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Lauren Druce

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Lauren Druce

Director - Finance

Lauren joined in 2011 from Skillcapital, a specialist executive search consultancy. Whilst there, Lauren focussed on the placement of CFOs and Finance Directors into pan-European private equity backed business. Prior to Skillcapital, Lauren worked in executive search within the Industrial team at Odgers Berndtson, placing executive and non-executive management into both public and private companies. A History graduate from the University of Birmingham, Lauren maintains that the key to a successful career in recruitment is the ability to forge lasting relationships built on integrity, trust and transparency.

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Associate Director Corporate Finance

London, England

An Associate Director Corporate Finance for Europe is required for a well-known international property investment firm with exciting growth opportunities and a rapidly expanding portfolio. This a newly created role within the Corporate Finance Team to project manage transactions across their multi-billion pound portfolio. This will be a highly visible position, with extensive exposure to senior management and stakeholders. Operating across investment closing, investment management and valuations, this multi-faceted, role includes: Conducting commercial due diligence to support transaction decisions Supporting the execution and delivery of transactions, leading this process through to completion Building and developing relationships with internal and external stakeholders Analysing new and existing business initiatives, challenging assumptions, creating frameworks; evaluating new business models and highlighting any risks and opportunities Managing disposals processes where necessary The successful candidate will be a qualified accountant with experience in Corporate Finance / Transaction Services or similar. You will either still be within practice or will have moved into industry as the finance support on valuations, deal structure and investment performance. Experience within the property sector is essential. Fluency in an additional European language would be a highly advantageous. With high levels of emotional intelligence, gravitas and communication skills you will be comfortable working with a global portfolio, interfacing with senior internal and external stakeholders, sitting on board meetings and operating at both a tactical and strategic level. Additionally, you will have the ability to focus on the big picture as well as the detail, to ensure analytical rigour when managing complex matters.

Corporate Finance Manager

London, England

A Corporate Finance Manager for Europe is required for a well-known international property investment firm with a rapidly expanding portfolio. To support their continued growth, this a newly created role within the Corporate Finance Team to project manage transactions across their multi-billion pound portfolio. Operating across investment closing, investment management and valuations, this multi-faceted, role includes: Conducting commercial due diligence to support transaction decisions Supporting the execution and delivery of transactions through to completion Building and developing relationships with internal and external stakeholders Analysing new and existing business initiatives, challenging assumptions, creating frameworks; evaluating new business models and highlighting any risks and opportunities Managing disposals processes where necessary The successful candidate will be a qualified accountant with experience in Corporate Finance / Transaction Services or similar. You will either still be within practice or will have moved into industry as the finance support on valuations, deal structure and investment performance. Experience within the property sector is essential. Fluency in an additional European language would be a highly advantageous. A confident and pro-active self-starter, you will be comfortable contributing to high-level strategic decision making whilst being able to 'roll up your sleeves' and get into the detail. You will have a track record of developing and building strong relationships. With outstanding communication and interpersonal skills, you will have the credibility and gravitas to work effectively with both finance and non-finance teams.