Accenture to add 300 new hires in Costa Rica

29 September 2014 Consultancy.lat

Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solís has announced that global consultancy and technology firm Accenture is planning to significantly expand its operations in Costa Rica – adding 300 new jobs over the next 18 months.

Global consulting firm Accenture employs 293,000 people worldwide, providing management consulting, technology and outsourcing services in 56 countries. The firm currently employs about 600 people in Costa Rica, the majority of whom work in the company’s Digital Technologies business unit.

As a result of growing demand for its services and the identification of opportunity for further growth, Accenture has announced an aggressive new plan to expand its Costa Rican operation. The news was made public by the President of Costa Rica after a meeting with 100 investors in New York City.

“I am pleased to announce that Accenture has decided to expand its operations in our country, generating more high quality jobs,” commented President Solís. “This government is committed and works daily to generate more competitive conditions for the attraction and expansion of foreign direct investment.”

According to Solís, Accenture's decision to expand in his country flowed from the firm’s positive results in Costa Rica and the “secure business climate” in the country.

Accenture to add 300 new hires in Costa Rica

Expansion

Over the next 18 months, Accenture will add 300 jobs to its Financial Services and Accounting division, boosting its total workforce in the country to 900. Accenture’s hiring plan will add 150 people before year-end, with another 150 being hired in 2015. Recruitment will focus on hiring younger technicians and professionals in the fields of finance, administration, and systems engineering. Professionals with experience in procurement and accounting will also be highly sought.

Costa Rican Minister of Foreign Trade Alexander Mora added, "Costa Rica has the capacity to meet the needs of multinational companies seeking quality in human resources and they see in our country the ideal destination to establish and expand their operations."

The expansion in hiring reinforces Accenture’s position as one of the largest consultancies in the country.

Latin American talent attracting big name employers like McKinsey

18 October 2018 Consultancy.lat

McKinsey & Company are amongst a growing number of multinational firms which are looking towards Latin America for fresh talent. With the highest level of digital literacy in the world and a diverse, innovative and resilient workforce, consulting firms are eyeing Latin American MBA graduates and beyond. 

Whilst many may think that consulting firms – and especially the high end firms like McKinsey or The Boston Consulting Group – only hire from a business background, it is common for them to branch across a wide range of sectors. “We hire a lot of engineers, economists, lawyers, journalists, architects, doctors, and those with business backgrounds”, says Luisa Pereira, manager of recruiting at McKinsey São Paulo.

The firm has had a presence in Brazil for 30 years this year and also has offices spread throughout Latin America, in Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Panama, and Peru. The consulting firm is hiring locally and increasingly looking to draw in those with MBAs from across the region. “Candidates are often surprised at our diversity, both in colleagues and clients.”

Looking beyond candidates with an MBA is important for consulting firms to develop a depth of opinions and expertise. Hiring from outside the silos of traditional business or financial backgrounds can also diversify skill sets, lending new solutions to old problems. Beyond professional backgrounds, the McKinsey recruiter also says it is important to have multiple nationalities working together. 

“We not only have colleagues from all over Brazil but also from international locations, and it’s great to see them add different perspectives and become passionate about our country and culture.”

Latin American talent attracting big name employers like McKinsey

Side by side with the majority of consulting firms today, McKinsey is also looking deeper down the tech rabbit hole. Firms are particularly looking towards Latin America for this type of talent, with McKinsey admitting that there is strong demand for designers, programmers, and data scientists within the firms’ ranks. “I love opening people’s eyes to the breadth of work we do,” she says.

One McKinsey consultant recently spoke about what life is like working with the firm and how she was drawn into the consulting industry. “I have always followed McKinsey and their research, so when I started to read about what they were doing with digital I became really interested,” said Jaqueline Pellegrini, who works in the firm’s São Paulo office. 

Pellegrini was drawn into the firm after several years in digital marketing. Her transition into consulting was unexpected but she says that being open to new experiences opened her up to the possibilities with the firm. “Two big surprises for me were how the McKinsey culture is so inclusive and that you work with clients all around the world and gain insights and perspective from all of them,” she says. 

“I like that I can constantly meet, talk with, and learn from people in different roles every day,” she said, adding that “there is a lot of sharing between the teams.” When commenting on the daily routine, she says: “We will all get together in a team room first thing in the morning and check in about what needs to be accomplished that day and the rest of the week… Sometimes I have days more filled with meetings, workshops and problem solving sessions and other days I have a good amount of solo work. I like that balance.”