Applications for the 2020 Analyst Programme are now closed.



Why choose CF?

When you join CF you will enrol on an extensive two-year training programme where you will build a suite of core consulting skills to support on-the job learning.

You will work closely with our industry-leading partners and consultants, putting you in a great position to accelerate your development and deliver impact to your clients.

We are passionate about bringing real change to the NHS and public services – delivering benefits to patients staff and the public. All our staff are values-driven, we commit to challenging each other, and our clients, to bring about profound and positive change.


Our training programme starts with a week-long residential induction training programme where you will develop skills in project management, communication, problem-solving and team working, 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, Principal or Manager), 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 develop skills in analytics, problem-solving, organisational development, as well as project management.
  • You will play an integral role in our problem-solving processes, structuring and carrying out analysis, synthesising information and researching independently.
  • Your day to day work will be highly variable. You’ll play a critical part in the delivery of client projects, as well as business development and other corporate services.
  • Core responsibilities will include manipulating complex data sets, researching industry best practice and synthesising and presenting your findings to a broad range of audiences. You will learn how to build constructive client relationships and collaborate with our stakeholders to achieve your shared goals.
  • You will participate in client meetings, actively engage with project tasks and successfully prioritise projects in order to meet deadlines

Our ideal candidate

  • We are looking to recruit individuals who are passionate about improving healthcare, hard-working and eager to learn. You will have achieved or predicted to achieve a 2:1 in your undergraduate degree.
  • We are looking for excellent academic performance, leadership potential and relevant work experience.

 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


How to apply

Please send your CV and Cover Letter to to apply or if there are any further questions. 

Please refer to the FAQ section below to read about what we would like to read in your CV and cover letter. Please note that you must have the right to work in the UK to be considered in our application process.



Application Process

Written application

In your written application, please include


Please upload 2 documents, one CV and one personal statement.

Please upload a recent copy of your CV. Please ensure your CV includes: - Recent employment history - Details of your academic history including details of any higher level education as well as - A list of your A levels and GCSE scores - A list of any academic, professional or personal awards - Details of two referees (please note whether these are professional, academic or personal)


Personal statement

Your personal statement is your chance to show us your personality. While we expect suitable business language, do not be afraid to enliven your statement with personal stories and anecdotes. We are a small and friendly firm who are interested in our people and you. We want to hear what excites you about an internship at Carnall Farrar.

Ensure you cover the following aspects (in any order): why you would like to work in consultancy, why you would like to work in healthcare, why you would like to work for Carnall Farrar, what you would bring to our team and anything else you think we may be interested in about you (max 2,500 characters).

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.

FAQs and a day in the life of an analyst

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.

A day in the life of an analyst

Asha is an analyst at CF and joined after training as a junior doctor. Building on her experience in the NHS, Asha joined CF after deciding she wanted to combine management consultancy with work to improve public sector health and care services.

She said...

"On a day-to-day basis, the work is pretty varied, which is great! The sorts of things you can expect include:

  • 'Problem solving' sessions, where your team plan out the approach to project work
  • Conducting analysis and research, synthesising the results
  • Preparing materials for meetings and workshops
  • Supporting management of the delivery of your project by supporting your team to keep track of meetings, workshops and other important milestones

There's also an opportunity to get involved with the corporate aspects of the company, so you can build quite a diverse skill set by getting involved with areas like marketing, business development or IT.

In between all of that, CF has got a good social aspect. It's a young company and we always make time to go out for drinks or dinner. We've had a bunch of other events as well, including a London-wide treasure hunt, curling and even an office olive eating competition.

My favourite parts of the job are the fact that no two days are the same, and the people at CF. 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.

Each day is varied and different in a stimulating and motivating way. Although I didn't expect it, I've really valued having such a supportive and friendly team around me. When work gets difficult, there's always someone to talk to, or ask for some help, which is amazing when you step into a completely new job."