Life at Deloitte

Joanna Richardson

Senior Consultant – Cyber Risk

I work with clients in order to successfully deliver real value to their business

What did you study?

Biology at the University of Manchester, currently studying for a Masters in Cyber Security at the University of Oxford.

 

What do you do at Deloitte Technology Consulting?

Last year I worked on developing a strategy and roadmap to help a client on their journey to achieve ‘World-Class Cyber Security’. In their roadmap to get there we included elements of people, processes and technology including; risk management, communications, training, supplier management, policies as well as security analytics & operations.

This year I am project managing two projects that support the roadmap. This initially involved creating our 2015 plan in collaboration with the client and gaining senior sign off on the value of what these projects will deliver.

My day to day role is to lead the team in the successful execution of our plan, quarter by quarter. This involves stakeholder communication (including reporting on progress, raising risks and issues), and working with the team in order to achieve our deliverables (e.g. policies, proof of concepts, implementation plans, processes etc).

 

Why did you choose a career in Technology?

After graduating with a Biology degree I had no idea what I wanted to do – so I decided to join a global technology and consulting organisation. The reason was two fold: firstly because technology provides huge potential for growth and innovation (with associated career opportunities), and secondly because joining a large firm provides exposure to a variety of different roles which enabled me to work out which roles I enjoyed and excelled at.In my career working in technology I have gained valuable client facing skills through sales, project management and delivery experience. These have been gained whilst working on exciting projects that have transformed the way clients do business; I cannot see myself working in another sector.

 

What would you say to someone considering a career in Technology?

Don’t be put off if you are not technical. I was concerned that a lack of a technical background would put me to a disadvantage, this has not been the case and often it is actually an advantage!

I mainly rely on my communication and project management skills; I always know that I can leverage technical expertise from my colleagues

Last year I worked on developing a strategy and roadmap to help a client on their journey to achieve ‘World-Class Cyber Security’.

I cannot see myself working in another sector.

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