Manager HR Deals Consultant London

Job Title: Manager HR Deals Consultant London
Location: London
Reference: 21894BR
Contact Name: PwCRecruiting Team
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Job Published: June 11, 2019 16:31

Job Description

The People in Deals team is a multi-disciplinary team that works alongside transaction services and our HRM consulting teams.

We deliver end-to-end HR and pensions deal services, to help our clients achieve success from their deals and create value through M&As, disposals and restructuring.

As HR and pension deals experts we have designed and overseen hundreds of successful deals, from developing the right people strategy to ensuring that the deal is executed seamlessly with a clear value focus. We support companies to implement changes that will deliver people synergies and improvements long after the deal is signed. Our team’s experts cover a variety of HR and pension areas such as workforce planning and transition, organisational design, engagement and culture, retention, compensation & benefits, HR service delivery, employee relations, and HR systems and processes.

Clients and work

Our clients are from various industries (such as health & pharma, retail & consumer, industrial products, energy/ utilities/ mining, financial services, and telecom/ media/ technology) as well as Private Equity (PE). The deals we advise on vary from small domestic to global multi-billion pounds transactions. We advise our clients throughout the whole deal cycle from due diligence to integration and separation planning and execution, as well as post deal business and cultural transformation. Our service portfolio includes:

  • Buy and sell side HR and pensions due diligence

  • Synergy development and review

  • Carve out and divestment support (incl. employee transfers and HR function set-up)

  • Taking control and 100 day planning

  • Operational people, HR, and cultural integration (mergers, acquisitions and integration)

  • Post-acquisition performance improvement and transformation

Key Skills

As a Manager in the People in Deals team you will be the bedrock of our delivery – this involves:

  • Developing deep and ongoing client relationships in organisations and using your knowledge of the transaction lifecycle to develop sell-on opportunities

  • You have a deep knowledge in both people and HR matters on a transaction, with a focus on the post-deal space

  • You comfortably work under the pressure and tight deadlines of a deal environment

  • You work effectively within cross-functional teams, bringing your HR / People expertise to a variety of business challenges

  • You work with teams to develop and enhance compelling propositions to take to clients (either for sell-on opportunities within existing projects, or for new client opportunities)

  • You actively coach and develop colleagues, seeking feedback to improve your own technical and interpersonal / presentation skills and enhance your practice

  • You are a subject matter expert on the in-deal and post-deal space with knowledge and experience of both the ‘soft’ (culture change, change management and communication and talent management) as well as the ‘hard’ and more technical aspects of a deal (organisation design, people transition and industrial relations)

  • Significant experience or subject matter expertise in a particular area such as Organisational Design or Culture is particularly desirable

Key experience
  • You have significant experience of working on deals (across both integration and carve-out), ideally coupled with experience of business transformations

  • You will have a strong HR background and understanding of the people agenda

  • You have worked effectively within teams as the HR/People subject matter expert or project lead and have managed successful workstream delivery to time and of a high quality

  • You have worked directly with the HR Directors and senior HR stakeholders to shape the HR / People activities across an integration or separation programme, acting as a trusted advisor and providing insight and lessons learned to your client

  • You have worked with clients to scope the HR activities on transactions, and have experience of winning new business and pursuing on-sell opportunities

  • You have been a people leader / performance manager and / or coached and developed client or internal teams to improve performance. You give ongoing and immediate feedback to upskill colleagues and manages, and can effectively manage upwards

  • You have experience across all key areas of the HR / People workstream in a deal, with a focus on in-deal and post-deal activities: both the ‘soft’ (culture change, change management and communication and talent management) as well as the ‘hard’ and more technical aspects of a deal (organisation design, people transition and labour / industrial relations)

As deals become more complex (cross border, assets swaps etc) the people elements become ever-more important. PwC recognise this and the People in Deals business has been given licence to grow. The People in Deals team are looking to grow against an aggressive target, growing opportunities internally within our successful Value Creation in Deals (VCiD) team, but also seeking out new market opportunities.

The Manager role is key to delivering our growing pipeline of projects and providing ongoing support and guidance for our growing team, particularly on big, complex deals which are often multi-country / global integrations and separations. This role will be key to imparting skills and knowledge to our graduates and Senior Associates on transactions and upskilling our wider transaction colleagues on the important of people issues in deals. This role will continue to have access to some of the most interesting and challenging projects within PwC, as you help shape the people agenda for clients undergoing transactions. As a growing team we have licence to recognise outstanding contribution and talent, and will continue to push for further growth and share opportunities this brings with our own team.

Critical requirements are:

Experience in a professional services organisation, or:

  • HR/Change manager role, for example HR Business Partner/Change Lead, in industry on major transformational programmes/deals

  • Experience of people workstreams in deals (both integrations and separations)

  • Highly developed communication skills

  • Good Microsoft office skills (particularly Word, Excel and PowerPoint)

  • University educated (2:1 degree or higher)

  • Either manager / senior consultation / assistant manager in a professional services; or a HR / Change manager role, for example HRBP / Change Lead, in industry in a transformational / deals setting


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