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Financial Services Operations Manager M&A - Delivering Deal Value

Posted: 8 Jun 2021 Closes: 9 Jul 2021
London Competitive
Permanent & Full-time PwC_183415WD-int

About the teamDelivering Deal Value (DDV) is a market leading team that assists Corporate and Private Equity (PE) clients in a wide range of high impact business situations. The majority of our work is in the Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) space, with a focus on the operations and IT challenges both pre and post deal. We help clients achieve maximum value on their deal transactions by solving transformational and complex challenges. The M&A Deals we work on range in size from £50m to over £5bn and our clients include the most well-known brands and businesses in the world.The Financial Services sector team within DDV provides M&A advice and support to insurers, banks, asset managers, payments providers, fintech firms, hedge funds and other financial services players. We are looking for excellent candidates to join the current team of 25 dynamic and friendly people who have a wide range of backgrounds and disciplines.We recruit proactively from industry, consulting, private equity and audit to create a great blend of experience on each project. This blend of backgrounds helps us learn from each other and stay at the top of the market delivering fantastic results for our clients on landmark deals.About the roleYou will identify, plan, shape and support the creation of lasting value for our financial services and private equity clients as they undergo mergers, acquisitions and disposals. We work across the deal life cycle, from identifying value creation opportunities and conducting due diligence, to executing carve out and integration programs, realising synergies and creating value for our clients.A career in the DDV team is a unique and rewarding challenge. The work is at the front of our client's strategic agenda, often complex and done under tight deadlines. As a result, there are extraordinary opportunities for personal growth, learning new skills and career development.Whilst the team is London based, deal activity is global, therefore projects can involve travel at short notice.Your responsibilitiesAs a Manager, you will work as part of a team of problem solvers with extensive consulting and industry experience, helping our clients solve their complex business issues from strategy to execution.The Manager role is a leadership role at project level. As such, you will be expected to take on a leading role on engagements and management of project team members within 6-12 months and contribute to business development efforts where possible alongside your project responsibilities.Specific responsibilities include but are not limited toProactively assist in the management of a portfolio of clientsDevelop strategies to solve complex technical challengesAssist in the management and delivering of large projectsTrain, coach, and supervise junior staffOversee the financial management of client projectsBe actively involved in business development activities to help identify and win opportunities to work with new/existing clientsContribute to the development of your own and the team's technical skillsDevelop a strong internal network within PwCKeep up to date with industry news and developmentsThere are plenty of opportunities to build your personal and professional networks. 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. Who we are looking forProfessional experience We expect successful applicants to haveExperience of working in a consulting role in financial services, or a transformation role in industry, ideally banking or insuranceExperienced in M&A, synergy, integration and/or carve-out, and/or on change projects, restructuring or business improvementComfort around financial analysis and understanding of the drivers of financial informationDemonstrated ability to quickly assess the performance of a business (or elements of it) and outline improvement opportunities based upon limited information and/or interactions with senior managementAbility to quickly understand large amounts of information and draw out hypotheses and key messagesExtensive experience around operational and IT analysis to understand business processes, their associated costs and potential issues as well as opportunities for improvementComfort in understanding the impact of different operating models on commercial, financial and operational aspects of a business, ideally in the context of a transactionAbility to review performance improvement plans, cost reduction plans and capital expenditure needsKnowledge of the key issues and challenges currently facing the financial services sectorDespite the above guidelines, we are keen to hear from candidates who don't necessarily meet all the criteria but are a fantastic match for the personality characteristics below.Personality characteristicsOur highest performers are usuallyNice people! We work hard together, so we hire people who treat their colleagues well, who are not hierarchical and enjoy creating a happy culture even when under pressureExtremely 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 helpsComfortable with uncertainty and ambiguity in a project environment, and excited by the idea that you may not know what country you will be in next weekExtremely handy with Excel and PowerPoint. Much of our work involves detailed analysis and report writing, so it is critical you can work with these toolsNaturally curious; we love people who can apply logic and problem solving to difficult business problemsNice to haveMBA or other business management qualificationOther post-graduate or accounting qualifications are welcomeOur recruitment processWe try to keep our recruitment process as lean and efficient as possible. For 90% of our applicants we have a simple 5 step process consisting ofCV applicationOnline testsIn-person case study and interview with members of the teamPartner interviewOfferIf you fit the requirements for this role and find the opportunity as exciting as we do, please get in touch and submit an application as our open positions fill quickly.
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