Graduate Trainee WorkSmart Consultant

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Kainos WorkSmart is part of the wider Kainos Group and is responsible for the on-going partnership with Workday in which we deploy, integrate, test and provide application management services for Workday configurations.  Workday is a cloud-based software vendor that specialises in human capital management and financial management applications. Kainos WorkSmart has developed Kainos Smart which is an automated testing tool designed exclusively to test Workday configurations. Smart allows our customers to expand the breadth, depth, quality, and consistency of their testing. Today, Kainos Smart remains the only automated testing tool on the market that is designed exclusively for use with Workday.

We are currently seeking graduate trainees with an interest in developing a career in Workday Consulting and Smart Services.

Main purpose of role & level in the business:

As a Graduate Trainee WorkSmart consultant, you will be responsible for supporting the successful specification, design, configuration, testing and deployment of enterprise scale Workday solutions.  This will be done by working with customer business and technical teams, as well as with our internal Workday and Smart delivery teams within the Kainos WorkSmart Business Unit (BU).

Your primary activities will be to understand and translate customer requirements, define service scope, and shape, configure and deliver solutions that are fit for purpose and commercially viable for our customers’ Workday and Smart projects. Hands-on product configuration is essential for this role.

You must have a keen interest in developing a career in consulting, and depending on your skills and experience to date, you may be suited to work in one or more of the following areas – Workday Human Capital Management (HCM), Financials or Payroll; testing and support; data management; integrations. Typically, you will have a background in one or more of the following disciplines - IT; business; HR/HCM; consulting; testing; financials; payroll; integrations.


The graduate trainee programme aims to develop your skills base across three core service lines within the WorkSmart Business Unit – Workday deployment and integration services, Workday Application Management Services, and Smart Services.

You will work as part of a project team to deliver WorkSmart solutions to our customers, and you will develop expertise in Workday functionality and deployment methodologies, and the Kainos Smart product offering during the graduate programme. This means that you will work across different service and product workstreams within the WorkSmart BU, specifically those for the design and implementation of customer Workday configurations at any point during their Workday lifecycle.

As a WorkSmart consultant, you must become Workday Certified and maintain that certification twice annually. You will develop your knowledge and skills of our Kainos Smart product offering and the Workday product. The WorkSmart Graduate Trainee Development Programme is designed to support and guide you through this development, within the context of customer projects and delivery teams.

Under the supervision of an existing Workday Consultant, your key tasks will include the following:

  • Supporting Consultants and Senior Consultants in customer design workshops, including delivering functional demonstrations, and business requirements gathering and documentation;
  • Investigating business solutions to meet customer requirements;
  • Configuration of the Workday and Smart products to meet defined requirements, as well as associated data gathering and migration;
  • Building open and trusted customer relationships and challenging the customer appropriately and effectively;
  • Supporting customer Workday configuration testing and issue resolution;
  • Completing all work assigned within the agreed time allocated;
  • Providing your Engagement manager with status reports mapped against plan.


Minimum (essential Requirements):        

  • Some understanding of the Workday or Cloud delivery methodologies including the relevance of different stages of the project lifecycle
  • Currently studying or have completed a degree in a relevant technical and/ or business subject – IT, business, finance, HR etc.
  • Good communicator, you will be willing to assume a customer facing role, with the ability to communicate effectively with colleagues and clients
  • Capable of working within teams and alongside customers, as well as on your individual tasks with limited supervision.
  • Able to manage your time effectively and record it accurately
  • Able to apply all relevant standards and procedures to your own work, maintaining high quality and accuracy
  • Aware of the importance of confidentiality and non-disclosure policies and/or agreements and ensure security of information
  • Able to rotate through various Workday and Smart delivery services, specifically Consulting, Application Management Services and testing
  • Able, if required, to travel to customer sites in the same region (minimal out of region travel may also be required)



  • Basic understanding of Human Resources/HCM, Financials, or Payroll operations, and/or data services or software integrations
  • Commercial understanding of utilisation within a services organisation and the importance of these targets

We’re an inclusive bunch at Kainos and we believe in equal opportunity. We welcome applications from all walks of life, including those with criminal records. Everyone who is offered a position here undergoes a background check, however no one is treated differently due to their background where it isn’t relevant to the role. It’s important to note – failure to reveal information which is relevant to the position sought, could result in us having to withdraw the conditional offer of employment.

In short: Having a criminal record will not exclude you from a career with Kainos. This depends entirely on the nature and requirements of the position, together with the circumstances and background of offences.