Executive - Decision Support

  • Negotiable
  • London, England, United Kingdom
  • Permanent, Full time
  • EY.
  • 16 May 19

Do you want to help businesses and organisations make their key strategic decisions? Do you like problem-solving in a fast-changing environment and where the problem is not easily defined? If you answered 'yes', then you should apply to join our Decision Support team.


The opportunity

This is not just another consulting role. We uniquely blend data analytics and modelling rigour with commercial advice and the softer consulting skills needed to influence our clients through analytics-based insights and advice. We focus on the less well structured, ill-defined problems that senior management typically face, using financial models and analytical techniques to help quantify and support real world business decisions. The role spans all stages of the decision-making process, from creating strategic options and business cases, to negotiation support, to the design and implementation of strategic and operational decision-support tools.

- Our team sits in our Valuations and Business Modelling group, part of the wider Transaction Advisory Services (TAS) service line (also known as Corporate Finance).

- We work with senior stakeholders in major corporate, private equity and government clients

- Typical engagements normally involve at least one other service line (Advisory, Tax and Assurance) and our team works in both lead and supporting roles

- We also work on a range of cross-border engagements, so the role provides opportunities for travel, both within the UK and internationally

Executives in the team can expect to learn and use a variety of skills with diverse clients in a range of industry sectors and circumstances

Your key responsibilities

We provide support on a wide range of strategic client issues, with recent projects including:

- Quantifying the impact of Government policy change

- Helping a global engineering business embed a consistent 'make vs buy' strategy

- Optimising the long term capital in a global mining company

- Making the value-for-money case for a transformational Government outsourcing strategy

- Establishing credible strategic options for a distressed pharmaceutical business

- Maximising creditor returns in large corporate distressed situations

- Making the business case for grant funding capital for a new Government venture

Skills and attributes for success

- Motivated, numerate, logical thinker, with a strong inclination to use modelling and analytics to address complex client issues; prior experience of modelling and analytics is useful, but not critical

- Rigorous analytical and problem solving skills, together with strong financial and commercial understanding, with the ability to identify quickly the commercial drivers in a client business and use these to inform the decision making process

- Effective client management and communication skills, e.g., with experience of drafting professional reports and presentations, facilitating meetings or developing client material

- Pragmatic approach, with a focus on delivering sustainable solutions that 'work'

- Enjoy influencing external clients or senior stakeholders in their organisation, both guiding them through the decision-making process and shaping how they can improve their decision-making processes and tools

To qualify for the role you must have

A background in consulting, strategy, or corporate finance is useful, as well as direct relevant experience of developing business models or financial decision analytics. Candidates will typically be able to show their ability to work with a wide range of stakeholders on a variety of projects where the candidate has needed to influence stakeholders, drawing on analytics that they have prepared

Ideally, you'll also have

A recognised accounting or finance qualification or an MBA would generally be an advantage

What we look for

As part of the initial application and standard process, can you please submit a brief cover letter along with your CV setting out why you think you would be suited to a role in Decision Support. The cover letter should summarise your motivation for this role, together with why you think your skills and experience will ensure a good fit with the team.

If you can confidently demonstrate that you meet the criteria above, please contact us as soon as possible.

Make your mark.

Apply now.

EY is committed to being an inclusive employer and we are happy to consider flexible working arrangements. We strive to achieve the right balance for our people, enabling us to deliver excellent client service whilst allowing you to build your career without sacrificing your personal priorities. While our client-facing professionals can be required to travel regularly, and at times be based at client sites, our flexible working arrangements can help you to achieve a lifestyle balance.