Find out more about working in the Quantuma team

This is us

Our people are at the heart of everything we do. Teams are encouraged to build strong working relationships and to collaborate with colleagues across the firm. But wherever you’re based, you’ll find a warm and friendly working environment with no ‘closed doors’.

Sharing ideas

Your ideas are very welcome. Individuals and teams regularly share their thoughts via our intranet, employee engagement group, regular employee surveys and, of course, within their own teams.

Dress for your diary

We ‘dress for our diary’ which means we take a more relaxed approach to dress code and trust our people to dress appropriately for specific situations, such as client meetings.


We believe in supporting our people through life’s ups and downs and have developed a range of policies to do so effectively. So, whether you need support during a significant life event or some additional flexibility to manage family circumstances, here are some of the ways we can help:

  • Flexible working 
  • Flexi-time
  • Remote working
  • Enhanced maternity, paternity, and adoption provision
  • Time off for emergencies

And as part of our commitment to corporate social responsibility (CSR), you can also have one paid day off each year to volunteer for a charity close to your heart. Find out more about our approach to CSR here.


Helping our teams to create strong social connections is a key part of what we do.

We take work seriously. And we take our social time seriously too. Social activities here are varied and include football teams, book clubs and even a monthly pie society, to name but a few. During lockdown, some of our teams hosted virtual fitness classes and in our Ringwood office, a Teams meeting was once hosted by a goat. But that’s another story…

We encourage social activities across and between our offices and each team has their own social committee where many events are scheduled throughout the year. Every employee is invited to all the events that take place in a local office, so no one is left out.

Bingo to BBQs: some examples of our social events

There is always something going on for everyone. Whether it’s BBQs, bingo, virtual fitness classes or our book clubs, we have something for everyone. Here are a few examples of social activities that happen within each office:

  • Bingo nights
  • Staff afternoon BBQs (weather permitting!)
  • Escape rooms
  • Staff lunches
  • Friday drinks  
  • Office quizzes

Sports clubs

As well as being a friendly and welcoming team, we are quite a competitive bunch. We have football and netball teams in our various offices which compete against each other as well as playing against other professional services firms. Everyone’s welcome to join in no matter what level they are or experience they have. 

Charity of the year

Each year, we have a ‘charity of the year’ which is voted for by our people. Throughout the year, there will be many events that take place with an open invitation to all that wish to take part. Previous activities include sky dives, car washes and marathons with all money raised going towards our nominated charity of the year.

Here's what our colleagues have to say

Qualified as an ACA and moving into transaction services by the age of 23, Darra McCarthy-Paul, an assistant manager at Quantuma, tells Jo Russell about setting off on her career path early.

What attracted you to an apprenticeship rather than going to university?

I had studied business at A level, enjoyed it and wanted to pursue this interest further. I looked at my options – either going to university or taking on an apprenticeship – because I had received an unconditional university offer. But an apprenticeship won the day – it would give me practical work experience while I was being paid and I would also be qualified at a young age. 

I joined BDO in 2017, but switched to Quantuma in Southampton after a year. The firm had a good reputation in the area and it was looking for someone junior to train. I joined to work in the restructuring and insolvency team.

How important was getting the ACA qualification?

I was the first person at Quantuma to do the ACA, so I helped it set up the process and the ACA training scheme. It already offered the ACCA qualification and we had ACAs, but at that point they had qualified with other firms. I had started the ACA and knew that its good reputation would stand me in excellent stead. I really wanted to continue training and Quantuma was very supportive. 

Coming straight from college, I found the studying was quite a steep learning curve. It wasn’t a real disadvantage not having a degree, but I probably did have to put in more work. I didn’t have any prior accounting knowledge either, and it was tricky balancing work and study, but I’m quite disciplined and organised, and was prepared to make sacrifices with my time. You definitely get out what you put in.

Why did you move from restructuring to M&A?

In restructuring I learned how to cope with tense situations, dealing with cash-restricted businesses and owners facing a lot of pressure. Then, shortly after I qualified in 2022, an opportunity came up in Quantuma’s transaction services team. I was looking to move and the timing worked well – I wanted to build my commercial knowledge and learn new skills such as financial modelling and negotiations, and I was keen to work with thriving businesses that we could help continue their growth journeys. I have really enjoyed meeting passionate entrepreneurs and learning about their businesses. 

While in restructuring and insolvency, I learned a lot from administrations. In corporate finance we are extending our offering in accelerated M&A, and having an insolvency and restructuring background has meant that I understand the requirements that administrators or insolvency practitioners face when they need to market a business – for example pre-packaged sales conforming with SIP16. 

What is your role now?

I am now an assistant manager in the corporate finance team. We do mostly sell-side M&A advisory work, where I will prepare marketing materials, carry out research on potential acquirers, do financial modelling, outreach, review heads of terms and negotiate with sellers. I have also worked on growth capital raises, employee ownership trust transactions and accelerated M&A. We are sector agnostic, so we cover anything from healthcare to manufacturing to fintech; our sweet spot is in the £5m-£50m transaction value range. We have three MDs, two directors and an associate director leading our team.

What recent transactions have you advised on?

I helped with the £2m sale of online luxury homeware retailer Amara Living to Frasers Group last year, and advised on the accelerated sale of an unfinished fintech platform that provided funding to SMEs. I have just completed on my first EOT, which is due to be announced shortly. My biggest role to date is currently under way. It is a sell-side M&A transaction. Given its smaller size, I have been able to take on a more senior role in the transaction. It should be completed soon.

What are your ambitions?

I want to keep learning and progressing within the team, to the point where I am regularly leading transactions. We have a varied portfolio and no two transactions are the same, which means there’s always something else to learn. Quantuma was bought by K3 Capital Group in August 2020, and then by a US private equity house in February this year. We are yet to see the full impact of that, but expect it will open up opportunities, possibly overseas.

We've been nominated!

Quantuma is a finalist for Employer of the Year at the Turnaround, Restructuring & Insolvency Awards 2023

The Quantuma team was a finalist for three awards at the recent Turnaround, Restructuring & Insolvency (TRI) Awards 2023, including the prestigious TRI Employer of the Year Award. Highlights of our Employer of the Year submission included the firm’s:

  • Outstanding training, coaching and career advancement
  • Strong Commitment to CSR activities
  • Apprentice Programme
  • Manager Programme
  • Staff Wellbeing Programme

Now in its 16th year, the UK TRI Awards programme recognises and rewards excellence across turnaround, restructuring and insolvency. Championing companies, teams and individuals, the TRI Awards celebrate the industry’s top achievers. Quantuma was a finalist in the following categories:

  • TRI Employer of the Year
  • Corporate Rescue of the Year (Medium)
  • Corporate Restructuring Firm of the Year - 11 or more licensed appointment-taking Insolvency Practitioners

Congratulations to all of the finalists and winners. Please click here for further details about the TRI Awards.