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Case Study: Richard Dixon

Personal details
Degree:Modern Languages (French & Spanish) Profile picture
School(s): School of Modern Languages
Year of Graduation:Jul-2002
National of: United Kingdom
Employment details
Organisation: Accenture
Job title: Senior Manager
Occupational Sector: Management Consulting
What has been your route to getting your current position?
After a postgraduate MSc in Applied Computing from Dundee university, I joined Accenture on their graduate training scheme, and have stayed for 9 years so far. This has included three promotions through the Consulting career model, starting at Analyst > Consultant > Manager > Senior Manager.
What does your job involve ?
I manage delivery teams building and maintaining websites and eCommerce platforms for large multi-national clients. My teams are spread around the globe and I am responsible for multi-million dollar budgets and projects. I am also actively involved in recruitment for Accenture, as well as being an active member of the Employee Consultative Forum, supporting senior leadership in strategic decision-making processes.
What are the best bits of your job ?
Accenture is all about the people - I am surrounded by hugely intelligent and capable people who challenge and support me every day, and who allow me to deliver very high quality work for our clients. I also love how ethical I believe Accenture to be - the firm actively pursues best-practice in supporting its people, inclusivity and diversity.
Why were you successful?
I believe my combination of Arts and Science degrees helped my application, but primarily an interest in technology and the willingness to work hard were the key things to demonstrate.
What skills/ knowledge from your degree have you found particularly helpful in this role?
Communication skills, time management, delivery of high quality work in short timeframes, delivery to deadlines.
What advice would you give to students wishing to follow the same path?
Accenture demands quite a lot from you in terms of time commitment - we do whatever it takes to get the job done on time and to high levels of quality - so you do need to understand that this isn't a 9-5 job. Having said that, I have made amazing lifelong friends with my colleagues and only work that hard because the company motivates me to do so, with interesting and challenging work.