Ernst & Young (EY) said that its New Zealand business has added a team from Q4 Associates, a boutique technology consulting firm, in a move to bolster its financial services technology consulting capabilities.

According to the company, the addition of the Q4 Associates team will help its New Zealand unit better cater to clients, especially in the financial services sector. This is by boosting the existing capabilities of EY New Zealand in intelligent automation (IA) and robotics process automation (RPA).

The team of 12 technology consultants is joining the financial services technology consulting team of the New Zealand unit. It includes Q4 Associate’s co-founders Samantha Osborne, Shayde Boryer, and Maurice Dubey, who join the leadership team in the country.

Q4 Associates CEO Samantha Osborne said: “This is an exciting next step in the evolution of our business and we are looking forward to being part of the EY regional and global network, which will present fantastic new opportunities for both our people and our clients.

“With EY looking to grow their existing team by bringing in key talent with deep data skills and local market experience, we knew this opportunity would be a great fit for us as we start a new chapter for our business and the joining together of our teams creates a compelling service offering in the local and regional market.”

EY said that the team will be based at its office in Auckland and will serve clients in New Zealand as well as Australia.

Q4 Associates are said to provide full stack intelligent automation and robotics process automation projects and consulting services.

EY New Zealand financial services leader Paul Roberts said: “The addition of the Q4 Associates team to our existing New Zealand financial services practice, along with a number of other significant hires and promotions over the last six months, means we are rapidly expanding our presence in the market and continuing to bring our financial services clients the deep industry knowledge and experience they need to help them address some of their most complex challenges.”