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  • Posted: Nov 24, 2020
    Deadline: Nov 29, 2020
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    BDO helps a diverse range of clients with different needs. This is especially true of our Advisory Practice, which provides transaction, risk, wealth advisory, company secretarial, and HR services to clients navigating a range of challenges, changes, and opportunities. Our professionals are from a variety of multidisciplinary backgrounds, allowing us to del...
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    Corporate Finance Executive

    The Role

    BDO’s global organisation extends across 167 countries and territories, with 88,120 people working out of 1,617 offices – and we’re all working towards one goal: to provide our clients with exceptional service. Our firms across the organisation cooperate closely and comply with consistent operating principles and quality standards. 

    At BDO, we believe in investing in our people to help them grow, both professionally and personally. The foundation of our business is strong relationship, with colleagues, clients and other stakeholders and we work hard every day to make this a reality. Our commitment is to create unlimited growth by giving our people continuous opportunities. 

    BDO Johannesburg has a vacancy for a Corporate Finance Executive within the Corporate Finance Department. The incumbent will be reporting to the Head of Department at BDO Corporate Finance.

    BDO Corporate Finance is a mid-tier Corporate Finance service provider with three distinct service lines: Valuations, Transaction Services and Mergers and Acquisitions, and is one of the few independent practices in South Africa to offer a depth and breadth of experience comparable to the specialist departments within the “Big 4” tier firms. 

    • Transaction Services: our transaction services division comprises mainly due diligence services and JSE advisory services. A due diligence is a crucial part of an acquisition process, providing the buyer of the relevant business with increased peace of mind through an independent assessment of the risk and opportunities of the proposed transaction and quality of the underlying business. 
    • JSE advisory services are required when JSE-listed companies, or companies seeking JSE listings requires professional services in terms of corporate actions. This involves making use of the JSE listings requirements as well as IFRS. 
    • Acquisition due diligence: A BDO corporate finance due diligence adds value to the transaction process by focusing on the key matters and the quality of the business, such as those likely to affect the price, cause post-acquisition difficulties and/or require deal renegotiation. We take pride in giving clients impartial and sound advice and in ensuring that we uncover the issues and work with our clients in understanding the implications for them. We base the scope of our due diligence process on the client's specific requirements, recognising that a due diligence is not a "one size fits all" service. 

    We are recruiting an executive for the Financial Due Diligence team who will assist in providing deal related services, principally from a financial and accounting perspective to both financial and strategic buyers and vendors. The successful candidate will also be involved with JSE advisory services from time to time. Executives with experience in an Assurance environment will be preferred. Significant growth opportunities exist within the department, with the ability to gain exposure to other Corporate Finance service lines should the successful candidate prove him or herself during the first two years.


    • CA (SA) qualification or near qualification; and strong academic results and professional competency preferred 


    • Working within a professional environment; 
    • Understanding client systems and internal control environments; 
    • Two- to three years of experience in an audit/ assurance environment; 
    • Practical experience of business analytical review and risk evaluation; 
    • Excellent computer literacy, including MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint; 
    • Analysis of financial statements and evaluation of a company's operating data, business performance and determination of proper levels of "working capital" and "capital structure" ratios; 
    • A good understanding of IFRS and the ability to identify key IFRS issues within a business; and understanding of the basic principles of mergers and acquisitions. 


    • Commercial orientation; 
    • Excellent communication / interpersonal skills; 
    • Excellent report writing skills; 
    • Knowledge and innovation; 
    • Influencing skills / leadership potential; 
    • Entrepreneurial flair; 
    • Problem solving potential and decision making skills; 
    • Organisation skills; 
    • Energy and drive; 
    • A strong command of English (both oral and written); 
    • Excellent planning and organising abilities; 
    • Ability to work under pressure and achieve internal reporting deadlines; 
    • Have a strong commitment to excellence and personal and professional growth; 
    • Have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement and an aptitude for analytics; 
    • Ability to carrying out basic financial modelling, then developing and presenting results; 
    • Contribute to competitive bid proposals and formal presentations; and 
    • Ability to prepare due diligence reports using templates and executive summaries. 

    Salary is market-related and commensurate with experience. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted

    Method of Application

    Interested and qualified? Go to BDO South Africa on to apply

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