Advisory Graduate - Corporate Finance Transaction Services

Job Title: Advisory Graduate - Corporate Finance Transaction Services
Contract Type: Graduate
Location: London
Salary: Competitive
Reference: 7763
Contact Name: BDO Early In Career
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Job Published: November 14, 2018 10:25

Job Description

BDO LLP is an accountancy and business advisory firm, we provide integrated advice and solutions to help businesses navigate a changing world. Our clients are Britain’s economic engine – ambitious, entrepreneurially-spirited and high growth businesses that fuel the economy.

We share our clients’ ambitions and their entrepreneurial mind-set. We have the right combination of global reach, integrity and expertise to help them succeed.

BDO LLP operates in 17 offices across the UK, employing 3,500 people offering tax, audit and assurance, and a range of advisory services. BDO LLP has revenues of £428m and is the UK member firm of the BDO International network. The BDO global network provides business advisory services in 162 countries, with 74,000 people working out of 1,500 offices worldwide. It has revenues of $8.1bn. 

BDO gives trainees all the training they need to attain their professional qualifications, along with extensive practical experience that includes on-site client work. The firm provides constant support to help you achieve your potential.

'Achieving My Potential’ is BDO’s organisational framework. It is made up of 4 key elements – core competencies, technical competencies, values and attitude. In essence, what you do and how you do it.


As businesses grow, so do the challenges they face. BDO’s advisory services help our clients to meet these challenges at every stage of their life cycle. Such key events might include buying a new business, or exiting one in order to extract maximum value. 

A business might run into financial difficulties – we can help there too, stepping in to stabilise and restructure the organisation. We have other advisers who specialise in resolving legal disputes with a financial dimension (this is called forensic accounting) or in fighting fraud. 

A company may wish to expand internationally, float on a stock exchange, manage its risk or achieve specific long-term objectives – our advisory streams provide expert support in all these areas and more.

Transaction Services

Are you an analytical and creative thinker? Do you enjoy understanding the commercial and financial intricacies of how a wide range of businesses operate? Would you like to work in a collaborative and supportive environment? Then Transaction Services is the team for you. This role will provide you with commercial awareness and a sound understanding of the range of opportunities and challenges that different businesses can encounter across their life cycle. 

Transaction Services is a fast-paced team in the advisory stream, advising on both private and capital market transactions. We are involved from the outset of the deal process, continuously enhancing value for our clients that are looking to complete a transaction, be it an acquisition, sale or an Initial Public Offering (IPO).  You will gain a breadth of experience by working with a variety of clients across a number of sectors and geographies, including retail, bars and restaurants, travel, financial services and natural resources. You can see some examples of the latest deals we have worked on here: 
As a trainee Executive, you will join a three-year programme that combines structured training, work experience and on-the-job coaching to provide you with a lasting foundation for your career with us. You will study towards an appropriate qualification, usually either the ACA (from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales) or the CA (from ICAS) in Scotland. 

As you progress, you will obtain first-hand experience across a wide range of commercially sensitive transactions and more in-depth knowledge of the deal cycle. Our Executives are key members of the team from the start, and you will have exposure and contact with management and key stakeholders allowing you to grow your professional network, through internal and external connections.

Business Area 

Your work will include:

• Analysing the historical and projected financial performance of a company to present trend analysis;
• Identifying the key opportunities or risks for a company being bought or sold; 
• Interviewing key management to understand the underlying drivers of the financial performance and key strategic initiatives;
• Identifying and understanding client needs, including sometimes providing initial solutions to client challenges, then communicating these needs and solutions to a senior member of the team; 
• Building internal and external relationships and networks, and liaising with other advisers on the transaction - such as lawyers, bankers and consultants; 
• Supporting business development by completing research on a company or specific industry sector;  
• Coaching and assisting more junior trainees on the team, both at client premises and in the office; and
• Participating in group, stream and firm wide activities.


Candidates must have, or be on course for the following grades (or international equivalent):

• A minimum 2.2 degree in any discipline;
• 3 A Levels at grades A*- C, excluding General Studies and Extended Projects
• A*- C at GCSE in Maths & English Language

We are looking for candidates who possess strengths which are aligned to: Business Thinking, Collaborating, Innovation and Change, Communicating, Developing Self and others, Decision Making.