Graduate Scheme

Graduate scheme now closed for 2017. New applications commencing December 2017 for 2018.

About HSO

HSO is an international technology services company.  We implement Microsoft’s cutting edge Enterprise Resource Planning solution, Dynamics 365, into some of the UK’s most recognised companies.  ERP software allows companies to see a complete picture across the business, integrating all the departments’ software to enable decision-makers to have a holistic view of the business.  We are a Microsoft Gold Partner which means we are highly regarded by Microsoft.

In 2016, we were ranked number 40 in the Great Places to Work list.  This independent survey of the HSO employees indicates that we not only look after our employees but that our employees feel looked after.  We are also on the equally prestigious Sunday Times list of top 100 companies to work for.

HSO's Graduate Scheme

The HSO Graduate Scheme enables us to develop and train people to become consultants using a structured scheme. We will teach you how to be a consultant, how to be confident talking with and advising customers, covering all the skills you’ll need from presenting workshops through to time management, and we’ll teach you to be fully conversant in Microsoft technology.

The scheme runs for two years starting with an intensive eight week masterclass in the Netherlands at our Dutch parent company’s training camp.  You will be provided with flights and accommodation and will need to be there ready to start by Monday the 1st May. On returning to the UK you will be given the opportunity to be mentored on a customer site, working with some of our senior consultants.  Training and development are on-going for the whole two years and beyond.  Our aim is to enable each graduate to progress to a fully-fledged consultant role where they can make a valuable contribution to our customers and to HSO.

What our Consultants do

Our people are a mix of sales, project managers, technical specialists and back office support.  We also recruit and deploy consultants with an unmatched reputation for delivery to the envy of our competitors. Our consultants work with our customers to enable them to transition from their existing software to the new Microsoft ERP solution, on a smooth and stress free journey.  

Consultants need to understand the customer’s business, they appreciate that implementing new technology can be disruptive and each solution needs to be tailored to each individual business.  To be successful, our consultants are confident at talking with and listening to our customers at all levels, understanding how technology is used in the company, and how work flows across the business.  Using their expertise in Microsoft Dynamics 365 technology, the consultants translate the business needs into a workable and robust solution, delivered on time and on budget.

The consultants ensure that the customer knows what they are getting, that the customer staff are trained in the new technology and that when it comes to going live with the solution there is no risk. 

Selection Criteria

Successful candidates will have a good degree and at least a year’s work experience in one of our specialist markets: retail, rental, manufacturing or business services, either via an industrial placement, or post graduation.  You will be confident working on your own and with other people, curious, a good listener and strong communicator, written and orally.  You will need an inner dynamo to work at a pace and you must of course be willing to learn and interested in a career in technology.  Consultants travel UK wide to work on a customer site usually three days per week so you must be resilient away from home and confident meeting new people.   

Ready to Apply?

  • Email your completed application form and CV to UK-Gradprogramme@hso.com
  • Successful candidates will be invited to our assessment day held in either Manchester or Reading
  • After the assessment day, shortlisted candidates will be interviewed in our offices in either Reading or Manchester.
  • Final-stage shortlisted candidates will be required to complete an online psychometric profile.

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