Restructuring Advisory Analyst School Leaver (CPI/ACA) Special Investigations - August 2024

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  • Employer RSM
  • Job type School Leaver Programmes
  • Salary Competitive
  • Deadline Ongoing
  • Entry requirements A-levels (or equivalent)
  • Locations London
  • Qualifications gained Professional Qualification
  • Date published 30/08/2023

As one of the world’s largest networks of audit, tax and consulting firms, RSM delivers big ideas and premium service to help middle-market businesses thrive. We are a fast-growing firm with big ambitions – we have a clear goal to become the premium adviser to the middle market, globally. This vision touches everything we do, motivating and inspiring us to become better every day. If you are looking for a firm where you can build a future and make an impact, then RSM is the place for you.

Restructuring Advisory - get the career you want at RSM

Our Restructuring Advisory school leaver apprenticeship programme will give you all the skills and support you need to unlock a future that’s packed with opportunities and new experiences. You’ll enjoy a fast-tracked business career that recognises your potential and rewards your ambition.

When you join our team, you’ll enjoy a powerful combination of on-the-job learning and structured training – not to mention an impressive client list to work with. You’ll discover a culture that nurtures individuality and an environment where everyone is supported to reach their potential. With us, you’ll always be moving forward.

What does our Restructuring Advisory team do?

Our core Restructuring Advisory team work with organisations and their advisers, lenders, trustees and creditors to prevent, manage and address issues related to financial difficulty. This may include advice on how to develop an effective turnaround strategy. Where this is not possible, it may include realising value and optimising the outcome of a formal insolvency. More specifically, this can comprise:

- Monitor emerging financial risks;
- Secure an appropriate funding solution;
- Manage risk by simplifying corporate structure;
- Review defined benefit pension covenant strength;
- Preserve value on distressed real estate projects;
- Navigate an accelerated transaction where appropriate;
- In the event of an insolvency procedure, assisting all stakeholders in understanding and navigating the process;
- Identifying and realising assets for the benefit of an insolvent estate;
- Investigating the conduct of the company prior to insolvency;
- Assisting employees with claims and information relating to and arising from insolvency;
- Liaising with creditors, including secured, preferential and unsecured; and
- Identify and pursue potential claims after contentious insolvency.

We have a specialist Restructuring Delivery Team dedicated to increasing efficiency in delivering formal insolvency work. This offers the opportunity to spend several months on each stage of formal insolvencies, therefore increasing confidence and experience in each element within a short time frame. This provides great exposure to all areas of this work in a structured manner.

Our Special Investigations Restructuring Advisory team focus on contentious insolvency and fraud investigations with a demonstrated history of recovering assets from both the UK and overseas.

Our multi-disciplinary team deal with enforcement actions and local and international asset tracing, working with legal advisers and forensic experts to identify and recover assets and to bring claims against those accountable for fraud, misfeasance, or breach of duty. We deal with cross-border issues, complex litigation and numerous contentious issues, as well as Liquidations and high-profile bankruptcies.

What can you expect?

RSM’s school leaver apprenticeship in Restructuring Advisory offers top quality career development. The depth of services and clients you’ll be exposed to will help you kick-start your career. You could be working with a wide variety of organisations, including large listed financial institutions, national retail chains, and high- profile charities, as well as some of our international clients that operate throughout the UK and beyond.

At RSM, you’ll be a key member of our team from day one. You’ll get involved in client work very quickly, initially working as part of a larger team before taking on individual responsibility for projects. Once you’ve completed your initial professional qualifications, the complexity of your workload will increase, and you’ll have the opportunity to take on more individual responsibilities and get involved in more challenging issues. With us, you’ll have the space to grow and be challenged.

Alongside hands-on experience, you’ll benefit from on-the-job training from more senior members of the team and gain access to our internal training courses that will help you develop in the role. With our support, you’ll become a true trusted adviser to your clients in the future.

When you join this team, you’ll first work towards the CPI qualification (Certificate of Proficiency in Insolvency) followed by the AAT qualification with the Association of Accounting Technicians. You will then have the opportunity to study towards the ACA qualification with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales (ICAEW), or your Chartered Accountancy (CA) qualification with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS) or with Chartered Accountants Ireland (CAI).

What we look for

We’re on the lookout for enthusiastic self-starters who are always up for a challenge. Restructuring Advisory is a technically demanding discipline, so we look for students who are quick to grasp new subjects. It’s important to have an inquisitive mind and pay close attention to detail. You’ll often need to review complex financial information and report on any unusual transactions or patterns which you spot, so you’ll need excellent written and verbal communication skills. What separates us from our competitors is the financial acumen we demonstrate, and we expect that right from the start from our people.

If that sounds like you, we know you’ll enjoy being part of our team.

Flexible working

At RSM we work hard to create an environment where our people can make a difference - to themselves, their career, their teams, and to the success of our firm and clients. We support all our people to work flexibly, to manage their family and other responsibilities alongside their work commitments; we believe this is key to achieving an inspiring and fulfilling working environment.

Our recruitment process

Please note, for those who perform well throughout our assessment process, should your first preference be unavailable, you could potentially be offered a role in another location or department. This would always be discussed with you in this instance.

RSM will only take one application into consideration per recruitment cycle. We do not accept multiple applications to different vacancies.

Entry requirements

At RSM, we don't just look for good exam results. We think passion, personality and originality are just as important.

You will need:
112 UCAS points across 3 A Levels or an equivalent level 3 qualification, or 104 UCAS points across 4 Scottish Highers/Advanced Highers or Irish Leaving Certificate (Higher Level).

Please note, RSM does not accept General Studies, AS levels or the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ).

Diversity and Inclusion at RSM

At RSM, we want to create a strong sense of belonging so that people of all identities, backgrounds, and cultures feel they can bring their true self to work. Our clients come from all walks of life. We aim to achieve that same diversity of background, experience and perspective in our own teams, so that we can genuinely understand our client’s needs. Diverse teams bring a broader range of ideas and insights to work. That’s why we’re working together to ensure our firm’s principles and processes support a firm culture that embraces difference and strengthens inclusion.

At RSM we work hard to create an environment where our people can make a difference - to themselves, their career, their teams, and to the success of our firm and clients. We support all our people to work flexibly, to manage their family and other responsibilities alongside their work commitments; we believe this is key to achieving an inspiring and fulfilling working environment.

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