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Manager - Core - Integration & Separation

Date: Jul 8, 2021

Location: London, United Kingdom

Company: KPMG UK

Our Transactions Services group is focused on continually enhancing value for clients across the deal and economic cycle. Our teams comprise of specialists capable of helping clients right through from conceptual thinking of buying a business to turning their business around in times of difficulty.

The Integration & Separation Advisory Team
KPMG's Integration & Separation Advisory Team is a growing and dynamic team. We work with both vendors and acquirers on mergers, acquisitions, divestments, exits and joint ventures, both pre and post-deal.

The team offers four key proposition areas:
- Separation: Supporting vendors to plan and deliver a credible, discrete standalone entity to the Buyer with value preserved and business continuity in place from Day 1, including supporting the definition and implementation of transitional service agreements
- Integration: Pre and post deal integration design, planning and implementation to integrate the target business into the Buyer’s organisation whilst mitigating risk and enhancing value
- Synergies: Understanding the potential benefits and costs generated through a proposed transaction, and the associated plans, interdependencies, risks and issues for the delivery of base and stretch case targets
- Joint Ventures: Helping respective partners ensure the key value considerations are identified and prioritised early and delivered through the associated business plan, leveraging each party’s specific contribution and capabilities and managing broader stakeholder relationshipsRole Overview
The role of a Manager focuses on proactively supporting an Integration or Separation engagement at deal pace and delivering high quality client work alongside client stakeholders. Working in a transaction environment which may be pre or post deal, and ranging from early planning, developing summary or fully detailed and costed “blueprint plans”, planning for Day 1, planning post deal implementation, and ultimately supporting execution. This will include:
- Producing initial and final draft updates, outputs and deliverables to required timescale and ahead of Partner/Director (P&D) review
- Supporting client interactions and updates around the deliverables and outputs of an Integration or Separation engagement
- Understanding of the operations of a business across key functional areas, and of the interdependencies between organisations and the transaction workstreams.
- Project managing small and medium engagement programmes or several different workstreams on more complex projects
- Closely working with project team leadership to support development of engagement strategy, budget, delivery plan etc.
- Supporting any wider KPMG teams on an engagement in accordance with scope agreed with the respective Director/PartnerRole Requirements - Leadership & Management:
- A Manager is seen as a role model supporting mentoring, coaching and development of junior project team members
- Managers are expected to challenge our people to be curious and innovative on all engagements and internal work, and to be supportive of each other.
- Ensure that all outcomes are commercially focussed, value adding and effectively executed by providing quality challenge and review
- Individuals are expected to actively contribute to developing pitches, proposals and external market initiatives which help us to win new work as well as look out and help to convert new opportunities on existing engagementsStakeholder Interaction & Challenges:
- Demonstrate credibility and experience to advise and deliver on complex I&S deals (involving teams from I&S, DA and the wider firm)
- Acts as Engagement Manager for small and medium I&S projects (where appropriate)
- Acts as key point of contact for the client across specific engagement areas
- Proactively understands client expectations and how the KPMG team can add value
- Manages stakeholders (internal and external) to minimise reputation risk on live engagements
- Takes full ownership for delivering high quality client deliverables and provides day-to-day coaching for the team on the ground to ensure quality standards are maintained
- Identify opportunities to employ I&S and DA technology on their projects, to reduce cost and improve client delivery where appropriateImpact, Risk, Accountability & Governance:
- Applies commercial mind-set to support fulfilment of pricing and engagement profitability, using professional judgement to protect the reputation of the firm
- Proactively delivers Client independence (Sentinel), Client and Engagement acceptance activities (MSD), to manage the Firm's risk
- Support raising of timely invoices
- Proactively manages WIP and Provisioning in capacity as engagement manager
- Consults proactively and appropriately with engagement team leadership in relation to engagement risk management (escalating items to the Risk register as necessary)
- Actively coaches and oversees junior engagement team members on engagement risk activitiesExperience Required

Essential:
- Experience working within a Deals/M&A environment ideally within the Integration & Separation space or in a broader role with a solid understanding of operational interdependencies and implementation challenges
- Ideal candidate would have previous experience in consulting and/or industry. The latter preferably in the M&A/Business Development team with the focus on originating and executing deals up until the operational implementation is completed
- Experience of coaching teams and developing individuals
- Project/programme management experience ideally from working on complex/large scale projects
- Demonstrate curiosity and innovation, striving for continuous improvement, exercising professional judgement and making a lasting positive impact.Desirable:
- Professional qualifications welcome (ACA, CIMA, MBA or equivalent)Expertise / Technical Role Requirements
An understanding of the market drivers, challenges and opportunities impacting our client’s strategies and priorities, enabling them to position solutions and ideas which take these into account.

Skills Required
- Possess a genuine interest in building and commercialising relationships, interacting with our clients as a trusted advisor
- Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to demonstrate personal impact, flexibility, drive and commitment
- Strong Financial awareness
- Clear presentation (oral and written)
- Strong client relationship development skills
- Detailed analysis and problem solving
- High quality report writing
- Be comfortable working in high pressured, ambiguous and flexible conditions that characterise transactions


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