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Ares & Co is one of the leading strategy and management consulting firms in France for financial services (Banking, Insurance, Investment Funds and Fintechs).

By joining Ares & Co, you therefore choose to take on the challenge of working within leading companies, in contact with high-level individuals with whom you will address major issues (new business models, reinvention of distribution models, due diligence, allocation of scarce resources, etc.).

While rising to this challenge is a daily requirement, it also represents a real opportunity to rapidly acquire skills and experience in high-impact subjects within a nurturing, independent firm that intends to remain relatively small.

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Uniqueness

Joining Ares & Co means being part of a team of consultants who use their individual strengths as a force for the team as a whole

Uniqueness

Apart from the expertise, know-how and level of exposure of the women and men in the firm, the unique DNA of Ares & Co lies in its independent mindset and culture of caring.

Three key factors set Ares & Co apart from its peers:

  • Our agility in business practices: we don’t apply a pre-designed way of thinking, but build tailor-made responses for our clients with total Independence
  • Our internal culture, focusing on people and the development of each individual, reflected in:
  • The encouragement of initiative-taking and free expression within the firm
  • The proximity of senior management to the teams
  • Particular attention paid to the work/life balance
  • Constant willingness to work as a team and show consideration for others
  • Our “Analytics Inside” skills at the service of our clients’ industry-specific issues: we have chosen to develop this know-how in-house by offering consultants the chance to integrate it into their career path

Life in the firm

One characteristic of daily life at Ares & Co is the real proximity that exists between all consultants, whatever their rank

Life in the firm

From Interns to Partners, everyone is involved in the growth of the firm and contributes in a number of ways:

  • Participating in the recruitment of future talent (interviews and school presentations)
  • Developing the firm’s intellectual capital (decks, publications and articles)
  • Participating in sales (pitches and proposals)
  • Building modules and getting involved in training

The internal life of the office is also punctuated by events organised regularly within the office, either by the firm or by the consultants themselves:

  • Annual seminar with the whole firm: Ski Weekend, South Africa trip, etc.
  • Christmas Eve (with consultants’ friends and families)
  • Sports and cultural events: futsal, karting, yoga, debates, museum visits, etc.

Values

Ares & Co's partners are entrepreneurs at heart and have developed the firm based on two fundamental values: Excellence and Independence

Values

Excellence of profiles, careers, training, assignments and results: we pay particular attention to our teams, their ethics, their capacity for innovation, their high level of commitment, as well as all factors determining their level of Excellence.

The Excellence of our consultants’ profiles, from the point of view of both their skills and their human qualities, is the best guarantee of the value Ares & Co offers its clients, as well as the assurance of real quality of life in our offices.

Independence is a strategic factor for a consulting firm. When managers use consultants, they expect them to guarantee an objective approach, independent of third-party influences or pressures. Engaging with leaders to support them in making sometimes difficult decisions can only be done when there is complete trust.

Being a consultant

Career path

There is no standard career path at Ares & Co

Career path

There is no standard career path at Ares & Co

Development

Guaranteeing our clients the Excellence they are looking for first and foremost means meeting the development expectations of our consultants by enriching their careers

Development

In order to guarantee our clients the Excellence they seek and meet the development expectations of our consultants, we continuously enrich the skills of our teams by collecting feedback on past assignments and drawing up a training plan that is regularly updated according to each person’s needs.

  • ‘Ares War Stories’ offer consultants the opportunity to present the assignments in which they have been involved to the entire firm. This feedback makes it possible to share the best practices, approaches and methodology used on assignments
  • ‘Consulting Skills’ training courses aim to acquire and perfect the techniques of the consulting profession: problem solving, slide making, facilitation, storytelling, etc.
  • ‘Hard skills’ training courses aim to enrich teams’ sector (banking, insurance or investment funds) and functional (modelling, analytics, FinRisk issues, etc.) expertise

These sessions are conducted in part by senior team members but also by qualified external trainers.

In order to support the consultants throughout their career and in particular in the areas for improvement identified during the appraisals, a more experienced ‘mentor’ is assigned to them upon their arrival at Ares & Co.

The Mentor serves as a hierarchical intermediary and provides day-to-day support and an attentive, caring ear available to accompany consultants at all stages of their career within Ares & Co.

Day-to-day life at Ares & Co

An independent mindset and a culture of caring give Ares & Co its unique DNA

Day-to-day life at Ares & Co

As soon as new recruits are taken on, a ‘pilot’ is responsible for helping them to familiarise themselves with how the firm works: internal processes, graphic charter, consulting language, Knowledge Management database, etc., all of which will enable new consultants to integrate the firm and develop their autonomy.

A mentor is then quickly appointed to support them in their development.

Staffing calls on consultants on a daily basis to ensure they actively contribute to the life of the firm, both on assignments with clients and on internal work with the Partners. Whether delivering an assignment, writing a commercial proposal, creating a deck on a topical subject for one of our clients or sharing one’s ideas in a press article or training module, all consultants are committed both to developing their individual and collective skills and seeking impact for their clients.

Testimonials

‘I think the real key to success is demonstrating deep human qualities'

Ali – EDHEC

‘I felt they were asking the right questions and this made me want to get involved in strategy consulting’

Gaspard – Mines St Etienne / ISFA

‘Ares & Co is a small firm with a strong entrepreneurial spirit, where everyone takes an active part in the life and growth of the firm, in a caring atmosphere’

Marie-Anne – Science Po Paris

‘Consulting has always attracted me by the diversity of tasks, level of contact, impact of recommendations, etc. It’s a world I find both dynamic and educational’

Thibaut – Centrale Lyon

‘I think the real key to success is demonstrating deep human qualities'

Ali – EDHEC

‘I felt they were asking the right questions and this made me want to get involved in strategy consulting’

Gaspard – Mines St Etienne / ISFA

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Profiles

At Ares & Co, above all, we want to hire people we know we are going to enjoy working with

Profiles

In addition to having a first-rate academic background (top engineering and business schools), our vocation to provide strategic consulting services in financial services requires candidates to develop real expertise in the banking, insurance and financial services sectors in general.

In addition to having an excellent academic background, we want above all to hire people we know we are going to enjoy working with.

We are looking for candidates who can be demanding and honest with themselves, who have real convictions, strong analytical and summarising skills, who demonstrate leadership as well as emotional intelligence, humility and curiosity.

A very good command of French and English (written and spoken) is essential.

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The recruitment process consists of a simple and open dialogue that allows people to get to know each other better

Join us

The recruitment process consists of a simple and open dialogue that allows people to get to know each other better

Case study

The case study is an exercise designed to help us analyse your reasoning in the face of a given problem.

Case study

The case study is an exercise designed to help us analyse your reasoning in the face of a given problem.