(Senior) Associate position

Squarefield is looking for an experienced, ambitious and entrepreneurial (Senior) Associate to join our team.

Introduction

Squarefield is the leading corporate finance advisor exclusively committed to clients in the Food & Agri sector. Our expertise spans the entire value chain from inputs to consumer end-products. Our extensive knowledge of the Food & Agri sector allows us to deliver outstanding independent advice to our clients. Our ambition is to grow alongside our clients through long-term and trusted relationships, as well as commitment to an open, strategic dialogue. Services we offer range from assisting with the planning and scoping of corporate strategy right through to the execution of M&A transactions and debt restructuring.

Our DNA and values

  • Passion, fun and energy
  • Open-minded, honest and personal communication
  • Respect and trust
  • Personal development
  • “Practice what you preach”
  • “We are in this together”

Food & Agri focus guarantees a high deal volume

Global macro trends present significant challenges for our planet and mankind in the years to come. Never before have we been faced with such major drivers of change, that are ultimately shaping our future. With a growing world population, changing climate and increased demand for Western-style diets, the Food & Agri sector in particular faces some clear challenges; in short, it has to do more with less. There is an increased focus on efficiency and sustainability throughout the entire value chain. In addition, changing consumer preferences such as increased health awareness and a shift towards convenience products fuel the demand for innovations.

The Netherlands forms a spill in this sector with c. 5,300 companies active in food production. We rank second highest with respect to receiving private R&D investment in Food & Agri in Europe and host 12 of the world’s largest Food & Agri companies who have major production or R&D sites in the Netherlands. Undoubtedly, these forces are leading to an eruption of new business models, emergence of (smaller) niche players, consolidation, and thus, M&A activity. Combined with a continued strong focus of private equity on the sector, this guarantees high deal volumes in the near future.

What will you do in this position?

We are a dynamic firm and our close-knit team executes complex, often sizeable, high-profile transactions for renowned F&A clients. Our (senior) associates maintain client contacts actively, develop new international relationships in our core sectors and generate new business ideas, as well as coordinating the execution of buy- and sell-side engagements. In addition, they are role models for analysts in our team.

Your talent, dedication and entrepreneurial spirit will be applied to:

  • Lead, oversee and responsible for the preparation of client presentations, information memoranda and financial models. Prepare transaction documentation, amongst which bid letters, contracts and memos: information memoranda for sales processes and perform detailed valuation and financial analyses;
  • Support the team and take the operational lead in (parts of) the execution of M&A transactions, bothinternally and externally;
  • Manage due diligence processes for mergers, acquisitions and debt transactions, and maintain contact with clients and external advisors during transactions;
  • Research and monitor developments / trends in our focus sectors and identify potential business opportunities;
  • Make a significant contribution to the operational and commercial development of Squarefield. Support the team and take the operational lead in (parts of) the execution of M&A transactions, both internally and externally.

Profile

Do you want to make an impact on our customers, your colleagues and yourself? Do you want to bring your entrepreneurial skills to fruition? Is your motivation intrinsically cultivated, do you see new opportunities and do you take initiative? You build and maintain outstanding relationships with your customers and know them well. Bringing just that extra to the table in relation to interpersonal, communicative, and analytical skills. You have a commercial vision and taking initiative comes naturally to you. You are driven by personal development and love learning and maximising your skills.

Do you recognise yourself in the following?

  • Significant transaction execution experience with 3-5 years of relevant work experience in an (international) investment banking or corporate finance environment;
  • Creative, entrepreneurial personality with well-developed general interests and a team-focused ‘performance-driven’ mentality;
  • Leadership, personal development and taking ownership are important to you;
  • International mindset and/or experience;
  • Demonstrable quantitative and qualitative analysis skills;
  • Strong commercial and relationship-building skills;
  • Natural project manager with strong verbal and written communication skills in both English and Dutch (additional languages are an advantage).

Competences

  • Performance motivation, growth mindset and eagerness to learn;
  • Attention to detail and having a critical eye;
  • Strong financial modelling and analytical skills. Guiding juniors and checking their work;
  • Pro-activeness and ownership;
  • Strong communication, and interpersonal skills. A true team player;
  • Problem analysis and judgement;
  • Planning and organising skills.

Education and experience

Masters degree in finance, 3-5 years work experience.