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Associate Director, Financial Advisory

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The Role (Turnaround / Transformation / Operational Role)

Our Financial Advisory team is expanding, and we are looking for a talented and ambitious individual at Assistant Director level to join our hands-on, delivery focused performance improvement team.

We support a wide range of businesses from those that are Private Equity backed through to large corporates who want to take an accelerated lens to performance improvement in delivering improvements to their cash & EBITDA position. Our team is pragmatic in its approach and helps businesses overcome challenges by supporting management (and owners, where appropriate) to drive sustainable operational change. 

Successful candidates will benefit from a strong track record in delivering performance improvement initiatives, experience in navigating senior stakeholders and strong analytical skills, including Excel/PowerPoint capability from within a consultancy or corporate background.

This is an excellent opportunity to work alongside our established team who will support you to utilise and enhance your advisory skills. You will work alongside some of the most experienced practitioners in the field advising the boards, management teams, lenders and shareholders of companies.  It is anticipated that some of these businesses may be underperforming and/or facing any financial stress where the situations will allow you to seamlessly link into the wider Teneo network across multiple jurisdictions.

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 Managing Directors in client-facing delivery. 

The Financial Advisory Team at Teneo

Teneo’s global Financial Advisory business advises corporates, creditors and other financial stakeholders in situations of financial stress and distress. No two situations are the same. Our advice and approach is tailored to each situation and each client. At Teneo, we believe such occurrences present new opportunities for our clients. Opportunities to restore value, raise new capital, pivot in a new direction and ultimately, identify certainty amidst chaos. Teneo partners with clients to find viable opportunities that will protect and enhance value and help them to build strategies that will most benefit their business and/or investment goals.

Integrating the disciplines of financial advisory, management consulting, investor relations, strategic communications, government affairs, risk analysis and talent advisory, Teneo’s global Financial Advisory team guides companies and their stakeholders through periods of uncertainty and stress. We help address the challenges a business faces, whether that is targeted performance improvement to Financial Advisory, or delivering a route to recover value, our focus is delivering certainty from uncertainty.

Key Responsibilities

Client service

  • Assisting clients in assessing the value creation potential within their business, and developing action plans to deliver against performance improvement initiatives
  • Working hands-on with management teams to get buy-in across the business and implement agreed initiatives within an accelerated timeframe to maximise value
  • Support management teams in preparing and challenging business plans and short term cash flow forecasts to identify working capital and other cash flow improvements. Taking a pragmatic approach, this will typically involve using a fact-based, data driven approach, including KPI definition, data visualization, and reporting automation.
  • Manage significant parts of the engagement, providing support to the Managing Director/ Director (or often directly to Senior Managing Director)
  • Preparation of engagement letter(s) and ensuring adherence to all compliance requirements to support 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, particularly those relating to performance improvement 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/ 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.

Key Skills & Experience

  • Demonstrable track record of successfully delivering performance improvement programs or delivering an operational turnaround at an accelerated pace within a consultancy or corporate background;
  • Proven experience in the implementation of either cost reduction, cash and working capital or liquidity management initiatives;
  • Understanding of financial statements and related data to assess historical financial performance and future outlook for client companies and prospects.
  • Good understanding of the Financial Advisory marketplace, its trends, and key players (principals and advisers).
  • Very strong analytical skills, including: business analytics, business planning, short term cash flows, financing options along with use of Excel, Powerpoint and other BI tools e.g Tableau, PowerBI)
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Strong project management skills, with ability to lead mid-large teams, develop people and manage senior stakeholders.
  • Ability to conduct business in fluent oral and written English is a pre-requisite.
  • Flexibility for international travel.

What can we offer you?

New joiners are supported by a week-long induction programme, and continuous improvement is achieved through a structured and tailored programme that suits your career development.

As well as this we offer a whole host of benefits and reward including;

  • Competitive Salary
  • 28 days holiday
  • Discretionary Bonus Scheme
  • Cash benefits allowance
  • Pension Scheme
  • 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 1,500 employees located in 40+ offices around the world.

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