Jordan's story

When the opportunity arose to join a globally recognised firm such as EY as one of the first members for the new Financial Services Debt Advisory team, tasked with establishing a presence in the market, I knew it was a chance I couldn’t overlook.

When the opportunity arose to join a globally recognised firm such as EY as one of the first members for the new Financial Services Debt Advisory team, tasked with establishing a presence in the market, I knew it was a chance I couldn’t overlook.

I joined EY in October 2015 at Manager level after working at RBS for 4 years. I had joined RBS on their graduate scheme and spent the majority of my time working within the Financial Services lending division. I wasn’t looking for a career change, however coming from a banking background, I was very keen to join an organisation who were seeking to grow and reach out to new markets. I felt this role at EY was a great opportunity to develop my structuring knowledge through broader deal flow, as well as experiencing the approach of all banks / funders in the market. 

Since joining EY I have seen a good volume of transactions, with each deal having a unique or different aspect that provides an excellent learning experience. Furthermore, the brand presence EY has gained allows us to be selective to the deals we take on-board, enabling us to choose those we believe can add the most value, as well as enhancing our own skillsets. As a result of our efforts, we have seen success within the market and received positive feedback from our clients, which has allowed us to be viewed as trusted advisors. This success has led me to quickly progress from Manager to Senior Manager in the team.

The transition from RBS to EY did present new unexpected challenges such as building templates from scratch. In addition to this, viewing the transaction from a client’s perspective (and reversing all the old negotiation discussions) has taken some getting used to but has been overcome through immense dedication and hard work. However, two years on I can proudly say we are up and running and it has become a lot easier.

What differentiates EY to our major competitors is that the firm promotes a diverse and inclusive culture, which helps to create the highest performing workforce and a positive working environment. The attitude and approach from partners enables each business lines to adapt to its particular market and offer exceptional client service.

Pursuing a Debt Advisory role at EY will allow you to develop strong and sustainable relationships with a reputable client base, as you will be involved in the complete deal lifecycle and will be able to have a positive impact on the outcome of the transaction. You will have the right support to help you reach your career goals, allowing you to excel in your profession.

  • Jordan Blakesley

About the author

Jordan graduated from Warwick University June 2011 with a First in Mathematic. He joined EY as Manager after completing RBS' graduate scheme and progressed to Senior Manager in 2013. He is now an Associate Director.