Associate Director: M&A, Healthcare, London, UK (Big4)

Up to £85,000 + car

Our client requires an experienced B grade M&A advisor (C grade candidates will be considered) to join the Healthcare team within M&A in London.  The role will allow the successful candidate to work on a broad range of domestic and international transactions for corporate, private equity and owner managed clients. The scope of the role will include both execution of transactions as well as origination of new opportunities.

Responsibilities:

  • Lead projects (with support from Director/ Partner) including being one of the senior points of contact with clients on M&A projects
  • Actively managing client interfaces, taking responsibility for the day to day project management and delivery of M&A transactions. This will include assuming responsibility for managing all phases of the transaction cycle and deal execution
  • Leading and managing the delivery of transaction documentation including pitch materials and client proposals
  • Directing and managing colleagues, wider support staff and other external advisers
  • Supervising and reviewing financial analysis complex modelling carried out by team members
  • Build and develop strong relationships in the market
  • Take responsibility for agreed areas of origination and business development
  • Set, monitor and control M&A project budgets, billing and other reporting requirements

Requirements:

  • Strong academic background
  • Significant experience within M&A advisory
  • Particular experience of the UK (International will be consider) Healthcare market
  • Proven execution ability and developing origination skills
  • Strong numerical, analytical and strategic thinking skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Commitment to high quality standards & detail oriented
  • Personal drive to deliver results and ambition to make an impact in a growing sector

M&A Manager, London, UK (Big4)

£65,000 + car

Our client is the leading mid-market M&A advisor in UK, Europe and Globally.  Everything they do is aimed at adding value for their clients whether they are buying, selling or re-financing their business, through objective, unbiased advice supported by:

  • Genuine integrity and independence
  • Deep sector knowledge
  • Global execution capability
  • Connectivity with the financial markets

Opportunities exist to join our client’s London M&A team supporting and leading deal origination and execution, with a particular focus on public company M&A. The role will allow the successful candidate to be involved in opportunities where our client acts for the board of public companies, and potential acquirers of public companies, on offers for public companies regulated under the UK Takeover Code.

The role will allow the successful candidate to work on a broad range of domestic and international transactions for public and private entities. The scope of the role will include both execution of transactions as well as origination of new opportunities.

Responsibilities:

  • Manage M&A projects (with support from Director/ Partner) including being the day to day point of contact for clients.
  • Actively managing client interfaces taking responsibility for managing all phases of the transaction cycle and deal execution.
  • Leading and managing the delivery of transaction documentation including pitch materials and client documents.
  • Leading and managing the process of input to and review of key public offer documentation (including offer announcements and offer documents).
  • Leading and managing the process associated with providing formal advice to the board of a public company in relation to the terms of an offer.
  • Directing and managing colleagues, wider support staff and other external advisers.
  • Supervising and reviewing materials prepared by other team members.
  • Set, monitor and control M&A project budgets, billing and other reporting requirements.
  • Build and develop strong relationships in the market.
  • Take responsibility for agreed areas of origination and business development.

Requirements:

  • Strong academic background.
  • Experience within M&A advisory with proven execution ability.
  • Experience of Takeover Code transactions and / or working in the plc regulated environment.
  • Strong numerical, analytical and strategic thinking skills.
  • Excellent report writing skills.
  • Independent thinker with the ability to identify problems and contribute to the development of solutions.
  • Comfortable discussing financially related commercial issues.
  • Ability to work on a range of projects simultaneously to demanding timetables.
  • Highly motivated, ambitious self-starter willing to take advantages of the opportunities this position offers, but also a team player.
  • Experience of working in and managing small teams.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Commitment to high quality standards & detail oriented.
  • Personal drive to deliver results.
  • Experience & Background
  • Have a sound knowledge of M&A through investment banking, advisory firms, private equity, M&A Boutique or corporate business development.

Manager, Transaction Services, Private Equity, London, UK (Big4)

£65,000 + car

Our client’s Transaction Services practice comprises approximately 350 people across the UK, organised to align to our client’s market orientated structure, and is at the heart of the Firm’s agenda to increase its penetration of boardrooms and work with clients across the economic and transaction cycle. Within this structure, the Private Equity Transaction Services Team (PE TS) team comprises c.60 professionals focused on both mid-market and LBO houses, working predominantly on financial due diligence projects across buy side, sell side, IPOs and refinancing projects.

Our client’s team works closely with colleagues across Deal Advisory as well as Tax, Audit and other Advisory teams; it is a multi-disciplinary and international environment that sits right at the heart of our client’s One Firm agenda.
Due to the increase in the number of transactions in the private equity market our client are expanding the size of their team and have a need to recruit a Manager in order support the growth of our PE TS business. Specific experience of leading financial due diligence project for private equity clients is preferred.

Responsibilities:

Key responsibilities in this role include:

• Project management: individuals will be responsible for the delivery of client facing projects, being the main day to day point of contact for senior client contacts.
• Team work: individuals will be key team members on large complex assignments and will lead work streams on smaller and medium size engagements.
• Building relationships: individuals will be required to build and sustain relationships with client management team members for the benefit of the Firm as well as acting as an ambassador and role model for the Firm.
• Business development: individuals will be required to build, commercialise and sustain relationships with top management team members for the benefit of the Firm. Individuals will be required to develop PE-TS propositions, focusing on specific themes and/or clients. The successful candidate will be expected to comfortable in talking asset opportunities to private equity clients and regularly input into horizon scanning activities.
• Developing people: individuals will need to demonstrate the ability to give clear directions, as well as positive and constructive feedback. They will coach less experienced staff and actively assist in the development of others.
• Delivering quality service and time management:  Individuals will be required to monitor and deliver high quality service to clients (both internal and external). They will need to be able to manage their own time, plan and organise work tasks, monitor progress and meet deadlines. Individuals will be proficient at managing multiple priorities.
• Advisory skills: Individuals will provide advice as a trusted adviser, using their skill, experience and understanding of transactions to the advantage of their client.
• Risk management: individuals will be required to identify and manage risks and ensure the Firm’s frameworks are implemented.

Requirements:

To succeed in this demanding role you will need to demonstrate the following skills and experience:

• Strong academic background with proven numerate ability (qualifications such as ACA or CFA are highly desirable)
• Experience of managing buy-side and sell-side financial due diligence projects
•  Experience of working with Private Equity clients is essential
• Strong analytical skills including the ability of interpret data, generate insights and construct solutions
• Excellent written and oral communication
• Strong personal impact
• Ability to perform consistently at a high level under pressure

Senior audit associate, Leeds, Sheffield, Hull, UK (Big4)

£36,000 + allowance

 

As a fast growing business unit our client have many opportunities for career progression – particularly to the manager grade where they service  clients from FTSE 100 to the privately owned business and work across a variety of industries from Financial Services to Property to manufacturing to the public sector and many more. This also gives you an opportunity to work with new people day in day out, and get to know people across the office and from all lines of service.
As a Senior Associate you will have a fantastic opportunity to take ownership of your development, and particularly on smaller clients can be seen as one of the main faces of our client even to their senior client members.  You will have involvement in the audit from beginning to end – from planning, supervising the work of others, dealing with senior members of the client’s management team and significant involvement in completion/dealing with engagement leaders.

 

Responsibilities:

  • Providing audit and business advice to a variety of clients
  • Providing an on-site co-ordination role for audit clients including planning, day to day management of the audit team, liaising with clients and completing audit assignments
  • Building and maintaining strong relationships with new and established audit clients
  • Working and liaising with other members of the audit team and colleagues in other parts of the firm as necessary to provide a high quality client service
  • Strong business awareness, sound reporting skills and the ability to work under your own initiative
  • Reporting directly to a partner, director, senior manager or manager
  • Having team management responsibilities
  • Responsibility for the coaching and development of more junior members of the team
  • A chance to give back to community and social welfare projects, often using your business skill
  • We fully support internal mobility both nationally and internationally

 

Requirements:

  • ACA / ACCA qualification essential
  • Significant auditing and accounting experience
  • A passion for client service
  • A keenness to further your own personal development and career goals

 

Please send CVs or requests for more information to elizabeth@williamscottassociates.com

Audit Executive, St Albans, UK

£37,500

Our client are a highly ranked Top 10 practice firm.  They have recently opened a new, dynamic business space in St Albans designed to bring business leaders together to work, connect and develop. They provide a wide range of audit and assurance services to private, public and international companies across various sectors. They audit over 8,500 firms annually, ranging from FTSE and AIM companies to Small Medium Sized Enterprise (SME) companies.

 

Responsibilities:

  • You’ll work as part of the team, in leading on site audit teams, effectively providing a hands on compliance and/or advisory role that exceeds client expectation, and engaging with clients and guests within the St Albans business space.
  • You’ll prepare and review work papers and drafts of the financial statements
  • You’ll allocate work to other members of the audit team, ensuring associates understand their responsibilities and have received excellent on-the-job coaching preparing or reviewing work papers and drafts of the financial statements
  • You’ll discuss relevant audit issues with personnel at the client’s premises in a professional and articulate manner
  • You’ll create a positive impression with the client, responding to any queries in a respectable time frame
  • You’ll effectively support and engage with managers throughout the audit process
  • You’ll interact with local businesses and take part in St Albans networking activities.

 

Qualifications:

  • ACCA, ACA, CA, CPA, or equivalent
  • Good Knowledge of IFRS and UK GAAP
  • Audit Software and Microsoft experience.
  • Strong technical abilities with a good audit grounding

Audit Specialist, Central London, UK

£45,000

Our client, a boutique 16 partner firm requires an audit specialist to not only undertake audit assignments but support the corporate finance department on an ad hoc basis.
They have a mixed client portfolio, including Leisure, Financial Services, Property, Media some very large private businesses, ranging from several million to £5m – £50m+ t/over bracket, though some are in the hundreds of millions. This offers an excellent opportunity for career development within an expanding London firm and an opportunity to be exposed to a real diversity of client work both in the audit and Corporate Finance project area. High performing individuals will be well remunerated and will progress very quickly.

 

Responsibilities:

  • Reporting to either Senior Managers or directly to Partners.
  • Time split between audit and corporate finance.
  • Acting as on site senior, responsible for planning, executing and completing audit work to a high standard. Will be working regularly with juniors & semi seniors, so must be able to train juniors during an audit, delegate, monitor & review their work.
  • Due Diligence, Valuations and Transaction Support projects
  • A high technical & practical standard sought, so experience working in a well-reputed and recognised firm is preferred.

Qualifications:

  • ACA or ACCA Qualified
  • Must be computer literate with advanced knowledge of Excel and good knowledge of Word, Pro Audit is useful but not essential.
  • Must have excellent verbal and written skills.
  • Knowledge of IFRS would be useful.

Internal audit executive (newly qualified), London, UK

 

£45,000

 

The Executive plays a central role within the Business Risk Services department. The successful candidate will be responsible for providing the advice necessary to help clients manage risk and improve their business performance.

 

Responsibilities:

  • prepares draft terms of reference/audit planning document prior to meeting the client ensuring any revisions are processed
  • prepare fieldwork as applicable to review
  • produces close out documentation and contributes to close-out meetings with the client
  • responsible for building and maintaining good working relationships with all clients and colleagues

 

Requirements:

  • Delivery of internal audit service including devising strategic and annual internal audit plans on a risk based approach.
  • Field management responsibilities including completing file reviews and preparing reports for review by engagement manager.
  • Planning and supervision of audits assigned to auditors, including leading planning and exit meetings.
  • Completing high level internal audits including corporate governance, clinical governance and risk management arrangements.
  • Reporting to Audit Committees on progress and key performance indicators against plan.
  • Establishing effective working relationship with external auditors to provide reliance on internal audit work.
  • Financial Management including billing and income collection, compilation of profitability budgets and management of financial review process to achieve target internal profit measures.
  • Executing internal audit assignments independently to the required scope in compliance with risk based internal audit methodology including: Treasury Management, General Ledger, Payroll, Capital Budgeting and Monitoring, Human Resources, Corporate Governance and Project & Change Management.
  • Working with counter fraud to ensure control weaknesses are accounted for within internal audit delivery.
  • Participating in proactive and reactive fraud assignments to identify potential instances of fraud.
  • Performance Management of auditors and acting as a Development Officer mentoring auditors.
  • professional qualification (ACA, CA, ACCA,MIIA)
  • Experience of using Microsoft packages, internet, email
  • Experience of internal and auditing and risk management
  • Experience of preparing and delivering presentations

 

For further information, please contact William Scott Associates on +44 (0)203 818 8600 or email elizabeth@williamscottassociates.com 

IT internal Auditor, Antwerp, Belgium

Competitive Salary + car + bonus + benefits

Our client provides full services in the fields of Payroll, HR and Tax & Legal, in Europe, the United States and Canada. Its clients are in the private and public sectors, from SMEs to very large organisations. They offer payroll calculation and administration, training, HR research, socio-legal, fiscal and HR consultancy, specialist software for personnel departments and on-site support.

 

Responsibilities:

  • Working with your colleagues in the team on the further development and professionalisation of a productive Audit Services department within the Group
  • Assessing the effectiveness of the internal controls on the entire portfolio of business processes
  • Formulating tangible and feasible recommendations concerning process improvements / risk mitigation
  • Answering customer questions (both internally and externally)
  • Assessing risks related to key projects within the group and formulating recommendations for improving the process design where required

 

Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
  • Relevant audit certificates or are willing to obtain them over time
  • Some auditing experience, preferably in the area of IT auditing
  • Not put off by limited travel within Europe
  • Motivated and enthusiastic
  • Have an open communication style that includes the necessary integrity and diplomacy
  • Make the company’s INSPIRE values a high priority (INtegrity, Smart cooperation, Passion, Innovation, result-driven)
  • Are proficient in three languages (Dutch, English and French)
  • Some knowledge of German is an advantage
  • Are keen to learn new processes quickly and thoroughly
  • Are pragmatic and solution-oriented in respect of our internal stakeholders.

If you think this might be you please email leo.ketchin@williamscottassociates.com or call +44 (0) 203 8188604.

Assistant Manager, Corporate Audit, International Group, Gatwick, UK (Big4)

£42,500

 

The office’s foreign owned portfolio of clients include some the largest and most successful of the businesses that the firm work with in the UK. They are complex, influential and exciting.  This work is for those who respond to the intellectual challenge of understanding a clients’ business and key controls. Work on controls based auditing allows you to develop relationships with the client far beyond the main finance team, making for a more interesting and rewarding experience

Their clients genuinely value the insights we bring over their financial controls as it goes to the heart of how they run their business. As you progress, there will be opportunities for foreign travel and overseas secondments to key geographic global markets of the Americas, APAC and EMEA. Working in the International team will accelerate your opportunity to build your international network as well as a UK network within the firm.

 

Responsibilities:

You will have responsibility for:

  • Audit planning and the delivery of the audit plan to the client;
  • Day to day management of field teams, including reviewing work of staff members;
  • Liaison with key client staff providing timely reporting and management information;
  • Management of reporting requirements, including attendance at meetings;
  • Lead teams on challenging engagements, including transaction and project work;
  • Develop and mentor more junior members of staff;
  • Involvement in tendering for new clients.

Requirements:

To qualify for the role you must have:

  • A professional accounting qualification (ACA or equivalent);
  • Previous experience of working with IFRS and UK GAAP reporting standards;
  • Experience in auditing clients in accordance with PCAOB regulations;
  • Highly proficient oral and written communication skills;
  • Highly motivated and committed;
  • Positive and ambitious attitude;
  • Ability to develop strong client relationships;
  • Project management capabilities;

For further information, please contact William Scott Associates on +44 (0)203 818 8600 or email elizabeth@williamscottassociates.com

Assistant Manager, Corporate Audit, Private Markets Group, Gatwick, UK (Big4)

£42, 250

The firm’s clients range from Private Equity owned businesses and the UK’s largest privately owned businesses to high growth, dynamic entrepreneurial companies. Working directly with owners throughout the business life-cycle to deliver high value add propositions, with significant capital markets opportunities. The Private Markets business is a multi-million audit and advisory market and they have already demonstrated great success, and high growth, over the past 2 years.

There is a mix of audit and non-audit work, and closeness to the business owner, means you will develop a broader, far more commercial skill set, positioning you as the ‘trusted advisor’. There will be a significant focus on building relationships from an early stage.

 

Responsibilities:

You will have responsibility for:

  • Audit planning and the delivery of the audit plan to the client;
  • Day to day management of field teams, including reviewing work of staff members;
  • Liaison with key client staff providing timely reporting and management information;
  • Management of reporting requirements, including attendance at meetings;
  • Lead teams on challenging engagements, including transaction and project work;
  • Develop and mentor more junior members of staff;
  • Involvement in tendering for new clients.

 

Requirements:

To qualify for the role you must have:

  • A professional accounting qualification (ACA or equivalent);
  • Previous experience of working with IFRS and UK GAAP reporting standards;
  • Experience in auditing clients in accordance with PCAOB regulations;
  • Highly proficient oral and written communication skills;
  • Highly motivated and committed;
  • Positive and ambitious attitude;
  • Ability to develop strong client relationships;
  • Project management capabilities;

 

For further information, please contact William Scott Associates on +44 (0)203 818 8600 or email tony.berry@williamscottassociates.com