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Accenture Global Services

Name: Julie Spillane

Julie Spillane

Job title: director of Accenture Business Services EMEA and finance director for Accenture in Ireland

Sector/business area: management consulting, technology services and outsourcing

Size in country: Accenture in Ireland is home to the Irish Practice, which has offices in Dublin and Belfast.

Organisation details: Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company. Combining unparalleled experience, comprehensive capabilities across all industries and business functions, and extensive research on the world's most successful companies, Accenture collaborates with clients to help them become high-performance businesses and governments.

‘A very diverse bunch!’ is how Julie Spillane describes the staff of Accenture’s European Service Centre in Dublin – 2008 and 2010 International Shared Service Centre of the Year – where 30 nationalities are represented. ‘We employ ambitious people looking to build their skills and experience so, as a company, we must constantly innovate and create smarter ways of doing things. It’s not just about improving our services, but retaining the best people and keeping them engaged with their work and our organisation.’

Spillane is director of the Accenture Business Services organisation in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. She is responsible for over 500 people in shared services centres in Dublin and Prague, Czech Republic. These centres deliver multifunctional services to Accenture itself. In addition, she is also finance director for Accenture in Ireland. Accenture has strong links with ACCA, a relationship which Spillane sees as growing in importance as the organisation focuses on complex, value-added activities that require specialised skill sets which ACCA people can bring. ‘It is crucial to our business that we attract and retain the right talent. Accenture’s accreditation as an ACCA Approved Employer, and the subsequent awards we have received from ACCA, have significantly helped us attract and keep the best people – many of them ACCA members.’