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Financial Modelling Associate Director

Grant Thornton UK
Borough, South East London, United Kingdom
Competitive Salary
Closing date
Mar 1, 2024

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Job Role
Business Analyst
Contract Type
Full Time
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Grant Thornton UK LLP is part of a global network of independent audit, tax and advisory firms, made up of some 58,000 people in over 135 countries. We're a team of independent thinkers who put quality, inclusion and integrity first. All around the world we bring a different experience to our clients. A better experience. One that delivers the expertise they need in a way that goes beyond. Personal, proactive, and agile. That's Grant Thornton.


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Every day our teams help people in businesses and communities to do what is right and achieve their goals.

The Financial Modelling capability within our Deals & Consulting business is an exciting and fast-growing team. We supply financial modelling services to clients across the whole umbrella of Advisory services, from corporate finance deals to operational change to restructuring and insolvency. We work as part of the firm's wider modelling community, sharing knowledge and best practice with other modelling experts.

We build, review and amend models across all sectors and diverse Advisory roles. Financial models underpin almost all business decisions and all corporate transactions. We supply the tools and analysis to help our clients understand the impact of their decisions before they make them. Most of our work is executed in Microsoft Excel, with some limited use of other programming. Our priority is delivering tools that are easy to understand, as well as flexible and robust in the face of change.

The Associate Directors in the team are responsible for leading the delivery modelling assignments, and for executing work of the most complex nature. You will work closely with clients, supporting the Director and other Advisory teams to plan and lead modelling assignments, and play a role in organising and developing the team and its pipeline of business. This rare opportunity presents great scope to develop yourself and your career as the team grows.

We're happy to talk flexible working and consider reduced hours and job shares, we'll support you to balance your work and life.

A look into the role

As an Associate Director within our team, you will:
  • Execute and review modelling work with a great degree of autonomy and expertise
  • Plan and develop financial models and other tools for clients, or assist in their design and development
  • Review financial models built by clients and their advisers and compiles initial views and findings
  • Use and adapt models to perform sensitivity and scenario analysis for deals and restructuring
  • Review the modelling work of team members, ensuring technical excellence and brand compliance, and giving appropriate guidance and feedback
  • Understand the results of models and engage with clients and colleagues in meaningful dialogue about the implications
  • Prepare model specification and user guide documents to a high standard, requiring minimal amends by the director
  • Review engagement letters and model scoping papers for director review/sign off
  • On occasion, contribute to VDD, FDD or Business Review reports being prepared by other Advisory teams in connection with our clients
  • Manage your time and that of the team and delivers work in line with agreed budgets, monitoring time and costs and advising the partners/Ads/client as appropriate

Knowing you're right for us

Joining us as an Associate Director, the minimum criteria you'll need is to have:
  • Experience in a directly comparable Big 4 or similar modelling team
  • Currently holding a senior manager or equivalent grade
  • Excellent Excel proficiency and familiarity with advanced techniques
  • Strong understanding of modelling best practice ideas
  • Highly numerate with strong communication skills
  • Strong accounting skills and understanding of cash and working capital cycles
  • Educated to degree level or equivalent, preferably in a numerate degree
  • ACA or CA qualified or equivalent

It would be great if you had some of the following skills, but don't worry if you don't tick every box, we'll help you develop along the way.
  • Logical approach to problem-solving, attention to detail
  • Experience of coaching and/or mentoring others
  • Have a defined specialism in a relevant target industry sector, or modelling specialism such as operational change or restructuring, is desirable.

Knowing we're right for you

Embracing uniqueness, the culture at Grant Thornton thrives on the contributions of all our people, we never settle for what is easy, we look beyond to deliver the right thing, for everyone. Building an inclusive culture, where we value difference and respect our colleagues helps our people to perform at the best of their ability and realise their potential.

Our open and accessible culture means you'll interact with leaders who are interested in you and everything you bring to our firm. The things that set you apart, we value them. That's why we give you the freedom to bring your whole self to work and pursue your passions inside and outside of work.

Beyond the job

Life is more than work. The things you do, and the people you're with outside of work matter, that's why we're happy to look at flexible working options for all our roles, and we'll always do our best to keep your work and life in balance.

The impact you can make here will go far beyond your day job. From secondments, to fundraising for local charities, or investing in entrepreneurs in the developing world, you'll be giving back to society. It's that drive to do the right thing that runs through our every move, grounded in our CLEARR values - Collaboration, Leadership, Excellence, Agility, Respect and Responsibility.

We're looking for people who want to contribute, spark fresh ideas and go beyond expectations. People who want to be able to proudly do what's right, for the firm, our clients, our people and themselves. It's how it should be.



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