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Assistant Director, M&A, Corporate Finance, London

Location:  London
Other locations:  Primary Location Only
Salary: Competitive
Date:  19-Mar-2023

Job description

Requisition ID:  1038601

Assistant Director (M&A Consumer Products and Retail)  – Corporate Finance – London


At EY, you’ll have the chance to build a career as unique as you are, with the global scale, support, inclusive culture and technology to become the best version of you. And we’re counting on your unique voice and perspective to help EY become even better, too. Join us and build an exceptional experience for yourself, and a better working world for all.  


The EY Consumer and Retail (“CPR”) team is currently a leading consumer and retail sector advisor in Europe, regularly closing high profile M&A sell-side, buy-side and project financing transactions, supporting some of the largest consumer and retail businesses globally. 
Our work is focused on projects across the UK, continental Europe, Africa and further afield, regularly working on international and cross-border projects. Team members will also have the opportunity to be involved in transactions across the wider EY Corporate Finance business.


As a member of our dynamic and diverse team, you will receive both formal and on the job learning from sector experts, which will help you to develop the skills needed to become an effective advisor. 

This is a rare opportunity for an experienced candidate to join a market leading, entrepreneurial team that works with leading consumer and retail brands in the UK and globally. 


The opportunity


To continue building on the success of our Consumer products and Retail Corporate Finance team, there is an opportunity for an experienced CPR sector corporate financier Assistant Director to join the team.

A successful candidate will reflect this passion for the industry and the growth of our business.  The selected individual will demonstrate market presence and have a proven track record in corporate finance origination and execution.  Team-building acumen and experience will be vital, as we intend to expand the team to support this crucial senior appointment.


Your key responsibilities

  • Responsibility for execution of transactions across the client portfolio
  • Drive revenue growth, originate transaction ideas, target client origination and existing client diversification and all associated business development activities to expand EY’s market share
  • Contribute fully to all aspects of Practice management including; developing coaching and managing team members to elevate performance levels across the team, client account management and driving a culture of inclusivity, operational excellence and quality 
  • Contribute to delivery of wider strategic objectives across Transactions, as well as supporting and participating in initiatives for growth of the firm as a whole.

Skills and attributes for success

To qualify for the role you must have 


  • Good academic background, including preference for relevant accounting qualification. CIMA OR CA.
  • Strong experience in a corporate finance environment, including experience playing a lead role in executing transactions
  • Several (6+) years of corporate finance, M&A advisory or related experience. 


Ideally, you’ll also have


  • High degree of personal drive and motivation to succeed
  • Demonstrable track record of originating and executing corporate finance transactions – especially mergers and acquisitions, including financial modelling, negotiation, commercial and financial skills
  • Proven leader, manager and motivator of people 
  • Highly developed knowledge of Consumer and Retail sub-sectors, especially Consumer sector and a relevant contact base 
  • Track record of successfully pitching for business, identifying and anticipating commercial opportunities and converting networking activity into delivery of revenue.


What we look for


We are hiring candidates who are highly motivated, ambitious, and have a passion to be part of a fast-paced, diverse, successful M&A team. We are keen to help you develop your career and long-term motivation is something that we love to see in our team. Providing you with the platform to succeed is therefore key to us.


What we offer


We offer a competitive remuneration package where you’ll be rewarded for your individual and team performance. Our comprehensive Total Rewards package includes support for flexible working and career development, and with FlexEY you can select benefits that suit your needs, covering holidays, health and well-being, insurance, savings and a wide range of discounts, offers and promotions.  In addition, EY offer:

  • Continuous learning: You’ll develop the mindset and skills to navigate whatever comes next.
  • Success as defined by you: We’ll provide the tools and flexibility, so you can make a meaningful impact, your way.
  • Transformative leadership: We’ll give you the insights, coaching and confidence to be the leader the world needs.
  • Diverse and inclusive culture: You’ll be embraced for who you are and empowered to use your voice to help others find theirs.


If you can demonstrate that you meet the criteria above, please contact us as soon as possible.


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