Associate, Strategic Development

Sompo Holdings (Asia) Pte. Ltd.
Singapore, Singapore
S$8,000 to S$9,500 / month
19 Apr 2022
19 May 2022
Job Function
Industry Sector
Finance - General
Employment Type
Full Time
Company Overview
Sompo Holdings (Asia) Pte. Ltd. (Sompo Holdings Asia) is Sompo Holdings, Inc's (Sompo Holdings') regional headquarters for all businesses in Asia-Pacific ex-Japan, with more than 4,000 employees in the region.

Our parent company, Sompo Holdings, is publicly listed in Japan. With a rich corporate history dating back to its founding in 1888, it is a leading international financial services group, with a diversified portfolio of businesses across geography and business segments.

Sompo Holdings is present in 218 cities and 30 countries globally, including the Americas, Europe and Asia. In Japan, it is a market leader in non-life insurance and also owner of a life insurer and a healthcare business (including aged care).

Sompo Japan Insurance, our main operating company, has an "A+" financial strength rating by both S&P and A.M.Best.

Main Tasks and Responsibilities
  • Support Sompo's Strategic Development team in global Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) initiatives involving mergers, acquisitions (or divestitures), joint ventures and any other forms of investments (including venture capital investments) or partnerships

  • Specifically, the successful candidate will play an important role in the following with opportunities to step up and assume responsibility over such work streams:
    • Perform in-depth research via relevant sources and contacts plus contribute to data-synthesis in order to evaluate investments from the initial stages of idea generation to transaction completion
    • Contribute to the construction, development and maintenance of financial models that best reflect the business drivers and operations of potential investees, allowing for effective due diligence and useful pro forma/scenario analyses
    • Assist in the valuation and financial analyses of investee businesses and support in transaction structuring
    • Coordinate M&A due diligence processes among internal stakeholders (such as country teams, product teams and functions such as underwriting, claims, finance and legal) and external parties (such as financial, legal and tax advisers), maintaining process efficiency as much as possible
    • Craft documents seeking approval from or as updates to senior management or shareholders (investment committee papers, board presentations, public announcements, press releases)
    • Assist in the development and articulation of business expansion strategies for Sompo
    • Contributing to knowledge management (e.g. reviews and updates of important industry or regulatory developments across geography, organisation of transaction information for ease of future reference) and other important initiatives within the Sompo Group

  • The successful candidate can look forward to long-term career progression and opportunities to work in a wide range of strategic development projects alongside colleagues of various functions and seniority, while honing skills in corporate finance, M&A and deal origination in the insurance sector

Required qualifications / experience
  • 4 to 6 years of experience in an M&A setting, be it with investment banks, private equity firms, major financial accounting firms, relevant advisory firms or multi-national corporations (in a corporate/business development or investment function) - experience from the financial services sector or having worked in the Greater China region is a plus
  • Superior academic track record from a recognised university in a related field with additional relevant qualifications a bonus (e.g. the CFA Charter)
  • Highly skilled and very familiar with Microsoft Excel, Word and PowerPoint in producing corporate documents that are visually engaging yet succinct
  • Strong understanding of valuation and financial analysis concepts such as the discounted cash flow model, business planning/projections, corporate finance and accounting principles
  • Excellent verbal and business writing skills in English (verbal and written fluency in Mandarin to speak to Mandarin speaking associates)
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a team setting
  • An attitude to conform to quick-shifting deadlines over deal cycles
  • Entrepreneurial attitude with a willingness to learn and contribute voluntarily (e.g. in opportunity identification, business improvement)
  • Regional travel may be required

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