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M&A Senior Associate

Company: FirstAmerica
Location: Naperville
Posted on: July 14, 2021

Job Description:

As a valued member of the M&A team, which is responsible for driving the growth of First Student, Inc. through an active mergers and acquisitions program. This person will support deal flow, manage the acquisitions pipeline, assist, and manage due diligence, and prepare materials to present opportunities to executive teams. This person will lead the analysis of complex data related to select mergers, acquisitions, and strategic investments to determine the financial, operational, and strategic fit. This person will prepare complex analysis to support weekly/monthly reporting and post deal metrics to provide recommendations to both team members and key stakeholders.

Major Responsibilities

  • Assist in the execution of M&A transactions, from target identification through deal close
  • Compile and analyze data regarding companies to be acquired, including initial financial model construction and valuation analyses.
  • Maintains CRM database of past, current, and future acquisition targets
  • Perform due diligence on acquisition targets; review and summarize findings to management.
  • Analyze information collected in diligence process to develop integrated financial analyses and projections regarding the impact of an acquisition on the organization
  • Support idea generation by researching specific companies and industries, along with market conditions and current developments and trends.
  • Engages with brokers, attorneys, and management to support deal flow and create opportunities and maximize value with regards to strategic acquisition and investment targets
  • Assist with the preparation of presentations (both internal and external) of financial and operational business results and analysis for management and Board/Owners.
  • Support the integration process post-deal

Experience & Skills Required

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Finance, Accounting, Economics, or related demonstrable business concentration
  • 3+ years M&A transactional or business development experience and additional 3 years business experience preferably in Finance or Accounting role
  • Strong Financial acumen with excellent analytical ability and attention to detail
  • Self-sufficient and able to take initiative for projects
  • Excellent communication skills, including written, verbal, or large group presentations
  • Microsoft Office Suite proficiency including intermediate level skill in Microsoft Excel (for example: using SUM function, setting borders, setting column width, inserting charts, using text wrap, sorting, setting headers and footers and/or print scaling).
  • Detailed understanding of financial statement mechanics and business valuation theory
  • Familiarity with legal documents associated with M&A transactions (e.g. NDA, LOI, APA), including an understanding of key provisions
  • Excellent organizational skills due to changing priorities and/or change in direction on major projects
  • Experience working with peer team leaders to gain agreement on important client needs or issues to gain consensus on solutions for those needs
  • Comfortable / thrives in fast paced, matrixed, ever changing, and dynamic environment
  • Flexibility to work extended hours and travel may be required on short notice
  • Experience with project management (for example: planning, organizing, and managing resources to bring about the successful completion of specific project goals and objectives)
  • Travel responsibilities 30%+

FirstGroup is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status. FirstGroup is also committed to providing a drug-free workplace. For candidates applying to positions in San Francisco or Los Angeles California, FirstGroup will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories consistent with the requirements of the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance or Los Angeles Fair Chance Ordinance.

Keywords: FirstAmerica, Naperville , M&A Senior Associate, Other , Naperville, Illinois

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