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Financial Advisory, Associate Director

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The Role

This is an excellent opportunity to work alongside our established team who will support you to utilise and enhance your advisory and insolvency skills and experience. You will work alongside some of the most experienced practitioners in the field advising the boards, management teams, lenders and shareholders of companies which are underperforming and/or facing any financial stress. 

Our North team has recently led a number of high profile regional insolvencies (including the Black Sheep Brewery, WN VTech and TXM Plant Administrations), as well as working on complex and challenging advisory assignments.  We work with a full spectrum of companies from SME to PLC.

As an Associate Director in the team, you will have the opportunity to work and lead on a diverse range of engagements across all sectors, with plenty of responsibility for leading workstreams, managing junior staff and supporting Directors and Senior Managing Directors in client-facing delivery. 

The Financial Advisory Team at Teneo

Our global Financial Advisory business advises corporates, creditors and other financial stakeholders in all situations – from well-performing to stressed. No two situations are the same, and our advice and approach is tailored to each set of circumstances and client.  

Teneo guides companies and their stakeholders through periods of uncertainty and stress to create liquidity headroom, reduce costs, improve profitability, turnaround or exit underperforming businesses, assess options, address balance sheet stress, communicate appropriately with all stakeholders, more efficiently run their businesses and, ultimately, deliver certainty from uncertainty. 

Our expert team also brings market-leading experience in establishing and delivering contingency plans and insolvencies across multiple jurisdictions, providing credible fallback plans to protect value or helping to shape and affect a restructuring.

Key Responsibilities

Client service

  • Preparation of engagement letter(s)and ensuring adherence to all compliance requirements.
  • Manage parts of the engagement, providing support to the Senior Managing Director/ Director in managing external stakeholders.
  • Support management teams in preparing and challenging business plans, short term cash flow forecasts and turnaround / restructuring plans.
  • Providing comprehensive financial restructuring and cash management services to identify working capital and other cash flow improvements.
  • Reviewing and stress-testing integrated business plans, budgeting and forecasting models using a fact-based, data driven approach.
  • Develop, analyse and present Financial Advisory options using input from other teams, e.g. tax analysis, sector and financial modelling.
  • Liaise with the company’s / lender’s legal advisors to understand key aspects of legal documentation and also drive any documentation processes (term sheets, waivers, loan documentation, insolvency sale and trading agreements etc.)
  • Developing and inputting into insolvency strategies.
  • Delivering key aspects of insolvency assignments including trading, sales process, asset realisations, monitoring, reporting and liaising with the insolvency delivery team to ensure all statutory compliance completed.
  • Apply an understanding of engagement economics, financial and risk management.

Knowledge acquisition

  • Build client relationship skills, sector knowledge and continue to develop leadership skills.
  • Continue to build technical expertise, broader business advisory and people management skills.
  • Understand the market, topical issues and our Financial Advisory propositions.

People and leadership

  • Support practice and talent development.
  • Provide on-job coaching and development to staff.
  • Develop junior staff outside of jobs through appraising and mentoring.
  • Support wider Financial Advisory training initiatives.
  • Manage diverse teams within an inclusive team culture where people are recognised for their contribution.

Business development

  • Start to own elements of business development including actively supporting business development activities, building and expending your own contact network and supporting Director/ Senior Managing Director-led marketing and sales activities.
  • Participate in existing business development programmes and key client accounts.
  • Identify opportunities to expand jobs as well as opportunities to provide wider Teneo services to existing clients.
  • Take responsibility for leading marketing initiatives aimed at specific channels to market, or events.
  • Take sector focus responsibilities.

Key Skills & Experience

  • Qualified accountant (ACA/ACCA or equivalent), both time and exam qualified.
  • Restructuring experience gained either as an advisor within a professional services company, consultancy or bank.
  • Understanding of financial statements and related data to assess historical financial performance and future outlook for client companies and prospects.
  • Good understanding of the restructuring marketplace, its trends, and key players (principals and advisers).
  • Very strong analytical skills, including: business analytics, business planning, short term cash flows, financing options.
  • An understanding of insolvency legislation and practice, with experience working on insolvency assignments.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Strong project management skills, with ability to lead teams and develop people.
  • Ability to conduct business in fluent oral and written English is a pre-requisite.

What can we offer you?

New joiners are supported by an induction programme. As well as this we offer a whole host of benefits and reward including:

  • Market-leading Salary
  • 25 days holiday (plus an additional 3 days holiday over Christmas and one day to celebrate DE&I)
  • Discretionary Bonus Scheme
  • Cash benefits package
  • Extensive investment in personal development & learning
  • Enhanced maternity and paternity leave (depending on length of service) and shared parental leave
  • Group Income Protection 
  • Life Assurance
  • Cycle to work schemes
  • Regular social, cultural and charitable activities

About Teneo

Teneo is the global CEO advisory firm. We partner with our clients globally to do great things for a better future.

Drawing upon our global team and expansive network of senior advisors, we provide advisory services across our five business segments on a stand-alone or fully integrated basis to help our clients solve complex business challenges. Our clients include a significant number of the Fortune 100 and FTSE 100, as well as other corporations, financial institutions, and organizations.

Our full range of advisory services includes strategic communications, investor relations, financial transactions and restructuring, management consulting, physical and cyber risk, organizational design, board and executive search, geopolitics and government affairs, corporate governance, ESG and DE&I.

The firm has more than 1,600 employees located in 40+ offices around the world.

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