Transaction Services Strategic Solutions Integration and Separation Director

Grant Thornton 9/13/2018 9:01:08 PM
JOB ID: 040455 Specialty:
Regional, Regional




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Transaction Services – Strategic Solutions

Grant Thornton’s Advisory professionals are progressive thinkers who create, protect, transform value today, so our clients have the opportunity to thrive and grow. Our advisory practice creates holistic solutions delivered by innovative, curious professionals who bring technical depth and industry insight to our clients.

Transaction services creates value. Our Transaction Services (TS) delivery model addresses the entire transaction lifecycle, enabling engagement opportunities throughout the lifetime of a deal. TS services include Diligence, Corporate Value Consulting, Strategic Solutions and Tax.

Position Summary:

Grant Thornton is seeking a Manager/Senior Manager to join its Transaction Services - Strategic Solutions practice and take an active role in assisting our clients during mergers, acquisitions and divestitures through effective analysis, project management practices, communications, and change management processes. This individual will support ongoing operational due diligence often done in parallel with financial and tax due diligence. The individual will take an active role in assisting our clients during diligence phase of mergers, acquisitions and divestitures through effective assessments and analysis of deal thesis, value drivers, commercial strength of target along with operational components of a business including assessing the synergy targets identified by the Acquirer, and considering other factors in terms of the operational soundness of an acquisition candidate. Additionally, this team member will support and / or lead integration / separation planning in anticipation of transaction close and post-close support including Day 1 readiness, 100-day planning and transition service agreement development.

Grant Thornton’s Transaction Services - Strategic Solutions Team is comprised of professionals across service offerings in:
Corporate Advisory
Business diligence
Performance improvement
Turnaround and restructuring
Interim management
Integration & Separations Management
Transaction Accounting Services
Capital Markets

Our Strategic Solutions Integration and Separations Management Team helps clients identify critical success factors, develop a roadmap from planning through execution for both buy-side and sell-side transactions, and provides overall advice related to integration or divestiture matters. We provide insights with regard to business implications associated with the transaction, assist in identifying risks, and provide recommendations as to how to mitigate such risks.

At Grant Thornton, our professional staff applies traditional and cutting-edge approaches and methods to a variety of analyses required in an Integration or Separation transaction. As part of our team, the Manager / Senior Manager will utilize these approaches, our methodologies, and our models to execute client projects.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Review available data and assist in conducting management interviews

Gain comprehensive understanding of client operations, functions, processes, and business objectives and utilize that knowledge on engagements.

Develop high level insights related to deal thesis, value drivers, target commercial strength

Draft diligence report identifying potential risks and issues with different business and back office functions

Develop bottom-up synergy assessment model including identifying hypotheses and synergy ranges

Develop cost model required to support a standalone business with opex detail

Develop Day 1 readiness plans and operating model including TSAs, as necessary

Develop End-State operating model and TSA exist plans

Provide engagement oversight responsibilities, including performance reviews, task delegation, project scheduling, project financials, and quality review and client management.

Engage and implement necessary methods and processes related to the needs of the engagement.

Ensure client understanding and required participation in the process in order to deliver on content and time commitments.

Communicate work products to clients.

Maintain a good working relationship with clients to enhance customer satisfaction, working with client management and staff at all levels.

Meet or exceed sales targets for new and follow-on work.

Meet or exceed targeted billing hours (utilization).


Required Skills and Experience:

An ideal candidate has a balance of functional business experience and consulting experience, skewed toward the former.

Bachelor's degree required; focus in Business Administration, Finance or Organizational Development, Industrial/Organizational Psychology. A bachelor’s degree in engineering with business experience is also acceptable.

Depending on level, 6 to 10 years of relevant experience in a specific, relevant business process, project management planning and/or execution, program management, stakeholder engagement, and financial and operational diligence.

Experience working in integration / separation transactions, conducting interdependency assessments; preparing stand-alone cost assessments; working with transition services agreements (TSAs) including scope, pricing and duration; and developing, Day 1 readiness plans, stranded cost assessments, scenario planning for TSA migration, and leading/working within the Transition Management Office (TMO).

Experience working in integration transactions designing the integration blueprint, preparing detailed transition planning, engaging the people, mitigating risk, Day 1 readiness and leading/working within the Integration Management Office (IMO).

Expertise with assessment techniques and tools to create project roadmap.

Excellent core consulting skills in interviewing, writing and oral communication.

Experience in or exposure to developing training strategies and plans.

Strong written and oral communication skills.

Must be willing to take initiative, be proactive on engagements, and be decisive.

Comfortable presenting information to large groups of people, facilitating meetings and leading group discussions.

Ability to analyze large sets of data and communicate findings to others.

Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite (PowerPoint, Visio, Word, Excel, Project).

Assist PPMD’s on proposals and business development calls.

Demonstrated ability to manage work efforts in a collaborative and fast-paced environment.

Creativity exhibited in developing and executing communications materials.

Ability to execute tasks independently with minimal guidance from senior management.

Coach and mentor junior staff members.

Ability to obtain and maintain firm independence and abide by firm ethics requirements.

Availability to work additional hours and/or travel as needed.


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Requisition ID: 040455

Regional, REG
Regional, Regional