AECOM Associate Transactions Due Diligence Consultant in Manchester, United Kingdom

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Position Title Associate Transactions Due Diligence Consultant

United Kingdom - Manchester


Job Summary

AECOM is seeking a motivated EHS due diligence specialist to technically direct and deliver national and international due diligence projects across a wide range of sectors including oil and gas, chemicals, manufacturing, food and drink and healthcare, and to work closely with AECOM’s high caliber clients to meet challenging deal timescales and expectations. This is a senior role in a multi-award-winning, growing team and brings excellent opportunities for technical and commercial career development.

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate a fluent understanding of the international due diligence process, be fully conversant with UK EHS legislation and due diligence concepts, and will be have a detailed working knowledge of industrial manufacturing processes and the ability to look beyond the obvious “here and now” issues to identify potential future scenarios which may impact a client’s investment decision.

Crucially AECOM has recently developed a technical engineering service offering and the successful candidate will have the opportunity to work with our engineering colleagues in the future development and delivery of this service.

We are looking for an ambitious team player with strong development skills who wishes to assist in the development of innovative and cost effective solutions in an environment that is collaborative, stimulating and demanding. The role would suit a self-motivated individual looking to advance their career in a dynamic team.

AECOM’s award-winning transaction advisory team has over thirty years’ experience in undertaking environmental, health and safety, technical, engineering and social due diligence assessments in support of both single and multi-asset global portfolio deals of up to £10billion value across a wide range of sectors including food and beverage, large-scale manufacturing, oil and gas, chemicals, pharmaceutical, petrochemicals, aviation, waste management, automotive and mining. In the last six years, AECOM has provided due diligence support to over £50 billion-worth of transactions.

We are experienced in providing vendor and purchaser due diligence support during rapid turnaround transactions. We are adept at interrogating and challenging financial reports and CAPEX plans to identify potential material issues and liabilities. Our reports are tailored to suit the needs of our clients’ deal teams and their advisors. We provide support as necessary during deal negotiations helping the deal parties to understand and manage potential liabilities, compliance issues and future investment requirements and efficiency improvements, facilitating quick and successful completion of the deal for both parties. We are now looking to enhance and grow this team with individuals with a sound technical background and commercial awareness in due diligence that share our enthusiasm and determination to support our expanding workload.

Our due diligence clients are typically from the private sector, and include some of Europe’s leading private equities and industrials including EQT, CVC, BP, Shell, Safetykleen, Alstom, CRH, Brenntag, EoN, Honeywell, SCA and Tetra Pak.

Whilst the majority of our due diligence projects remain confidential, a selection of our challenging recent projects includes:

  • Purchaser Technical and Operational Due Diligence of nine European Leisure Parks to demonstrate evidence of safety, maintenance and appropriate condition of mission-critical equipment, essential for safe operation of the business;

  • Purchaser Technical, Environmental, Health & Safety Purchaser Due Diligence of a European Hazardous Waste Management Business including multiple hazardous waste incinerators and hazardous waste landfills across several European countries;

  • Purchaser Technical, Operational and Environmental and Safety Due Diligence Assessment of a CHP equipment manufacturer, supplier and operator (over 5OOMW installed) including extra-European facilities;

  • Vendor Environmental Due Diligence support to Shell for the disposal of a country-wide portfolio of>800 petrol retail stations, depots and associated infrastructure, utilising financial liability modelling to estimate potential liabilities and trigger scenarios across the portfolio.

  • Purchaser Environmental, Safety and Technical Due Diligence of a coastal UK oil terminal and storage facility (c.10ha footprint, 195 tanks with a total capacity of 134,000m3, 9.3m draft jetty).

Job Responsibilities:

The appropriate level of technical expertise is required in order that the Job / Project Accountabilities listed below can be carried out to the necessary standard:

  • Represent AECOM as the primary technical contact for EHS and Technical due diligence contracts and projects, and coordinate with other organisations (e.g. client’s financial and legal advisors) as necessary;

  • Be the primary author and lead technical reviewer on due diligence tender and project documents;

  • Manage AECOM’s potential liabilities and exposure through liaison with senior client representatives (due diligence deal teams, corporate directors etc.) to scope proposals, present progress updates and discuss project results;

  • Lead and coordinate and/or being a key team member in delivering EHS due diligence assessments including data room reviews, due diligence team coordination (European and global offices), site assessments (international travel may be required), commercially focused succinct reporting, leading expert Q&A sessions, reviewing and managing contracts etc.);

  • Actively lead, support and strongly contribute to AECOM business development programmes by identifying, securing and converting business development opportunities and building repeat/long-term client relationships.

  • Take a leading role interfacing between the transactions team and AECOM’s engineering services in relation to development and delivery of the technical due diligence service;

  • Act as a technical mentor for team members regarding due diligence concepts and performance, and industrial environmental and health and safety risks and compliance solutions in a transactions arena;

  • Strong desire to innovate and continuously improve AECOM’s business by undertaking ongoing critical reviews of our approach, products and market to identify opportunities for improvement;

  • Work collaboratively and iteratively within a multi-disciplinary team;

  • Establish strong and productive working relationships with other internal teams, particularly within AECOM’s engineering division.

Minimum Requirements

  • Prior experience playing a Project Director role in delivering complex international EHS due diligence projects;

  • Fluent in the mechanics and principles of business transactions and able to anticipate, pre-empt and quickly respond clients’ requirements in challenging timescales;

  • Project Director level experience of assessing environmental and health and safety issues in a due diligence context including interrogating vendor data rooms, undertaking site assessments and communicating with and reporting to senior due diligence clients to achieve the due diligence objectives and facilitate the deal;

  • Possess a detailed understanding of UK and European environmental and health and safety legislation including product stewardship and responsible investment issues;

  • The ability to look beyond the obvious “here and now” issues to identify potential future scenarios which may impact a client’s investment decision;

  • Significant experience of working across a variety of industrial facilities and sectors (e.g. oil & gas, power, chemicals, heavy engineering, food & drink), working at a senior management level in industry, as a consultant or a regulator;

  • Proven experience and enthusiasm for business development including development of long-term client relationships and the identification of opportunities for services expansion;

  • Strong personal development skills and the ability to develop and manage the work of others;

  • Excellent communication, presentation and interpersonal skills, including the ability to produce accurate, succinct reports and professionally present findings and recommendations to target audiences;

  • Ability to multi-task, maintain flexibility, travel, and work independently with minimal supervision.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Batchelor and post-graduate qualifications in process-related engineering, chemistry, law, health and safety or environmental sciences;

  • Ideally NEBOSH General Certificate or Diploma (or similar) in health and safety. Appropriate industry experience may be substituted for, or supplement, formal health and safety qualifications;

  • Membership of a relevant technical chartered professional body, e.g. CEng, CMIOSH etc.

What We Offer

AECOM is a place where you can put your innovative thinking and business skills into high gear and work alongside other highly intelligent and motivated people. It's a place where you can apply your skills to some of the world's most challenging, interesting, and meaningful projects worldwide. It's a place that values the diversity of our areas of practice and our people. It's what makes AECOM a great place to work and grow. AECOM is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Job Category Engineering - Environmental

Country United Kingdom

Position Status Full-Time

Requisition/Vacancy No. 160537BR