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Corporate Development / M&A Associate

Job Purpose:
As our new Corporate Development / M&A Associate you will report to the Director Corporate Development, and will primarily work on the ongoing development and execution of Jagex’s M&A strategy and inorganic growth plan. The Corporate Development / M&A Associate will support the acquisition process end-to-end, from pipeline to deal execution and post-merger integration.
As a Carlyle backed business, M&A forms an important part of Jagex’s growth strategy. The work you will be doing will be high paced but also highly visible - your contribution will have a meaningful impact on the Group’s success.  Key Duties Include:

  • Support with maintenance of the M&A pipeline.
  • Assist with the performance of initial analysis on targets and drafting of preliminary assessment reports.
  • Creating detailed (3-statement) financial models, valuation exercises and return sensitivity analysis on M&A targets for discussion and inclusion in reports.
  • Support drafting comprehensive Investment Papers on M&A targets for presentation to the Management Board for each acquisition.
  • Review and analyse third-party due diligence reports.
  • Coordinating with third-party advisers on transactional matters, including setting up and managing internal calls and meetings, produce minutes, actions and follow-up on stakeholders.
  • Support cross-functional coordination with internal departments to support transaction execution.
  • Support with maintenance of the M&A pipeline.
  • Maintains M&A templates, market scans and valuation trends.
  • Creating reports on an ad-hoc basis and at the discretion of the M&A leadership.
  • Effectively coordinating and managing multiple due diligence and closing assignments as well as prioritising tasks.


  • Relevant undergraduate degree e.g. Finance, Accounting, Business Management, Mathematics, Economics.
  • Experience in transaction services, investment banking, private equity, corporate development.
  • End-to-end experience in M&A process is essential
  • Advanced skills in MS Excel and competent in the use of software products including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint – excellent financial modelling capability.
  • Strategic thinking individual with structured and target oriented approach.
  • Commercial mind-set; problem solver with a “can do” attitude.

Desirable Skills

  • ACA/ACCA/CFA qualified – or working toward
  • An interest/ some understanding of the interactive entertainment industry and video games businesses

Other Important Information:Jagex operates a remote working policy and this role can be performed on a remote basis as long as the place of work is within the UK.
Please note we are unable to accept applications requiring work-visa sponsorship for this role.

Company Overview:
A leader in creating deep and engaging experiences on PC and mobile, Jagex was founded in 2001 and is today one of the UK’s biggest and most respected video game developers and publishers.
Famed for its flagship MMOs RuneScape and Old School RuneScape, Jagex has welcomed more than 260million player accounts to its world and created a $1bn lifetime franchise revenue. Today the RuneScape franchise exists beyond running games in live operations; our titles are living games that connect and inspire millions of players, with content and experiences both inside and outside of inexhaustible game worlds.
Both RuneScape and Old School RuneScape, on PC and mobile, offer ever-evolving, highly-active worlds and our community-focussed development ethos empowers players to have a real say in how each game is shaped.
Jagex is expanding and extending its portfolio with fresh franchise titles, new IP and, in 2018 launched Jagex Partners, delivering third-party publishing and operational services exclusively for the living games of the future.
Jagex employs more than 400 people at its Cambridge headquarters and is on the hunt for talented people to work across the business to help the company to achieve yet another year of record growth and player satisfaction.

Company Benefits:
- Flexible Working- Bonus Scheme- Private Health Care - Gym Membership- Monthly Energy Allowance- Generous Pension Contributions- Life Insurance- Free Cycle Repair- Income Protection- Dental Plan- Free Fruit and Drinks- Subsidised Canteen
Feel like you fit this role, but don’t meet all the requirements? We strive for fresh perspectives, so as long as you can demonstrate how your attitude and other abilities might make up for any gaps we would welcome your application! Jagex are an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, religion or belief.

Corporate Development / M&A Associate

Cambridge, UK
Full time

Published on 12/20/2022

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