We are looking for Big People – are you?
Some speak about people as “diamonds in the rough”, needing polishing to fit in. To us, it’s the opposite. We’re looking for people who have an edge. We can only move our clients by ensuring that like meets unlike, femininity meets masculinity, function meets form, capitalism meets humanism and strategic analysis meets behavioural change. However, we did have to fit our application process into a few boxes to create clarity.
Jobs and career events
Here you can find our current job openings and upcoming events. Whether you are interested in joining the QVARTZ civilisation or simply want to get to know us better, keep on reading.
STUDENT ASSISTANT, COPENHAGEN: We are now looking for a student assistant with a particular interest in analysing and visualising internal data that is extracted from various processes. You will join our in-house Digitalisation team, which works to improve utilisation of internal data to drive better decision making.
STUDENT EVENT, COPENHAGEN: Join us on April 12, where we will give ambitious BSc students a taste of what it is like to be a Junior Consultant with us.
STUDENT EVENT, GOTHENBURG: Do you want to find out how we break down and solve problems at QVARTZ? On March 19, we invite Industrial Engineering and Management students at Chalmers University of Technology to learn more about management consulting the QVARTZ way.
For the inquisitive candidate
Here we give our best shot at answering the most frequently asked questions from potential future colleagues. Should you not find the answers you are looking for, you are always welcome to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I'm a student and would like to work at QVARTZ. What are my options?
Well, that depends on what you’re looking for. We offer different opportunities for students who want to try working as a management consultant. You can either become a junior consultant, an intern or a mentee. This is relevant for third-year BSc students or MSc students. We also offer full-time positions for newly or soon-to-be graduates.
OK, I want to apply for a full-time position at QVARTZ. How do I go about it?
We don’t believe in standard solutions or methodologies. We believe in innovative processes, in (wo)men biting dogs, and we believe that being different starts with the first encounters with our civilisation. That is why we have ditched the traditional recruitment model for graduates and designed a different hiring experience. Eschewing the three-round, three-week industry norm, selected candidates are now invited to a recruitment camp, where it’s just as important for the applicants to get to know us, as for us to get to know them. Read more about how to apply.
How do I prepare for a job interview at QVARTZ?
We decided to ask a young consultant, who recently joined us, what advice he would give a potential future colleague. He says, “You can safely assume that your CV is good enough if you are invited to the camp. What’s left is to show your personality, and to demonstrate your ability to work in a group, as well as your analytical and problem-solving skills. Prepare by:
- Thinking about how you want to interact with the rest of the group – both in group interviews and under less formal circumstances
- Practising problem-solving in a structured way (preferably without clinging too much to specific learnt-by-heart frameworks). Make sure you are familiar with the most common types of cases
- Practising some quick calculations without a calculator (it’s usually fine to use pen and paper though)
Thank you, Filip, for passing on these recommendations. We have also made a guide on how to prepare for the case interview. And a final word of advice: don’t forget to be yourself and have fun while you’re at it.
Which profiles are you looking for?
Admitted, we have a fair share of consultants with a background within business or economics, but our civilisation does also count profiles within e.g. nanoscience, molecular biochemistry and even philosophy. Because your educational background is not what’s most important to us. We look for a combination of strong analytical and personal skills, as a good consultant is not only a problem-solver but also a major source of inspiration, who co-creates a solution and builds competences together with the customer. Therefore, it’s not enough to understand our clients’ business; you also have to understand their culture and be able to engage with different personalities and within different team structures.
Is it true that management consultants work 50-70 hours a week?
Yes. Management consulting is rarely a 9-5 business as we work with top management on their most important challenges. However, we offer our consultants the opportunity to influence their own work life and career progression. We do this because we recognise that all human beings have different needs and interests, such as family priorities, life situations and sources of energy. And there are many different ways to be a good consultant. Through ongoing conversations, we strive to match personal wishes with project opportunities to balance learning focus, project intensity and career progression. Scroll down on this page to see a few examples of different ways of working as a management consultant.
Do I need to speak one of the Scandinavian languages in order to work at QVARTZ?
We require full working proficiency in English as we work globally, and consequently, a large part of the work we do is in English. That being said, we also serve many clients in their local language, so skills in the Scandinavian languages and/or German may be an advantage, but it is by no means a prerequisite. What is most important is that you find it motivational and exciting to help build QVARTZ as a company and a civilisation.
Would QVARTZ sponsor my visa, support work permits and offer mobility support?
As a point of departure, we expect new colleagues to make these arrangements themselves. QVARTZ is of course available for answering questions related to us as a company.
What will I learn as a management consultant?
Online you have to be brief, which in itself is difficult for “wordies” like us. It’s an impossible task to fit into this format what you will learn as a management consultant. We are a people business. Our clients rely on us to co-drive impact in their organisations and teams, they look to us for knowledge, insight and execution power. Therefore, your personal and professional growth are crucial. In addition to early client exposure, on-the-job training and feedback, we have created the QVARTZ Academy. Our own in-house university with a unique curriculum designed to help you solve complex problems, engage with impact and understand yourself. You also get your personal QVARTZback, a more senior person that will guide you on your career path. We could go on and on…
Are there any women in management consulting?
Fortunately, the answer is yes! But not enough. It’s no secret that ensuring a sustainable career for all is a challenge all over the industry. Our ambition is to change the management consulting industry from within, also when it comes to the share of female consultants. Therefore, we have started QVARTZ Women, an internal network which aims at strengthening female leadership in consulting. The group is a platform for promoting a culture of inclusiveness and provides a forum for debate in addition to leadership training and inspirational events. Partner Maria Sauto is in charge of QVARTZ Women, and you are welcome to contact her at email@example.com if you have questions related to QVARTZ Women.
Will I travel all the time when working at QVARTZ?
We like to say that we have a Nordic heritage but a global reach. This means that we emphasise co-operation on projects across our offices, so our consultants get to know each other and get to experience life and work in different business cultures. It also means that we follow our clients around the globe whenever necessary. Additionally, we offer consultants a chance to work with Australian strategy consulting firm Port Jackson Partners through a reciprocal exchange programme. Currently, Emma Elofsson from our office in Stockholm is riding the waves of Australian business culture. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean that you will travel all the time. Our consultants can influence their own career progression and work life and this includes the degree of travelling. Scroll down on this page to see a few examples of different ways of working as a management consultant.
How long will it take before I can become partner in QVARTZ?
There’s no easy answer to that, unfortunately. Everyone in QVARTZ is evaluated on an ongoing basis. Over time, consultants take on more responsibility and greater challenges with regard to project complexity, client relationships, leadership roles and project management. The ability to build relationships, lead internal efforts and contribute to the development of our civilisation will increasingly play a larger role in the career progression. But being consultants, we have designed a model, of course. We can’t help it, it runs in our veins. Here you can see it along with a short description of each step on the career path.
Who do you work with?
Our clients come from a broad range of industries and geographies. Common denominators are that they have complex problems and want to be great at what they do. You can read much more about our intriguing projects for our intriguing clients across many intriguing industries on The Buzz. Too much? We can’t help it. We love what we do!
How are you different from other management consulting companies?
We get asked this a lot. Our clients are the same as in the other tier-one consulting companies, and we work within the same industries, often on the same kinds of projects. Churchill is rumoured to have said: “Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference”. We agree. It’s the sum of the small things that makes a big difference. At QVARTZ, people are the firm, it’s not the other way around. There’s not a mould that people must conform to in order to fit in. Rather our civilisation is a dynamic concept shaped by the people in it. We don’t care for titles and corner offices; and we believe in situational rather than formal hierarchies. The sum of all this, the “thousand things a thousand times”, is really how we ourselves believe we stand out, and perhaps this is why it’s difficult to give one short answer to the question. If you want to read more about this, Huffington Post wrote a piece on us a while ago.
Do you offer internship positions to students outside the Nordic countries?
We are very happy and proud to see that the majority of our interns return to work with us full time after completing their studies, and our focus is on finding people who find it exciting to build QVARTZ with a long-term perspective in mind. For this reason, we are currently offering our internship positions to students who have a long-term commitment to our region. Please note that we offer internships to students who have at least one year left of their studies.
Nordic presence, global reach
Although our culture rests on a Nordic heritage, we follow clients and welcome colleagues from around the globe. We have an ambition to connect to the world, and have established strong partnerships with Munich-based Stern Stewart & Co as well as Australian strategy consulting firm Port Jackson Partners
Meet our people
Potential candidates often ask us what a typical day as a consultant is like. It’s difficult to give a short answer because two days are rarely alike. Therefore, we have asked Line to give us a sneak peek into one week, on a critical project, and thus a sense of what it is like for her to be a citizen in our small civilisation. Enjoy.
Meet Søren Fabian Heupel – worked with our partners in Munich
When I was asked to support Stern Stewart & Co. on a few projects out of Munich, I said yes in a heartbeat. Being half-German myself, it was a great opportunity to come back and work in the country where I was born and raised.
Even though Stern Stewart is in many ways similar to QVARTZ: dynamic and with a familial atmosphere, the German and Danish work cultures differ quite a bit. For me, it was a true learning experience to navigate local clients and get my German language back to a professional level. Lastly, it was great to see how a lot of the people at Stern Stewart genuinely cared about making my exchange as good as possible.
Meet Per Segerberg – left corporate consulting, but was persuaded to join us
They say like attracts like, and in the case of Per Segerberg, it was QVARTZ’ entrepreneurial spirit that ultimately convinced the entrepreneur to join our civilisation.
Expertise: Supply Chain Strategy, Operations Management, Sourcing & Procurement
Previous experience: +25 years of consulting experience from Segerberg & Company, Accenture, Siar Bossard and Cresentia
“I left corporate consulting to go into business for myself, so I was very hesitant to leave the entrepreneurial track. But I was attracted to QVARTZ because of its impressive growth in a relatively flat market. Other strategy firms are not really growing”, he says.
The values, lack of bureaucracy and engagement model also helped convince Per, but in the beginning, he wasn’t so sure: “when I first looked at the proposals, I noticed there were sometimes several partners on a project team. In my world, this means at least a dozen of people under them. I didn’t understand this leveraging model”. But leaving some of traditional consulting practices behind is where Per sees QVARTZ’ strength. “In operations, the era of generalised management consulting is over. You need to be a trusted advisor and guide the client through the entire process”. For Per, this means transferring know-how and functional expertise to the client’s organisation. “Very often, C-suit managers got to where they are because they were a good leader in other areas, but now they are in unfamiliar territory. They need someone who knows what they don’t – someone who they can trust to help them make the right decisions”, he explains.
Meet Phil Doolan – joined QVARTZ on exchange from Australia and was so happy he returned full-time
‘Don’t you miss the weather?’… is probably the most common question I get. But the decision to come back was actually pretty easy.
I didn’t know much about QVARTZ (or Denmark for that matter) when I first boarded the flight from Australia. I was working for a QVARTZ partner company in Melbourne when the opportunity arose to do a consultant exchange for four months. I jumped at it, obviously. I always thought living in another country was a great way to experience a new country and culture. Especially when you ordinarily live quite far from the rest of the world.
I had already decided that I wanted a career in management consulting, so pursuing that in a fast-growing company with a vibrant and values-driven culture was an easy decision. At QVARTZ, we’re big enough to dream big, but small enough that you can take lead on initiatives that interest you – it’s a pretty nice combo. It only helps that Copenhagen is a great city to live in as well.
Meet Halfdan Bondevik – studied medicine and engineering and ended up in consulting
I chose consulting because I love solving problems. I chose QVARTZ because of the people who work here.
You never know exactly what to expect when starting a new job, but QVARTZ appealed to me because of its combination of ambition and big clients with a distinct human dimension. With a background from both medicine and engineering studies, this resonated with my personal convictions. In QVARTZ, we definitely talk business, but we also talk people. My impression is that we strike a good balance between work and personal life, not necessarily because we work less, but because we make room for flexibility in our work.
Meet Maria Belfrage – has been on a steep learning curve
Over the past couple of years, I’ve been lucky to take part in QVARTZ’ amazing transformation at the Stockholm office.
Since I started in 2012, we have gone from being the new kid on the block to taking on a leading role in the industry as a true challenger. It has also been an exciting journey for me personally. I’m 26 years old and currently in my second year of full-time work. Still, these days, I’m discussing merger strategy with CEOs of international heavyweights. I think there are very few professions that allow for such a steep learning curve.