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Corporate Finance Strategy Executive - Generalist

Ernst & Young

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Ref: NP946-266

Job description / Role

Employment: Full Time

Corporate Finance Strategy Executive - Generalist - Riyadh

EY’s global Strategy business is a successful and fast growing strategy capability that advises the best known global and regional clients on their most complex strategic decisions. Our Strategy capability sits at the heart of EY’s global strategy, that has seen large investments over the last few years, including the acquisition of Parthenon, acquisition of OC&C’s Dutch and French businesses, and on-boarding of a large number of Direct Admit Partners from well-known strategy firms. The focus of the Strategy practice, also known as Parthenon-EY in many parts of the world, is to work closely with our clients to build investible and practical strategies that help them increase distance from their competition.

We currently have an opportunity for a Senior in our Strategy team in MENA. The Strategy practice focuses on helping clients in their strategic decisions such as portfolio and growth strategies for the regional family businesses; inbound entry/expansion decisions for global corporate clients; commercial/business due diligence for private equity and sovereign wealth funds and inbound corporate clients; evaluation of greenfield investment, partnership/JV/franchising, divestment and other such strategic decisions; and privatisation and corporatisation decisions for governments. EY’s Strategy consultants typically work directly with the C-Suite on their strategic and transaction decisions.

The Strategy practice’s growth strategy has sector specialism, accounts focus and aggressive relationship building as its three cornerstones. It is in the process of filling some gaps in its leadership team and looking to recruit high calibre, ambitious leaders for the following sectors in the MENA region:

• Generalist

The Strategy practice is housed inside our EY’s large Transactions Advisory Services (TAS) practice that focuses on advising clients on their capital agenda – investing, raising, preserving and optimising capital. TAS sources, designs, structures, evaluates and executes acquisition, investment, divestment, financing, privatisation, restructuring and listing decisions for our clients.

The role:
• Develop and analyse business plans and pro-forma financial models to help identify key assumptions and drivers behind the business forecasts.
• Think like an entrepreneur and use creative techniques, analyses and presentations to answer clients’ most important questions.
• Conduct various analysis (e.g. customer requirements, market sizing, and competitor analysis)
• Design and facilitate in-depth interview programs with key company stakeholders, industry experts.
• Design statistically relevant consumer research, monitor its execution by third party research companies, and analyse results to derive conclusions relevant to client’s key questions.
• Perform secondary research using a variety of business sources (e.g. analyst reports, market research reports, press clippings).
• Support the project from initial data collection and analysis to creating final client deliverables that meet EY quality standards.
• Use current technology and tools to enhance the effectiveness of services and help document the engagement procedures performed against objectives.
• Support the CFS Sector Leader and managers in building high quality client relationships, developing sharp points of view, developing winning proposals, and developing sector focused thought leadership.
• Build and maintain relationships with client personnel at appropriate levels and other EY TAS teams on the engagement.


• A bachelor's degree and approximately 2-3 years of related work experience; or a graduate degree and approximately 1-2 years of related work experience.
• A degree in business, economics, or engineering and a strong academic record; other majors will be considered on an individual basis. An MBA is a significant advantage.
• Approximately 1-2 years of work experience in strategy consulting, private equity, investment banking, market research.
• A keen ability to conduct detailed analysis of industries including value chains, products, markets, competitors, customers, channels, supply chains - from financial and operational perspectives.
• Demonstrated aptitude for quantitative and qualitative analysis and the ability to synthesise findings and link them to client issues.
• Strong problem solving and interpersonal skills.
• Strong written and verbal communication skills.
• Executive presence.
• A dedication to teamwork and commitment to staying at the cutting edge of knowledge in focused industries.

The successful candidate must be willing and able to travel, when necessary. Estimated travel is approximately 25 to 50% of the time, sometimes more.

About the Company

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The MENA practice of EY has been operating in the region since 1923. For over 95 years, we have grown to over 7,500 people united across 21 offices and 16 countries, sharing the same values and an unwavering commitment to quality. As an organization, we continue to develop outstanding leaders who deliver exceptional services to our clients and who contribute to our communities. We are proud of our accomplishments over the years, reaffirming our position as the largest and most established professional services organization in the region

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