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Associate Director - Integration Advisory, Finance in M&A

Date: Nov 17, 2018

Location: London, United Kingdom

Company: KPMG UK

AutoReq ID137172BR
Job TitleAssociate Director - Integration Advisory, Finance in M&A
CountryUnited Kingdom
LocationLondon
FunctionDeal Advisory
Service LineTransaction Services
Service Line InformationOur Transactions Services group is focused on continually enhancing value for clients across the deal and economic cycle. Our teams comprise of specialists capable of helping clients right through from conceptual thinking of buying a business to turning their business around in times of difficulty.

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 Integration Advisory Team works with both acquirers and vendors on pre- and post-deal Integration and Separation issues related to M&A or similar transactions.

The Financial Management in M&A team is a specialist capability which supports the growth of the Integration Advisory practice. The team is built using a mix of consultants and industry-trained finance professionals, and has the ambition to be the advisor of choice for M&A issues which impact the finance function.

You will be working with highly motivated and high calibre individuals to build the leading team in the industry and work regularly on 'front page headline' deals for a client base comprising a wide range of publicly listed corporates, private companies, private equity houses and public sector organisations.

This is an excellent opportunity to join a newly formed team with ambitious growth plans and help build a market leading Financial Management in M&A capability.

Within Integration Advisory the key proposition areas are:
- Synergy evaluation – understanding the potential benefits and costs of a transaction.
- Pre-completion planning – developing high level plans for the first 100 days by workstream, setting up programme governance and developing Day 1 plans to take control.
- First 100 days and long term implementation – fully mobilised integration team with a prioritised set of opportunities and realisation of quick wins.
- Second wave integration – a refocused, re-energised integration process to capture the originally envisaged benefits of the deal.
- Demerger and Separation – understanding the separation options and giving assistance to deliver a credible, discrete standalone entity on Day 1 with value preserved and business continuity ensured.

The Role


You will gain exposure to the high pressure, fast-paced world of transactions through delivering operational finance integration and separation projects. Your role on a project will include:

- Assisting CFOs and finance stakeholders on the buy-side or sell-side to plan and execute changes in the finance organisation as required by the transaction. This will be across the deal cycle from pre-deal to post-deal phases of the transaction.
- You will work across a variety of industry sectors and locations with clients of varying size and complexity. We also work with other advisory firms (banks, law firms, technology companies, and other accounting firms) on deals, as required, which depends on the nature and scope of the engagement.
- Delivering high levels of client satisfaction throughout the engagement, covering all client interactions and updates, deliverables and outputs
- Challenging our people to be curious and innovative on all engagements and internal work, to ensure outcomes are commercially focussed, value adding and effectively executed.
- Production of the initial draft updates, outputs and deliverables to required timescale and ahead of Partner / Director review – responsibility on major deals may be focussed on a discrete section or element of the report.
- Project management ownership of the finance workstream or a number of workstreams on a major deal or have overall responsibility for a medium scale engagement, covering deal strategy and synergy reviews; pre deal integration and separation and Day One Planning; to post deal integration and separation planning and implementation.
- Supporting client pitches, proposals and internal/ external marketing initiatives.
- Being seen as a role model, ensuring our core values are maintained, and coaching, mentoring and supporting our people to help them reach their full potential.
- Ensure KPMG engagement quality and risk management procedures are consistently applied on each engagement to protect the interests of our clients as well as KPMG.
- You will need to be willing to travel as we mainly work from client sites and have a global portfolio of clients. The length of a project can be anywhere from one week to one year, although a typical project will last a few weeks and we would aim to give you as diverse an experience as possible.

The Person

Candidates must be team players. We pride ourselves on the way we work with and support each other.
Candidates will have strong interpersonal skills and be able to demonstrable personal impact, flexibility, drive and commitment.

Candidates will be looking to broaden their current skill set and will embrace the opportunity to work at client sites with a relatively high level of autonomy.

Candidates will be expected to have as a minimum the following skills and experience:
- Background in Management Consulting or an operational finance role in industry.
- Professional qualification preferred (ACA, CIMA, MBA or equivalent).
- Operational finance experience could include activities such as planning, budgeting and forecasting, finance business partnering, management reporting, ERP systems implementation, cash management or design and operation of core end-to-end processes (Record to Report, Procure to Pay, Order to Cash etc.).
- Strong understanding of the component parts of a finance function and the typical organisational structure, processes, controls, systems and performance metrics/ benchmarks.
- Strong knowledge and understanding of core finance processes.
- Extensive knowledge of current leading practice and future trends in creating efficient and effective finance functions, including supporting business strategy, operating model design and implementation, disruptive technologies and creating insight from data.
- Exposure to the operational finance issues created by finance integrations, separations and carve outs.
- Significant experience of leading finance change projects and business improvement initiatives in industry or a consulting environment.
- Experience of organisational change in finance/ back office functions.
- Extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions.
- An understanding of the market drivers, challenges and opportunities impacting our client’s strategies and priorities, enabling them to position solutions and ideas which take these into account.
- Possess a genuine interest in building and commercialising relationships having the ability to interact with our clients on a consultative manner as a trusted advisor.
- Demonstrate curiosity and innovation, striving for continuous improvement, exercising professional judgement and making a positive and lasting impact.
- Commitment and ambition to develop personally and professionally to achieve their full potential, acting as a role model, coach and colleague to other team members.
- Individuals should be comfortable working in the high pressured yet often ambiguous and flexible conditions that characterise transactions.

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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