About the role:
Helping clients with the operational and transformational challenges in M&, advising on transactions ranging from £50 million to over £5 billion. You will be working with businesses from a wide range of financial services sectors by providing pre and post-M&A support. Areas of work include
Helping clients to assess the operating environment of target businesses via operational due diligence;
Helping clients to articulate the quality and performance of their operating environment to potential buyers;
Analysis of costs, including cost synergies that may arise from the merger of two businesses;
Assisting clients with planning and delivery of separation of divested businesses; and
Working to plan and execute post-merger integration projects.
You will be challenged to take on significant responsibility from the outset, including meeting with senior executives on high-profile engagements, and producing high-quality written reports articulating our findings to senior stakeholders. You will need to work to tight deadlines to understand and report on the operations-related opportunities, issues, costs and risks impacting the value of target businesses.
The DDV team consists of c.100 consultants, of which c.20 specialise in financial services. The team works closely with other areas of the firm including Strategy, Financial Due Diligence, Regulatory, Legal and Tax teams.
Essential skills and experience
Experience of working in a consulting role in financial services, ideally banking or insurance
Comfort around financial analysis and understanding of the key drivers of financial information
The ability to quickly understand large amounts of information and draw out hypotheses and key messages
Extensive experience around IT and operational analysis to understand business processes, their associated costs and potential issues as well as opportunities for improvement
Comfort in understanding the impact of different operating models on commercial, financial and operational aspects of a business, ideally in the context of a transaction
Ability to review performance improvements, cost reduction plans and capital expenditure needs
Desirable skills and experience
Degree, MBA or accounting qualification
Exposure to M&A
Knowledge of the key issues and challenges currently facing the financial services sector
Exposure to commercial negotiation