7 days ago
About the team.
Valuations is at the heart of business decision making and our work really matters to our clients. As part of PwC Deals and our wider global network, we work with the senior decision makers of our iconic client base, on the most exciting and varied projects around the world.
We are therefore looking to recruit a number of new roles. Key to the success of the team will be a new Analytics Senior Associate who will drive the upskilling of our Global valuation workforce by working side by side with our teams on client engagement, shaping the planning of major engagements and creating and delivering a global D&A training program for Valuations staff. This role will sit in part of our Deals National centre of excellence and will be fundamental in supporting our continued growth. We are looking for someone with both a technical and commercial mind-set who can quickly get to the crux of business issues and shape the development of cutting-edge technology to help us deliver “game changing” insights to our clients.
Every assignment is different, but we broadly define our offering under the key headings;
Deal related - Acquisition / disposal valuation advice, bid defence, fairness opinions, valuation of relative joint venture contributions, support for debt or equity raising.
Strategic or operational decision support: strategic option review (including buy versus build), business portfolio analysis, investment appraisal, value impact of structural business changes (e.g. M&A, divestitures, restructuring, IPO), stock price under / over-performance, aligning executive reward to value creation.
Financial reporting - instrument and derivative valuations; purchase price allocations; impairment testing; real estate assurance; private equity, hedge and infrastructure fund valuations.
Dispute related: articles or shareholder agreement valuations; expert determinations;” Honest broker” role, independent expert / expert witness.
Pension valuations: transaction implications, asset backed funding, insufficiently resourced test valuations, valuing employer covenants, section 143 valuations.
Tax purposes: Negotiating with HMRC, management incentive scheme valuations, tax impacts of restructuring, tax implication and optimisation of transactions, considering a restructure.
About the role
As a Senior Associate, you will be supporting a broad range of analytical assignments, stretching yourself across many different types of valuation and industry sectors and engaging directly with the senior stakeholders within our business and with clients. You will spend your time working on a mixture of live client engagements and internal projects looking to reimagine how we deliver client engagements going forwards.
Your responsibilities will include but may not be limited to:
Working in multidisciplinary teams to use data analytics, visualisation and modelling to revolutionise how we deliver Valuation services to our clients;
Designing processes to collect or extract data from disparate information streams (e.g. from external data providers, client systems, transactional data, management reports) and the ability to connect the dots and turn them into structured, consistent datasets which can be analysed to create engaging and insightful outputs for our clients;
Clear and concise communication of complex concepts and their business benefits to internal and external senior management, from a range of backgrounds and business areas, to help us and clients make robust, evidence based decisions;
Developing statistical models or algorithms which help solve Deals clients’ business issues in a way which complements traditional analysis;
Researching new products and tools, and implementing suitable techniques to solve the specific client problem and deal with potential data availability, quality or accuracy;
Building and delivering training programs to upskill our wider workforce;
Drafting reports and presentations and using data visualisation to explain findings.
If you are naturally inquisitive, have an analytical mind and enjoy solving problems in a rigorous and logical manner, for a variety of different businesses then this is the role for you. You will be engaging directly with senior members of our clients, solving their business problems and helping them generate value.
To be considered you must have a minimum of a 2:1 degree in a technical or analytical based subject (e.g. Maths, Computational Sciences, Engineering, Economics, Statistics, Accounting and Finance etc). or equivalent.
You will need significant experience demonstrating a number of the following skills:
Exceptional analytical and technical aptitude, possess both financial and commercial acumen and enjoy problem solving to understand the drivers of a business, analyse their data and use this to provide insight and advice to our clients;
Have an entrepreneurial mind set and self-starter mentality, and be comfortable with a degree of ambiguity with little supervision to come up with creative solutions to complex problems and develop these ideas into structured deliverable projects;
The ability to manage time, prioritise tasks, self-review your work and produce deliverables of a high quality under tight client deadlines in time pressured environments;
A strong desire to acquire and share technical knowledge with colleagues and clients, and proven experience of doing this in your previous role;
Passion for technology and new tools and applying and developing yourself to new areas (e.g. quickly getting up to speed with tools, analytical approaches and business challenges);
Build collaborative working relationships at all levels, establishing credibility both internally and externally.
Significant experience building visually engaging dashboards in BI tools such as Tableau, Power BI;
Significant experience authoring workflows with Alteryx (and/or other data blending and preparation tools), creating robust data models capable of supporting complex visualisations and analytics
Practical experience of applying analytical techniques and interpreting their outcomes, for example:
Descriptive Analytics - multivariate regression, logistic regression, cluster analysis, factor analysis, ANOVA, dimensionality reduction, natural language processing, time series decomposition, spatial analysis;
Predictive Analytics - simulation, regression, time series modelling, classification
Prescriptive Analytics - Optimisation, scenario modelling, operational research
Understanding of common data quality problems and coming up with ideas of solving these;
Experience with data management, cleansing, querying and data manipulation / database tools such as SQL on high-volume, high-dimensionality data from varying sources;
Ability to deliver rapid, pragmatic, value orientated advice and tools in a consulting environment;
Experience with assisting business development activities through working on bids and proposal responses;
Experience working in a Deal environment;
An understanding of accounting and Valuation principles.
Ability to leverage programming languages (Python, c# preferred)
Understanding of machine learning concepts
Ability to leverage APIs
Cloud development and operation (especially Azure)
Experience in agile software development and principles
Understanding of financial accounting