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M&A Integration Director

Posted: 13 Jan 2021 Closes: 13 Mar 2021
London, United Kingdom Competitive
Permanent & Full-time URUVGLOBAL2922

Job Title: M&A Integration Director SC

Reports to: VP M&A Integration

Function / Sub-Function: M&A

Location: UK (100VE)

Background:

Senior role within the newly formed M&A integration function which has been established to ensure maximisation of deal value through deal integration/separation in SC and related activities.  

Main purpose of job:

Maximise value delivered from M&A activities by establishing a framework for successful integration/separation of Supply Chain and other operations, based on transaction size and level of complexity of required activities for integration.

Build processes to ensure delivery of integration objectives through cross-functional alignment in M&A execution.

Lead SC workstream on transactions.   

Key accountabilities:

              

Due Diligence

  • Ensure a robust framework is defined and agreed with other functions defining how activities that are interdependent with Supply Chain will be assessed, particularly:

  • Finance – accelerate data availability through standardisation of templates promoting understanding of integration savings, inventory/WC implications, asset values, COGS – COGP

  • HR - people, training, knowledge transfer, recruitment

  • IT & Back Office – factory IT, planning systems, company codes

  • Develop methodology for Safety and Quality diligence including understanding cultural mindset of target

  • Develop methodology for diligence around planning strategies including service, working capital management and focus on business waste reduction

  • Standardise templates for VDR input and questions for bidding/bidder processes

Value Creation

  • Champion value creation thinking at every step of the transaction process through educating staff on key value creation/preservation levers in deals – focused on (but not limited to) supply chain (this to cover all stages of life-cycle: origination – execution)

  • Develop a methodology for ensuring a consistent approach to value creation to maximise value to the business from M&A, including:

  • Acquisitions / integrations

  • A process for diligence synergies / upsides and identifying and quantifying integration risks.

  • Ensure all NRI (once-off) costs are quantified and understood pre-deal and key stakeholders are bought-in (and incentivised) to deliver synergies / integrations to plan.

  • Robust financial synergy tracking tools put in place

  • Carve-outs

    • Ensure identified divestment opportunities undergo an internal process to consider “external value” of the asset – prior to engaging external support and prior to engaging prospective buyers. E.g. spare capacity, HOSI/recharges that will be removed, UL commitments that could be un-wound etc.

    • Ensure all value creation / upsides opportunities are robustly evidenced in the dataroom such that prospective buyers attribute value to them.

  • Create a “value creation stage gate” as part of the M&A governance process to ensure the above value is realised on every transaction.

  • Define a standard framework of activities requiring external support and negotiate rate cards for external services – ensuring buy-in from the Procurement organisation

Program Management

  • Co-own and sign-off synergy assumptions & upsides from value creation with the business and ensure programs and resources are in place on Day One to secure delivery against SMART targets 

  • Ensure safety, quality and service-related gaps are understood and appropriate resources are secured to manage risks in the short term whilst investments/plans for full risk mitigation are installed in the mid to long term

  • Establish relevant governance framework to ensure timely delivery of SC deliverables

  • Implement course-correcting action plans if/when delivery is at risk

  • Directly lead SC activities in transactions where appropriate

Experience and qualifications required:

  • Minimum 10-15 years of experience including exposure to manufacturing / supply chain / operational roles

  • Of which 5-10 years M&A integration/separation experience would be a distinct advantage

  • Strong financial/analytical skills

  • Strong program management

  • Strong commercial/negotiating skills

  • Experience of dealing with external consultancies

Key interfaces

The role will require senior stakeholder management across business functions and transactional workstreams.

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