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Associate Director - Power & Utilities - Infrastructure Advisory

Date: Apr 23, 2019

Location: London, United Kingdom

Company: KPMG UK

AutoReq ID123838BR
Job TitleAssociate Director - Power & Utilities - Infrastructure Advisory
CountryUnited Kingdom
FunctionDeal Advisory
Service LineCorporate Finance
Service Line InformationYou can help clients through acquisitions, divestitures, mergers, buy-outs, major projects, initial public offerings (IPOs), real estate deals, debt structuring and issuance, and complex re-financings, distressed M&A and with business and company valuations and fairness opinions.

Globally, KPMG's Corporate Finance practice has an industry reputation for delivering forward thinking and objective advice for our global footprint and negotiation prowess, as well as an envied track record in closing successful deals. Together, our firm's Corporate Financiers have advised on or arranged critical and sensitive equity and debt transactions for some of the world's largest corporations, financial institutions and governments.

KPMG OverviewKPMG is part of a global network of firms that offers Audit, Tax & Pensions, Consulting, Deal Advisory and Technology services. Through the talent of over 16,000 colleagues, we bring our creativity and insight to our clients’ most critical challenges.

With offices across the UK, we work with everyone from small start-ups and individuals to major multinationals, in virtually every industry imaginable. Our work is often complex, yet our vision is simple: to be the clear choice for our clients, for our people and for the communities we work in.

Job Description
The Team

KPMG’s Infrastructure Group in the UK consists of c150 professionals and is widely recognised as one of the world’s leading independent financial and business advisers in infrastructure. The group has won many awards, including financial advisor of the year (Infrastructure Journal). The group has locations in London, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Leeds and Manchester, but is organised on a national basis, operating under a single national cost centre.

We provide in-depth advice on the strategic, financial, regulatory and commercial issues driving investments in infrastructure across Transport, Power & Utilities, and Social Infrastructure in the UK and internationally. Our work includes market and policy design, economic analysis, deal structuring and execution, as well as strategic and transaction advice to enable private and public capital to fund infrastructure. We also work closely with other functions within KPMG to advise clients on mergers and acquisitions, valuations, tax, accounting, and due diligence.

The utilities sector is a key business area for the Infrastructure Group and encompasses work for the large clients in the sector including all of the leading UK energy and water companies as well as some of largest utilities in the EU and beyond. We provide in depth strategic and technical advice on corporate finance issues, corporate financial management; regulatory finance, regulatory policy, business and financial planning, as well as other issues affecting value. Our work combines elements of finance, strategy and economics to assist our clients in structuring investments, securing financing and maximising shareholder value. We are widely recognised by many industry stakeholders as one of the most innovative advisors influencing the future of the sector.

Our business is expanding rapidly and is looking for a high quality candidate to support our Power & Utilities business with a particular focus on water and energy networks.

The Role

- Running coverage of clients, supporting our reputation as a leading advisor in the utilities sector
- Building relationships with key clients and developing wider networks with clients and other advisors (e.g. legal, technical)
- Leading the development of proposals for new business
- Proactive and highly tangible sector mapping to identify targets and new opportunities
- Supporting pitching for new business with ideas; Developing market intelligence and sector knowledge
- Maintaining a good understanding of the regulatory frameworks and financial implications in the water and energy sectors
- Contributing to specific business development initiatives, particularly proposals and pitches
- Building and maintaining relationships with clients and target clients and key market constituents to support personal effectiveness and business development opportunities
- Managing delivery of several engagements on a day to day basis and managing medium to large size projects or workstreams
- Contributing to delivery of multiple projects simultaneously
- Being responsible for the quality of deliverables produced, including qualitative and quantitative analysis as well as written and verbal advice
- Effective management, coaching and mentoring of junior staff on specific engagements
- Managing junior members of the team and as part of the wider infrastructure group
- Leading by example
- Developing the team, inspiring and empowering team members to be the best
- Ensuring compliance procedures are adhered to
- Recognising and addressing potential risks
- Any other duties commensurate with the role.

The Person

- Have significant experience in the utilities sector, in the industry or as a consultant specialising in these sectors
- Have a sound knowledge of finances and financial structures of energy and water companies as well as utilities more generally;
- Have a detailed knowledge of the current UK regulatory regimes for utilities as well as their application, including detailed regulatory mechanics; and also have some knowledge and experience with other market and regulatory regimes
- Understand operations of the wider utilities sector, its structure, composition, stakeholders and relevant policy debates
Be an independent thinker with the ability to identify problems and contribute to the development of solutions, helping us to remain at the cutting edge of thinking in the sector
- Bring excellent report writing, Excel and Powerpoint skills—strong writing and quantitative skills are a must
- Be skilled in financial analysis and regulatory economics, including some knowledge of UK regulatory accounting practice in the utilities sectors
- Demonstrate very good working knowledge of economic and financial theory and its application
- Have knowledge and experience of statistics and econometrics ideally applied in the utilities sector
- Provide compelling and well-thought out solutions to financial or economic problems of moderate to high complexity;
Provide persuasive and self-assured responses in a credible manner
- Be comfortable and/or experienced in an external facing role
- Be comfortable and/or experienced in presenting to clients;
- Demonstrable credentials of leading the delivery activities on major consulting projects and appreciate the chance to work on a wide range of projects and proposals simultaneously to demanding timetables;
- Relish the opportunity for interaction and dialogue with companies, investors, regulators and other stakeholders, and with a host of functions across KPMG
- Be a highly motivated, ambitious self-starter, willing to take advantages of the opportunities this position offers
- Have experience of working in and managing people in small teams
- Is a proven team player who can demonstrate a clear desire to manage teams, who can gain the trust and support of internal colleagues
- Be familiar with Bloomberg, Eikon or other financial databases
- Language skills are a bonus.
- At least 3 A levels or equivalent; Undergraduate and ideally Graduate Degree in Economics, Finance, Mathematics or similar.
- All UK staff who have not passed a Financial Services Authority (FSA) approved exam will be required to do so.

Our DealIf the chance to work with interesting clients and innovative technology wasn’t rewarding enough, we’ll motivate you in other ways too. At KPMG you can expect real responsibilities and opportunities to grow professionally.

‘Our Deal’ sets out all the different ways you’ll be rewarded at KPMG. Among other things you can benefit from honest conversations about your career as well as a range of other rewards. In all these ways and more, we have created an environment that can bring out the best in you.

Flexible WorkingWhile some of our client-facing professionals can be required to travel regularly, and at times be based at client sites, we are supportive where possible of helping you to achieve a balance between your home and work demands.

We are happy to discuss individual requirements and our range of flexible working arrangements could be of interest. Furthermore, as part of the recruitment process, we can put you in touch with people who work flexibly so you can understand from them what our culture is like.

Applying with a DisabilityKPMG are proud to be an inclusive, equal opportunity employer and we seek to attract and retain the best people from the widest possible talent pool. As a member of the Business Disability Forum we're committed to ensuring that you are treated fairly throughout our Recruitment Process. Should you be successful after the initial application stage, please discuss any reasonable adjustments that you may require, with your recruitment contact.

KPMG's commitment to diversity

KPMG consistently features in the Sunday Times Best Big Companies to work for, which has been recognised with a special achievement award to mark our 10 years in the Top 25. We are proud of the value we place on individuality; we want you to bring your full self to work and truly maximise your potential. We believe that your individuality helps us to deliver the best results for our clients. Diversity of background, diversity of experience, diversity of perspective - that's the KPMG difference. But, don't take our word for it, find out more about diversity at KPMG.

Returning to work after a break

At KPMG, we appreciate that returning to work after an extended career break can be daunting. We understand that those with experience who have taken a career break have a wealth of experience and knowledge to offer our organisation, which helps us to achieve our business goals. We will support you to refresh your skills, develop your confidence and provide a supportive network across the firm to help you best integrate into the working environment. This role welcomes applications for individuals who have been out of work for 18 months or more and who have previous relevant experience.

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