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Senior Mergers & Acquisitions Analyst - P207160

Riverwoods, IL 60015
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At Discover, be part of a culture where diversity, teamwork and collaboration reign. Join a company that is just as employee-focused as it is on its customers and is consistently awarded for both. We're all about people, and our employees are why Discover is a great place to work. Be the reason we help millions of consumers build a brighter financial future and achieve yours along the way with a rewarding career.

Discover's Payments Mergers and Acquisitions team is responsible for executing inorganic growth initiatives in support of Discover's payments strategy. The team identifies payments industry trends, maintains external partner relationships, and partners with Discover's Payments and Corporate Strategy leadership to assess and execute strategic investments around the globe.

The Senior M&A Analyst performs various stages of M&A and investments activities, including but not limited to identifying, evaluating, and supporting execution of acquisitions and a range of investment types such as minority investments or joint ventures in support of Discover's strategy. Researches, valuates, provides due diligence, negotiates, approves and integrates planning on all aspects of the transaction. Collaborates with leadership to executing inorganic growth initiatives in support of Discover's strategy. Stays abreast of industry trends, maintains relationships, and partners with leadership to assist in executing strategic investments.

*This role is ideally located in Riverwoods (IL) but downtown Chicago (IL) will be considered.


  • Develop presentation materials and support communication regarding the transaction process and recommendations to leadership.
  • Develops and coordinate cross-functional internal teams and external resources to manage the acquisition and or investment process and required due diligence; actively manage and support existing investments.
  • Conduct analyses on target opportunities, which may include creation of business case / deal models, deal rationale, due diligence, transaction structuring and integration planning.
  • Develops recommendations and identifies target opportunities and presents to Leadership.
  • Works on problems and projects of diverse scope related to developing inorganic growth strategies and M&A objectives.
  • Research and investigate industry trends and opportunities to identify targets in support of Discovers strategy by independently selecting methods and techniques for obtaining solutions

At a minimum, here's what we need from you:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Business or related field
  • 2+ years of experience in M&A, Investment Banking, Corporate Development, Transaction Advisory or related field
  • In lieu of education, 6+ years of experience in M&A, Investment Banking, Corporate Development, Transaction Advisory or related field

Preferred Qualifications

If we had our say, we'd also look for:

  • Master's Degree preferred in Business or related field
  • 1+ years of experience in Payments, Financial Services or related field
  • Demonstrated ability to develop/coordinate new teams and projects, manage multiple projects at once, and independently conduct market research and build financial models
  • Enthusiasm for industry, excitement and aptitude to learn quickly
  • Strong analytical skills (including experience modeling business combinations, transaction and valuation analyses) and leadership skills that build support and momentum across teams
  • Detail and process oriented, with excellent written and verbal communication skills

Discover Financial Services is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran status, among other things, or as a qualified individual with a disability.



  • Banking / Finance
Posted: 2019-08-31 Expires: 2019-09-30

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