OUR BUSINESS CONSULTANTS HELP CLIENTS TO IMPLEMENT BUSINESS STRATEGIES AND ACHIEVE BUSINESS OBJECTIVES.

OUR BUSINESS CONSULTANTS HELP CLIENTS TO IMPLEMENT BUSINESS STRATEGIES AND ACHIEVE BUSINESS OBJECTIVES.

Every business experiences unique challenges – solutions must be relevant and adapt to the environment. We support clients with broad capabilities, deep business insight and a culture of innovation. Whether our clients are looking to prepare for growth, reduce costs or realise their digital ambitions, BJSS has the skills and experience to make things happen.

Business Consulting complements BJSS’ existing Digital Design, Technology and Modern Managed Service capabilities.

The service is led by Grant Thomas, who believes that today’s business challenges require combinations of skills and experience, diversity of thinking, a culture of innovation and an Agile approach.

BJSS has a history of building enduring client relationships. Business Consulting continues this tradition by fostering non-transactional partnerships with the businesses we work with. We believe every client has the right to expect value from the very first contact and to experience this value-add at every interaction with us.

Grant Thomas

Founder, BJSS Business Consulting

We’re pragmatists and innovators who work at the intersection between technology and business.

Today’s business challenges require hybrid teams to solve them. The old divisions between strategy and execution, technology and business make no sense today. This requires unique talent, experience and culture. Underpinned by trust and strong relationships.

We think and we do differently. We bring business insight from the outset as well as know-how. There are no barriers. We work and we succeed as one team. Our reward is your trust, founded in delivery, secured by outcomes. We work hard but we also like to enjoy ourselves and we want you to as well. We’ll celebrate success with you and push ourselves along the way so that we can all savour those special moments when we get there.

We’re pragmatists and innovators who work at the intersection between technology and business.

Today’s business challenges require hybrid teams to solve them. The old divisions between strategy and execution, technology and business make no sense today. This requires unique talent, experience and culture. Underpinned by trust and strong relationships.

We think and we do differently. We bring business insight from the outset as well as know-how. There are no barriers. We work and we succeed as one team. Our reward is your trust, founded in delivery, secured by outcomes. We work hard but we also like to enjoy ourselves and we want you to as well. We’ll celebrate success with you and push ourselves along the way so that we can all savour those special moments when we get there.

DAVID

Typically, for many people, the thought of working within the retail industry sends shivers down their spines. Shift work, unsociable hours, manual, margin pressures and hard graft. It’s enough to put anyone off.

But what I’ve come to realise is that the experience of working within the industry is one of the best of my life. I’ve had countless learning experiences, met thousands of curious and supportive colleagues, clients and suppliers – all from varied, diverse and fascinating backgrounds. From giving colleagues opportunities and seeing them grow to become successful and inspiring leaders to overcoming challenges which initially seemed insurmountable, I’ve seen and done it.

With ALDI, I was pushed to what I thought was my limit, and found I had reserves of resilience and mental toughness. I worked and travelled across Middle East and came back a better person and retailer for it. With consulting, I’ve had to challenge my own thinking and preconceived ideas of retail, finding the stretch and development to be both exhilarating and substantial.

The journey I’ve had has been varied, but hugely rewarding and satisfying.

All of this has led me to BJSS. A company which embraces simplicity, value and integrity – three ideals which I truly believe in and have brought me back to what I most enjoy – leading and working with a team. We’re currently building out what will become one of the largest and best retail consultancies within the UK across our five core propositions.

Fact’s about David:

  • He was nearly a footballer, cricketer and cyclist. But now he’s an avid armchair fan who still believes he was a lost sporting talent!
  • Because of this, David’s GoPro is his favourite gadget (albeit it’s currently an expensive ornament on his sideboard)
  • His favourite shop is the Fortnum & Mason foodhall. Put simply – it’s a wonderland for someone who started their career in discount grocery.
  • The last song he listened to was Cold Desert by the Kings of Leon.
  • Curious colleagues and clients. Being challenged and stretched. BJSS Business Consulting’s growth ambitions. And Friday night drinks put a spring in his step.
KATE

I found BJSS after years at one of the big firms followed by stints at a boutique firm and the in-house change department of a large Financial Services organisation. I was attracted to BJSS by the intelligence of the people, the friendly culture and genuine opportunity to shape your own career.

Over the last 15 years I have worked across almost every industry and travelled to pretty much every continent, always trying to seeing as much of the country during my trips as possible. Highlights include hiking to see dormant volcanoes in Mauritius while working on a large outsource deal, visiting NASA in Houston, Texas after delivering training to a large sales workforce, travelling the length and breadth of India while working to set up one of the first contact centres, not to mention working out of a portacabin in Croydon as part of a telco transformation.

Change is the only constant”, so accepting what will change and what will remain the same is critical, particularly in today’s volatile world. Helping people and organisations go through transformation journeys with eyes wide open is why I love my job. If we are able to partner with our clients, act as their trusted advisor and support them through what can be challenging times, then we’re doing something right.

When I’m not at work I love Wales playing rugby! Nothing compares to the Millennium stadium in Cardiff on a match day – the singing, the fireworks, Brains beer – it’s all magic! I also once won a talent competition with a very unfunny joke involving an apple. I have two cousins who are capped All Blacks and a Great Uncle who captained Wales and represented the British Lions.

AMIR

I’ve spent my entire career in the Commodities sector, from managing trading books of Commodities trading houses to managing global risk teams overseeing trading portfolios containing crude and products, gas, coal, emissions, freights,  FX as well as both precious and base metals.

My objective for the Energy Practice is that we solve our clients most complex business problems and support them to remain profitable in current challenging marketplace. I’ve also led global consulting teams helping global firms to become more efficient in running their businesses by saving millions of dollars in operational costs as well as revenue optimisation opportunities.

I joined BJSS because its technology capabilities. We can solve some of the most challenging business problems through innovative use of the technology. There are typically three things that help us to deliver against my objective which are specific Energy industry expertise, the technology depth that our people have as well as our approach to delivering key programmes.

A key advantage is that we really understand the details behind our client’s business cases before we start the engagement. We then we ensure that we adopt these challenges as our own. This relies on the quality of our people who thrive on challenge and are very skilled in delivery and arriving at the best outcomes.

I feel it’s important to maintain a healthy work-life balance. As our workplace is an ever-changing environment and given the fact the technology has helped hugely in bringing our people and clients together, regardless of a physical base, the work can be carried out from anywhere.

This has helped me to manage my busy work schedule better and attend our local kick boxing club on regular basis.

During the week I enjoy regular exercise but during the weekend I aim to attend more challenging regional competitions. It’s a great way to socialise and also to stay motivated by encouraging each other. I also closely follow the geopolitical changes around the globe as it has a direct correlation with both my client’s business performance as well as our daily living energy costs.

HANNAH

I’ve always been passionate about retail and this led me to join the John Lewis Partnership Leadership Programme after university. During my time at JLP I undertook various roles in stores and head office, including opening the first travel hub at St Pancras station. BJSS has a strong technical pedigree and considerable experience delivering highly effective change programmes. Its entrepreneurial spirit, ability to build lasting client relationships and the integrity it demonstrates in its work makes it stand out in a busy market. BJSS already has a great reputation to build upon when launching the new business consulting practice, and it’s great to be a part of that. Any free time in the last year has been taken up with the renovation of an old farm house; when free time returns I hope to spend weekends sailing again, and my favourite retailer is Reformation, for their sustainable yet fashion-conscious items and delivering innovative store experiences in the USA.

JAKE

It took the first year of my consulting career to decide which industry really excited me, and I settled on retail because it’s something we all engage in every single day. Helping major retailers to change the way their customers interact and to implement solutions that directly impacts society is extremely motivational.

Recently I worked with a European home improvement retailer where I led the global workstreams for customer and store operations initiatives. Initially this involved extensive travel where I built strong, credibility-based relationships with key international stakeholders, and then later the European roll-out of new customer-facing technology to over 1,000 stores.

I chose BJSS because of our huge internal capability where we can legitimately provide a ‘one-stop shop’ to help retailers innovate and implement disruptive new technology, whilst ensuring that they stay on track to achieve their goals and deliver great customer value.

I’m definitely a sports fanatic outside of work. I’ve been fortunate enough to play rugby to a high standard in the UK and France. I also enjoy playing golf and squash and I’m an avid Manchester City fan. My most recent trip (and best holiday to date) has been Thailand, and I’m always interested in random facts – did you know that if you put all the trees in London together, they’d cover around 20% of the city?!

GIORGIA

What led me to BJSS was the need to understand what I wanted to do after university. I was excited to experience projects on several industries, to understand which one interested me the most and to find my path. I was also interested in innovation and technology, therefore I found in BJSS a perfect environment where I could learn and gain important skills. I started my journey at BJSS as a Research Analyst, and then through different projects, I developed a deep interest in Retail.

i’m excited by the pace of technology and how it improves daily life. Society encounters retail every day and minor shifts in technology will change our way of living. I’m intrigued by this change.

Currently we are focusing on benchmarking omnichannel experiences on various retailers. It is a topic that keeps changing, because there are always new ways in which channels can be used to create a seamless experience for consumers.

My favourite holiday destination is my own country: Italy. I try to go back and spend time with my family in Sardinia and Liguria during the summer and I ski on the Alps every winter.

Facts about Giorgia

  • She’s a bit of a foodie and is always trying out new things. She’s known for dragging her family and friends to food festivals and for trying out new restaurants.
  • Give her a  pasta in any shape and size and she’s happy! Giorgia’s mum is renowned for making the finest tomato sauce on the planet.
  • Last Christmas she saw Kodaline at the O2 Academy. But her all time favourite live act was Royal Blood.
  • Giorgia will take a plane over a boat anytime. Not only does it take less time to get there, but there are also no sharks in the sky!