Why work at Baringa?

baringa featured logoBaringa Partners LLP is an award-winning management consultancy that specialises in the energy, financial services, utilities and telecoms and media markets. We are dedicated to being a consultancy with a difference – striving to become the consulting partner of choice for our clients based on our flexible approach, deep industry knowledge and excellent people.

Established in the UK in 2000, Baringa has over 400 employees helping clients across the UK, Europe, US and South Africa implement new, or optimise existing, business capabilities relating to people, processes and technology. Baringa has gained the reputation it has through our deep industry knowledge, excellent people and genuine partnering approach. The company continues to evolve to meet the demands of clients and to encourage the best consultants to join us. We appreciate that our reputation is hard won but easy to lose, so every project and every person at Baringa is business critical, and we only take on work where we are confident we can deliver exemplary results.

What makes Baringa such a special place to work?

We believe that we’re a great place to work – but it’s not just us that says so…. Baringa has been ranked in the Top 10 for Great Places to Work for Medium-Sized Companies for the last eight years, named the Energy Risk Consultancy Firm of the Year for the third consecutive year, Winner of the Commodity Business Awards’ Market Policy and Advisory 2012, 2013 and 2014 and National Business Awards’ Employer of the Year 2012.

Part of what makes Baringa so unique is our company culture, we’ve worked hard to create a stimulating and rewarding environment for our people, putting them at the very heart of our strategy. Bur rather than try and quantify why Baringa is such a great place to work in words for you, why not watch our video

How do you embrace Diversity at Baringa?

Our company-wide Balance Baringa initiative provides a powerful lens on everything we do across our People and Culture Strategy. It aims to improve how we support our people irrespective of background; leading initiatives to strengthen and diversify our talent, leadership and culture at all levels.

Baringa recognises and encourages diversity across gender, ethnicity, religion, sexual preference, personality, health, and culture and socio-economic background. In short, we put our balance agenda at the heart of what we do, recognising the different needs of our people and in doing so ensure Baringa is a place for people to thrive and grow.

Do you have an internal women’s network at Baringa?

Balance Baringa is an umbrella initiative that includes an active women’s network (open to both male and female employees). This community is currently focused on recruiting, developing and retaining top female talent through the pipeline, regularly meeting to share thought leadership and discuss a focused programme of supporting work.

What can a potential candidate expect during the interviewing process?

At Baringa, our aim is to recruit the best. We want people who are highly motivated and well-rounded. People who have an entrepreneurial spirit and who want to help to make a difference to the business. People who are committed and passionate about providing a first-class client service. People who want to work collaboratively with the rest of the Baringa family!

Our interview process is conducted over three stages with consultants from the relevant business unit as follows:

  1. First Interview – Candidates are matched to specific interviewers depending on their background to ensure we have an accurate understanding of their experience. We focus on ensuring we give candidates the opportunity to shine – there are no pre-set questions, instead we focus on getting to really understand the candidate, their experience and giving them more insight into Baringa. It is a 50% assessment of the candidate and a 50% insight to life at Baringa

In between the first and second interview candidates are provided with detailed feedback to give them an understanding of what went well and what we are going to focus on in the next interview, thereby giving the candidate ample time to prepare to present themselves in the best possible light.

  1. Case Study Interview – At this stage the Candidate is given a Case Study designed to assess their technical capabilities related to the business unit they are applying to join. Candidates have 1 hr to prepare, with a further hour to present back and answer a series of questions.
  2. Final Interview – Usually held on the same day as the Case Study, the Candidate will have their final interview with a Partner from the relevant Business Unit.

All candidates are offered an optional peer to peer meetings and additional informal meetings as part of the recruitment process. Through these informal meetings we try to put you in touch with someone in the firm that is either at a similar level to the role you’re applying for and/or someone with a similar background e.g. you might be making the move from industry to consulting and want to talk to someone who has done the same at Baringa. Or perhaps you’re coming back into the workplace following maternity leave and want to meet other mums in the firm who are in the same position.

We’ll set up as many of these informal sessions as you need to feel like you understand your role, our culture and Baringa’s broader support network. We always stress to candidates that these sessions aren’t part of the formal assessment process and are simply for your benefit in determining whether Baringa is a good fit for you.

What do you look for in a potential candidate?

Baringa are always looking for well-rounded, fun people with strong academic, professional and personal skills. We like highly-motivated people who work collaboratively and thrive in being part of our team.

Our market leading growth combined with our expansion plans, mean that we can continue to offer our employees the progression, flexibility, development, and a diverse range of client engagements.

For more information, visit our Career page: http://www.baringa.com/careers/

What benefits or reward programmes do you provide for employees? (eg Maternity, Bonus schemes)

Baringa offers a range of benefits including:

  • Private medical and travel insurance
  • 26 weeks of 100% paid maternity leave
  • Baringa Work + Family Space that includes:
    • Emergency family/childcare
    • Webinars, coaching, online tools
    • ‘Back to work without a bump’ coaching
    • Childcare vouchers
  • Life insurance and income protection
  • Transparent bonus scheme based on personal and company performance
  • An out-of-town uplift to basic salary for those working away for a sustained period of time
  • Employer contribution of 3% of base salary to pension scheme
  • Performance based progress
  • Focused training and development to meet your personal career ambitions
Do you provide training for your staff?

At Baringa we recognise that people are our greatest asset. We place a huge focus on developing our people and invest heavily in providing a wide range of training and development programmes to help individuals build their own career paths.

We take pride in on-the-job training, which is critical to an individual’s ability to develop in their role. Baringa also runs a host of tailored internal training courses, such as Presentation Skills, Personal Impact & Executive Presence and Negotiation Skills, as well as 101 industry focused courses and a range of external certifications including PRINCE2, MSP and ISEB.

To ensure that our future leaders achieve their full potential, Baringa employs a dual-pronged approach for more senior members of staff. For Directors, we set up a Development Executive where the Senior Partners team with HR professionals to deliver training and support for this group. Senior Managers, in addition to training, are provided an advisor outside their own Business Unit to build their profile, share insight and learn best practice. Baringa’s internally-developed Leadership Development Programme (LDP) is also a key vehicle to help our future leaders achieve their full potential and provides our senior members training on leadership challenges, winning business and coaching excellence.

Tell us a little about your values and how these are evidenced in working practice?

The Baringa Core Values are defined by everyone in our company to capture what continues to make us unique. We try to exhibit these values in everything we do, whether it is interacting internally, with clients or third parties.

  • Passion – Our people show a real desire to make a difference. We care about the outcome and show unrivalled energy and determination to make every project a success.
  • Quality – We are always raising the standard and our aim is to ensure the projects we work on are interesting to our staff and beneficial to the development of Baringa
  • Ownership – It’s the lack of restrictions on ideas and hierarchical boundaries which distinguishes us from many of the bigger firms. We foster a sense of ownership throughout the company for all aspects of what we do, from the long term company strategy to the day to day operations.
  • Integrity – Our aim is to communicate openly and honestly both within the company and to our clients. We adhere to the highest professional standards and also to the highest levels of respect for each other’s personal lives.
  • Collaboration – The strength of trust, friendship and teamwork between everyone at Baringa, irrespective of position in the company, is something which defines us as a company. We have become trusted advisors to key players in the industries we operate in through having the best people who can integrate seamlessly with their own staff into effective project teams.
What is your approach to flexible working?

Whilst we know that a consulting environment can be very demanding, Baringa recognises the value of enabling and supporting flexible working practices – including both formal and informal ad-hoc working arrangements.

Flexible working is open to everyone at the firm, with all requests considered on a case-by-case basis. Working patterns range from a job share/split, to 3-4 days per week including working from home to ease child care considerations or pursue personal ambitions.

Baringa is open and honest with clients regarding our approach to flexible working. As part of our staffing process where we assign consultants to clients and projects, we listen to the individual and try to match them to the right role. This can be on the basis of career development opportunities, family responsibilities (e.g. not assigning staff with young families to clients that require staying away from home), or other personal commitments.

Are there any statistics that you are particularly proud off, eg number of women on your board, attrition rates, number of awards won?
  • Great Place to Work Institute’s “Best Workplaces Programme” – Top 10 Spot for 8th Year Running
  • 61% of all females have been promoted in the last 18-24 months, compared with 40% of the male counterparts
  • Attrition stats have averaged between 5-8% in recent years (compared to the 20-25% industry average)

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