M&A Corporate Finance Lead - Energy Sector, Middle East

Posted 08 March 2024
Salary £150k-£300k
LocationDubai City
Job type Permanent
Discipline Energy and Utilities
ReferenceM&A Corporate Finance Lead Energy Sector, Middle East
Contact NameRichard Stewart

Job description

​​ Our client is a global Energy company which is rapidly growing and transforming. As part of this work they are actively looking at M&A, join ventures and divestments.

They are now seeking a Business Development Specialist to join the Merger & Acquisition Department. This is the equivalent of a Principal / Senior Manager in a Corporate Finance House or a Senior Manager / VP at an Investment Bank.

The Merger & Acquisition Department at the client is responsible for executing M&A transactions originated by different business lines of the company and approved by the firms corporate management. The Business Development Specialist’s primary role is screening, planning, analysing, developing a new business venture and executing mergers and acquisitions (M&A), joint ventures and divestments. The Business Development Specialist will evaluate transaction proposals and actively manage the execution of such projects. The Business Development Specialist will be actively involved in valuation, due diligence, negotiations and structuring of transactions leading to final deal signing and closing.

Duties and responsibilities

The envisioned role will, include the following responsibilities:

•Conduct detailed due diligence on different aspects of target companies (with support from relevant organizations in the company),

•Perform valuation of target companies based on different methods (with support from other organizations in the company) and evaluate the business plan of the targets,

•Independently handles business proposals, draft the Non-Binding Offer (NBO), develop a negotiation strategy and commercial terms for the transaction and reflect as such in the term sheet. Negotiate and develop definitive agreements (with the help of law department and other relevant organizations in the company),

•Validation activities to progress proposals through stage gates, prioritize business proposals against investment criteria and NBD portfolio strategy,

•Manage all aspects of transaction execution including management of the overall project such as selecting, onboarding and working with advisors,

•Manage the overall stakeholder management including working with internal organizations, consultants and potential partner(s),

•Assembles initial offerings to potential investors, Lead investor selection activities, and Coordinates with subject matter experts to draft Memorandums of Understanding/Letter of Intent,

•Provides administrative direction in the development and review of legal documents which include head of terms, MoU, Cost sharing agreements, and shareholder agreements and manage business portfolio,

•Ensures compliance to process stage gates and approvals, approves contract payments and variations within limit, provides administrative direction and personnel management to all assigned Business Development Analysts and performs other miscellaneous duties as directed.

•Support law department in anti-trust clearance activities and internal proponent organizations in the post-acquisition integration activities, and

•Perform other miscellaneous duties as directed.

Minimum requirements

A successful candidate will preferably hold a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Economics, Business, Finance from a recognized and approved international program. An MBA and/or an equivalent qualification will be a plus, although not a requirement.

An ideal candidate will have extensive experience in M&A transaction execution.

Work experience could be from one or more of these types of organisations:

•IOCs/NOCs, corporates;

•International consulting firms, corporate finance houses, accounting firms and investment banks;

•Private equity firms.

The ideal candidate is expected to have a strong M&A background, and should have demonstrated in previous roles, extensive experience in financial valuation and modelling, due diligence, commercial negotiations and transaction structuring etc. Adequate understanding of financial analysis of companies and valuation methodologies; commercial principals of a transaction; different types of transactions.

Industry expertise of knowledge of specific venturing activities such as commercialization, spin-offs or joint venturing, project development, financial valuations and modelling, facilities planning, strategy development or relevant experience.


•Good interpersonal communication skills

•Working knowledge of a variety of MS office tools

•Time-management skills, ability to meet deadlines and to work under stress

•Proven analytical and problem-solving skills

•Attention to detail with a high degree of control and emphasis on quality

•Strong team player: demonstrating initiative, dynamism and creativity

•Fluency in English (and other languages if possible)

•Solid understanding of commercial business models in various sectors e.g. oil & gas etc.

•Experience with risks reporting and risks dash board

•Understanding of portfolio management principles

•Solid understanding of accounting fundamentals

•Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), Certified Management Accountant or ACA or Project Management Professional (PMP) certification are advantageous