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Keywords Studios

Corporate M&A - Senior Finance Associate

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Keywords Studios
๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช Dublin

Keywords Studios is an international technical and creative services provider to the global video games industry. Established in 1998 and headquartered in Dublin, Keywords now has over 50 studios located across Europe, North America, South America and Asia. We provide integrated art production, engineering, audio services, testing, localization and player support services across 50 languages and 14 game platforms to a blue chip client base in more than 20 countries. We have a strong market position, providing services to 23 of the top 25 most prominent games companies. With over 5,000 passionate gaming employees around the world, we provide services to video game developers and publishers alike.

The successful candidate will work closely with our Senior Manager for Corporate Development, playing a key role in our M&A delivery. The role will suit someone with a strong finance background, preferably with due diligence exposure, and good commercial acumen. Liaising with key stakeholders across the business and senior external third parties, this person will demonstrate a high level of commercial awareness, risk identification/management and exceptional communication and report writing skills.

  • Work closely with the Corporate Development team on M&A execution and key initiatives.
  • Assist with managing acquisitions and initial integration.
  • Due diligence and comprehensive appraisal of target business to identify commercial potential and risk.
  • Collaborate with other Keywords senior personnel across the group (finance, commercial, legal, tax).
  • Identify target companies from a financial viewpoint, within the context of the KWS business.
  • Interview target management and staff to ascertain key information.
  • Identify areas of risk and practical steps to mitigate such risks.
  • Analyse financial statements, forecasts and third party reports.
  • Financial modelling โ€“ both preparation and critical review.
  • Report writing for senior executives.
  • Liaise with financial, legal and other external advisers and critically review output.
  • Review legal documents with a focus on commercial terms.


  • Degree in accounting, business or similar discipline
  • MSc in Corporate Finance, highly advantageous
  • Qualified or part qualified accountant
  • At least 1 year of experience in a commercial or transactions services role (practice or industry)
  • Knowledge of and experience with Due Diligence processes
  • Knowledge of IFRS and tax, highly advantageous
  • Excellent communication skills โ€“ verbal and report writing
  • Commercially astute
  • Eye for detail and accuracy
  • Problem solver and pragmatist