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Deal Advisory - Transaction Services - Manager - CMAG

Date: Oct 8, 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 Manager 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 monitor and 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, monitor progress and meet deadlines. Individuals will be proficient at managing multiple priorities. Individuals will need to have excellent analytical and financial due diligence data book and report writing skills. Individuals will need to confidently lead client calls to gather relevant information, and act as a key point of liaison for other advisors (e.g. banks, lawyers, financial advisors).
Project management: Individuals will be responsible for assisting with the delivery of client facing projects, being a key point of contact for senior client contacts.
Team work: Individuals will be key team members on large complex assignments and will lead work streams on smaller and medium size engagements.

Developing people: Individuals will need to demonstrate the ability to give clear directions, as well as positive and constructive feedback. They will coach less experienced staff and actively assist in the development of others.
Building relationships and business development: 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 assist in the preparation of proposal documents and coordinate with teams across KPMG (audit, tax, IT, etc.).

Technical expertise: Individuals will be required to develop a good understanding of the listing rules, prospectus rules, AIM rules etc and be able to apply them to varied capital markets transactions.
Advisory skills: Individuals will provide advice as a trusted adviser, using their skill, experience and understanding of transactions to the advantage of their client.
Risk management: Individuals will be required to identify and manage risks, ensuring the Firm's risk management frameworks are implemented appropriately and effectively.

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 managing advisory or transaction related engagements, and delivering to tight deadlines under pressure
• Financial due diligence experience
• Strong analytical skills including the ability to interpret data, generate insights and construct solutions Experience of preparing analysis 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
• Experience of UK capital markets transactions, including technical aspects (e.g. engagement letters, comfort letters, prospectus reviews) – strongly preferred
• Strong personal impact and self-awareness
• The ability to operate in high performing, multi-disciplinary teams

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