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IBM GLOBAL BUSINESS SERVICES (GBS)

The history of IBM GBS (also known as IBM Consulting) is one of our very favorite business stories of all time, and one that reminds us that even the most enormous, boring and troubled companies can re-invent themselves.

As the next installment in our popular Firm Profile series, we take a look at the evolution, reinvention, and current interview tactics of one of the world’s premier firms – IBM Consulting. Enjoy the ride!

IBM CONSULTING KEY STATS

IBM CONSULTING HISTORY

IBM was founded in 1911 and has a rich history of ingenuity, deep convictions, premier research and development, and trend setting. IBM touts its sustainability and relevance as a global services leader by pointing to historical times the firm re-invented itself as a company. It should be no surprise since it has been the birthplace of many technological advances, was one of the founders of the entire personal computer industrial revolution, and is now a leader in new software platforms, hardware infrastructure and workplace equality.

Recognizing client’s needs for help managing IT operations and resources, IBM Vice President Robert M. Howe created the IBM Consulting Group in 1992. Although it started as a tiny group, paling in comparison to the behemoth revenues of the firm’s hardware sales, this group is now known as IBM Global Services (IGS) which is responsible for 50% of IBM’s revenue globally.

IGS has 5 divisions/branches. Those divisions are IT Services, Global Business Services, Outsourcing Services, Training, and Additional Services – because it’s super clear to have an amorphous Additional Services bucket, right? The division focused on in this article is IBM Global Business Services (IBM GBS). This IBM Consulting arm is responsible for 20% of IBM’s global revenue and is one of the most profitable divisions across all of IBM.

IBM first realized customers needed more than hardware in 1989. Eastman Kodak Company and IBM completed an agreement hiring IBM to design, build and manage a new state-of-the-art data center for Kodak in Rochester, NY under the brand name Integrated Systems Solutions (ISSC). The scale of the program investment included a back-up system, which opened the door to data management and related services for ISSC as well as other clients. During this same year, IBM introduced Business Recovery Services as a formal business offering for customers, enabling them to continue operations in the event of an unplanned outage or disaster.

In 1991, IBM approved a new world-wide services strategy to make IBM a world class services company by 1994. IBM began restructuring its ISSC subsidiary to provide a broader range of outsourcing services to customers. During this same time, IBM and Coopers & Lybrand formed Meritus Consulting Services to provide strategic advice to businesses in the consumer packaged goods, pharmaceutical, aerospace, and automotive industries.

1992, IBM unveiled another service called IBM Consulting Group. This department had 1,500 consultants worldwide servicing companies and organizations in 30 countries. These services focused on business management and information technology.

During 1992 and 1993, IBM U.K., IBM Czechoslovakia, and IBM Japan created their own regional consulting services departments to meet business client service needs in each specific region.

Confused yet? Just stick with us. We were too…

Obviously, IBM’s service sector worldwide was booming, which led to unrestrained and completely disorganized growth. Their total services revenue by 1993 was $17B – not a bad growth rate. However, amazingly, IBM didn’t make a profit on services until it consolidated all the worldwide business services into a single global team branded IBM Global Services in 1995. Dennie M. Welsh was named General Manager, Global Services. Just goes to show you that revenue growth isn’t the only name of the consulting game.

Here’s a quick overview of IBM’s service offerings’ path to become IBM Global Services:

Never fear – the transition didn’t stop. However, the name remained the same – but IBM began to absorb other services companies with unique services offerings over the following 10 years.

In 1998, IBM acquired The Chem Systems Group Inc. They were a management consulting firm whose clients were chemical and petroleum companies. This acquisition was merged into IBM Consulting department of IBM Global Services.

In 2002, many large accounting firms were selling off their management and technology consulting segments. Pricewaterhouse Coopers was one of them. IBM GBS jumped at the opportunity to purchase PwC for the great price of approximately USD$3.9B in cash and stock. This about doubled the number of consultants within IGS, adding 30,000 Consultants in 52 countries.

2004 was the next major shift towards a services focus for IBM. IBM sold off its consumer-focused computing systems and PC hardware side of the business to Chinese manufacturer, Lenovo, for a historic sale of USD$1.75B. This reinforced the prominent vision and future of the Global Services division. The only IBM desktops or laptops that you can purchase from IBM today are previously owned and refurbished systems. In the mid-2000s at Bain, McKinsey and BCG, you couldn’t find a laptop that wasn’t IBM issued – it was a consultant trademark.

Fast forward to today. IBM’s target market for consulting services became the clients who were willing to pay for higher-value corporate services packages of research, software and services. The firm has landed on a high-price, high-value service offering specializing in providing the best skills – the firm has become more discriminating on client selection.

We’ll see how this strategy sticks – in recent years, IBM has grown so much (impressively so, and eclipsing virtually every competitor in the services space) that its pathway for continued revenue and profit growth is a little unclear. The firm has also grown so much, so fast that its culture has lost focus and the pursuit of so many strategies at once have left many clients unsure of what exactly IBM GBS offers at the end of the day.

WHAT DOES IBM DO?

IBM Global Services is the world’s largest business technology services provider. The largest arms of its service sectors are Global Business Services (GBS) and the Global Technology Services (GTS) branches. So what does IBM do? We break it down by both function and industry.

Practice Areas

IBM Global Business Services is broken down into 2 primary practice areas:

  • Business Consulting and Systems Integration
  • Application Management Services

There are 6 specialty areas of Business Consulting:

  • Business Strategy
  • Finance Risk
  • Information Technology
  • Marketing Sales & Service
  • Operations and Supply Chain
  • Organization and People

Systems Integration and Application Management Services are the implementation arms of the Business Consulting group.

Industries

IBM Consulting serves multiple industries (these are great for networking if you are an experienced hire):

  • Aerospace & Defense
  • Automotive
  • Banking
  • Chemicals and Petroleum
  • Communications
  • Consumer Products
  • Education
  • Electronics
  • Energy & Utilities
  • Financial Markets
  • Government
  • Healthcare
  • Insurance
  • Life Sciences
  • Media and Entertainment
  • Metals and Mining
  • Retail
  • Travel and Transportation

Competitors

Most of these are similar to IBM’s offerings – business consulting advice with the hopeful follow-up sale of a system integration and ongoing management.

  • Accenture – biggest services competitor
  • Cognizant – very technology focused
  • HP Services – also hardware/software focused
  • Infosys Consulting Inc. – large global brand, less strategy and more technical focus
  • Tata Consultancy Services – stronger international focus

Office Locations

  • Tokyo, Japan
  • Moscow, Russia
  • St. Petersburg, Russia
  • Ha Noi, Vietnam
  • Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • Sydney, New South Wales
  • Calgary, AB
  • Montreal, QC
  • Ottawa, ON
  • Toronto, ON
  • Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Paris, France
  • Toulouse, France
  • Walldorf, Germany
  • Berlin, Germany
  • Frankfurt, Germany
  • Hamburg, Germany
  • Essen, Germany
  • Stuttgart, Germany
  • Dresden, Germany
  • Dusseldorf, Germany
  • Prague, Czech Republic
  • Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
  • Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Santiago, Chile
  • Costa Mesa, CA
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Menlo Park, CA
  • Palo Alto, CA
  • Sacramento, CA
  • San Diego, CA
  • San Francisco, CA
  • San Jose, CA
  • Walnut Creek, CA
  • Broomfield, CO
  • Denver, CO
  • Hartford, CT
  • New Haven, CT
  • Stamford, CT
  • Washington, DC
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Arlington Heights, IL
  • Chicago, IL
  • Rosemont, IL
  • Baltimore, MD
  • Bethesda, MD
  • Boston, MA
  • Burlington, MA
  • Cambridge, MA
  • Springfield, MA
  • Detroit, MI
  • Grand Rapids, MI
  • Southfield, MI
  • Minneapolis, MN
  • Kansas City, MO
  • Saint Louis, MO
  • Cary, NC
  • Charlotte, NC
  • Greensboro, NC
  • Raleigh, NC
  • Jersey City, NJ
  • Princeton, NJ
  • Albany, NY
  • Armonk, NY
  • Buffalo, NY
  • New York, NY
  • Melville, NY
  • Syracuse, NY
  • Rochester, NY
  • Cincinnati, OH
  • Cleveland, OH
  • Columbus, OH
  • Dayton, OH
  • Toledo, OH
  • Harrisburg, PA
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Pittsburgh, PA
  • Knoxville, TX
  • Memphis, TN
  • Nashville, TN
  • Austin, TX
  • Fort Worth, TX
  • Houston, TX
  • Irving, TX
  • Arlington, VA
  • Fairfax, VA
  • Falls Church, VA
  • McLean, VA
  • Richmond, VA
  • Seattle, WA
  • Spokane, WA
  • Milwaukee, WI

Career Path

New entry-level consultants are automatically a part of the IBM GBS Consulting by Degree program (CBD). This program is specifically designed to provide experience and exposure to different projects within all of the IBM Consulting arms of service. Each rotation into a new role lasts at least 3 months. Rotating through Consulting by Degree roles is meant to help you hone in what types of projects you enjoy, tests your skill levels, and become your “clinic” to motivate learning new skill sets.

IBM provides all the broad-business based training and offers some more specialized training subjects like sales training, if desired. IBM CBD is strongly supported by the senior levels of management and grads to create a clear fit towards your career at IBM following the end of this program. Inside the IBM CBD program, you move between both client engagements and internal specialty areas, which many entry-level consultants say gives them great insight into what industries and practices they are the most – or least – interested.

So, what does a career path look like in IBM GBS? Most of the consultants are within a “Band” numbered 6 to 10. Some are included in lower bands, including interns. Below is the flow:

Internships and IBM Intern Salary

Employment Pathways for Interns and Co-ops (EPIC) is the umbrella program setting the standard for hiring the top interns into IBM. There are 5 EPIC programs to choose from. See below:

Global Business Services (GBS) GBS Consultant Interns are assigned to project teams with mentorship and on the job training. You will take on the challenging responsibilities of helping clients integrate strategy, process, technology and information to increase their effectiveness and profitability. These projects come from a wide variety of industries and nations.

The GBS internships are the only ones that lead directly to GBS job offers – not all internship programs are created equal, and in fact it’s probably better to work outside of IBM than to take another non-GBS internship if your ultimate interest is in GBS.

The Extreme Blue Program IBM’s premier internship program for students pursuing software development and MBA degrees (but focused on those with technical backgrounds). Interns work in teams of 4 in one of the 14 Extreme Blue labs worldwide.

Sales and Distribution (S&D) Summit Intern Program Interns will work with IBM teammates to deliver software and hardware solutions through a consultative sales approach to the clients of all sizes and industries. If you are passionate about client sales or utilizing technical skills to help clients solve their business problems through the technology application, this internship could be great for you.

Research Internship Program Interns work alongside industry-leading researchers and other students around the globe to work on innovative technologies. These positions are primarily available to graduate students (mostly non-MBAs), but the brightest minds are encouraged to apply.

Custom Internship & Co-op Opportunities This is for students with a varied educational background (not crazy-varied, but out-of-the-norm-yet-still-excellent varied). There are opportunities available across all business units, including the Software Group, Systems and Technology as well as the functional departments. Areas like finance, accounting, communications, HR and marketing.

Find your potential IBM intern salary in our latest salaries report.

Exit Opportunities

Without doing an exit survey at IBM (maybe we will in the future), we can’t say exactly what each segment of the armies of ex-IBMers go on to do.

Some key differences vs. MBB? Your job at IBM has fewer broadly applicable skills – you’re considered more experienced in what you have already done, rather than have IBM be an indication of what you are capable of going on to do.

Some key differences vs. other behemoths like Deloitte Strategy & Operations Consulting? At IBM, you’re more practice and capability focused, and because of the size you’re more likely than a consultant at Deloitte to be specialized in a specific field.

In summary, opportunities are plenty (we would highly recommend IBM for training, in fact), but more specific than at Deloitte or an MBB.

IBM CONSULTING CULTURE

IBM GBS culture has been defined as highly innovative – which now could be considered to be “highly innovative in light of its size.” This isn’t a Silicon Valley pioneer, but IBM is still blazing trails. Since IBM is over 100 years old, the customer base and industries that the firm services are vast and convictions on valuing people run deep. There is a lot of pride in the company and it is widely known that “you do not work for IBM, you are part of IBM.”

All IBM employees are known as IBMers. The average age of IBM GBS employee is 38 – good news for those of you coming to the party later in your career. The hours are flexible, high quality training is provided and there are plenty of highly experienced co-workers from whom to glean insight. Travel to client locations is required.

IBM invests over $1B per year in education and training for their employees. Most of the training is distance learning. In fact, CBD graduates are assigned a full-time personal development manager (PDM) to oversee the career progression, in addition to business line managers that look out for opportunities for development when business conflicts arise.

Graduate pay is known to be less than competition. Internal administrative systems are known to be cumbersome and time consuming. Advancement in the ranks is difficult to come by – because the average age is a bit higher, many people make their career at IBM which means that the firm has to slow promotion in order to avoid becoming top-heavy. Most say lateral moves within the corporation are more frequent and pay increases are nothing to write home about (but at least outpacing inflation at about 8%/year).

Core Values

The core values of the IBM Global Business Services culture include:

  • Environment
  • Employee Well-Being and Diversity
  • Corporate Governance
  • Governmental Programs
  • Trust and Compliance
  • University Relations

IBM core values are the basis by which they make corporate decisions. These foundational core values are:

  • Dedication to every client’s success.
  • Innovation that matters to the company and the world.
  • Trust and personal responsibility in all relationships.

Like many consulting firms, IBM utilizes employees who are “on the beach” to further corporate impact goals – so if you find yourself in CBD, and without anything to do for a few weeks, ask if you can pitch in on one of these themed areas – you might make a major difference in a way you never thought possible.

Awards
  • ConsultingMag.com. The Top 25 Consultants (2013)(#17). Jill Puleri (VP & Global Leader for GBS). Excellence in Retail.
  • Money.CNN.com. 50 Most Powerful Woman in Business 2012 (#23). Bridget Van Kralingen (Sr. VP GBS)
  • ConsultingMag.com. 2012 Women Leaders in Consulting: Sharon Hodgson (GBS Partner). Client Service Award.
  • National Trust of India 2007 Appreciation Letter. The Best Employer for Persons with Disabilities.

Click here for additional awards and rankings.

IBM CONSULTING INTERVIEWS

Both the interview process and time from application to offer or rejection varies widely depending on whether you applied online, applied through a staffing agency or through a target college/university. If applying online or through staffing agencies, the average interview process time line averaged 2.5 months. Applying through a target college or university averaged 3 weeks total.

The hiring process sequence may look like this:

  1. Possible 30 minute Telephone Interview (non-university hires) – fit questions/HR screening
  2. 1-2 rounds of 3 1:1 interviews, with at least 2 key fit/experience questions and 1 shorter case question by each interviewer

4 Samples of IBM interview questions include:

  1. Describe a difficult problem and how you handled it.
  2. Tell me about a time when you used your diverse ideas on a team.
  3. Tell me about a time you created something innovative.
  4. Have you ever lived abroad?

While IBM does include case studies in the interview process (learn more about case study interviews), the firm focuses 60%+ of the hiring decision on the experience/fit/behavioral part of the interview – with so much invested in training, IBM trusts its own ability to develop skill provided the incoming attitude and capability is there.

The cases are generally simple, open-ended “The client does X. What would you recommend?” IBM interviewers look for high-level structure and insight – with a little creativity (not too much, mind you) that is focused on qualitative impact (implementation or a focus on people).

Example IBM Case Study question: Company X sells hardware, software and services. Over a 5 year period they have declining revenues and flat gross profit. What would you recommend they consider to fix the problem?

The cases usually take

15 minutes to complete and the interviewers love it if you include some form of technology implementation into your recommendation.

IBM Consultant Salary

Are you an undergrad, MBA or intern who’s interested in working at IBM Global Business Services, but you don’t know how much you’ll make? Check out our latest Management Consulting Salaries post to find out!

Target Schools

Here is a list of the standard target schools that IBM GBS recruits from:

  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Clarkson University
  • College of William and Mary
  • Columbia University
  • Duke University
  • George Washington University
  • Georgetown University
  • Georgia Technical Institute
  • Hampton University
  • Howard University
  • James Madison University
  • Lehigh University
  • Michigan State University
  • Morehouse College
  • Morgan State University
  • Mount Holyoke College
  • New York University
  • North Carolina A&T State University
  • North Carolina State University
  • Northwestern University
  • Ohio State University
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Princeton University
  • Purdue University
  • Smith College
  • Spelman College
  • Texas A&M University
  • University of Maryland
  • University of Michigan
  • University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Virginia
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute
  • Wake Forest University
  • Washington University

Diversity Programs

IBM is known for its powerful industry-leading diversity exploits, and its internal support groups are strong and cohesive. If you have alignment with any of these groups, feel free to reach out to a current member to find out about his or her specific experience at IBM.

These are the 5 key IBM diversity groups:

  • IBM Global Asian Diversity Network Group
  • IBM Global Black Network Group
  • IBM Native Diversity Network
  • LGBT at IBM
  • Womenat IBM

Here’s a little fun history about IBM’s focus on diversity:

1914 – IBM hired the first disabled employee.

1934 – IBM was first company in the tech industry to hire women.

1934 – IBM was the first company to set a policy stating that all women would be paid the same as men for doing the same type of work.

1953 – IBM was expanding into the southern states. IBM President sent a personal letter to all the Governors of those states firmly stating that IBM would not engage in segregation under any circumstances. He also published his statements in the newspapers for the citizens to read and be aware.

1984 – IBM set policy stating they would not discriminate against sexual orientation.

2005 – IBM set policy stating they would not discriminate against genetic differences.

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IBM Services Associate Programme

As an Associate, you’ll be a part of client-facing teams as a consultant, designer or data scientist helping businesses change the way they work.

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About the Programme

As an Associate Consultant, you’ll be a part of client-facing teams to help businesses change the way they work. We prioritize ongoing learning, development of professional and technical skills, and continuous personal growth, all grounded in a culture of coaching and continual professional development.

Our clients’ technical and business needs are constantly evolving. We hire inspired, talented individuals eager to apply their knowledge and perspective to challenging work that evolves industries and our world.

Awards and Recognition

You will be assigned an Associates Manager, dedicated to guiding you through the early stages of your careers and providing knowledge, skills and pastoral care. You will also have a fellow Associate buddy offering informal support.

Build your skills

Upon joining, you will participate in an extensive induction. Throughout the programme, you will develop your skills as you gain experience on client projects. Ongoing training and development will allow you to upskill yourself for future challenges.

Be part of a community

You will become a part of our vibrant graduate community, whilst also building networks through different projects and teams. Opportunities to contribute are huge. As an IBMer, you will bring your whole self to work.

IBMers help people and communities across the world to succeed and thrive, by bringing the best in talent and technology. You will work on projects across a variety of industries, creating opportunities and innovation that matters for the world.

Roles

  • Technology Consultant
  • Business Consultant
  • Design Consultant
  • Strategic Analytics Consultant

Duration: Up to 2 years
Salary: £32,000
Entry Requirements: on track for a 2:1 in any degree discipline
Locations: London or Manchester

With excellent people skills, you will bridge the gap between users and technology. Designing and building innovative customer experiences; using real-time analytics and cloud technologies; bringing Cognitive to our clients; building mobile and web apps. That’s what you will do plus a whole lot more – reinventing the digital world of the future!

As part of the next generation of Technology Consultants, you will become one of IBM’s technology leaders: Solution Architects, Technical Programme Managers, Cognitive Architects, Digital experts, Senior Developers, Distinguished Engineers and Cloud leaders. As a Technology Consultant, you will have the opportunity to experience technology in different environments and see how it affects different industries.

Your future in consulting starts here!

Duration: Up to 2 years
Salary: £32,000
Entry Requirements: on track for a 2:1 in any degree discipline
Locations: London or Manchester

As part of the next generation of Business Consultants you will work with our clients to solve specific business problems. With excellent people skills you will bridge the gap between users and technology. Understanding the client’s requirements and analysing their business and industry; advising them on best practice or recommended strategy; designing and delivering solutions… That’s what you will do plus a whole lot more! Reinventing business for the future.

Your future in consulting starts here!

Duration: Up to 2 years
Salary: £32,000
Entry Requirements: on track for a 2:1 in any degree discipline
Locations: London or Manchester

As part of the next generation of multi-skilled Design Consultants, you will be designing intuitive services that delight the people using them, whilst making complex emerging technologies usable and useful to the world.

With excellent people skills, you will bridge the gap between users and technology. Combining IBM’s Enterprise Design Thinking with other design processes you will deliver tangible benefits, translating user needs into digital solutions.

Your future in consulting starts here!

Strategic Analytics Consultant

Duration: Up to 2 years
Salary: £35,000
Entry Requirements: on track for a 2:1 studying a numerical subject such as mathematics, engineering, economics, science or data science
Locations: London

As part of the next generation of Strategic Analytics Consultants, you will be working at the interface of consulting and analytics. You will use data science to enable organisations to make more intelligent decisions, use data to derive insight for clients and help to explain technical concepts using both strong communication skills and creative visualisation. Providing specialist analytics; business modelling support; benefits realisation; machine learning insight… That’s what you will do plus a whole lot more!

Your future in consulting starts here!

Technology Consultant

Duration: Up to 2 years
Salary: £32,000
Entry Requirements: on track for a 2:1 in any degree discipline
Locations: London or Manchester

With excellent people skills, you will bridge the gap between users and technology. Designing and building innovative customer experiences; using real-time analytics and cloud technologies; bringing Cognitive to our clients; building mobile and web apps. That’s what you will do plus a whole lot more – reinventing the digital world of the future!

As part of the next generation of Technology Consultants, you will become one of IBM’s technology leaders: Solution Architects, Technical Programme Managers, Cognitive Architects, Digital experts, Senior Developers, Distinguished Engineers and Cloud leaders. As a Technology Consultant, you will have the opportunity to experience technology in different environments and see how it affects different industries.

Your future in consulting starts here!

Business Consultant

Duration: Up to 2 years
Salary: £32,000
Entry Requirements: on track for a 2:1 in any degree discipline
Locations: London or Manchester

As part of the next generation of Business Consultants you will work with our clients to solve specific business problems. With excellent people skills you will bridge the gap between users and technology. Understanding the client’s requirements and analysing their business and industry; advising them on best practice or recommended strategy; designing and delivering solutions… That’s what you will do plus a whole lot more! Reinventing business for the future.

Your future in consulting starts here!

Design Consultant

Duration: Up to 2 years
Salary: £32,000
Entry Requirements: on track for a 2:1 in any degree discipline
Locations: London or Manchester

As part of the next generation of multi-skilled Design Consultants, you will be designing intuitive services that delight the people using them, whilst making complex emerging technologies usable and useful to the world.

With excellent people skills, you will bridge the gap between users and technology. Combining IBM’s Enterprise Design Thinking with other design processes you will deliver tangible benefits, translating user needs into digital solutions.

Your future in consulting starts here!

Strategic Analytics Consultant

Strategic Analytics Consultant

Duration: Up to 2 years
Salary: £35,000
Entry Requirements: on track for a 2:1 studying a numerical subject such as mathematics, engineering, economics, science or data science
Locations: London

As part of the next generation of Strategic Analytics Consultants, you will be working at the interface of consulting and analytics. You will use data science to enable organisations to make more intelligent decisions, use data to derive insight for clients and help to explain technical concepts using both strong communication skills and creative visualisation. Providing specialist analytics; business modelling support; benefits realisation; machine learning insight… That’s what you will do plus a whole lot more!

Your future in consulting starts here!

Your future in Technology Consulting starts here with the Graduate Employer of the Year!

IBM Services is one of the largest consulting services organizations in the world.

With excellent people skills, you will bridge the gap between users and technology. Designing and building innovative customer experiences; using real-time analytics and cloud technologies; bringing Cognitive to our clients; building mobile and web apps. That’s what you will do plus a whole lot more – reinventing the digital world of the future!

As part of the next generation of Technology Consultants you will become one of IBM’s technology leaders: Technical Business Analysts, IT Project Managers, Solution Architects, Technical Programme Managers, Digital Specialists, Cognitive Architects, Senior Developers, Distinguished Engineers and Cloud leaders.

In your first two years, you’ll move between different projects, partnering with a variety of household names and making a difference to everyday life. In a diverse team (IBM is big on diversity – look it up!), you will work with some of the world’s leading technology specialists in Digital, Cognitive and Cloud. Learning from their experience and working with cutting edge technologies, you will take on more challenges and responsibilities as you grow your career.

You may think Technology is all about coding but think again, it’s so much more! If you are bringing programming skills to the table when you join us, that’s fantastic, but if software development isn’t your skillset rest assured, many roles will not require that background. You are not expected to have a full set of technical skills when you walk through the door. Whatever your background, our world-class training programme will support you in growing your technical and business knowledge. The most significant thing is that you possess a desire to learn and grow your skills.

From day one, you’ll join a dynamic Associates community. You can explore a vast array of inclusive organizations and programs that promote the IBM values of social and corporate responsibility. Living and working in a culture built on strong ethical values and business integrity, making a difference in the world.

You will have a dedicated Associates Manager giving you the confidence to make the very best of every opportunity and supporting your accelerated career growth. You will be empowered to become who you want to be.

  • Hungry to learn with a dream to expand your knowledge and improve your skills? Do you have a growth mindset?
  • Passionate about technology and interested in the way technology is changing how the world works?
  • Keen to work with people and thrive in a collaborative culture?
  • Able to apply logic and analyse data to creatively solve problems?
  • Excited by new challenges and seeking responsibility?
  • Adaptable and able to understand different points of view?
  • Happy to spend time away from home, working at client offices across the UK (and possibly further afield)?
  • On track for a 2:1 in your degree in any discipline?

With IBM you will have the confidence to do your best work ever!

Your future in Business Consulting starts here with the Graduate Employer of the Year!

IBM Services is one of the largest consulting services organizations in the world.

As part of the next generation of Business Consultants you will work with our clients to solve specific business problems. With excellent people skills you will bridge the gap between users and technology. Understanding the client’s requirements and analysing their business and industry; advising them on standard methodology or recommended strategy; crafting and delivering solutions… That’s what you will do plus a whole lot more! Reinventing business for the future.

Rest assured, you are not expected to be the finished article when you walk through the door… Whatever your background, our world-class training programme will equip you with all the skills you need and develop your understanding of business and technology. We are looking for candidates who can demonstrate their passion and flare for technology, people who are willing, eager and self-motivated to understand the technical requirements of our clients.

In your first two years, you’ll move between different projects, partnering with a variety of household names and making a difference to everyday life. In a diverse team (IBM is big on diversity – look it up!) you will work with specialists at the top of their fields learning from their experience as you take on more challenges and responsibilities.

From day one you’ll join a dynamic Associates community. You can explore a vast array of inclusive organizations and programs that promote the IBM values of social and corporate responsibility. Living and working in a culture built on strong ethical values and business integrity, making a difference in the world.

You will have a dedicated Associates Manager giving you the confidence to make the very best of every opportunity and supporting your accelerated career growth. You will be empowered to become who you want to be.

  • Hungry to learn with a dream to expand your knowledge and improve your skills? Do you have a growth mindset?
  • Passionate about the way technology is changing how the world works?
  • Keen to work with people and thrive in a collaborative culture?
  • Able to apply logic and analyse data to creatively solve problems?
  • Excited by new challenges and taking on responsibility?
  • Adaptable and able to understand different points of view?
  • Happy to spend time away from home, working at client offices across the UK (and possibly further afield)?
  • On track for a 2:1 in your degree in any discipline?

With IBM you will have the confidence to do your best work ever!

Your future in Design Consulting starts here with the Graduate Employer of the Year!

IBM Services is one of the largest consulting services organizations in the world.

As part of the next generation of multi-skilled Design Consultants, you will be designing intuitive services that both delight the people using them and make complex new technologies usable and useful to the world.

With excellent people skills you will bridge the gap between users and technology. Combining IBM’s Enterprise Design Thinking with other design processes you will deliver tangible benefits, translating user needs into digital solutions.

In your first two years, you’ll move between different projects, partnering with a variety of household names and making a difference to everyday life. In a diverse team (IBM is big on diversity – look it up!) you will work alongside senior designers, developers, scrum masters, analysts and business consultants. You will learn from their experience as you grow your career to become one of IBM’s design specialists of the future: Design Leads, Design Principles, Design Thinking Coaches, Distinguished Designers and many more.

Regardless of your speciality of Service, UX or Visual design, as a Design Consultant you will pick up skills across the design spectrum using state-of-the-art technologies to infuse excellent user-centred design into solutions.

Rest assured, you are not expected to be the finished article when you walk through the door… Our world-class training programme will equip you with all the skills you need and develop your understanding of design, business and technology.

From day one you’ll join a dynamic Associates community. You can explore a vast array of inclusive organizations and programmes that promote the IBM values of social and corporate responsibility. Living and working in a culture built on strong ethical values and business integrity, making a difference in the world.

You will have a dedicated Associates Manager giving you the confidence to make the very best of every opportunity and supporting your accelerated career growth. You will be empowered to become who you want to be.

  • Passionate about user-centred design and digital?
  • Eager to change the way digital services are delivered to users?
  • Able to demonstrate that empathy, research, analysis and a deep understanding of design is important in society today?
  • Hungry to learn with a dream to expand your knowledge and improve your skills? Do you have a growth mindset?
  • Do you have a growth mindset?
  • Excited by new challenges and taking on responsibility?
  • Adaptable and able to understand different points of view?
  • Happy to spend time away from home, working during the week at client offices across the UK (and possibly further afield)?
  • On track for a 2:1 in your degree in a design-related or relevant subject?

With IBM you will have the confidence to do your best work ever!

Your future in Strategic Analytics Consulting starts here with the Graduate Employer of the Year!

IBM Services is one of the largest consulting services organizations in the world.

As part of the next generation of Strategic Analytics Consultants, you will be working at the interface of consulting and analytics. You will use data to derive insight for clients and help to explain technical concepts using strong communication skills and creative visualisation. Providing specialist analytics; business modelling support; benefits realisation; machine learning insight… That’s what you will do plus a whole lot more. You will use data science to enable organisations to make more intelligent decisions.

In your first two years, you’ll move between different projects, partnering with a variety of household names and making a difference to everyday life. You will usually work as part of a small diverse team (IBM is big on diversity – look it up!) either with other consultants, data scientists, designers, architects and users or as the modelling specialist within a team of industry specialists.

You will develop your analytical and consulting skills as you work with state of the art technologies and subject matter experts, taking on more challenges and responsibilities as you grow your career.

You’ll have the opportunity to craft your own career path – whether that’s focussing on a particular industry or choosing to specialise in business or technical skills (including Machine Learning techniques, R, SQL, Python etc).

Rest assured, you are not expected to be the finished article when you walk through the door… Our world-class training programme will equip you with all the skills you need and develop your understanding of business and technology.

From day one you’ll join a dynamic Associates community. You can explore a vast array of inclusive organizations and programs that promote the IBM values of social and corporate responsibility. Living and working in a culture built on strong ethical values and business integrity, making a difference in the world.

You will have a dedicated Associates Manager giving you the confidence to make the very best of every opportunity and supporting your accelerated career growth. You will be empowered to become who you want to be.

  • Logical, mathematically able and curious?
  • Keen to understand how businesses rely on data science to fuel their growth?
  • Ready to help clients realise value through data and technology?
  • Eager to work with people and thrive in a collaborative culture?
  • Hungry to learn with a dream to expand your knowledge and improve your skills? Do you have a growth mindset?
  • Passionate about technology and interested in the way technology is changing how the world works?
  • Excited by new challenges and taking on responsibility?
  • Adaptable and able to understand different points of view?
  • Happy to spend time away from home, working at client offices across the UK (and possibly further afield)?
  • On track for a 2:1 in your degree and studying a numerical subject such as mathematics, engineering, economics, science or data science?

With IBM you will have the confidence to do your best work ever!

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