Investment Manager - Real Estate Firm

Liberty Living
Competitive and market leading benefits/bonus
07 Aug 2018
21 Aug 2018
Senior Management
Analyst, Finance, Strategy
Contract Type
  • Become a number 2 in a leading corporate development/investment team
  • Fantastic package, benefits and career trajectory

About Our Client

About Liberty Living

Liberty Living is one of the UK's largest owners and operators of purpose-built student accommodation with over 23,500 beds across 51 residences located in 19 major university towns and cities in the UK. Liberty Living's portfolio was valued at £2bn in February 2018.

Liberty Living is one of the most respected participants in its sector. The aim of the business is to create the best environment for students to thrive through providing well-located, well-priced, social and secure accommodation with outstanding facilities. They serve first to final year, domestic and international students and aim to provide extremely high levels of service to both students and educational institution partners.

They are a trusted partner to more than 40 educational institutions who rely on them to provide best-in-class student accommodation and facilities, so they can focus on delivering world-leading education. Their financial strength, operational track record and high quality of service are key differentiators when educational institutions are selecting accommodation partners.

Liberty Living was acquired by the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) in March 2015. Since then, their portfolio has grown by 41%.

Job Description

Key Responsibilities & Activities for Investment Manager

Financial Modelling

  • Designing, producing, amending and updating complex financial models (DCF, NPV, IRR etc.) for transactions, valuations, capital investment and business planning
  • Running scenario analysis on the models and producing summaries to enable decision making
  • Reviewing the financial modelling of junior team members to ensure consistency in the data driving key business decisions by the Senior Management Team

Market Analysis

  • Overseeing the collection and analysing of data on the sector to support business decisions, including monitoring competitor transactions and pricing
  • Screening and analysing new investment opportunities and undertaking the financial analysis and excel modelling
  • Managing the workload of the team across multiple strategic projects
  • Ensuring the highest levels of diligence, transparency and accuracy in information

Portfolio Management

  • Identifying portfolio management opportunities to optimise returns from existing and planned portfolio investment
  • Challenging existing business practises to find ways to optimise cashflow and asset value
  • Monitoring and reporting on post-investment activities
  • Preparing returns forecasts for proposed investment, and supporting the Investment Director in presenting this back to the Board/Investors
  • Overseeing the external valuation process and control of the external valuation model

Transaction Management & Due Diligence

  • Overseeing the generation of pipeline acquisition opportunities through both passive and active channels
  • Identifying and creating business cases for disposal candidates
  • Leading transaction due diligence & data room analysis
  • Liaising with external counterparties (lawyers, advisers, accountants, etc.)
  • Managing the workload of the team across multiple and frequent acquisitions


  • Writing recommendation papers for Management and Board approvals
  • Drafting business strategic presentations
  • Collating data for and assisting in the preparation and delivery of board reports

Planning and Organising

  • Effective planning and organising of time and tasks in line with needs of the business
  • Effective management and organisation of the Investment Team's workload in line with the needs of the business


  • Due to the strategic nature of this role and the high growth potential of Liberty Living this comprehensive role may require additional support to the wider business as directed by your manager and/or Senior Management Team

The Successful Applicant

Person Specification

Education & Qualifications

  • A strong undergraduate degree from a top-tier university (or equivalent) with an interest in the real estate sector

Professional Experience

  • Prior valid experience within real estate M&A, Big 4 accounting firm, investment banking, private equity, consulting or real estate corporate finance.
  • Solid transactional experience is crucial to succeed in this role


  • Advanced understanding of financial modelling, with the analytical capabilities to plan, build, use and interpret models
  • Highly numerate and logical
  • Strong written presentation skills
  • Strong ability to challenge, problem solve, multi-task, plan and organise
  • Enthusiasm and drive with evidence of "going the extra mile" coupled with strong focus and a flexible and resilient attitude
  • Ability to deliver on multiple projects at any one time
  • Strong management skills


  • Highly motivated, with the ability to work independently and under pressure
  • Excellent team player with an ability to thrive in a collaborative environment
  • Shows high levels of empathy and ability to motivate teams

Effective & Persuasive Communication Skills

  • Well-developed communication skills both verbal and written
  • A strong communicator with a direct and open style
  • Effectively collaborate with all levels of personnel from CEO and Investors down

What's on Offer

Market leading, competitive salary and benefits. Including annual bonus.

Ref Code: MPFE13940920Z 

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