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EY

Senior Consultant - HR M&A Transactions - People Advisory Services (UK&I) - Open to Flexible Working

Organisations are having to become much more adaptable to change as they face new workforce challenges as a result of globalisation, changing demographics, emerging technology, innovation and regulatory demands.

We believe the People Agenda is at the heart of successful change. EY People Advisory Services (PAS) help organisations to put humans at the centre of their transformation agenda enabling them to align culture and leadership to their purpose, develop necessary skillsets and mindsets, and build adaptability through continuous change and learning.

We are a global network with more than 11,000 employees in more than 130 countries, offering deep industry knowledge and experience to more than 2,000 corporate clients worldwide. Within the UK, we have over 330 consultants advising clients across the private, public and not-for-profit sectors on their most challenging workforce problems.

We are growing fast and looking for those, who share our values, believe in the importance of the people agenda and have experience in organisation and workforce transformation and transactions, change experience and learning, culture and leadership, digital HR, rewards and people mobility, to join us in PAS.

The Opportunity

In the HR M&A team we focus on advising and assisting clients through the complete deal cycle, providing a range of sell and buy-side HR/People related services to clients. We contribute to and validate the deal price pre-deal and assist in the realisation of deal synergies post-deal.

Our services cover the entire deal cycle from HR due diligence, day one readiness (including reward elements such as retention, the impact of share based plans and other employee benefits) to post-merger integration and post deal value enhancement such as organisation design, consultation planning and execution and culture change initiatives. The team works on engagements for UK, European & Global organisations and private equity houses across the deal cycle.

These engagements are often complex and fast-paced due to the nature of the deal timelines in ensuring adherence to statutory and anti-trust regulations.

Your Key Responsibilities
  • Assist the project in addressing HR Transactions/People related matters through all stages of acquisition, divestiture and merger
  • Structure and manage projects of work which meet and exceed client expectations
  • Be confident and effective in recognising and managing potential issues during client assignments
  • Review and perform report writing, project planning, data analysis, and development of presentation material
  • Analyse data and present high quality, risk-managed reports/conclusions including client and executive presentations in various formats - this will also include delivery and presentation of such reports to clients
  • Work with key project leader to manage and maintain client relationship
  • Ensure that all client work is delivered consistently, complying with EY's Q&RM guidelines
  • Working collaboratively with other M&A service lines in EY


To qualify for the role you must have

The current teams have a different range of expertise across the HR M&A deal lifecycle. Therefore, we are looking for both specialists in the some of the areas highlighted above and below, also those with broader M&A experience.
  • Strong HR M&A deal background such as HR Due Diligence, post-deal integration and post deal value enhancement such as organisation design.
  • Proven Commercial HR experience from private, public sector or consulting
  • Strong project management, presentation and stakeholder engagement skills
  • Experience of employee retention, compensation and benefits programmes is ideal but not essential
  • Qualitative and quantitative data analysis skills and data manipulation and presentation, such as through MS Excel tools

Skills and Attributes for success
  • Team player; ability to integrate with new teams quickly
  • Collaborative, good at building relationships
  • Ability to analyse complex problems and to deliver insightful, practical and sustainable solutions
  • Able to manage stakeholder and client relationships in a fast paced and complex environment
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills and experience of producing high calibre reports, papers, presentations
  • Frequently and effectively leverage internal and external knowledge, experience and relationships to identify new opportunities
  • Regularly brings ideas and insights to clients that provide value, help address risk and assist the deal lifecycle


Ideally, you'll also have
  • A primary degree and any post graduate degrees and professional qualifications are desirable but not critical e.g. CIPD
  • Experience of working on projects gained working within a professional services firm, global consultancy firm and/or large private and/or public sector organisations


What we look for

We have many clients from various sectors talking to us about how can they assess, attract and nurture individual talent engagingly in varying contexts.

We are looking for individuals who can demonstrate real impact within various areas of PAS for our clients. We require people who can build our service offerings, understand client needs, grow our internal capability and connect effectively across our global PAS to maximise our global knowledge and experience in assisting clients to build their talent pool.

What working at EY offers

We offer a competitive remuneration package where you'll be rewarded for your individual and team performance. Our comprehensive Total Rewards package includes assistance for flexible working and career development, and with FlexEY you can select benefits that suit your needs, covering holidays, health and well-being, insurance, savings and a wide range of discounts, offers and promotions. Plus, we offer:
  • Coaching and feedback from some of the most engaging colleagues around
  • Opportunities to develop new skills and progress your career
  • The freedom and flexibility to handle your role in a way that's right for you

About EY

EY is a global professional services organisation providing advisory, assurance, tax and transaction services. We are dedicated to doing our part in building a better working world for our people, our clients and our communities. And we are united by our shared values and a dedication to delivering exceptional client service

We make sure our people succeed. The networks you build and the experiences you have with us will help define and accelerate the rest of your career. Last year in the UK, nearly 2,000 of our people were promoted or progressed within their grade, and we are significantly increasing the number of partners in the UK. So, when you build something better at EY, we make sure you're rewarded.

Our People Advisory Services practice has over 10,000 practitioners operating within a globally integrated team, bringing their skills, insights and experience to support our clients.

Driven by our focused insight and innovation, PAS is best positioned to advise and influence our client's activities at senior leadership level to respond to the scale and complexity of how and where our clients work globally, making us the trusted advisor of choice to our clients and creating more opportunities for our people. As a result, we're continually seeking new markets, new perspectives and better ways to deliver value.

EY is dedicated to being an inclusive employer and we are happy to consider flexible working arrangements. We strive to achieve the right balance for our people, enabling us to deliver excellent client service whilst allowing you to build your career without sacrificing your personal priorities. While our client-facing professionals can be required to travel regularly, and at times be based at client sites, our flexible working arrangements can help you to achieve a lifestyle balance.

If you can confidently demonstrate that you meet the criteria above, please contact us as soon as possible.

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