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Consulting Contractors


We are looking for people who are passionate about providing transformational expertise and creating a collaborative space that enables our clients to create genuine change. Our team is expanding to support some very exciting projects across a variety of industries. We need people who can quickly join our team and hit the ground running.   

We are looking for Principal Consultants (who lead engagements) on both a permanent and contract (what we refer to as “Associate” basis internally) in Sydney and Melbourne.   

The type of person we are looking for is: 

  • Highly adaptable and flexible in thinking style – We often find ourselves working across a variety of contexts and a ‘simple’ challenge turns out to be much more complex than it first appears. You need to be able to quickly understand the challenge a client is facing, join the dots together and develop a plan to move forward. You also need to be able to adapt that plan when it is not working. 
  • Collaborative in working style (both internally and with clients) – This is one of our key differentiators its not about being the smartest person in the room but instead helping to bring different stakeholders together to create a solution that works for their business. 
  • Genuinely care about your clients and colleague and help them to succeed – When Q5 was founded it was to be more than a typical, transactional consulting firm. We are genuine partners with our clients focused on their long-term success, which means we hire people who a wired to care, be empathetic and get joy from seeing others succeed.  
  • Can build trusted relationships and bring people on the journey – One of the things our clients say about us is that we are able to bring people together and take them on the journey. This requires building (and sustaining) their trust. Integrity is an essential here, but so is being seen as a trusted advisor who knows what they are doing and are a safe pair of hands.  
  • Able to handle ambiguity and complexity – Often the biggest challenge is helping the client to bring together the core elements in messy, uncertain situations where there isn’t an easy answer to the problem, and then craft a meaningful narrative that helps people make sense of the situation and create practical meaningful change. 
  • Resilient in the face of challenges, tight timelines and demanding clients – We continually strive to create a positive working environment, but the reality of our work is that it is hard, stressful and not for everyone. The people who succeed at Q5 can work under the pressure without losing their sense of humour or care for others. 
  • You get your hands dirty and step-up – We have a flat structure in our projectsIf you enjoy getting stuck into the challenge, pushing the team forward and solving problems with others you will thrive. If you think you can hand-off all the grunt work to a more ‘junior’ person, you aren’t the right fit for us. Similarly, if you want to hide in your safe space while others do the talking you will likely find this a challenging environment.  
  • Unique and offers something special – Wdon’t do cookiecutter, formulaic projects and we need people who think differently and stand-out from the crowd. We want to know what makes you stand out and prepare the ground so you can shine and enrich those around you. 



Principal Consultant 

  • 6-10+ years in relevant consulting or industry roles 
  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically about client challenges  
  • Significant experience leading complex transformation projects / programmes 
  • Extensive experience leading projects in one or more of the following areas: strategy, operating model / organisation design, transformation (enterprise and functional), strategic change 
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including stakeholder management and facilitation skills 
  • Able to lead project team, coaching and mentoring less experienced teammates 
  • Significant experience partnering with and providing counsel to C-suite leaders 
  • Track-record in developing client accounts, with the ideal candidate having experience of originating business development activity  
Melbourne & Sydney

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