The professional services market in Russia and the CIS includes several segments: management/strategy consulting, audit and tax consulting, IT and operations consulting, and others. Alongside the consumer goods market, the professional services market is one of the best-developed markets in Russia. The first players, who were representatives of the Big Four (the Big Six at that time), appeared in Russia in the early 90’s. Since then, the sector has unfailingly served as an ‘academy’ for other industries, regularly providing the job market with an array of talented top and middle managers. The leading consulting companies rightly enjoy a reputation of serving as excellent schools, taking 3-5 years to turn talented graduates of the best universities and business schools into highly qualified managers, and occasionally even entrepreneurs.
Over the past several years, the professional services market has reached a high level of saturation in Russia. All the major international players already have offices in Moscow and other cities in Russia and the CIS. Ward Howell’s focus in this market is the search for professionals at the partnership and pre-partnership levels who can develop new business and/or develop new markets and industrial practices. Our clients include most of the leading global management consulting firms, as well as a range of Russian industry leaders. Professional services practice has expertise in all of the key segments of the professional services market and extensive experience with completing non-trivial tasks aimed at strengthening the team.