Director of Corporate Finance

Manchester, Greater Manchester (GB)
Closing date
4 Oct 2022
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Director of Corporate Finance

Location: Manchester (hybrid working)

Salary: Competitive

Duration: Permanent

Sellick Partnership are working exclusively with Ernst & Young on a retained basis to recruit a Director, who will lead the set-up of the Northern Strategy & Transactions division within the Corporate Finance and Restructuring function, to focus on the Financial Services M&A / equity transactions.

The UK division headed up in London have developed a strong footprint in the Manchester & Leeds markets, with some marque deals and an enviable success rate of repeat business. As a result of an increasing pipeline, EY now wants to establish a presence on the ground to drive the growth strategy in the North, to service the current client base whilst executing new deals, utilising the significant market insight the business has at its disposal.

Working with a Partner, the Director of Corporate Finance will be overseeing the execution of transactions on a day-to-day basis as well as being the most senior individual within the initial M&A team within Manchester. As the Director of Corporate Finance, you will lead the development of the division from networking new and existing clients, driving growth of executed deals, build the team from the ground up and quickly become recognised internally and externally as the go to individual for the Northern M&A at EY.

General responsibilities of the Director of Corporate Finance:

Acting as the main point of contact for clients (financial service sector) during the transaction process, advising on strategy and tactics, providing sector and transaction insights Setting and driving the transaction timetable Negotiating with counterparties and their advisers Supporting new business development through taking an important role on client pitches as well as growing the visibility of the Strategy & Transactions team within Manchester and the North West Developing your own business network with a view to increasing your origination capabilities over the medium term
Build the team from scratch to 20 Ensuring quality on all client deliverables, leading the management of the firm's risk and control costs against budget Deliver in the following areas - Funding Option Reviews, Acquisitions, Disposals, raising equity, debt financing & restructuring
Key requirements of the Director of Corporate Finance:

The successful candidate for the Director of Corporate Finance role will ideally come from either, one of the Big 6 M&A functions, a boutique firm or an investment bank with significant experience in investment banking, corporate finance or corporate development environments, including a track record of playing a lead role in executing transactions within the Financial Services sector across the Northwest.

Whilst significant deal origination experience is not essential given the depth of insight EY has access to, it would be advantageous. A significant network and deal execution experience is absolutely essential. Experience in one or more of the following areas is essential: Insurance, Banking / Specialty Finance, Wealth / Asset Management, FX/Payments, Asset Servicing, Fintech and other relevant sector verticals

Ideally you will be based in Manchester / Leeds or willing to relocate to grow your already existing network in mid-cap financial institutions, banks, private equity houses and entrepreneurial businesses in the region.

Key benefits of the Director of Corporate Finance role:

  • £Competitive base salary
  • Car allowance up to £5,500
  • Bonus scheme up to 25% and potentially can be exceeded. 
  • Pension scheme up to 6% matched contributions
  • Holiday allowance: 27 days with option to buy and sell up to 6 days.
  • Laptop and mobile are both provided.
  • Flexible benefits package including but not limited to; life insurance, gym discount, season ticket loan etc.
  • Healthcare scheme provided by Aviva at no cost. Family members can be added at a cost.
  • Working hours – working hours are standard, in reality typically no weekends, people will work into the evening when on deals/something urgent to get out as expected. The aim of the business is for employees to be in the office for 3 days a week.
  • Signing on bonus – this isn’t included as standard but will consider this if the individual is foregoing a bonus at current firm (subject to documentary evidence provided).

How to apply for the Director of Corporate Finance role:

If you are currently either a Senior Manager or Director within M&A, looking for a new challenge, setting up a division whilst benefiting from a better work life balance than you currently experience and feel your career would benefit from this exciting opportunity, Sellick Partnership would want to hear from you.

All direct applications will be reviewed and managed by Sellick Partnership. Please get in touch with Jonathan Moss at Sellick Partnership for further details.

Sellick Partnership is a market-leading professional services recruitment specialist operating across the UK. We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from candidates of all backgrounds and circumstances, including underrepresented and disadvantaged groups and those with disabilities. Please note our advertisements use years' experience and salary levels purely as a guide. We are happy to consider applications from all candidates who are able to demonstrate the skills necessary to fulfil the role. If you do not hear from us within 10 days please assume that your application has been unsuccessful on this occasion. For information on how your personal details may be used by Sellick Partnership, please review our data processing notice which can be found in the footer on our website.

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