Salary Mid-Point: $125,000
Location: Chicago IL
Job Type: Permanent

Job Title: Manager, Mergers & Acquisitions

Employment: Full-time with benefits

Global Company: Logistics Industry

Company Location: NW suburbs

Work Environment: Hybrid (2 days in office, 3 days from home [flexible])

Industry: Logistics

Compensation (Target): $125,000 plus 10% bonus

Work Experience: 5 – 10 years (target)

Company Summary

We are experts in transportation, logistics, forwarding and warehousing, supported by our innovative technology platforms and integrations.  As a customer-focused organization, we are ‘fast on our feet’ in delivering end-to-end solutions that meet our clients' exact requirements - so get in touch to find out how our hands-on approach to logistics can empower your business to scale across borders

 

Position Summary

The Manager, Corporate Development will support Mergers & Acquisitions for Corporate Finance. You will primarily provide expertise in the evaluation, valuation, presentation, and project management of acquisition projects. Responsibilities of the role include pipeline management, target assessment, supporting due diligence & transaction closing processes, assisting in post-merger integration programs, and completing other ad hoc analyses.

 

Direct Insight from Meeting with Hiring Manager

3 keys for high potential candidates:

Manage Deals (evaluation to close), including due diligence (key experience) Technical Skills: Excel and PowerPoint expert, modeling (e.g. build synergy table and track post close), valuation modeling, understand accounting Logistics industry experience (big plus but not required, hiring manager will train)

Other Insights:

  • Program Manager (manage deals): Serve as a Program Manager, diligence-to-close (“get us to close”)
  • Deal Evaluation: Involved in building “deal evaluation” model; devise methodology
  • Diligence Experience: Critical skill (setup / upgrade diligence program and lead program)
  • Post-Merger Integration (PMI): Mostly performed by 3rd parties
  • Current Environment: 5 acquisitions in process
    • 2 (Europe)
    • 2 (USA)
    • 1 (South America)
  • Confidence and “gravitas” to meet with internal C-Suite (CFO, CEO), private equity ownership and senior management of target and acquired companies.
  • Travel: Minimal but possibly up to 10% - 15% to meet with acquisition targets and work with targets pre, during and post acquisition (some domestic, some international)

Scope of Responsibilities:

  • Develop detailed financial models and valuation scenarios for potential transactions in collaboration with Financial Sponsor team
  • Oversee due diligence through all phases of M&A, including organization, planning, execution, milestone review, synergy assessment, and reporting
  • Ensure deal pipeline is robust and kept updated, while supporting evaluation of business fit, deal rationale, and risks of pipeline opportunities in line with acquisition strategy
  • Assist in development and review of deal related documentation, such as Indication of Interest, Letter of Intent, Term Sheet, and / or Purchase Agreement
  • Manage overall deal process and coordinate with senior leaders to ensure project timelines are met
  • Partner with Company operating teams to assist in all aspects of integration, from planning to execution and reporting, including synergy formulation and tracking
  • Coordinate projects with external counterparties, including target companies, banks, consultants, and financial or legal advisors
  • Create presentations and status updates for review by executive management
  • Coordinate projects with external counterparties, including target companies, consultants, financial, or legal advisors
  • Ensure M&A deal pipeline is robust and kept updated and report out on bi-weekly basis
  • Develop recommendations to improve and optimize processes and tools / templates
  • Work with banks on acquisition funding and approval processes
  • Other duties as assigned by management.

Requirements:

  • Demonstrated ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously
  • Excellent quantitative, analytical, and critical thinking skills
  • Solid understanding of financial statements, general accounting concepts, and finance operations processes
  • Highly proficient Microsoft Excel skills including pivot and lookup tables, graphs, macros, and complex formulas
  • Ability to prepare reports for and present key findings to top management
  • Excellent organization and communication skills (oral and written) to engage with executive management, sellers, advisors, and other key stakeholders
  • Highly motivated, high energy, and results driven
  • Ability to drive teamwork and collaborate effectively across functions
  • Ability to travel occasionally (up to 10%)

Preferred:

  • Asset light Logistics industry knowledge and exposure
  • Investment banking, private equity, or consulting background
  • Demonstrated ability to lead deals
  • Project leadership experience
  • International experience or exposure to multinational organizations
  • Foreign language proficiency

Education and Experience (minimum):

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting or Finance
  • 5-10 years’ experience that includes Mergers & Acquisition experience, including valuation, due diligence, and post-merger integration
  • MBA or Master’s Degree in Accounting or Finance (preferred not required)
  • CPA or CFA (a plus, not required)

For immediate consideration, please email your resume in Word format to Cameron at cwall@ifgpr.com