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Manager — Power & Utilities - Project Finance

Date: Aug 18, 2019

Location: London, United Kingdom

Company: KPMG UK

The Team

KPMG’s Infrastructure Group in the UK consists of c150 professionals and is widely recognised as one of the world’s leading independent financial and business advisers in infrastructure. The group has won many awards, including financial advisor of the year (Infrastructure Journal). The group has locations in London, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Leeds and Manchester, but is organised on a national basis, operating under a single national cost centre.

We provide in-depth advice on the strategic, financial, regulatory and commercial issues driving investments in infrastructure across Power & Utilities, Social Infrastructure and Transport in the UK and internationally. This advice ranges from the strategic thinking and advice to companies and investors to enable private capital to fund infrastructure to working with the public sector to develop the business cases to enable projects to happen and advising through negotiations that bring the public and private sectors together. We also work closely with other functions within KPMG to advise clients on mergers and acquisitions, valuations, tax, accounting, and due diligence issues.

The utilities sector is a key business area for the Infrastructure Group and encompasses work for the large clients in the sector including all of the leading UK energy and water companies as well as some of the largest utilities in the EU and beyond. We provide in depth advice on corporate finance issues and corporate financial management; project finance; regulatory finance, regulation and policy, as well as other strategic issues affecting value. Our work combines elements of finance, strategy and economics to assist our clients in structuring investments, securing financing and maximising shareholder value. We are widely recognised by many industry stakeholders as one of the most innovative advisors influencing the future of the sector.

Our business is expanding rapidly and is looking for a high quality candidate to support our Power & Utilities business with a particular focus on water and energy networks, including OFTOs and Interconnectors, in terms of both project management and delivery of assignments.

The Role

- Project managing the delivery of relevant engagements on a day to day basis
- Management of internal project teams and external advisers
- Supporting with business development initiatives and network building
- Supporting proposals and pitch development for new business
- Building relationships with clients at the relevant levels
- Contributing to delivery of multiple projects simultaneously
- Production of high quality documentation and presentations
- Developing market intelligence and sector knowledge awareness
- Introducing new ideas to the team to support in targeting clients
- Specifying, producing and evaluating financial models.
- Ensuring compliance procedures are adhered to and risks management
- Management of project planning, delivery and closure
- Develop a good understanding of the regulatory frameworks and financial implications in the water and energy sectors.
- Management of engagement administration
- Performance management, coaching and mentoring of junior staff on specific engagements
- Any other duties commensurate with the role.

The Person

- Experience of major capital projects within the public arena, either as a bidder, investor, public procurer or lender. It is preferable that this experience is within the power and utilities sectors although this is not mandatory;
- Have a working knowledge of financing structures, particularly debt project finance and equity infrastructure finance including other types of project based financing;
- Have familiarity with public procurement processes;
- Be skilled in financial modelling and complex financial analysis;
- Have a strong ability to understand the risks and issues of infrastructure developments within complex structures;
- Have strong report and business case writing, Excel and Power-point skills;
- Be comfortable and/or experienced in presenting to clients;
- Relish the opportunity for interaction and dialogue with companies, investors and other stakeholders, and with a host of functions across KPMG;
- Be an independent thinker with the ability to identify problems and contribute to the development of solutions;
- Provide persuasive and self-assured responses in a credible manner;
- Be a highly motivated, ambitious self-starter, willing to take advantages of the opportunities this position offers;
- Have experience of working in and managing people in small teams;
- Appreciate the chance to work on a wide range of projects and proposals simultaneously to demanding timetables ;
- An appropriate professional qualification in accounting, banking or similar, or credible levels of practical experience in these areas;
- Familiarity with Bloomberg, Eikon or other financial databases would also be positive;
- All UK staff who have not passed a Financial Services Authority (FSA) approved exam will be required to do so.
- Experience in the utilities sector, in the industry or a consultant specialising in these sectors, with the following skills, would be an advantage.
- Knowledge of finances and financial structures of water companies and utilities more generally would be a positive;

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