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Assistant Manager - Rail - IAG

Date: Nov 10, 2021

Location: London, United Kingdom

Company: KPMG UK

Assistant Manager, Rail, Infrastructure Advisory Group

KPMG’s Infrastructure Advisory Group (IAG) is widely recognised as one of the world’s leading independent strategic advisors in the infrastructure sector. The group has won many awards, including financial advisor of the year (Infrastructure Journal). In the UK, the group consists of over 200 professionals, with locations in London, Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds and Edinburgh and is organised as a single national team.

We provide in-depth advice on the strategic, economic, financial and commercial issues driving infrastructure projects spanning the transport, power and utilities and social infrastructure sectors in the UK and internationally.

IAG’s Transport business provides market-leading advice to public and private sector clients including Department for Transport, Network Rail, Transport for London, Owning Groups, Train Operating Companies, Major Airports, High Speed 2, Highways England, Rail Delivery Group, as well as major city region authorities and local authorities.

Over the last decade we have undertaken key roles on high profile multi-billion pound projects and programmes across the UK, these include Crossrail 2, High Speed 2, Mersey Gateway, Northern Line extension and East West Rail. KPMG has long been a pre-eminent adviser in the rail franchising sector. Most recently, we have advised successful bidders on the East Midlands, West Midlands, South Western, East Anglia and TransPennine franchises. Our role in these competitions spans market entry, finance, strategy, commercial and delivery plans. More recently we have been supporting Network Rail design and implement its Putting Passengers First transformation programme. We are currently working with clients on various aspects of rail industry reform.

Within the IAG Transport team, the Rail team works with government and private sector clients on strategy development, business planning, project funding and financing, policy reform, organisational change, business case development and appraisal, and provision of buy/sell side advice for major concessions and franchise contracts. Our biggest clients include Network Rail, the Department for Transport, HS2 Ltd and major private sector owning groups.

The Role

In response to the increasing demand for advice surrounding the major structural changes in the UK rail industry including through Network Rail’s Putting Passengers First programme and implementation of the recommendations of the Williams Review, we are seeking high calibre professionals with a track record of providing strategic, commercial and financial advice to transport (in particular rail) and infrastructure clients.

Key responsibilities include:

•Supporting the delivery of rail engagements.
•Development of financial models, commercial analysis, policy documents, reports, presentations, business cases and other client deliverables.
•Building and maintaining relationships with clients.
•Supporting the development of proposals for new business and other business development initiatives.
•Developing market intelligence and sector knowledge.
•Supporting effective project planning, delivery and closure.

The Person

•Have a good understanding of the governance and funding environment within which transport and infrastructure is delivered in the UK.
•Have demonstrable experience developing and applying strategic, commercial and financial advice.
•Have a keen interest in the UK transport market, which might include major transport enhancement projects, rail franchise bids and city region infrastructure investments.
•Be proficient in the use of Microsoft Excel for financial modelling and/or analysis, Microsoft Word for report writing and Microsoft PowerPoint for presentations.
•Be commercially focussed.
•Be able to contribute to the development of analytical solutions to client challenges, helping us to remain at the cutting edge of thinking in the sector.
•Be comfortable in, and keen to experience, a client-facing role.
•Be a highly motivated, ambitious self-starter willing to take advantage of the opportunities this position offers.

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