Senior Director Mergers & Acquisitions
SUMMARY:Reporting to the Vice President, Enterprise Strategy the Senior Director of M&A Strategy will own the process of converting Tyson's enterprise and portfolio strategies into a proactive M&A and strategic partnerships strategy, withthe expectation that a robust M&A agenda will be pivotal In leading the Company to the next phase of its transformation into a truly global leader of innovative food experiences and a leading CPG. This leader will Translate the multi-yearenterprise strategy and portfolio strategies into a proactive agenda of potential divestitures and high potential acquisition targets to gain market position in targeted categories/subcategories & geographies, gain access to privileged relationships, or quickly acquire strategically critical capabilities/channels Lead the Sourcing, Initial Screening, and Business Case Development phases of the M&A process, leading to recommendations to proceed to Due Diligence; lead responseto opportunistic deals brought by bankers and brokers Build standardized best in class financial models, tools for the assessment of cultural and strategic fit, and tools for assessment of management talent to deploy in the evaluation of any target Collaborate with Finance, BU and functional leadership to support Due Diligence phase and ensure appropriate Go/No Go decision making with appropriate approval thresholds Support deal execution and negotiating strategies as required; Support and sometimes lead target integration planning and execution and collaborate with Corporate Affairs to ensure appropriate internal and external communications associated with deals Devise methods for anticipating competitive responses to M&A moves, building them into financial models and constructing mitigation and scenario plans to enable swift responses, minimizing risk Provide appropriate reporting on strategy, pipeline, and deal performance to the SVP Strategy& New Ventures, VP Enterprise Strategy, Senior Leadership Team, & Board as required Collaborate with BUs, R&D, & Innovation to define standard approach to 'make/buy' decisions as part of all Growth Platform work, feeding 'buy' decisions into the M&A strategy and pipeline as required With Finance, shape relationships with banking community to drive high quality deal sourcing, innovative M&A strategies, and supplemental analytics in assessing opportunities With Finance, continuously assess M&A pipeline for implications upon balance sheet and financial flexibility; explore alternative partnership arrangements to manage limitations, if needed Continuously improve M&A processes Assiduously manage confidentiality ofall M&A activities, suggesting process improvements as neededBACKGROUND REQUIREDThe successful candidate will have a combined 5-10 years as an M&A leader within a high-performing multi-national consumer sector organization and/or within a blue chip investment banking firm. Significant knowledge of and direct experience in the food sector — branded retail, foodservice, and commodity, in strategy or other roles, preferred. This will require a leader that is results-oriented,takes initiative, implements systems and frameworks to make strategic decisions; comfortably builds partnerships across functional expertise; is resourceful where others only see obstacles; has high commercial acumen; and is seen as a change catalyst for delivering value to operational leaders through creating and articulating a vision, and implementing systems in partnership with the business. The leader must be comfortable working in a collaborative, values-driven environment.Education: Strong academic background.
Bachelor's degree and MBA (or other advanced degree) required.Specific requirements include: Strong financial and operational acumen.
Demonstrated wide set of experiences in financial modeling, deal evaluation across all levers of synergies and growth, deal structuring, deal execution, and integration.
Global experience and mindset — time living and working overseas, a plus.
Sensitivity to how national and corporate cultures affect deal viability a must. Strong influencing and negotiation skills; a team player with the ability to build relationships and work collaboratively across lines of senior management and other staff as appropriate.
Superior strategic thinking and decision making skills. Excellent time management, planning and organizational skills.
Ability to multi-task in a fast paced environment, manage multiple priorities and make ongoing decisions.
Strong process management and process documentation skills; ability to plan for “critical path”, including ability to structure back from end products/desired analytic outputs to identify necessary data requests in timely fashion.
Strong project management experience a plus.
Comfort with ambiguity. Ability to appropriately prioritize against proactive/strategic agenda vs. the opportunistic/reactive and manage expectations of others with respect to this balance. Strong performance accountability orientation, both in terms of following through on commitments and deadlines.
High levels of energy and resiliency, with a willingness to travel on a regular basis. Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including sharing ideas and information across diverse audiences and making presentations in order to drive business decisions.
Confident and able to be influential and assertive. Ability to synthesize clearly and simplify the complex.
Flexible, creative approach to business, an understanding of risk assessment and the ability to modify his/her experience and knowledge base in order to adapt the organization and the circumstances. Highest level of integrity and good judgment, with the ability to effectively deal with highly sensitive, confidential information.Supervisory: 1 Direct reportTravel: 30%To view a full job description and submit your resume for consideration, click APPLY TO THIS POSITION below and follow the prompts.