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University of New South Wales
Alyssa Stewart, UNSW, PhD Mining Engineering (2006), B Met Engineering (2001)
I started at My career at PIP as a Business Analyst in 2008, after 2 years of working in research and analyst roles. Within a year, I had worked with 6 different clients, across 5 industries, 3 countries and 3 Australian states.
PIP was attractive to me because of the mix of problem solving and coaching, all leading to seeing clients deliver real results. As a BA, there was a lot of time spent in spreadsheets, but a key part of my role was still coaching. Sometimes that would be coaching a client Business Analyst to do analytical work, other times it was coaching a Superintendent on how to manage contractor costs.
Starting with no consulting experience, a big part of my journey from BA to my current role as Associate Principal has been the formal and on-the-job training that I’ve received, and in turn, given to others. PIP uses exactly the same business improvement training for both consultants and clients. I received training in my first week at PIP and 3 months later I was standing up in front of a group of clients teaching them the same material. This really brings you up the learning curve very quickly and means that training is an ongoing experience – you learn something every time you teach other people.
A big part of the fun of working at PIP has been the amazing people I have worked with – from other consultants, to our back office crew and clients. We work away from home quite a lot, so it’s really important that your colleagues are great to work and hang out with. I have cooked gourmet BBQs in country Queensland, danced at a Mongolian night club, flown to a Capetown winery in a helicopter and built a house for a family in Cambodia with other PIPers. That’s what makes it an awesome place to work!