12 months FTC initially
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The Role / Position Overview
Corporate development is a central part of FT’s growth strategy. Corporate Development & Strategy is a small but high profile function reporting jointly to the CFO and the Director of Strategic Partnerships. We are responsible for sourcing, supporting and executing the FT’s inorganic and centralised growth initiatives, including M&A, strategic partnerships and special projects to accelerate growth beyond “business as usual”.
The Corporate Development Project Manager will be responsible for transitional project management that ensures transactions and projects are operationally integrated with the FT business, ensuring a smooth handover to the operational teams. This includes the integration of acquired companies into the FT Group’s supporting and commercial teams, including assisting operational teams with the management and delivery of synergies on an ongoing basis, as well as the organisational setup of strategic partnerships. The role also includes ad hoc project and research work across the organisation, where relevant.
The ideal candidate enjoys solving problems and working alongside others, can take direction but is also proactive and is willing and able to work under their own initiative. You will be able to clearly scope, plan and implement a project from start to finish and in line with key objectives and timelines. You will be confident enough to work with people at all levels of seniority in the business and will be able to communicate with clarity as to the objectives and outcomes that are being sought from any particular initiative. The role requires perseverance, tenacity and organisation, an ability to deal with uncertainty and tackle new challenges and an ability to bring people on board a particular project that may not be part of their day job - positive and proactive relationship-building is therefore important. You will have a strong commercial acumen and be able to create solutions for complex problems and work as a business partner to operational functions across the FT Group.
You should have experience in managing tasks or projects to a timeline. The role will involve significant exposure to the FT’s Director of Corporate Development & Strategy and Director of Strategic Partnerships, and so the ability to establish credibility in working with senior management is essential.
The Corporate Development Project Manager will be supporting the Corporate Development & Strategy team with:
- Designing and leading Corporate Development integration processes relating to all acquisitions and strategic partnerships, involving multiple corporate functions;
- Managing the delivery of acquisition synergies and assisting with the development and tracking of integration budgets;
- Working on acquisition and strategic partnership due diligence processes, thinking proactively about integration and synergy opportunities;
- Actively developing integration and synergy management processes;
- Maintaining post-transaction review processes;
- Working on synergy and cross-departmental projects within the existing FT portfolio.
Required Skills / Experience
- Candidates will have 2 - 5 years experience working in a professional services environment, such a corporate finance firm or a consultancy, or will have direct experience with integration and Corporate Development activities at a corporate employer or a private equity firm;
- Undergraduate degree with a track record of success;
- Outstanding project management skills with an attention to detail;
- Experience in managing several projects simultaneously;
- Excellent English oral and written communication skills;
- Outstanding project management skills;
- Strategy experience is a plus;
- Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint and/or Google Suite.
What’s in it for you? Our Benefits
Our benefits vary depending on location, but we are committed to providing best in class perks across all our offices as well as an inclusive environment to develop your career. Examples of our benefits include; generous annual leave allowances, flexible working (including working from home), medical cover, enhanced maternity & paternity packages, subsidised gym memberships and Giving Back opportunities. Full details of our benefits can be found here.
The FT are committed to providing an inclusive working environment for all. We are an equal opportunities employer who seeks to recruit and appoint the best talent regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic background, religion and/or belief. We also promote flexible working and will consider specific requests around flexibility for all roles where it can be accommodated. Please let us know if you require any adjustments as part of the application process or to enable you to attend an interview. If you would like to discuss your requirements, or have any questions, please contact a member of our HR team who will be happy to help.