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Assistant Director - London
Job ID #: 5819 Location: London
Business area: Mergers & Acquisitions Job category: Advisory
Employment type: Full Time - Permanent Qualification level: Qualified (professional)
Duration of contract: Not Indicated

BDO. Because relationships matter.

BDO LLP is one of the UK’s largest accountancy and business advisory firms providing services to ambitious businesses within the UK and worldwide. With more than 3,500 talented people, generating close to £400m in UK revenues, we bring real leadership across the mid-market. We are a member of BDO International, which has more than 1,260 offices worldwide, spread across 147 countries. We are a profitable, dynamic and forward-looking firm with a reputation for quality. Our ambition is to be the leader for exceptional client service.

At BDO you can be yourself - we value you as an individual and want you to realize your aspirations. You have a voice and your opinion counts. We give you the challenge and support you need and you are able to shape your own career according to your strengths, skills and personality. Working at BDO enhances your professional development at all stages of your career. Few firms offer the same breadth and quality of work, responsibility and experience. We recognize and reward your high performance and you have the opportunity to excel, progress and share in our success. We are clear on what we expect from you and what you can expect in return.

Being at BDO is personally as well as professionally fulfilling. Relationships matter, and we have a friendly and inclusive culture built around our core values of honesty and integrity; empowerment and personal responsibility; mutual support and respect; and professional and personal client relationships.

An Assistant Director is required to independently, and with the support of other Assistant Directors, Directors and Partners, develop and grow the Lead Advisory business within Corporate Finance, as well as develop the team members.  You will have a good understanding of, and experience in, the field of corporate finance for both buy-side and sell-side work, involving public and private companies, owner-managed businesses and private equity houses.  You will also have developed sector knowledge.

  • Support management of the Lead Advisory and wider Corporate Finance team with other Assistant Directors, Directors and Partners.

  • Lead the development of existing and new service stream methodologies.

  • Project manage Corporate Finance engagements, which include the resolution of project issues prior to Partner review.

  • Build strong and sustainable relationship with clients, both internal and external to BDO, establishing both a rapport and trust.

  • Undertake the management of the project team on a day-to-day basis.

  • Assume real ownership of client relationships and projects.

  • People management responsibilities covering resource planning and allocation, performance management, support to the appraisal process, training and recommendations for promotion.

  • Scope and review reports, information memoranda and documents using Word and PowerPoint

  • Scope and review financial models using Excel

  • Act as a mentor to team members and provide coaching with a view to assisting them to achieve their personal career goals.

  • Convert existing opportunities into future Corporate Finance work, and identify new project opportunities.

  • Contribute and play an active role in the development of new business relationships, marketing and business proposals.

  • Seek and take action on feedback.

  • Demonstrate a clear understanding of firm products and cross-selling opportunities

  • Deliver honest and timely feedback to executives.

  • Thorough working knowledge of sell-side and buy-side corporate finance advisory activities

  • ACA/ACCA qualified (or equivalent), or relevant work experience. 

  • Previous staff management or supervisory experience.

  • Good knowledge of MS Office, in particular Word and Excel.

  • For those involved in plc activities, a thorough knowledge of relevant regulatory regimes.


    Our Agency Policy

    BDO has a commitment to building relationships directly with candidates (and agencies) in our local markets and as such, we do not accept speculative CVs from agencies. We work closely with our preferred suppliers to support us in sourcing quality candidates but we only pay agency fees where we have a signed agreement in place and an agency has been instructed by a member of the BDO Resourcing team. We do not pay agency fees where speculative and unsolicited CVs are submitted to BDO by any means other than through our recruitment portal. For any CVs which are submitted without instruction from the BDO Resourcing team, BDO reserves the right to contact and work directly with these candidates without payment of any agency fee.

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