I have experienced steep learning curve with one of the most collaborative and conducive environment.
UC has provided a collaborative learning platform with immense opportunities. The values, culture and inspiration has helped not only to do good work but also to be a better person in life. IT’S A COMPANY UNLIKE ANY OTHER
Thanks to UC, I have had exposure across varied industries and services, ranging from tractors to DNA sequencing machines. It gave me the opportunity to provide actionable recommendations to C-Suite level personnel, where not only did they accept the recommendations but also implemented them. Most of all, I cherish the learning I have received from my peers and seniors in the firm, who through thick and thin stand by you and ensure we deliver the best to the client
It’s been an incredible 16 years at UC! Each day is a new learning with challenges. The best part is working with a great team – very hardworking, supportive and humble colleagues. UC is built on work ethos of quality, ethical action, client focus, continuous learning and outstanding team work!
Employees join UC from diverse backgrounds and very quickly, with an on-going Professional Development program, are equipped to address client challenges. Differing roles constitute the progression path at UC. Every role is challenging and prepares the employee for future challenges and leadership opportunities.
Each position specifies its role and the progression through a normal career path. An indicative length of time that a person should spend on a level is mentioned, however, it is not fixed. Growth is purely driven by performance and not by tenure. UC believes in rewarding outstanding performers.
UC’s case team structure achieves the most effective blend of research skills, analytical capabilities and industry and consulting experience.
Bachelor’s Degree (B.E., B. Tech, BSc, BMS, BS, BA, B Com etc.) holders join UC as Associates. Associates work as an integral part of an engagement team and are responsible for primary research, data gathering, preliminary analysis and preparing deliverables (e.g. presentation slides and market models). Associates take on significant responsibility and report to experienced consultants.
Associates with ~2 years of experience, often become Associate Consultants. However, some Associates choose to go to business school with the consulting experience. The outstanding track record of our Associates who have been accepted to top educational institutions underlines the excellence of the training and on-the-job experience they receive at UC. Many graduates who joined UC as Associates have been admitted to educational institutions such as London Business School, University of Oxford, University of Chicago (Both School of Business), Indian Institute of Management Calcutta, and the Indian School of Business.
MBA’s fresh out of business school or have recently received a Master’s Degree (non-MBA) are considered for the post of Associate Consultant. However, 1-2 years of prior work experience would be relevant to joining UC as an Associate Consultant.
Associate Consultants are an integral part of an engagement team and play an active role in all aspects of an engagement including conducting interviews, organizing and conducting research, building analytical frameworks and presenting results of work to the client and senior colleagues at the Firm.
Associate Consultants take on significant responsibility, report directly to the project manager, work in teams and yet be able to shine as individuals
Over a period of 3 years, Associate Consultants mature into assuming the role of a Consultant, subject to, the individual having demonstrated the skills required to develop and maintain an effective and professional client-consultant relationship, advanced levels of analytical and technical skills, and an established track record for high-quality performance.
Consultants are an integral part of an engagement team and play an active role in all aspects of an engagement including conducting interviews, organising and conducting research, building analytical frameworks and presenting results of work to the client and senior colleagues at the Firm.
Consultants take on significant responsibility, report directly to the project manager, work in teams and yet be able to shine as individuals.
Over a period of 3 years, Consultants mature into assuming the role of Senior Consultants subject to, of course, the individual having demonstrated the skills required to develop and maintain an effective and professional client consultant relationship, advanced levels of analytical and technical skills, and an established track record for high quality performance.
Consultants often have client and Director contact from the first case. Consultants work on projects that expose them to a wide range of strategic business issues and processes. Promotion to Senior Consultant is merit-based and generally occurs after 2-3 years as a Consultant. Over 50% of our Consultant recruits, made Senior Consultant in the last 2 years.
In exceptional cases, those with a Master’s degree and over 5 – 6 years of work experience may be directly offered a position of Senior Consultant at the Firm. In most cases, however, Associate Consultants, after 3 – 4 years, or Consultants after having spent 1 – 2 years in the role, mature into becoming Senior Consultants.
Senior Consultants play an active role in all aspects of an engagement including structuring of client issues, planning, conducting interviews, brainstorming solutions and presenting results of work to clients. They provide thought leadership and analyse efforts, work closely with clients and communicate the progress of engagements to their senior colleagues at the Firm.
Senior Consultants drive successful completion of client engagements, ensure a high quality of service, and demonstrate an advanced development of technical and analytical skills. They report directly to the engagement manager or in some cases lead engagements themselves, and develop capabilities of the consultants on the team. Senior Consultants are also expected to play an important role in firm development activities, especially in the area of training.
In exceptional cases, those with a Masters degree and over 7 years of work experience may be offered a position as Manager at the Firm. In most cases, however, Senior Consultants, after having spent 3 – 5 years in the role, mature into becoming Managers.
Managers are experienced hands with a track record as successful engagement leaders. They undertake larger engagement management responsibilities and manage a number of client engagements. They provide thought leadership, set the tone of engagements, shape research and analyse efforts, work closely with clients to ensure that engagements reach successful completion within time and budgets. They also ensure that the client agenda is met.
Managers report directly to the Associate Directors/ Directors and develop capabilities of Associates, Consultants and Senior Consultants on the team. Managers play an important role in Firm Development activities, especially in the area of training, recruitment and business development.
Managers contribute to the Firm’s thought leadership by building deep expertise in one or two practice areas while maintaining their edge on general strategic, operational and organizational issues. They translate engagement experiences and expertise in their respective practices into rich insights for clients and the Firm.
UC provides arguably the fastest route to Manager, as compared to our peers.
Over a period of 3-4 years, Managers may be promoted to join the position of Associate Director, subject to, of course, the individual demonstrating the required capabilities.
Associate Directors provide the overall leadership at UC. The nature of the role requires a minimum of 7 – 10 years within UC to be eligible for invitation to the group.
Associate Directors are responsible for ensuring client satisfaction and employee satisfaction in the Firm. They work closely with client teams and ensure engagement agendas maximize client impact. Associate Directors deepen and strengthen client relationship and actively develop new client relationships. They are also responsible for the day-to-day running of the Firm and drive many firm development initiatives including Human Resources, knowledge management, training and mentoring.
Directors provide the overall leadership at UC. The nature of the role requires a minimum of 9-12 years within UC to be eligible for invitation to the director group.
Directors are responsible for ensuring client satisfaction and employee satisfaction in the Firm. Directors work closely with client teams and ensure engagement agendas maximize client impact. Directors deepen and strengthen client relationship and also actively develop new client relationships. Directors are also responsible for the day-to-day running of the Firm and drive a number of firm development initiatives including Human Resources, knowledge management, training and mentoring.
Directors contribute to the Firm’s thought leadership by building expertise in a few practice areas while maintaining their edge on general strategic, operational and organizational issues. They also write articles and translate engagement experiences and expertise in their respective practices into rich insights for our clients and the Firm.
Office Staff roles are very diverse and challenging in UC. This includes research support, marketing support, finance /administration support, documentation support, Knowledge Management support, Social Media support and operational support. The Office Staff Team plays an important role in assisting the professional staff and is critical to the firm achieving its objectives.
UC offers opportunities for interested candidates to function as a part of a truly world-class office management team. A graduate degree with 1 – 2 years’ experience is a pre-requisite. Alternatively, those with Master’s Degree in research and documentation support.
Work when You want to (Choice) + Work where You want to (Flexibility) + Work on projects that interest You (Opportunity).
As an Independent Consultant associated with UC, you must be a high-performing professional looking for an opportunity to work independently, be passionate about executing consulting engagements, have a rigorous analytical mind-set and a deep commitment to producing truly great outcomes for our Clients. Independent Consultants will work with our full-time consultants, complementing and supplementing UC Teams. As an Independent Consultant associated with UC, you can control the type and timing of the projects you choose to work on. Your role will focus on what you are truly passionate about… doing truly great consulting work.
To qualify as a UC Independent Consultant, you will necessarily need between 4 -10 years of on-the-ground India experience in a highly reputed Consulting/ Accounting Firm, or in Industry (with at least 2 years’ experience in a highly reputed Consulting/ Accounting Firm) and an MBA/ CA/ MS/ PhD from a leading University, with a strong record of high academic and work achievements.
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