Delivering Deal Value (DDV) is a market leading team sitting within PwC’s Consulting business, assisting both Corporate and Private Equity (PE) clients in a wide range of high impact business situations.
Most of our work is in the Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) space, both pre and post deal, and we regularly go to market with our colleagues in Transaction Services, however we can also deliver non-deal transformation projects.
The M&A Deals we work on range in size from £50m to over £5bn and our clients include several of the most well-known brands and businesses in the world.
Whilst the team is London based, deal activity is global, therefore projects can involve travel which can be at short notice.
Occasionally projects may also involve being based overseas for multiple weeks with trips home weekly or bi weekly and candidates should be prepared for this.
The team is structured by sector, with specialist cross-sector teams in Finance, Technology and Integration; we also work closely with our colleagues in People in Deals’ who focus on the HR aspects of a deal.
Although you will be aligned to a sector or specialist team, the type of client projects you work on will vary based on the demand and the current deal market, therefore a degree of flexibility is expected.
There are plenty of opportunities to get to know your new colleagues. Consulting is a relationship industry after all. We have weekly team newsletters, monthly team meetings and monthly socials, together with an annual away day.
The team is a collaborative and supportive environment with lots of chances to socialise across our team and the wider business.
About the role
A career in the DDV team is a unique and rewarding opportunity. The work is challenging, often quite complex and fast paced.
As a result, the chance for personal and career development is extraordinary with great opportunities for progression, however this career path can be challenging at times.
As part of the team, you will help to deliver :
Pre-deal value creation advisory i.e. where can we see value for our client in this deal?
Buy and sell side operational due diligence i.e. has the business been performing well? What could be improved to unlock further value for our client?
Synergy development and review i.e. where are the synergies between two businesses and how well has the plan for capturing these synergies been compiled?
Carve out and divestment support i.e. what does the business look like standalone, what support and transition services will it need to function?
How can we help our clients execute the separation and ensure a smooth Day 1?
Taking control and 100 day planning i.e. how can our clients safely take control of the business and manage risk whilst delivering quick wins through the first 100 days?
Mergers & Acquisitions Integration i.e. how can our clients protect and grow value in an acquisition, what is the right level of integration to achieve this and what does an effectively run integration programme look like?
Post-acquisition performance improvement using our Rapid Value Creation methodology i.e. where might value lie in the business and how can we generate sustainable cost savings?
The Manager role is a leadership role at a project level. As such, you will be expected to take on a leading role on engagements and management of project team members within 6-12 months and contribute to business development efforts where possible alongside your project responsibilities.
Specific responsibilities include but are not limited to :
Proactively assist in the management of clients projects, while reporting to Senior Managers and above
Be actively involved in business development activities to help identify and research opportunities on new / existing clients
Support project strategies to solve complex technical challenges for our clients
Support the shaping and delivery of projects to meet and exceed the expectations of our clients and our own quality criteria
Train, coach, and supervise junior team members
Develop internal relationships and your PwC brand
The Industrial Products and Services team covers a broad range of industries, as such our team is made up of professionals from a variety of industries and backgrounds, including Business services, Industrial Manufacturing, Engineering & Construction and Automotive / Aerospace.
Due to continued success and increased demand for our services, DDV is seeking to enhance this team via select, high calibre appointments.
From an operational line management role or a transformational role in a multinational corporate, have been involved in the operational side of private equity or worked in operational transaction services in the past
Experienced in one or more of the following : lean manufacturing (Industrial Products), manufacturing best-practice (Industrial Products), business process outsourcing / professional advisory (Business services), operational restructuring and cost reduction
Have the ability to quickly assess the operational performance of a business and outline improvement opportunities based upon limited information and / or interactions with Management
Have experience in M&A (not essential), change projects, restructuring or business improvement
Some professional services experience, either as a consultant / advisor or as an internal consultant / advisor within a corporate would be beneficial, but not a prerequisite
Have 8+ years of industry or professional services experience
We work hard together, so we hire people who treat their colleagues well, who aren’t hierarchical and enjoy creating a happy culture even when under pressure
Extremely comfortable around C suite or senior stakeholders, as most of our work is done at this level; you don’t need to be an extrovert, but confidence definitely helps
Comfortable with uncertainty and excited by the idea that you may not know what country you’ll be in next week
Extremely handy with Excel and PowerPoint. Much of our work involves detailed analysis and report writing, so it’s critical you can work with these tools
Comfortable with data analysis and desire to get up to speed and learn to use new data tools, such as Alteryx, PowerBI etc.
Good verbal and written communications skills
Ability to manage change’ projects and to read’ a business / process
A demonstrated ability to operate on your own initiative
Naturally curious; we love people who can apply logic and problem solving to difficult business problems
In Consulting we deliver practical, far-sighted advice that gets straight to the heart of clients’ business issues and delivers amazing results by helping our clients improve the way they operate, reduce costs, manage risks, leverage talent or fundamentally change the way they do business, the work you do will be all about helping organisations of all shapes and sizes work smarter and grow faster.
You could find yourself working with household names in a diverse range of industries everyone from big-name broadcasters and high-street banks to multinational telecoms operators and energy companies.
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