TAS FDD Associate Director - (happy to talk about flexible working)

Grant Thornton
London, UK
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Grant Thornton UK LLP is part of a global network of independent audit, tax and advisory firms, made up of some 58,000 people in over 135 countries. We're a team of independent thinkers who put quality, inclusion and integrity first. All around the world we bring a different experience to our clients. A better experience. One that delivers the expertise they need in a way that goes beyond. Personal, proactive, and agile. That's Grant Thornton.




Every day our teams help people in businesses and communities to do what is right and achieve their goals.


We’re happy to talk flexible working and consider reduced hours and job shares, we’ll support you to balance your work and life.


For this specific role within our Transaction Advisory Services (TAS) team, we are keen to consider, and adapt the role, for those individuals looking to work less than full time. As with all of our roles, a hybrid working model will apply, enabling a mix of office/client time and remote working.


A look into the role

The Transaction Advisory Services (TAS) team provides a broad range of advisory services to clients, primarily in a deals environment, including financial due diligence (FDD), tax due diligence, Treasury and Strategy & Commercial Advisory (SCA).

As a member of the FDD team you will be providing financial due diligence on both buy-side and sell-side transactions for private equity and corporate clients. You may also have the opportunity to work on public company transactions, primarily on AIM Market operated by the London Stock Exchange plc. On a day-to-day basis, you will principally be performing financial analysis and report writing as part of the production of a financial due diligence report.
An Associate Director must be capable of interfacing with clients, management teams, external financiers and other professionals. An Associate Assistant should know when to seek advice from the manager/senior manager and other specialists as appropriate and demonstrate strong commercial flair.


A look into the role

As a TAS Associate Director within our team, you will:


An Associate Director must manage all aspects of transactions for the client and the firm, be active in winning new client work, negotiating and closing sales opportunities and managing client relationships.

• Manages situations in order to optimise financial returns for the client and the firm.
Business development/winning work/selling
• Has built an extensive external network from which to generate and convert leads.
• Maintains and monitors their network using a structured approach.
• Builds a personal profile in the external market.
• Plays a key role in marketing events, originating material and presenting to external audiences.
• Proactively seeks out business development opportunities.
• Participates fully in new client proposal situations.
• Takes responsibility and ownership of the client relationship at the appropriate level in the client's organisation at board level.
• Manages many complex client relationships.
• Ensures client needs are met in a way that is advantageous to both the client and the firm.
• Consults effectively with specialists within the firm when faced with complex risk management.
• Identifies and evaluates risk management issues and mitigates risk appropriately
• Instills a risk management culture within the team.
• Oversees and manages letters of engagement internally and with the client.
Report writing
• Oversees the report preparation process, ensuring a quality document is produced, which is relevant to the business.
• Reviews final drafts of reports ensuring broader market issues are included.
Technical competence
• Manages all aspects of the transaction competently, advising junior team members on technical aspects of the transaction.
• Develops solutions to increasingly complex technical issues.
• Interprets and analyses complex information, identifying business issues and applying technical knowledge appropriately.
Assignment management
• Takes responsibility for a task and gives direction, structure and responsibility to others in order to get the job done by appropriate delegation.
• Sets the fee estimate and oversees the drafting of the engagement letter.
• Ensures that the assignment is completed within budget and debt is collected on time.
• Leads the presentation of conclusions and recommendations to the client and discusses the implications and action points.
• Is an approachable and respected member of the team who takes a proactive interest in the team's performance and wellbeing.
• Leads, motivates and coaches managers by inducting effectively, giving regular feedback and timely performance reviews.
• Prepares fee estimates and budgets for client assignments and manages client expectations about changes and overruns.
• Ensures assignments are delivered profitably and with full recovery (above 75%) of billable, chargeable time, with WIP write-outs kept to a minimum.


Knowing you’re right for us


Joining us as a TAS Associate Director, the minimum criteria you’ll need is a professional qualification (ACA, ICAS, CA, ACCA or CIPFA) with post qualification experience, and to be confident managing a large portfolio of audit clients. It would be great if you had some of the following skills, but don’t worry if you don’t tick every box, we’ll help you develop along the way.


Minimum requirement

  • ACA/ACCA qualified


Skills to set you apart

  • Previous experience in Transaction Advisory ideally in the professional services
  • Managerial experience
  • Wide experience of client facing work in relevant industry sectors
  • Substantial experience of applying commercial judgement
  • Experience of developing and mentoring staff
  • Developing ability to build and maintain a network of industry contacts


Knowing we’re right for you


Embracing uniqueness, the culture at Grant Thornton thrives on the contributions of all our people, we never settle for what is easy, we look beyond to deliver the right thing, for everyone.  Building an inclusive culture, where we value difference and respect our colleagues helps our people to perform at the best of their ability and realise their potential.


Our open and accessible culture means you’ll interact with leaders who are interested in you and everything you bring to our firm. The things that set you apart, we value them. That’s why we give you the freedom to bring your whole self to work and pursue your passions inside and outside of work.



Beyond the job 


Life is more than work. The things you do, and the people you’re with outside of work matter, that’s why 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.


The impact you can make here will go far beyond your day job. From secondments, to fundraising for local charities, or investing in entrepreneurs in the developing world, you’ll be giving back to society. It’s that drive to do the right thing that runs through our every move, grounded in our CLEARR values – Collaboration, Leadership, Excellence, Agility, Respect and Responsibility.


We’re looking for people who want to contribute, spark fresh ideas and go beyond expectations. People who want to be able to proudly do what’s right, for the firm, our clients, our people and themselves. It’s how it should be.

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