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Director - Corporate Finance & Restructuring, Financial Services, Manchester

Location:  Manchester
Other locations:  Primary Location Only
Salary: Competitive
Date:  Sep 13, 2022

Job description

Requisition ID:  839482

Director, Strategy and Transactions – Corporate Finance & Restructuring 
Financial Services, Manchester

Are you good at seeing the big picture? Then join EY to gain experiences that will last a lifetime.

As a result of an increasing pipeline, including a number of transactions within the North, we are looking to establish a Strategy and Transactions team in Manchester, starting with the creation of an M&A team.  The team will be initially focused on executing transactions across the UK as an extension of the London based team in addition to being instrumental in establishing a Corporate Finance presence in the North.  

EY has a strong presence in Manchester with over 700 people located in our St. Peter’s Square office.  In 2003 the Financial Services division was started in Manchester and has since grown to over 250 people across Assurance, Tax and Consulting, with ambitions to get to over 400 within the coming 3 years.  


We now see a great opportunity to build on our Financial Services success in Manchester through developing out our Strategy and Transactions capability.  Over the next 3 years we have ambitions to further grow this into a full transactions offering with up to 20 people across corporate finance, financial diligence, modelling, strategy - all supporting and serving the North with specialist Financial Services transaction advice.


The Opportunity
Our Financial Services Corporate Finance & Restructuring team is currently based across London and Bristol and comprises almost 40 individuals advising a range of clients including mid-cap financial institutions, banks, private equity houses and entrepreneurial businesses on strategic/funding option reviews, acquisitions, disposals, raising equity, debt refinancing and restructuring (including non-performing loans, bank resolution, corporate insolvencies, etc.).  


What you will do
The role will focus on M&A/equity transactions.  Working with a Partner, you will be overseeing the execution of transactions on a day-to-day basis as well as being the most senior individual within the initial M&A team within Manchester:

  • Acting as the main point of contact for clients during the transaction process, advising on strategy and tactics, providing sector and transaction insights 
  • Setting and driving the transaction timetable
  • Ensuring quality on all client deliverables, leading the management of the firm's risk and control costs against budget
  • Negotiating with counterparties and their advisers
  • Supporting new business development through taking an important role on client pitches as well as growing the visibility of the Strategy & Transactions team within Manchester and the North West 
  • Developing your own business network with a view to increasing your origination capabilities over the medium term
  • Playing an important role in the growth and development of the whole team, providing leadership to junior team members, which will include some counselling and coaching responsibilities


Skills and attributes for success

As a Director in Corporate Finance & Restructuring you will require strong experience (10+ years) in an investment banking, corporate finance or corporate development environment, including experience playing a lead role in executing transactions within the Financial Services sector.


What we look for

  • Ideally a track-record of originating but more important is experience of executing deals in the financial services sector.  
  • Experience in one or more of the following areas: Insurance, Banking / Specialty Finance, Wealth / Asset Management, FX/Payments, Asset Servicing, Fintech and other relevant sector verticals
  • Demonstrate confidence in client situations, gaining client acceptance and demonstrating value through advice and sector insight
  • Committed to working to tight deadlines, practised at thinking clearly under pressure and experienced at maintaining team morale during lengthy and challenging transactions
  • Sound commercial judgement and an ability to generate creative solutions to problems and 'think on your feet'.  Ability to identify potential deal opportunities
  • Demonstrate strong numerical and financial skills and an understanding of financial statements
  • Strong verbal communication and written presentation skills
  • High standard of spoken and written English is a prerequisite
  • Counselling/coaching experience 


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. Plus, we 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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