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Deal Advisory - Transaction Services - Associate - CMAG

Date: Jul 13, 2021

Location: London, United Kingdom

Company: KPMG UK

Job summary
Our Transaction Services practice comprises approximately 350 people across the UK. It is organised to align to KPMG’s market orientated structure, and is at the heart of the Firm's agenda to increase its penetration of boardrooms and work with clients across the economic and transaction cycle. Within this structure, the UK Capital Markets Advisory Group (CMAG) is a relatively small and specialised team (currently comprising approximately 15 professionals, including 2 Partners and 3 Directors - all based in Canary Wharf, London), with significant growth ambitions.
CMAG is currently a market leader, providing comprehensive advisory services to support a company through capital markets transactions, such as IPOs, further equity issues and significant corporate acquisitions and disposals. CMAG acts as either:
• reporting accountant: providing independent due diligence reporting and supporting comfort letters in connection with a capital markets transaction; or,
• capital markets assist advisor: working with, and supporting clients through their capital markets transactions.
CMAG works with companies across all sectors and sizes from FTSE100 corporates to exciting high-growth companies. In recent months we have worked as reporting accountant on transactions involving Astra Zeneca, Virgin Wines and Alphawave IP, and acted as an advisor to Anglo American, Deliveroo and Cazoo.
Given the nature and complexity of deals, the team works closely with colleagues across the firm in a multi-disciplinary environment that sits right at the heart of our One Firm agenda (we often work alongside Audit, Corporate Finance, Strategy, Operations, Tax, Pensions, modelling and IT in the provision of TS led integrated IPO advice). IPO services are often also a key factor in audit pitches with many pitches being presented jointly by TS and audit.
We have an immediate need for a client-facing Associate to support our growth agenda as we aim to double in size over the next two years.
Key responsibilities in this role include:
Delivering quality service and time management: Individuals will be required to deliver high quality service to clients (both internal and external). They will need to be able to manage their own time, plan and organise work tasks, and meet deadlines. Individuals will be proficient at managing multiple priorities. Individuals will be required to prepare value adding financial analysis and due diligence reports and participate in client calls to gather relevant information. Individuals will be required to take responsibility for deliverables, and in particular for the development of high quality financial analysis data books.
Team work: Individuals will be required to work effectively as part of a wider project team.
Project management: Individuals will be responsible for assisting with the delivery of client facing projects.
Developing people: Individuals will need to coach less experienced staff and actively assist in the development of others.
Risk management: Individuals will be required to assist in the identification and management of risks, helping senior team members ensure the Firm's risk management frameworks are implemented appropriately and effectively.
Building relationships: Individuals will be required to build and sustain relationships with client management team members for the benefit of the Firm as well as acting as an ambassador and role model for the Firm. Individuals will also assist in the development of pitch packs/proposals.
The role will be based in the London office but may involve some travel. A high level of flexibility is required to meet the demands of working in a transaction based environment.

Required Skills and Qualifications

CMAG operates in a fast paced environment, responding to client needs and transaction demands in a flexible and efficient manner. We engage with and often lead conversations with other advisors on the transaction (banks, lawyers, financial advisors). To succeed in this varied and demanding role you will need to demonstrate the following skills and experience:
• Strong academic and numerate background (ACA or equivalent)
• Experience of advisory or transaction related engagements, and delivering to tight deadlines under pressure (including financial due diligence experience – strongly preferred)
• Strong underlying analytical skills including the ability to interpret data, generate insights and construct solutions. Experience of preparing analysis (e.g. financial data books) and challenging client data and information and interacting with clients directly (face to face or video call/telephone)
• Excellent written and oral communication and presentation skills
• Strong personal impact and self-awareness
• The ability to operate in high performing, multi-disciplinary teams

Experience of UK capital markets transactions would be highly regarded.

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