The People in Deals team is a multi-disciplinary team that works alongside transaction services and our HRM consulting teams.
We deliver end-to-end HR and pensions deal services, to help our clients achieve success from their deals and create value through M&As, disposals and restructuring.
As HR and pension deals experts we have designed and overseen hundreds of successful deals, from developing the right people strategy to ensuring that the deal is executed seamlessly with a clear value focus. We support companies to implement changes that will deliver people synergies and improvements long after the deal is signed. Our team’s experts cover a variety of HR and pension areas such as workforce planning and transition, organisational design, engagement and culture, retention, compensation & benefits, HR service delivery, employee relations, and HR systems and processes.
Clients and work
Our clients are from various industries (such as health & pharma, retail & consumer, industrial products, energy/ utilities/ mining, financial services, and telecom/ media/ technology) as well as Private Equity (PE). The deals we advise on vary from small domestic to global multi-billion pounds transactions. We advise our clients throughout the whole deal cycle from due diligence to integration and separation planning and execution, as well as post deal business and cultural transformation. Our service portfolio includes:
Buy and sell side HR and pensions due diligence
Synergy development and review
Carve out and divestment support (incl. employee transfers and HR function set-up)
Taking control and 100 day planning
Operational people, HR, and cultural integration (mergers, acquisitions and integration)
Post-acquisition performance improvement and transformation
As a Senior Associate in the People in Deals team you will be the bedrock of our delivery – this involves:
Developing client relationships in organisations and using your knowledge of the transaction lifecycle to develop sell-on opportunities (with guidance from senior colleagues)
An interest and willingness to become involved in practice and business development activities such as developing propositions and proposals, in addition to client work.
You have knowledge of both people and HR matters on a transaction, with a focus on the post-deal space, including some or all of the following areas – the ‘soft’ (culture change, change management, communications and talent management) and/or the ‘hard’ and more technical aspects of a deal (organisation design, people transition and industrial relations).
You comfortably work under the pressure and tight deadlines of a deal/project environment
You work effectively within cross-functional teams, bringing your HR/people expertise to a variety of business challenges
You actively coach and develop junior colleagues, seeking feedback to improve your own technical and interpersonal/presentation skills and enhance your practice
You are a proven self-starter who is able to use your initiative to develop solutions
You have strong stakeholder management skills including the ability to effectively manage upwards
You are able to manage your own time and at times balance multiple priorities
You have some experience of working on deals (across both integration and carve-out), and/or experience of business transformations
You have specific experience across some or all key areas of the HR/people workstream in a deal, with a focus on in-deal and post-deal activities both the ‘soft’ (culture change, change management, communications and talent management) as well as the ‘hard’ and more technical aspects of a deal (organisation design, people transition and industrial relations)
You will have an HR background and understanding of the people agenda
You have worked effectively within teams providing HR advice to the project team or directly to business stakeholders
You may have experience of managing people or coaching junior client or internal teams to improve performance. You give ongoing and immediate feedback to upskill colleagues and managers.
Experience of working in a consulting or professional services environment would be advantageous
As deals become more complex (cross border, assets swaps etc) the people elements become ever-more important. PwC recognise this and the People in Deals business has been given licence to grow. The People in Deals team are looking to grow against an aggressive target, growing opportunities internally within our successful Value Creation in Deals (VCiD) team, but also seeking out new market opportunities
The Senior Associate role is key to delivering our growing pipeline of projects and providing ongoing support for our growing team, particularly on big, complex deals which are often multi-country/global integrations and separations. This role will be key to imparting skills and knowledge to our graduates on transactions and upskilling our wider transaction colleagues on the important of people issues in deals. This role will continue to have access to some of the most interesting and challenging projects within PwC, as you help shape the people agenda for clients undergoing transactions. As a growing team we have licence to recognise outstanding contribution and talent, and will continue to push for further growth and share opportunities this brings with our own team
Critical requirements are
Consulting experience from a professional services organisation or
HR/change role, for example Assistant HR Manager or equivalent in industry on transformational programmes/deals
Experience of people workstreams in deals (both integrations and separations)
Highly developed communication skills
Good Microsoft office skills (particularly Word, Excel and PowerPoint)
University educated (2 1 degree or higher)