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Job: M&A Finance Manager
Financial Management, Other Finance, Investment Banking, Sales & Trading role
Full Time Job
Posted on: July 15, 2020
Locations: United Kingdom (England)
Job Description:
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Location: London
Function: Finance
Level: Experienced Professional
Appointment Type: Permanent

BAT is looking to appoint an additional Manager to its M&A team. The appointee will provide advice and effective input into the origination, planning, negotiation and execution of acquisitions, disposals, joint ventures and other M&A transactions for the Group.
BAT’s M&A team is responsible for formulating the Group’s M&A strategy through the identification of opportunities for business development consistent with the Group’s objectives and the execution of transactions or agreements to deliver that strategy. The team is the Group’s centre of excellence in this area and comprises 8 legal and finance professionals.

The M&A team reports to the Group Finance Controller and Head of M&A. The team works closely with business units and other head office functions in the delivery of transactions usually through leading a multi functional project team, or on smaller projects assisting business units with specialist skills.
Inorganic growth through acquisitions and other venturing techniques is a key part of the Group’s strategy. The appointee will be a core member of the M&A team based in Globe House. The appointee’s advice on structuring of transactions and assessing risks and potential will be critical in maximising the delivery of shareholder value.

The value of projects are limited only by the Group’s financial capabilities and the availability of projects. The transactions on which the job holder will work are usually complex and time consuming, and are likely to require overseas travel. The deal spectrum is increasingly diverse, giving the candidate the opportunity to participate in a variety of potential transactions and requiring an entrepreneurial and innovative approach in both origination and execution of deals across combustibles and next generation products.

Responsibilities
The job holder will be one of the core members of the project team on any M&A transaction and specific responsibilities will generally include:
While the job holder has no direct reports day to day, relationships are maintained with other members of a project team including team members from the relevant Region, Area and end market as well as from specific functions e.g. legal, tax, treasury and central finance. Relationships are also maintained with external advisors such as investment banks, legal and finance advisers.
Providing general finance support to the project team using specialist skills including understanding and application of valuation techniques
Working with other project team members and external advisors to identify financial and business risks. Develop solutions to mitigate these risks and methods of evaluating any residual risks
Developing informed solutions to structural and other project issues; ensuring that the strategic and financial value of any project is delivered
Evaluating the value of the business not only to BAT but to other potentially interested parties
Managing the due diligence process including the management of external advisors and controlling their fees
Assisting in the negotiation of the terms of any transaction
Assisting in preparing recommendations to the board and to seek to ensure that those parts of M&A projects for which he/she has been allocated specific responsibility are delivered within the limits set by the board
Contributing to the development of the M&A team’s knowledge and expertise
Participating in working alongside business units in identifying and originating M&A opportunities
While the job holder has no direct reports day to day, relationships are maintained with other members of a project team including team members from the relevant Region, Area and end market as well as from specific functions e.g. legal, tax, treasury and central finance. Relationships are also maintained with external advisors such as investment banks, legal and finance advisers.

Background
Degree educated with professional qualification (CA/ACCA/CIMA/CPA/MBA).
At least senior post-qualification full-time experience of mergers and acquisitions (business development/ corporate development/ corporate finance) - probably gained in the transaction services department of a major accountancy firm.
Strong professional experience in mergers and acquisitions, probably gained in the transaction services or M&A department of a major accountancy firm or in an investment bank or boutique.
First hand transaction based experience of M&A. This should include: (i) valuation techniques; (ii) generation of detailed financial models; (iii) transaction structuring; (iv) business and integration plans; and (v) financial due diligence.
Knowledge of the tobacco industry is not a pre-requisite. However, tobacco and/or consumer product experience would be advantageous.
Ambition for a broad finance-based career within BAT is required.

Approach and skills
Ability to handle complicated analyses, reach sound business conclusions and explain them in a simple and clear way. Good commercial judgement with an ability to develop non-standard solutions
Personal credibility, confidence and robustness to influence and challenge internal management and external advisers. This requires excellent interpersonal, communication and presentational skills, with internal and external colleagues irrespective of function or level
Strong project management and organisational skills (for co-ordination of multi-disciplinary teams drawn from internal/external sources). Ability to deliver and work effectively with others.
Commitment and flexibility to plan and work effectively to short and often pressurised timeframes, but be totally flexible in managing changing priorities. Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously
A self starter capable of working without supervision

British American Tobacco is one of the world’s leading multinational companies, with brands sold in over 200 markets, made in 44 factories in 42 countries.

We are proud that we are consistently among the top 5 companies on the London Stock Exchange.

Our portfolio includes our world-famous Global Drive Brands – Dunhill, Kent, Lucky Strike, Pall Mall and Rothmans – along with many other leading international brands, such as Vogue, Peter Stuyvesant and State Express 555.

Alongside our traditional tobacco business, we are also developing products that offer consumers potentially less risky alternatives to regular cigarettes. Our Next Generation Products are already leading the way in the Industry of vapour and tobacco heating devices. We continue to develop a solid portfolio of consumer solutions which already include well known global brands like Vype, glo and Voke.

Contractual Legal Entity: BAT (Holdings) Ltd (GB70)

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