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About The Team
Financial Decisions and Analysis (FDnA) is the modelling and analytics Centre of Excellence within PwC Deals, and one of PwC’s highest growth teams. We focus on the application of leading edge modelling and analytical techniques to help clients make good decisions and solve problems. We work on some of the most high profile deals in the market, across a wide range of clients and sectors.
The PwC Deals team comprises our Transaction Services, Corporate Finance and Restructuring Service offerings. We support private equity firms, corporate clients and lenders through mergers, acquisitions, disposals and restructurings.
We are looking to recruit a Manager to join our high performing team, with a specific focus on value creation projects in a post deal environment, but with significant opportunities to support across our other offerings. We are looking for someone with a commercial mindset who can quickly get to the crux of business issues and deliver commercially “game changing” insight to our clients, enhancing value through compelling analysis.
The successful candidate will have a track record of developing and designing technical solutions using cloud platforms such as Microsoft Azure to deliver analytics driven assignments to clients in a professional services environment.
What we do
Every assignment is different, but we broadly define our offering under the key headings
Deal Modelling - increasing confidence in the deal by developing operational, financial and LBO models or by providing independent model assurance for some of the largest transactions and restructurings in the marketplace;
Deal Analytics - providing quantitative insights in the deal process e.g. into customer behaviours, sales and marketing effectiveness, costs to serve and product profitability;
Post Deal - driving performance transparency (cash forecasting, strategic planning, and reporting) and value creation to support the investment thesis through a technology enabled approach e.g. margin optimisation, strategic options analysis and operational effectiveness.
About the Role
As a Manager, you will be supporting a broad range of assignments, stretching yourself across many different industry sectors and engaging directly with the senior management team and stakeholders of our clients.
Your first assignment may be working with senior management of leading PE backed or FTSE listed businesses where we are enabling management to make better quality decisions, more quickly.
We do this by bringing financial and operational data together into a dynamic board reporting pack, hosted on a visualisation tool and processed using a cloud platform.
Our projects typically grow from general performance transparency in both breadth and depth to include additional areas of value creation such as
Bringing clarity to pricing, discounting or salesforce effectiveness within a business;
Driving value creation, finding opportunities to rationalize and cut costs, or white space to increase sales and grow the clients top line performance;
Embedding an end to end automated and actionable board reporting dashboard using an appropriate cloud platform and visualisation tool*;
Performing cost to serve exercises, using allocation drivers and operational KPIs to highlight which services or products are most/least costly;
Understanding the performance of different customers and products by applying techniques such as cohort analysis and clustering;
Bringing together advanced analytics and machine learning software to drive better decision making.
*Visualistion tools such as Power BI or Tableau, cloud platform such as Microsoft Azure and ETL tools such as Alteryx or SQL
Your responsibilities will include but may not be limited to
Designing appropriate technical solutions to solve commercial problems and overseeing the development, reviewing work and coaching junior team members throughout the project;
Clear and concise communication of complex concepts and their business benefits to senior management and stakeholders (both internally and externally) from a range of backgrounds and business areas to help clients make robust, evidence based decisions;
Connecting the dots from disparate information streams (e.g. extracts from client system, management reports, contracts) and turning them into structured data that can be analysed as part of a Deal or post deal value creation project to provide greater insight to our clients;
Creating reports and presentations and communicating our findings to clients and their stakeholders.
Proactively assist in the management of several clients, while reporting to Directors and above;
Manage, lead and coach staff;
Establish effective working relationships directly with both current and prospective clients;
Contribute to the development of your own and team's technical acumen;
Essential skills and experience
To be successful in this role, you will also need to demonstrate the following
Strong track record of delivering analytics solutions to clients in a professional services environment;
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;
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;
Passion for innovation, 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);
The ability to build collaborative working relationships at all levels, establishing credibility both internally and externally;
Essential technical skills
Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Azure, with a specific focus on the following products Data Factory, Data Lake Store, SQL DW, Blob storage, Databricks, Analysis Services, HDInsight, Machine Learning Studio;
Experience in developing deliverables in visualisation tools, such as Tableau or PowerBI;
Experience with data structuring and use of related software such as SQL, experience with Alteryx is also desirable