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Associate Director - Technology - M&A

Date: Jan 24, 2021

Location: London, United Kingdom

Company: KPMG UK

KPMG is part of a global network of firms that offers Audit, Tax, Pensions & Legal, 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.
As a firm we help our clients navigate their biggest issues and opportunities. We aim to be universally recognised as a great place for great people to do their best work – a firm known for our collaborative and inclusive culture. And we will take pride in driving lasting, positive change in society.
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.

The Role

The Technology in M&A team at KPMG is a growing and dynamic team. We deal with all aspects of the technology function, from strategy, cloud, digital, technology spend, etc. We work with both acquirers and vendors on pre- and post-deal technology issues.
Our three key client proposition areas are:

1) Due diligence: Highlighting key risks and opportunities in the target’s technology environment in order to ensure that acquirers are aware of key issues that may impact valuation.
2) Integration: Planning pre and post deal to support the client to integrate the technology function and systems into the buyer’s organisation while enhancing value.
3) Separation: Supporting vendors to plan and deliver a credible, discrete standalone entity on Day 1 to the buyer with value preserved and business continuity ensured from a technology perspective including support to define and implement transitional
service agreements.

Your responsibilities will include:
Client delivery:
— Prepare, plan and deliver M&A technology programmes and technology due diligence
— Leading and supporting our clients through technology programmes arising from acquisitions, divestitures, carve outs and other transactions
— Delivering and/or reviewing high quality, transaction reports and other M&A documentation including technology due diligence and Transitional Service Agreements
— Drawing on knowledge and experience to provide high quality and deep insights and recommendations to our clients
— Leading client meetings and interviews
— Interfacing with senior internal and external stakeholders both at clients and within KPMG
— Managing relationships with key C level executives at clients
Wider team:
— Supporting and contributing to the growth plans of our Technology in M&A business
— Coaching and mentoring junior members of the team
— Identifying and driving opportunities for wider KPMG as a result of work in transactions
— Owning engagement management including quality and risk management for the project
— When not working on projects, support the development of our propositions, business development and preparation and delivery of proposals to clients
— Developing additional revenue streams and new products for both clients and internal support
- You will be expected to lead complex technology engagement and lead large teams across these projects. You will also be responsible for developing team members and leading internal initiatives and practice development.
- You will be the point of contact for senior clients and for internal senior stakeholders such as Directors and Partners. You will need to manage a variety of internal and external stakeholders simultaneously.
- You will take responsibility for risk on projects and for engagement management. You will be accountable to Directors and Partners and expected to manage commercial aspects of projects.

The Person


— Significant experience in a consulting firm or industry of preparing and delivering technology programmes in a M&A environment including:
• Technology due diligence (buyside and sell side) – preparing, writing and reviewing
• Vendor assist
• Planning and execution of technology integrations and separations across technology, infrastructure, applications and data
• Development of technology organisation design including people, process, governance, service management, technology and contracts
• Design, negotiation and operation of technology related transitional services
— Deep technical expertise in at least one of the following areas:
• Technology infrastructure, including networks and data centres
• Cyber security
• Technology operating models, including organisation and supplier strategy
• Technology costs
• Technology strategy
• Cyber security
• Technology operating models, including organisation and supplier strategy
— Understanding of the deal lifecycle and the role of technology within it – starting from due diligence through to concluding transitional service agreements
— Programme management experience and track record of successful delivery of projects
— Experience of technology outsourcing, supplier management and procurement
— Bachelor's degree qualification
— Ability to travel at a significant level
— Fluency in a European language beneficial
— Professional qualification welcome

— Leading and facilitation of client meetings and interviews
— Respect for client and transaction confidentiality
— Leading a team which includes both colleagues and client members of staff
— Team management experience, including experience in the formulation of development and growth plans
— Excellent verbal and written communication skills including reporting
— Ability to learn quickly and leverage skills in new situations

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