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.

Role Overview

The successful candidate will work closely with our Corporate Development Director, who oversees M&A execution, and will play a key role in our M&A delivery and the wider Corporate Development team. The role will suit someone with a strong finance background (5 years + qualified accountant or equivalent) with significant (3+ years) of project management and due diligence experience at a senior level within a Big 4 accounting or advisory firm or industry. The candidate will have good commercial acumen combined with astute risk management and exceptional communication skills. The new joiner will liaise regularly with key stakeholders across the group including C-suite executives and senior external third parties.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Work closely with the Corporate Development team on M&A execution and key initiatives.

  • Assist and, in time, lead and project manage the M&A process from heads of terms stage to completion and assist with initial integration.

  • Oversee due diligence and comprehensive appraisal of target businesses to identify commercial potential and risk.

  • Collaborate with other senior personnel across the group (finance, commercial, legal, tax)

  • 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

  • Strong report writing and succinct verbal communication are crucial

  • Engage, instruct and manage financial, legal and other external advisers and critically review output

  • Very capable in financial modelling – both preparation and critical review

  • Review and input to legal documents with a focus on commercial terms

  • Any other duties as may be deemed appropriate to the role from time to time

  • Qualified accountant (5 years +) or equivalent financial qualification

  • At least 3 years’ experience in a transactions services or an M&A execution role whether in practice, consulting or industry, preferably with cross border M&A experience

  • Leadership, project management and team management skills essential

  • Excellent communication skills – verbal and report writing

  • Knowledge of video game industry is an advantage though not essential

  • Commercially astute

  • Good negotiation skills

  • Problem solver and pragmatist

Skills and experience required

Knowledge of IFRS and tax, highly advantageous