EY Manager - HR M&A Transactions - People Advisory Services (PAS) in London, United Kingdom

Manager - HR M&A Transactions - People Advisory Services (PAS)


Requisition # ALL00219

Post Date Aug 10, 2018

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


Our team delivers a suite of services and offerings focused on our client’s people agenda. An overview of our HR and People capabilities includes Organisation Change Management and Design, HR Processes, HR Transformation, Transaction Support, Policies and Strategy, HR Operating and Delivery Model, Reward, Leadership Development and Employment Law.

Driven by our focused insight and innovation, PAS is best positioned 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.

In order to drive forward the growth of PAS and to realise our ambition, we are seeking to add a number of talented individuals into the PAS HR Transactions team which sits within the PAS business.

The opportunity

HR Transactions & Restructuring Services

While every transaction is different, the size of the people agenda remains very significant in most transactions: each item on the agenda becomes a priority at certain stages of deal lifecycle or in certain types of deals. Clients need to get each of the aspects on people agenda right to mitigate people-related risks, accelerate synergies and achieve the deal value and the PAS Transactions team directly partners clients to achieve this.

As part of the growing and successful team you will advise and support clients through the complete deal life-cycle providing a range of sell-side and buy-side HR/People related services to clients. Transactions services range from complex HR due diligence, post-merger integration, acquisition and post deal value enhancement such as culture change initiatives. The team also supports clients to plan and implement the HR/People elements for organisational restructuring programmes at both strategic and operational levels.

The team works on engagements for UK, European & Global organisations and private equity houses across the deal and restructuring life-cycle so there is a great opportunity to work with a wide range of industries and clients.

Companies are pursuing bolder, more innovative growth strategies, making cross-border as well as cross-sector deals a big part of the M&A story therefore it is a great time to join the team and be a key part of driving the people agenda within these deals.

Client responsibilities

  • Support clients in addressing HR Transactions/People related matters through all stages of acquisition, divestiture and merger, including pre-transaction due diligence, negotiation, integration planning and implementation.

  • 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

  • Work with key clients to maintain relationships and manage expectations drawing on knowledge and experience across all aspects of HR Transaction and Restructuring Services in business, provides insightful, deal-relevant points of view, recommendations based on robust analysis

  • Ensure that all client work is delivered consistently complying with EY's Q&RM guidelines

  • Working collaboratively with other service lines in EY, such as Operational Transaction Services (OTS)

Skills and attributes for success

  • Project management expertise with demonstrable experience in managing and being responsible for the delivery of successful projects

  • Ability to work in an international environment, managing transactions across geographies

  • Ability to provide insights based on experience on HR aspects of deals that are relevant and valued by clients and readers of the HR Due Diligence reports

  • Team player; ability to integrate with new teams quickly

  • Ability to analyse complex problems and to deliver insightful, practical and sustainable solutions

  • Qualitative and quantitative data analysis skills and data manipulation and presentation, such as through MS Excel tools

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills and experience of producing high calibre reports, papers, presentations

To qualify for the role you must have

Exposure to at least one of the following:

  • Experience of transactions, ideally in performance of HR Due Diligence / HR post-deal integration / corporate restructuring assignments

  • Experience in industry of advising clients on a range of large scale transformation programmes and business change projects gained working in a professional services firm, global consultancy firm and/or large private and/or public sector organisation

  • Experience of HR advisory and consulting within a professional services environment or as an internal consultant within a corporate

  • Line HR experience with experience of employee and/or industrial relations

Ideally, you’ll also have

  • Strong presentation and facilitation skills

  • Business administration or accounting knowledge and/or post graduate degrees and professional qualifications are also highly desirable but not critical e.g. MBA, CIPD, ACCA, CIMA

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 support 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:

  • Support, 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

EY is committed 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.

About EY

As a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services, we’re using the finance products, expertise and systems we’ve developed to build a better working world. That starts with a culture that believes in giving you the training, opportunities and creative freedom to make things better. Whenever you join, however long you stay, the exceptional EY experience lasts a lifetime. And with a commitment to hiring and developing the most passionate people, we’ll make our ambition to be the best employer by 2020 a reality.

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

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