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Director - Power, Utilities & Infrastructure - Energy Networks

Date: Oct 11, 2021

Location: London, United Kingdom

Company: KPMG UK

The Team

Infrastructure Advisory Group (IAG), a part of KPMG Deal Advisory in the UK, consists of c240 professionals and is widely recognised as a leading independent business, financial and regulatory adviser in the infrastructure space. The group has won many awards, including Financial Advisor of the Year (Infrastructure Journal) for several years. The group has presence across the UK and is organised on a national basis, operating under a single national cost centre.

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

Power & Utilities (P&U), led by Dr Matt Firla-Cuchra, is the largest business area of the IAG and encompasses work for large clients in the sector, including all UK utilities as well as some of the largest energy and water companies in Europe and beyond. We provide in-depth strategic and technical advice on corporate finance and corporate financial management, regulatory finance, regulatory policy, business and financial planning, cost assessment and benchmarking as well as in other areas directly affecting value. Our work combines elements of policy, finance, strategy and economics to assist our clients in structuring investments, securing financing, supporting regulatory regimes for the benefit of customers as well as maximising shareholder value. We are widely recognised by many industry stakeholders as market leaders influencing the future of the utilities sector.

Our P&U business is currently divided into 7 practices: Strategy, Regulation, Finance, Projects, Low Carbon, Transactions, and Benchmarking, and is continuously expanding with double digit growth over the last 10 years. As such we are looking for high quality candidates to support our growth and development of existing and new service lines, while building on the work already undertaken in the Group.

The Role

You would be joining the leading provider of strategic, regulatory and economic consultancy services in the energy sector. The role is to maintain this position, and to grow the business further. This will include gaining further penetration in the sector with existing offerings as well as developing new service propositions to clients.

The Energy Networks Regulation Director provides senior leadership to the team, working closely with other Directors and Partners to lead our client engagements and lead business development activity.

The projects that you will advise on will be high profile and varied. For example, in recent years we have advised nearly every network company on their price control reviews, four gas networks on their appeals to the Competition and Markets Authority, developed a plan for a new market new for competition for early stage projects in transmission, and worked on major transactions such as acquisitions of SGN and WPD.

Roles & Responsibilities

• Leading our energy networks regulation team (consisting of around eight consultants in the immediate team, and a broader network of >20 consultants that work on regulation projects).
• Building enduring client relationships and becoming the go to person for our clients on projects and relevant market opportunities.
• Leading client engagements on both public and private sector mandates on a day-to-day basis.
• Working with internal teams, client project teams and other professional advisors.
• Producing, reviewing and overseeing development high quality documentation and presentations, from options appraisals, business cases, financial models, payment mechanisms and all other aspects of project work.
• Ensuring KPMG's quality and risk management procedures are completed to the appropriate standard.
• Performance management, coaching and mentoring of team members.
• Being a role model for staff and for the firm's values.
• Developing sector specific market intelligence.
• Any other duties commensurate with the senior nature of the role.

The Person

Skills, Qualifications & Experience

• A senior professional with extensive experience of UK energy network regulation.
• In-depth knowledge and understanding of microeconomics and regulation.
• A strong track record of working in professional services, including leading a team, and both winning and delivering advisory services in regulation.
• Comfortable managing staff / stakeholders across a wide range of disciplines including economics, finance, legal, and engineering.
• Understanding of key value drivers in utilities including policy, regulation, financing, investments, markets etc.
• Experience of managing people / teams.
• Assured and experienced in a client and market facing role.
• Have a go get attitude and a will to succeed, with experience of opening up opportunities.
• Be an independent thinker with the ability to identify and solve problems.
• Excellent presentation and communications skills.
• Skills successfully to develop and manage client relationships.
• Strong commercial awareness.

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