What is your job title and what does an average workday involve?
I’m a senior manager in transaction advisory services at EY. I work with buy-and-sell side due diligence – basically doing a health check on companies that are to be bought and sold, working alongside investment bankers, company owners and sometimes private equity firms, all depending on the nature of the transaction.
An average day depends on whether we have a project or not. When we have a project, we are extremely busy. Everything has to be done yesterday! We need to make sure that the client is always prepared and always has the information needed.
My job is really to run the teams doing this. Lots of project management!
What’s the best thing about your job?
I really like the unpredictability of it – it makes it quite exciting. I also love getting to know people’s businesses. We need to very quickly get a detailed understanding – of what drives revenue, expected growth, the customers, the costs – so that we’re in the situation to explain all of this to a buyer.
If our client is a business owner, their business is their baby, and selling a business is usually something you only do once or twice in your life. There can be a lot at stake.