Research Analyst – M&A

Full-time, £65,000 OTE

Manchester, UK


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Role: Research Analyst – M&A

Location: Manchester

Hours: UK Hours as required

Package: Competitive base, with attractive OTE

Position Overview:

*Job is based in Manchester – not open to remote work*

*Must have experience of researching companies from a origination, possible merger point of view*


Trusted by global brands and SMEs alike, PHMG helps clients enhance their customer experience at every level – bringing strategic expertise and providing stress-free solutions from bespoke audio branding to cloud-based telephony optimisation.

Our business model is demonstrated by penetration of core and new markets, and with tech-enabled service delivery providing the perfect platform for scale. We’ve remained at the forefront of our industry through continually evolving our services and recognise a growing demand from clients to unlock even more value across their customer touchpoints.

In 2023, we engaged with leading external advisors to guide our business strategy, identifying market opportunities and adjacencies we can sell into our base. Reporting directly into the Board of Directors, you’ll play a critical role in this strategy, identifying and evaluating potential acquisitions and investments to optimise our growth.

You’ll bring with you an understanding of research analysis, deal origination and a proven record of successfully identifying and reporting on the suitability of potential companies.

With strong initiative and drive, you’ll thrive in our environment, and we’ll give you the opportunity and support to drive your career to the next level.


  • Conduct thorough research and analysis of companies within the target industry to identify potential acquisition targets.
  • Utilize financial modelling and valuation techniques to assess the attractiveness and viability of potential deals.
  • Lead the initial approach and engagement with target companies, establishing relationships and gathering essential information.
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to evaluate strategic fit and alignment with PHMG's objectives.
  • Prepare comprehensive reports and presentations summarizing findings, insights, and recommendations for the board of directors.
  • Stay abreast of industry trends, market dynamics, and regulatory changes that may impact potential acquisitions.


  • Proven track record in research, with a focus on corporate finance
  • Demonstrable experience in researching and approaching potential acquisition targets.
  • Strong financial acumen and ability to analyse complex financial data.
  • Excellent communication and negotiation skills.
  • Ideally a degree in Business or related subject.
  • Excellent communication and presentation abilities, with the capability to effectively convey complex information to senior stakeholders.
  • Strategic thinker with a keen eye for identifying opportunities and mitigating risks.
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a fast-paced, dynamic environment, managing multiple priorities and deadlines effectively.


  • Competitive salary and performance-based incentives.
  • Comprehensive health and wellness benefits package.
  • Opportunities for professional development and growth within a dynamic and innovative organization.

Established in 1998, PHMG has grown from a renowned Manchester-based business to the world’s leading audio branding agency – working with 36,000 clients in 54 countries across the globe. This expansive client list includes household names of the calibre of Samsung, Audi and Adidas, as well as SMEs in every sector of the global market. We give each a stellar production that combines creative copy, world-class voice artistry and an exclusive Brand-Sound-Track™ – strengthening their business identity in the most memorable, emotive way.


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