Within our team, we are looking for a (Associate) Director Corporate Strategy and Acquisitions. The Director will be part of the eight-person CS&A team (half of them focused on strategy and planning, the other half focused on M&A execution) and report directly to the Executive Vice-President CS&A, who reports to the CEO of the Group and is a member of the Executive Committee for the Group. The Director will work very closely together with the VPs M&A, the VP Strategy Materials and the VP Strategy Nutrition.
Promotion opportunities would include succeeding the VP M&A or Strategy Materials or Strategy Nutrition, or a line responsibility role in one of the Business Groups.
Center of activities would be the Group HQ in Heerlen, The Netherlands, with regular travel in relation to M&A opportunities and to the main Business Group locations (on an as-needed basis depending on on-going projects).
The Ideal Candidate
The candidate ideally has an M&A background, with some strategy experience a plus. He or she should be able to structure problems, provide analytical rigor and structure effective communication at all levels of the organization and has experience initiating, discussing and negotiating M&A transactions with a counter party. The individual should be a self-starter and collaborative leader, who is internationally and commercially savvy. Additionally, this person should have an affinity with macro-economic issues, is curious and creative in tackling complex issues and is able to deal with ambiguity and manage stakeholders at all levels of the organization effectively. The candidate should be a team player who is able to prioritize tasks and independently plan his/her workload.
High level of analytical skills and strong understanding of corporate objectives and strategy. Able to translate these objectives into a relevant M&A and action plan, or performance improvement program. Able to grasp key operating levers, future business trends and market expectations in order to realize new business opportunities.
Demonstrated ability to set ambitious goals for him/herself and the team in order to achieve beyond expectation. Ability to remain focused on results even under adverse circumstances.
Ability to act at Business Group leader level and work effectively with a variety of people in different functions within a multinational environment. Superb communication skills and ability to influence across the organization and externally in order to reach desired results.
Continually delivers added value to both internal and external customers; thinks outside-in and builds sustainable customer relationships. Builds deep relationships with relevant organizations and people outside the business.