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M&A Strategy & Operations Associate

Company: CDKGlobal
Location: Hoffman Estates
Posted on: September 8, 2021

Job Description:

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With more than $2 billion in revenues, CDK Global is a leading global provider of integrated information technology and digital marketing solutions to the automotive retail and adjacent industries. Focused on enabling end-to-end automotive commerce, CDK provides solutions to dealers in more than 100 countries around the world, serving approximately 28,000 retail locations and most automotive manufacturers.   CDK Global solutions automate and integrate critical processes from pre-sale targeted advertising to the sale, financing, insurance, parts supply, repair and maintenance of vehicles, with an increasing focus on utilizing data analytics and predictive intelligence.   


We’re large enough to make a difference but small enough for your voice to be heard. This means that we are an organization where every person matters. You can make an impact on the success of our business and that of our customers regardless of what career you decide to pursue.


From data scientists to sales and client service experts, we’re hiring to support your growth and ours - Green light your career.  


Position Summary

The Corporate Development – Operational M&A Associate (“Associate”) will be a key new member of the Corporate Development team, reporting to the Senior Manager of Corporate Development. The Operations M&A Associate is responsible for the operational aspects of M&A. Furthermore, the role is responsible for organizing due diligence and integration activities within the CDK Global Corporate Development department.  The primary responsibility of the Associate is to take overall ownership for the success of the program, oversee all projects within the program, and provide a holistic view of the due diligence and integration activities to management. The Associate will be responsible for the overall direction, coordination, implementation, execution, control and completion of due diligence and integration activities while ensuring consistency with CDK Global’s strategy, commitments and business objectives for integration of acquired and/ or divested entities. The Associate must be adept at managing executive sponsors, leading project resources, balancing costs, risks and benefits to achieve optimal short-term and long-term business outcomes. The Associate will be communicating with cross-functional Business stakeholders regularly and will escalate issues and risks as appropriate to the established steering and oversight committees. The Associate will provide input on Mergers & Acquisition Integration best practices, tools, templates and processes striving for continuous improvement and standardization in integration activities. Note, this role is operational focused and does not have day to day responsibilities for building acquisition models. 



  • Program management of all acquisitions, divestitures and joint ventures through the entire lifecycle of the transaction.
  • The Associate will have an emphasis on managing the entire M&A process and keeping management informed of progress to help complete post transaction activities on time, meet or exceed business plan targets and adhere to the business strategy.
  • Identifying key concerns and developing and implementing recommendations to make the transaction successful and course correct early on.
  • Ensuring that our M&A playbook is kept up to date and that we are following our timelines to best collaborate with key groups in the organization.


Essential Functions

  • Manage the Due Diligence process including: setting up the data room, coordinating kick off meetings, managing logistics, coordinating follow up activities, and collecting Due Diligence Reports from each functional leader
  • Utilizing the Due Diligence Reports, create the Management Integration Playbook
  • Conduct Integration Kick Off meetings (both internal pre-close and external post-close) to gain consensus on high-level integration activities
  • Develop detailed project plans and estimates based on identified risks and options with substantiated recommendations as appropriate.
  • Set up the TSA process to ensure successful transition
  • Provide effective monitoring and controlling during the lifecycle of projects. Where appropriate, initiate and control escalation within the relevant organization to resolve project issues or mitigate risk.
  • Communicate project progress to project stakeholders, through regular meetings and timely status updates including weekly status reports.
  • Be a primary point of contact to the customer for the delivery of integration services.
  • Proactively manage changes in project scope, identify potential crises, and devise contingency plans.
  • Work with business users on priorities/goals and work towards meeting those goals


Qualifications & Job Requirements

  • BA/BS in Business Administration, Finance, Supply Chain, or equivalent experience/education
  • 2+ years professional experience in a large company
  • Experience in Mergers & Acquisitions preferred
  • Strong interpersonal and written communication skills are required as the Associate will work across multiple functions inside CDK and will have regular exposure to senior management.
  • Advanced leadership and ability to provide day-to-day task direction to senior members of due diligence and integration teams.
  • Detail oriented with good time management and organizational skills to meet critical deadlines.
  • Flexible with regard to changes in project requirements and shifting priorities.
  • Ability to rapidly and effectively adapt to new technologies. 
  • Ability to conduct effective team meetings.
  • Advanced skills in Microsoft Office applications with emphasis on Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint
  • Exhibit a "can-do" attitude and be interested in learning all aspects of completing a transaction and helping to manage an acquisition target database.


Preferred Education Qualifications

  • Undergraduate Supply Chain or Management degree preferred
  • Project Management Professional (PMP) certification preferred


CDK Global knows you have passions outside of work.  You have family, friends, sporting events, and lots of things going on.   That’s why we offer a comprehensive benefits package to not only take care of you but your family as well.   All of our benefits are effective the first day of employment including 401K matching, paid time off to re-energize, donate your time to volunteer in your community, and tuition reimbursement to name a few.

At CDK, we pride ourselves on having a diverse workforce. We value and celebrate the uniqueness of individuals and the different perspectives they provide. We offer equal opportunity employment regardless of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability status, age, marital status, or protected veteran status.  

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