To help our clients beat the curve Valentia Partners continually test ourselves by asking what might come next.
The industry is buffeted by changes in government policy and regulation, developments in technology and flux in the wider economy. The pivotal role of Financial Services organisations in helping individuals and businesses to navigate these, sometimes stormy, seas mandates that they are able to anticipate, adapt and overcome. Valentia Partners use Scenario Thinking to make sure we can stay ahead.
What could the advent of artificial intelligence mean for non-performing loans?
What might changes in data legislation mean for how banks engage with their customers?
How could we harness social media to deliver better products, services and outcomes for customers and shareholders alike?
These scenarios force us to look to the media, industry publications, academic literature, our clients and our imaginations to deconstruct the challenges they create. Once per month a team of our junior consultants, with whatever support they ask for, put together a response and set of recommendations to present back to the firm. What follows is an, often lengthy, discussion of the firm’s views on the topic that helps us to come to a consensus on how we feel this situation is best addressed, or at the very least a set of considerations and parameters that need to be evaluated further.
The challenge of dealing with nuanced scenarios and constructing coherent recommendations on a subject that is outside of the immediate client delivery encourages our junior consultants to remain abreast of developments in the industry. This is a major factor in the feedback we get from our clients that Valentia consultants are willing to and capable of delivering analyses, recommendations, projects and programmes at a level of seniority that far exceeds our competitors. This is not just down to the content knowledge generated through these sessions but also the conviction and gravitas required to effectively communicate findings to a critical audience and to listen and respond succinctly to their criticisms.
We do it because it’s fun! Valentia Partners is always on the look out for talented staff and we hire extremely selectively. The calibre of people we choose enjoy grappling with complicated, strategic questions and picking a way through a maze of competing factors and priorities. We hire people who have strong opinions and convictions and relish the opportunity to express them and be challenged on them.
Spotlight on Women: Olive Farrell
At Valentia Partners we focus on making our workplace a more diverse and inclusive environment for everyone. Operating in a male dominated industry, we wanted to shine a spotlight on our women and enable them to tell their stories of success and what inspired them to pursue a role in Management Consulting. Below you can read more about Olive’s experience.
Meet our people: Donal Campion
Donal is a hands-on transformation specialist who has led strategic business and technology change in Financial Institutions of all sizes, working across Europe and North America. In his 18+ year career, he has also designed and led large enterprise change and delivery functions. He spent a decade living in Canada, braving the cold and exploring life in the Great White North, before returning to Ireland in 2019.
Don’t Call Me ‘Crypto’
Digital assets hold a significant yet uncertain place in the future of finance and they are worthy of the controversy they attract. Yet, vague language and sweeping generalisations have become commonplace amongst commentators - decreasing comprehension and stifling discourse.
Meet our people: Viviana Morariu
Leading mission critical projects in Wealth & Asset Management, Banking, and Capital Markets, Viviana's experience includes leading global transformation programmes impacting 60+ countries, front-to-back re-platforming of businesses, and acquisition integration design.
Collaboration with The Girls’ Network
Valentia Partners is delighted to announce that the firm has entered into a partnership with The Girls’ Network.
Meet our people: Neil Woodger
Neil Woodger joined Valentia Partners as an Executive Director in 2021, transitioning to consulting following a 30+ year global career in Banking and Capital Markets.
Banking priorities in 2021: Cost Cutting
Valentia Partners on LinkedIn: As Covid 19, Brexit and low interest rates continue to cast a shadow over economic prospects, one of the common themes across many of Valentia’s financial services clients in the last quarter of this year is how to cut costs in 2021 without cutting service.
Our partnership with the University of Strathclyde Business School
Valentia Partners are proud to partner with the University of Strathclyde Business School, understanding the importance and value of bringing through the next generation of consultants.
Capital markets and green financing
The move towards a more sustainable financial system.
Deduction at source lending
Valentia Partners supported a group of Fintech founders in the development and go-to market strategy of a payroll lending platform (salary backed finance).
Transformation Experiences - Valentia vs. McKinsey Survey
Valentia Partners on LinkedIn: At Valentia, we spend all our time helping to transform our banking and fintech clients’ businesses. So, when McKinsey published a technology transformation survey on 11th March, we read it with interest.
Popularity vs Profitability – 3 challenger bank trends for 2021
Valentia Partners on LinkedIn: Challenger Banks proliferate, with digital-only challengers (or Neobanks) attracting huge numbers of customers through low-cost innovative features, whilst simultaneously struggling to turn those numbers into profits.
Go to work to play, and other thoughts for a post-COVID mentality
Valentia Partners on LinkedIn: Here are some musings from the past year and a few thoughts to take into this one.
4 strategic priorities to enable the workplace of the future
Valentia Partners on LinkedIn: Rethinking how we create and inhabit space in a digitally-connected world.