Assistant Director - Corporate Finance (FS)

  • Competitive
  • London, England, United Kingdom
  • Permanent, Full time
  • EY.
  • 15 Sep 17

Job Title: Assistant Director - Corporate Finance (FS) Location: London Salary Level: Competitive

Due to continued growth and a strong pipeline, we are looking for an Assistant Director to join and be a part of the ongoing success of our high performing team.

What we do

Our Financial Services Corporate Finance team advises across a broad spectrum of equity and debt transactions within the Financial Services industry. We help our clients plan their capital investments, seize opportunities and achieve their strategic objectives.

The Financial Services Corporate Finance team at EY advises large and mid-cap financial institutions, private equity houses and entrepreneurial businesses on strategic/funding option reviews, acquisitions, disposals, raising equity and/or debt capital and debt refinancing. We place a strong emphasis on exposing team members to varying sector experience within the different verticals of the Financial Services market, across both debt and equity transactions.

Through both formal and on-the-job learning, we will help you develop the skills to become an effective adviser, capable of providing objective and responsive advice to our clients across industries and geographies. We are committed to helping you achieve your potential both professionally and personally.

Technical skills requirements

Working with a Partner or Executive Director, you will be leading the execution of transactions on a day-to-day basis:

  • Set and drive the transaction timetable
  • Ensure quality on all client deliverables, lead the management of the firm's risk and control costs against budget
  • Negotiate with counterparties and their advisers
  • Interact with different specialists within the firm, and colleagues across the globe, to deliver enhanced transaction solutions
  • Originate and deliver transaction ideas, identifying opportunities, opening and leveraging relationships
  • Support new business development, lead the development of pitch documents and take a lead role in client pitches
  • Develop deep sector expertise within Financial Services verticals, and assume responsibility for the development of EY's franchise in those sectors
  • Develop your own business network with a view to increasing your origination capabilities over the medium term
  • Play an important role in the growth and development of the whole team

Additional skills requirements

  • Strong experience in an investment banking, corporate finance or corporate development environment, including experience playing a lead role in executing transactions
  • Track-record of originating and executing deals in the Financial Services sector. Experience in one or more of the following areas: general insurance, life insurance, banking, consumer finance, commercial finance, asset management, asset servicing and fintech
  • Demonstrate confidence in client situations, gaining client acceptance and demonstrating value through advice and sector insight
  • Committed to working to tight deadlines, practiced 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
  • Strong verbal communication and written presentation skills
  • Demonstrate strong numerical and financial skills and an understanding of financial statements
  • Extensive experience in building financial models and valuing businesses using various methodologies, mainly DCF, precedent transactions and traded comparable companies
  • Creative in the sourcing and use of information and able to make sensible assumptions where appropriate
  • Counselling/coaching experience is desirable
  • High standard of spoken and written English is a prerequisite
  • Foreign language skills are ideally sought as the team expands into continental Europe, albeit not a prerequisite

Client responsibilities

  • Act as the main contact point for clients during the transaction process
  • Liaise with and advise clients on transaction strategy including tactics, deal structuring and negotiation strategy, providing genuine sector and transaction insight and displaying deep understanding of the strategic rationale for transactions
  • Ensure client deliverables are prepared to an exceptional standard on time, managing counterparties and other advisers to ensure transaction milestones are met

People responsibilities

  • Provide leadership to junior team members producing Information Memoranda, financial models and other transaction documentation
  • Team leadership role. May also include additional counselling and coaching responsibilities
  • Take ownership and responsibility for one or more team functions such as training, people development, quality, finances etc

About EY and our Vision

EY is a global professional services organisation providing advisory, assurance, tax and transaction services. We are committed to doing our part in building a better working world for our people, our clients and our communities. And we are united by our shared values and a dedication to delivering exceptional client service.

We have visionary goals for 2020. Globally, we want to be #1 or #2 in professional services and be the best brand. To achieve this, our teams need to perform at the highest level, and have a relentless focus on delivering the excellent client service that will help us to continue to grow and become the market leader. In this context, your career will develop and grow.

We make sure our people succeed. The networks you build and the experiences you have with us will help define and accelerate the rest of your career. Last year in the UK, nearly 2,000 of our people were promoted or progressed within their grade, and we are significantly increasing the number of partners in the UK. So when you build something better at EY, we make sure you're rewarded.