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Joining Deloitte may have been one of the greatest decisions that Ana Maria Costa ever made. After earning management and finance degrees and launching her career at a technology solutions company, Ana made the move to Deloitte in 2013—and she has thrived here ever since.
The proof is in the work she does every day from her home base in Portugal—guiding global organisations through their SAP-enabled transformation journeys and working with colleagues from around the world to make an impact that matters. One great example: a SAP project that helped one business—operating as 100 separate companies—adopt common solutions and processes that allowed it to operate as a single, unified company.
Working as a senior manager within Deloitte’s SAP practice means she is in constant learning mode—constantly working with different organisations and people, focussed on delivering real-world outcomes. “I can create an impact that is not theoretical,” she says. “It's not something that you put in a presentation. It is something that you can really see and you can almost touch.”
She likes to think of the work she does as healthcare for businesses. Her job is to help make organisations “better” and prepare for future challenges—by working with them to improve their health in multiple areas: in their business processes, on the people side of things and in the technologies they use to run their organisations.
The experience has been enriching on both a professional and personal level, allowing Ana to balance her work, family and interests in meaningful ways. Deloitte’s culture helps make that possible, she says. It’s a diverse and supportive environment where people from all walks of life can be themselves, learn from one another and grow.
That culture also helps make Deloitte’s work for clients better overall, according to Ana. Deloitte teams increasingly include a diverse set of people, so they are able to bring breadth and depth when it comes to idea-generation, problem-solving, focussing on outcomes and customer care.