Corporate Finance – Director (M&A)
About the role
The RSM M&A service line has grown by c.20% in FY21 and activity levels continue to be high. As a national service line, the London M&A team has grown to c.13 people and two partners, and continues to expand with a strong pipeline of graduate recruits progressing through the team. A role for an experienced Director exists to support the growth of our business, development of our people and provide a clear route to partnership for the right candidate.
The role represents a great opportunity for you to join a growing and experienced team with continued aspirations to increase deal size along sector lines. RSM has a firm commitment to ‘grow our own’ and annually recruits 20-30 graduates across CF. Training and nurturing our talent is a significant part of all our roles - the team is highly skilled and has a great mixture of experienced senior people through to graduates. This provides a fantastic opportunity to work alongside a committed and motivated team and in turn support their progression.
About the company and department
RSM is a global professional services firm with a large UK presence. RSM’s Corporate Finance comprises over 220 people nationally is regularly ranked in the top 3 advisers in terms of deal volume. The M&A team is a leader in the mid-market regionally and nationally, advising on deals ranging in size from £10m-150m. M&A operates as a National business with c.100 M&A personnel across the country including  partners. The team predominantly advises on sell side mandates and also provides buyside and equity fundraising services across a range of sectors. Our clients are typically entrepreneurs, business owners and / or management teams who wish to market their business to UK and international purchasers and Private Equity investors.
As a partner and director group we work closely together, each of our deal teams has two partners or a partner and director. We ‘meet’ fortnightly to discuss issues affecting our business and make key decisions jointly. It is a supportive inclusive culture and you would be part of that.
About the job
The role involves you supporting partners on transactions and leading M&A mandates including sell-side, buy-side and private equity fundraising. As part of this you would work with both experienced qualified staff and graduates, working closely within deal teams (of three to four people) to ensure high standards of service and that individuals’ training needs are met.
The role also involves you supporting the two London based Partners in continuing to nurture and build the direct team. This ranges from leading weekly team meetings and social events to recruitment and training.
A strong origination focus is also essential. Specific responsibilities are likely to include, amongst others:
- Leading engagements reporting directly to the partner
- Leading teams on the day to day responsibilities of the deal
- Coaching and mentoring of others in the team
- Maintaining high standards of work through compliance, training and best practice
- Evidence of risk awareness and managing conflict
- Generating thought leadership and inputting directly into the strategy of our approach to market
- Originating new opportunities either through direct targeting or intermediary relationships
- Track record of winning work through pitching
- Supporting the wider firm in attending / presenting at events, generating collateral and client development
For more details on the responsibilities the role includes, please see the M&A role profiles on the intranet.
About the ideal candidate
The ideal candidate will be self-starter, a good communicator and with a passion to work with others to support their development as much as their own career. We pride ourselves on our commitment to clients and delivering a high quality service, we look for others who value that and believe that enjoying what we do is important. We have a strong team culture for ‘doing the right thing’, both regionally and nationally – we look for ambitious and motivated people who are team players.
- ACA or CFQ qualified
- A minimum of seven years M&A experience, including transactions involving private equity
- Strong communication skills and high standards for quality
- Commercially and numerically strong
- A team player and desire to support others’ in their careers
- Flexibility to work with people across the country
- A sector specialism
Diversity and Inclusion at RSM
At RSM, inclusion and diversity are central to our values. We have an authentic focus on intentional inclusion, enabling our people to feel they can bring their whole self to work and ensuring everyone feels supported, respected and confident to make a valuable contribution.
To find out more, please visit our Diversity and Inclusion page on our Careers Website.
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