Ascend Hiring an Investment Banking Analyst

Join us in Creating a New Paradigm in M&A that Puts People First

Analyst Position Overview:
As an Investment Banking M&A Analyst, you’ll work alongside senior-level management and play an integral role in analytical support on deals. You will be challenged to thrive in an unstructured environment by managing competing priorities, as well as demonstrating initiative. Our culture is oriented toward creating “entrepreneurial bankers” and we strive to facilitate an environment geared toward professional and personal growth while leading with integrity.

Job Description & Responsibilities:
Ascend offers an unparalleled opportunity to join a growing team of highly-seasoned professionals focused on M&A advisory services. At Ascend, Analysts gain relevant experience in all areas of a transaction, from preparation of marketing materials to facilitation of due diligence. Additionally, Analysts join our people-focused culture that values diverse backgrounds and perspectives while emphasizing teamwork and a strong sense of partnership. Day-to-day activities of an Analyst include, but are not limited to:

  • Perform financial modeling and valuation analyses on public and private companies—comparable company analysis, precedent transaction analysis, leveraged buy-out analysis, and discounted cash flow analysis
  • Conduct industry/company-specific research including competitor analysis
  • Interact with clients and manage deal processes
  • Generate ideas and analytical materials in support of new client meetings
  • Assist in the due diligence coordination and facilitation
  • Assist with pitch drafting materials, as well as transaction marketing documents
  • Develop and sensitize financial models
  • Assist in the preparation of investment memorandum, board, and client update materials
  • Develop and maintain proprietary deal and market intelligence
  • Provide general team project management support and lead firm-wide ad hoc projects
  • Interact with Ascend professionals and clients in support of the firm’s activities, including transaction execution and client management

Qualifications—Minimum Requirements:

  • Minimum of 1 year work experience required
  • Experience in financial due diligence, accounting, corporate finance, management consulting, investment banking, corporate development, or private equity is preferred
  • Top academic performance with comfort operating in an environment that values initiative, creativity, maturity, poise, and integrity
  • Ability to understand complex financial models and desire for significant transaction execution responsibility
  • Strong quantitative background and analytical skills coupled with attention to detail
  • Excellent verbal/written communication skills with ability to multi-task
  • Motivation to work as a team player and contribute to a positive team culture
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment
  • Bachelors degree required

Contact

Douglas Palmer, Jr. (“DJ”)

dpalmer@ascendcg.com | 703.509.2845

We founded Ascend with the vision of creating a new paradigm in M&A. One that humanizes investment banking and places a high value on leading with integrity, maintaining good relationships, and simply doing the right thing…all while driving value with a sophisticated, data-driven approach.

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