Grant Thornton UK LLP

Operational Deal Services Manager, Open to flexible working

London (Central), London (Greater)
21 May 2021
21 Jun 2021
Contract Type

Join us and you’ll shape more than just your career

We believe we’re best positioned to make a meaningful impact on the economy. Every day, we provide a diverse range of organisations with the kind of business and financial advice it takes to do this. Our ideas and insights empower our clients to make big decisions about the future and unlock sustainable growth. With a relentless focus on quality and integrity, we help businesses, communities and our people to flourish.

Job Description:

Our Operational Deal Services team advises clients on the operational aspects of deals and on how to maximise their value. We also specialise in supporting clients with the design and implementation of organisation-wide change programmes that create a sustainable legacy well after the deal is done.  We pride ourselves not just in providing insights during the pre-deal phase but in becoming a transformation partner and critical friend for our clients during the deal and beyond; helping them to solve complex problems effectively.  As part of the wider Business Consulting team within Grant Thornton, we work with a high calibre team of subject matter experts in IT, HR, Finance and Business Operations as with the other Grant Thornton Deals Advisory teams working across the deal life cycle.  Our work is mainly UK-based but often has an international dimension where clients have, or are looking to acquire, operations abroad.  We work closely with other Grant Thornton International member firms in delivering international work and our team is one of several Operational Deals capability centres of excellence globally.

What you’ll be doing

As a Manager in our team you will normally work as part of a project team.  This will often involve leading one or more Assistant Managers or Associates and working closely alongside colleagues from other Deals Advisory service lines such as Transaction Advisory Services, Corporate Finance Advisory and Transactions Tax.

A Manager will be responsible for leading smaller projects with some oversight from an Associate Director, Director or Partner and will work directly with client management, other advisors and investors, whilst taking responsibility for risk management, budgets and billing.

The role requires a combination of strong analytical skills, excellent knowledge of business operating models across a range of sectors, strong commercial acumen and well rounded inter-personal skills.  The role has flexibility to be based at any of our offices in London, the Midlands, the North of England or the South of England but requires flexibility to travel throughout the UK, with the potential to travel overseas, depending on client requirements and potentially at short notice.  From time to time a Manager may also be required to support other projects in Business Consulting which are not related to deals and be prepared to work on multiple engagements at the same time. As a result, the role requires strong consulting skills and an ability to adapt to different kinds of work beyond the core Deals skillset.

Your responsibilities will also include

  • End-to-end ownership of workstreams on larger engagements, working closely with the engagement lead on such engagements and being the lead for smaller client engagements
  • Applying existing consulting-based approaches to identify solutions and build recommendations into structured, manageable implementation workstreams
  • Playing a leading role in determining how to effectively communicate concepts, analysis and outcomes to the client and your team
  • Supporting with business development activities, including identification of leads through analysis and your sector knowledge, and preparation of discussion and proposal documents, including liaising with members of other service lines across Grant Thornton
  • Helping to further develop and grow our team’s expertise, ensuring that we continuously learn from the issues which we encounter on client engagements and benefit from further adapting our approaches for future use
  • Imparting knowledge and insight to your team, while taking responsibility for your own career development

The minimum criteria

  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent)
  • Deep knowledge of at least one (and ideally more than one) of the core Operational Deal Services offerings: buy-side/vendor due diligence; integration; separation/carve-out; day one planning; post deal change programmes
  • Demonstrated experience of managing small teams
  • Prior consulting (in-house or advisory) experience or significant project work experience around operations and transactions
  • Extensive experience of preparing high quality written reports, Excel analysis and presentations

Skills to set you apart

  • A formal Project/Programme Management or Accountancy/Finance qualification would be an advantage but is not essential
  • Foreign language skills are desirable but are not essential
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English
  • Understand and have the ability to discuss one or more of the core Operational Deal Services offerings in detail
  • Project management and/or change management and/or transformation skills
  • Strong analytical skills, including in relation to financial information
  • Excellent Microsoft Office skills, particularly PowerPoint and Excel
  • You have a genuine interest in M&A and how businesses work on an operational level
  • You are commercially focused with the ability to deliver innovative solutions
  • You are focused on self-development as well as having the desire to coach, mentor and develop your colleagues

Do you care about the same things we do?

We have six values we work by. When we meet, we’ll want you to show us how they’re important to you, too.

Collaboration: We are aligned around a common purpose that unites us in providing the same quality experience for our clients and our people, seamlessly across borders.
Leadership: We are committed to the success of our clients, our people, our profession, and our stakeholders at large, demonstrating leadership at all levels.
Excellence: We are passionate about exceeding expectation and delivering high quality work. We love what we do, and it shows. We sweat the details. We see things through, no matter how tricky.
Agility: The world moves quickly. To keep up, we stay flexible – changing approaches, changing projects, working offline, online, together and alone to get things done.
Respect: A given, of course: we value each other and our clients. We listen, we understand, we care.
Responsibility: The decisions we make and advice we give affects people’s lives and livelihoods. We take that seriously and always do well by doing what’s right.

Bring your whole self

Now you’ve seen our values, it shouldn’t be a surprise that we’re creating a respectful, open, diverse place to work. Building an inclusive culture, where we value difference and respect our colleagues, is not just the right thing to do, it helps our people to perform at their best. We provide opportunities for all our people to fulfil their potential by embracing and respecting difference whether that is age, disability, ethnicity, faith, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, socioeconomic background, working style, education and family or care responsibilities.

"We are committed to making sure that the opportunities within our firm are equally accessible for everyone – regardless of background or gender." Dave Dunckley, CEO.

There’s more to life than work

Families, children, sports, night classes…the things you do and the people you’re with outside work matter. They can inspire, motivate and energise you. Inside the office and out. So if you’d like to work flexibly, let us know. We’re happy to look at flexible working options for all our roles, and we’ll always do our best to keep your work and life in balance.

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