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Energy, Utilities, Mining and Infrastructure - Delivering Deal Value

Posted: 8 Jun 2021 Closes: 9 Jul 2021
London Competitive
Permanent & Full-time PwC_207428WD-int

Job title: Energy, Utilities, Mining and Infrastructure (EUMI) - Senior Associate - DDV

About the team

Delivering Deal Value (DDV) is a market leading team sitting within PwC's Consulting business, assisting both Corporate and Private Equity (PE) clients in a wide range of high impact business situations. Most of our work is in the Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) space, both pre and post deal, and we regularly go to market with our colleagues in Transaction Services, however we can also deliver non-deal transformation projects. The M&A Deals we work on range in size from £50m to over £5bn and our clients include several of the most well-known brands and businesses in the world.

The team is one of the most profitable, highly utilised and high growth business units in Consulting, exceeding challenging budgets for a number of years. The team has seen double digit growth, year on year and are market leaders in a number of high growth areas.

Whilst the team is London based, deal activity is global, therefore projects can involve travel which can be at short notice. Occasionally projects may also involve being based overseas for multiple weeks with trips home weekly or bi weekly and candidates should be prepared for this.

The team is structured by sector, with specialist cross-sector teams in Finance, Technology and Integration; we also work closely with our colleagues in 'People in Deals' who focus on the HR aspects of a deal. Although you will be aligned to a sector or specialist team, the type of client projects you work on will vary based on the demand and the current deal market, therefore a degree of flexibility is expected.

There are plenty of opportunities to get to know your new colleagues. Consulting is a relationship industry after all. We have weekly team newsletters, monthly team meetings and monthly socials, together with an annual away day. The team is a collaborative and supportive environment with lots of chances to socialise across our team and the wider business.

About the role

A career in the DDV team is a unique and rewarding opportunity. The work is challenging, often quite complex and fast paced. As a result, the chance for personal and career development is extraordinary with great opportunities for progression, however this career path can be challenging at times. As part of the team, you will help to deliver:
  • Pre-deal value creation advisory - i.e. where can we see value for our client in this deal?
  • Buy and sell side operational due diligence - i.e. has the business been performing well? What could be improved to unlock further value for our client?
  • Synergy development and review - i.e. where are the synergies between two businesses and how well has the plan for capturing these synergies been compiled?
  • Carve out and divestment support - i.e. what does the business look like standalone, what support and transition services will it need to function? How can we help our clients execute the separation and ensure a smooth Day 1?
  • Taking control and 100 day planning - i.e. how can our clients safely take control of the business and manage risk whilst delivering quick wins through the first 100 days?
  • Mergers & Acquisitions Integration - i.e. how can our clients protect and grow value in an acquisition, what is the right level of integration to achieve this and what does an effectively run integration programme look like?
  • Post-acquisition performance improvement using our Rapid Value Creation methodology - i.e. where might value lie in the business and how can we generate sustainable cost savings?

The Senior Associate role is integral in the delivery of projects, through robust data analysis, creation of deliverables and driving insight. Specific responsibilities include but are not limited to:
  • Proactively assist in the delivery of clients projects, while reporting to Managers and above
  • Support business development activities to help identify and research opportunities on new/existing clients
  • Undertake financial analysis and understand key drivers
  • Implement project objectives to solve complex technical challenges for our clients
  • Support report writing and creation of deliverables on projects to meet and exceed the expectations of our clients and our own quality criteria
  • Develop internal relationships and your PwC brand]

The EUMI team sits alongside our wider Industrial Products and Services team, covering a broad range of industries, as such our team is made up of professionals from a variety of industries and backgrounds, including Power and Gas, Chemicals, Utilities and Mining. Due to continued success and increased demand for our services, DDV is seeking to enhance this team via select, high calibre appointments.

Professional experience
  • From an operational line management role or a transformational role in a multinational corporate, have been involved in the operational side of private equity or worked in operational transaction services in the past
  • Experience of working in, or an understanding of, Energy, Utilities, Mining and Infrastructure industries globally
  • Experienced in one or more of the following: Energy, Power and Gas generation, manufacturing best-practice, operational restructuring and cost reduction
  • Have the ability to quickly assess the operational performance of a business and outline improvement opportunities based upon limited information and/ or interactions with Management
  • Have experience in M&A (not essential), change projects, restructuring or business improvement
  • Some professional services experience, either as a consultant/ advisor or as an internal consultant/ advisor within a corporate would be beneficial, but not a prerequisite
  • Have 4+ years of industry or professional services experience

Personality characteristics
  • We work hard together, so we hire people who treat their colleagues well, who aren't hierarchical and enjoy creating a happy culture even when under pressure
  • Extremely comfortable around C suite or senior stakeholders, as most of our work is done at this level; you don't need to be an extrovert, but confidence definitely helps
  • Comfortable with uncertainty and excited by the idea that you may not know what country you'll be in next week
  • Extremely handy with Excel and PowerPoint. Much of our work involves detailed analysis and report writing, so it's critical you can work with these tools
  • Comfortable with data analysis and desire to get up to speed and learn to use new data tools, such as Alteryx, PowerBI etc.
  • Ability to manage 'change' projects and to 'read' a business/process
  • A demonstrated ability to operate on your own initiative
  • Naturally curious; we love people who can apply logic and problem solving to difficult business problems
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