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Finance Acquisitions Manager

Lockford Executive Search
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27 Jul 2021

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A leading national wealth management business has a 'buy and build' acquisition strategy in place. It has already completed in excess of 20 acquisitions and retains a healthy pipeline of future acquisitions. The Company now wishes to recruit an Finance Acquisitions Manager as the group continues to scale.

The role

The Finance Acquisitions Manager is a key member of the Acquisitions team as well as of the wider Finance team. The Finance Acquisitions Manager will relish helping to get acquisitions over the line, and be committed to understanding, valuing, integrating and accounting for those acquisitions as well as calculating consideration payments. The post holder will also take a key role in group restructuring activities.

This is a high profile role with lots of contact with senior stakeholders, business owners, external specialists and non-financial staff. An ability to assess and communicate the commercial status of businesses as well as the associated risks will be key, as will an ability to explain tax and financial concepts to non-accountants. Teamwork and ownership of deadlines will also both be vital.

The role provides a great opportunity to participate in a successful growth story and will suit candidates with drive to 'make the deal happen'. With multiple projects ongoing at any one time, strong organisational skills and an ability to prioritise will also be key. Candidates must have strong due diligence and accounting skills and be comfortable working in a dynamic environment.

The Finance Acquisitions Manager will:

  • Liaise with business owners - understand their businesses and the financial risks and opportunities
  • Own the financial due diligence process, managing and performing due diligence and reviewing externally prepared reports
  • Manage a small team
  • Provide insightful financial information for reports for the Acquisitions Committee and main Board
  • Liaise with external specialists, such as lawyers and tax specialists, reviewing and disseminating professional advice and ensuring financial risks identified in the due diligence process are mitigated in the legal drafting
  • Calculate valuations and earn-out payments
  • Ensure acquisitions are correctly accounted for
  • Prepare completion accounts in line with group accounting policies and SPA terms
  • Assist with financial integration of new acquisitions
  • Support the external audit and tax processes
  • Ad hoc technical projects such as group restructuring, including closure of companies

Experience and competencies required for the role:

  • Qualified accountant (ACA)
  • Experience of share and asset acquisitions
  • People management and coaching experience
  • Due diligence experience
  • Audit experience desirable but not essential
  • Strong technical accounting knowledge
  • Experience of working with and interpreting legal documents
  • Experience of/exposure to tax computations and tax implications of deals and restructurings
  • Good communication skills - confident dealing with senior internal and external stakeholders, non-financial colleagues and external specialists
  • Ability to work under pressure and to deadlines

The successful candidate will also possess the following qualities and characteristics:

  • Excellent communication skills
  • Resilient, with the ability to work under pressure and to deadlines
  • Problem solver
  • Ability to juggle multiple simultaneous projects
  • Strong organisational skills - able to delegate effectively
  • Leads a team from the front - provides clarity of purpose and able to understand and articulate progress
  • A committed team player and able to work autonomously and show initiative
  • Able to build relationships within and outside of the organisation and accustomed to working effectively with external advisers
  • Experience within an FCA regulated environment, whilst not essential, is desirable
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