My Catalyst story
Dan Sharp, managing consultant at Catalyst
“I have a unique take on a consultant’s career. I worked as a chartered accountant, fund accountant and held operational change roles before I even considered being a consultant. And, significantly, I have spent time away from work, which allowed me to work out what I was good at and, more importantly, what I enjoyed doing.
“A consultant’s career is characterised by change. Projects are hugely varied and can last from a few days to 18 months. I’m often located at a client’s offices and I work from project to project. In six years, I’ve progressed to managing consultant, so I guess I thrive in these circumstances. But if you like to know what you’ll be doing every six months, or if being in unfamiliar territory makes you feel uncomfortable, then so will a career as a consultant.
“Exposure to experience has been fundamental to my progress. My second job saw me onsite and involved in a very interesting but extremely challenging project. Luckily, one of our founding directors was also involved. Working at close quarters with somebody of his experience clearly rubbed off on me. But that’s the Catalyst way. Everybody is willing to help everybody else.
“Our flat structure has also helped me progress, and there’s no doubt I’ve benefited from being visible to senior staff. But with recognition comes responsibility. I’m expected to deliver for our clients and for my colleagues. But we have a supportive culture because there’s an understanding that to be successful everybody needs to work successfully.”
We combine advisory and consulting delivery services with learning and development expertise, a skillset unique among consulting firms. We are acquiring new companies, winning new business and growing at a rapid rate. And we do it all via our people. So, we place great importance on how we recruit and who we hire.
Excellence is a baseline at Catalyst. We are not in business to provide a quick fix but rather to go beyond first thoughts to deliver long-lasting, transformative solutions that make change happen for our clients.
And our excellence is not confined to our consultants. You will find it in every corner and in every career. Your induction will introduce you to many of our people and much of what we do. It will also present you with our values, a set of behaviours we all work by. ‘Expertise with Humility’ is one. We demonstrate it daily by sharing our knowledge openly and effortlessly.
If you are looking for consulting opportunities that could take you to any part of the world, working exclusively with clients in the financial services sector, check out our current opportunities below or get in touch with Matt Maher on our contact us page.