Corporate Finance – get the career you want at RSM
Our corporate finance graduate 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 powerful combination of on-the-job learning and structured training – not to mention an impressive client list to work with.
When you join our team, 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 corporate finance team do?
We are one of the most active corporate finance advisers in the UK, advising on more than 1,000 deals in the past five years.
Our national network is broadly split into five distinct teams, two of which are our Due Diligence (DD) and Merger and Acquisitions (M&A) teams. When you apply to our corporate finance department, we’ll assess your skills and experience and select you for either DD or M&A.
DD: We support investors, banks and large corporates that are looking to buy or invest in a business. We identify potential issues that could impact on the purchase price, assess financial risks, and lay the groundwork for the successful integration of the acquired business.
M&A: We advise private shareholders and management teams that are looking to sell their business, make acquisitions, raise money for growth or carry out a management buy-out. We help them through all stages of the deal, including preparing for the transaction, researching options and negotiating the terms. Our work helps ensure our clients secure the best possible deal.
Our teams operate out of a series of hubs across the country, including Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, Gatwick, Glasgow, Leeds, London, Manchester, Milton Keynes, Nottingham, Newcastle, Reading and Southampton. You’ll be asked to state your geographical preference during the application process – and we’ll do our absolute best to accommodate this.
What can you expect?
Whichever team you join, you’ll be working on live projects from day one. In these fast-paced roles, you’ll learn what makes a business attractive to investors and buyers, and the possible funding options for companies looking to grow. You’ll be working with businesses and entrepreneurs from a broad range of industries and sectors as well as liaising with experts from other fields, such as law and banking.
If you join our DD team, you’ll work towards the ACA qualification.
If you join our M&A team, you’ll choose whether to work towards the ACA qualification or a hybrid ACA/Corporate Finance Qualification (CFQ) route.
For Scottish students who are successful in joining our team, you’ll choose whether to work towards the CA qualification (which is done through ICAS ) or a hybrid ACA/Corporate Finance Qualification (CFQ) route through ICAEW.
Our expert mentors will help guide your decision.
What we look for
Our teams are on the lookout for students with a can-do attitude who are prepared to work hard and take on high levels of responsibility. You’ll be working on multiple projects at the same time so time management and organisational skills are key. Confidence with numbers and business awareness is a must, but you’ll also need excellent communication skills and be able to forge strong working relationships with people from all backgrounds. Competency in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint is essential.
If that sounds like you, we know you’ll enjoy being part of our team.
At RSM, we don’t just look for good exam results. We think passion, personality and originality are just as important. You’ll need a minimum of Grade B in English and Maths, 280 UCAS and at least a 2:1 degree to apply (or equivalent).