Applications for our 2018 Analyst cohort are now closed. We will reopen applications in October 2018 for our September 2019 intake. 


Ruth Carnall describes why our growing consultancy is a great place to start your career.

Why choose Carnall Farrar?

When you join Carnall Farrar, you will be working closely with our industry-leading partners and consultants, putting you in a great position to accelerate your path to becoming an accomplished business professional.


Our analyst induction programme is led by our senior leadership team, allowing you to understand the business first-hand from the people who have built it. You will be able to build consulting skills, including project management, communication, problem solving and team work, as well as developing your knowledge of the NHS and public sector.

As well as on-the-job learning, you'll have access to an extensive range of in-house and external training opportunities.

To support learning and development, all CF employees are assigned a senior member of staff (Partner or Principal), as a ‘development sponsor’. This is in addition to a day-to-day line manager who will be one of the senior team members on your project. You will also be given a peer buddy who will be your go to person and will be able to help you with any issues/questions that you have in your first year on the team.

Your role

What will you do as an analyst at Carnall Farrar?

  • As an analyst, you will be exposed to analytics, general consulting skills, organisational development as well as project management
  • Your day to day work will be highly variable and include tasks such as supporting the team with research, meeting preparation, proposal and project management support
  • You will participate in client meetings, actively engage with project tasks and successfully prioritise projects to meet deadlines
  • You will be an integral part of our problem-solving process, structuring and carrying out analysis, synthesising information and researching independently
  • You will build and understand the importance of constructive client relationships and demonstrate an understanding of the client’s business, collaborating with our stakeholders as required

 You can find out more about the role, and the competencies required here

 Our package

  • Competitive compensation
  • 25 days’ holiday per year + statutory holidays which increases with length of service
  • Thorough induction by our senior leadership team, access to training courses and a sponsor who will be responsible for your development
  • After two years, analysts may apply for a sponsored MBA programme from a leading institution


 Apply here


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Interviews with our Analysts

A day in the life of an Analyst

How would you describe Carnall Farrar in a single sentence?

Carnall Farrar is a fast growing health care consultancy focused on making a difference on complex issues in the NHS.

What projects are you currently working on?

My main role in my current project is to help model the impact of proposed changes in acute service configuration and out-of-hospital care with respect to activity volumes, locations and cost. This involves working closely with commissioner CFOs and provider Directors of Finance, with a mix of working on-site with the clients and in the office.

Describe a typical day in your role as an Analyst

I typically get in around 8 or 8.30, as I prefer to work in the morning. I will spend the first half an hour catching up on any emails/anything I left unfinished from the day before. Usually, as an analyst you are only working on one project and you will have discrete parts of the project you are responsible for – so you usually know what to be getting on with yourself. Two to three times per week you will have a problem solving with the whole team, which you need to spend time preparing for in advance. The whole team, including partners, will be there so the time needs to be used to discuss the most important things in the coming few days. Preparing usually involves putting together some slides of the analysis you have been doing with accompanying hypotheses and emerging conclusions for the team to review and challenge. Following a problem solving, you will continue with your own work as well as supporting any other work which has come from the discussion. During the day, you will regularly be talking to the manager/principal/consultants on your team to ensure everyone has work to do and is happy with what they are doing. I usually leave work around 6pm (on a good day)!

How would you describe the culture at CF?

Carnall Farrar is a really exciting place to work. It has grown a huge amount even in the relatively short time I’ve been here and it’s great to have the opportunity to help shape the culture of the company. Everyone is really enthusiastic about the work we do, and the amount of time we all get to spend working directly with the partners means there are always opportunities to learn. And with people coming and going between the office and their respective clients through the week, it’s always good to be back in the office on Fridays to catch up.

A day in the life of an Analyst

What’s your level of responsibility in the projects you are working on?

I think it is pretty high. Generally, as we work with whole systems rather than individual organisations our clients are all very senior which has an impact of the level of responsibility it is appropriate for someone in their early 20s to have. Despite this, as a first year analyst you are regularly in meetings with clients and encouraged to participate. You act as a facilitator to client discussions in large workshop-style events. It is also common to have regular calls with clients to go through pieces of analysis you have done either alone, or with your manager supporting you.

Do you get much client contact?

Yes, as an analyst be attending weekly (at least) client meetings and will regularly be in touch with clients both independently and as a team.

What made you choose this as a career path?

I knew that I wanted a career which was related to health (the NHS in particular) as I did a Masters in International Health Management. It was also very important to me that I could personally develop a diverse range of skills on which to build my future career. Consultancy was the natural choice as it allows you to develop advanced analytical skills but you also have to present to your clients which forces you to communicate complex messages in a simple, digestible way. We are often delivering multiple pieces of work to multiple people on a single project, and project management skills are crucial to ensure delivery of this so you also quickly build skills in this area too.

Why did you decide to join Carnall Farrar over other strategy consulting firms?

Carnall Farrar offered me the chance to work in strategy consulting, but only for public sector health and care organisations and for me this sector was exactly what I wanted to pursue. It seemed like a really unique opportunity in that way. I had also had the company personally recommended to me by multiple independent contacts in the NHS, which alleviated any concerns I may have had about its very small size (at the time) because I knew they had a strong reputation in the market. On interview, I was struck by how friendly all the partners and principals were. I found the interview process more interesting than intimidating – which I felt was a very good sign and rare in consulting. On being offered the job, I was happy with the package and was excited by joining a small start-up rather than one of the bigger firms.

Application Process

Numerical Reasoning test

We require all applicants to undertake a numerical reasoning test as part of our recruitment process. An email will be sent directly to you via Test Partnership requesting that you complete this assessment before we can progress your application to a Round 1 interview. Please note this is a timed assessment which you are able to use a calculator to complete. 

Round 1 Interview

Applicants who have been successful with their initial application will be invited to our offices to attend a first round interview. This will be a CV based discussion which will aim to assess your suitability to join the Carnall Farrar team. 

Assessment Centre

If you have been successful after the first round interview you will be asked to attend our assessment centre. You will be tested on your quantitative and verbal reasoning skills through a series of case interviews and a written exercise. You will need to demonstrate your ability to address typical consultancy challenges.

Final interview

The final interview will provide an opportunity to assess your knowledge and understanding of the Carnall Farrar business, your willingness to learn and develop and your overall ability to contribute to the growth of the organisation. This will also provide an opportunity for you to guage the fit of the company for your personal goals.

Job Offer

A member of the HR team will be in contact by phone or email to let you know the outcome of the interview. If you have been unsuccessful after Stage 4 we aim to provide feedback within five working days of the final interview taking place.

All of our employment offers are subject to receiving satisfactory references, receiving proof of degree results and are dependent on your right to work in the UK.


Eligibility and Visas

Applications must have the right to work in the UK. We regret to advise we are unable to provide visa sponsorships for internships or our graduate analyst positions.

What are the minimum academic requirements?

Minimum 2:1 Graduate degree (achieved or predicted)

A minimum of 300 UCAS points

What happens once we receive your application?

Once the application process has closed your application will be reviewed. Successful applications will be invited to attend an interview and assessment centre by one of our recruitment team.

I graduated a few years ago – can I still apply for a graduate position?

 Yes, we welcome applicants who have experience from previous post-graduate jobs.

When does the graduate scheme start?

The start date for successful applicants is late September 2019.