Transaction Services Strategic Solutions Manager/Director

Grant Thornton LLP Houston , TX 77020

Posted 4 months ago

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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.

Grant Thornton's Transaction Services

  • Strategic Solutions Team is comprised of professionals across various service offerings:
  • Operations due diligence

  • Integration & Separations

  • Performance improvement

  • Turnaround and restructuring

  • Interim management

  • Transaction Accounting

  • Capital Markets

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, transaction management, communications, and change management processes. This individual will lead and/or support operations (and commercial) 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. This individual will analyze deal thesis, value drivers, value chain, operating model and commercial strength of target including assessing synergy targets. 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.

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 exit 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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Founded in Chicago in 1924, Grant Thornton LLP (Grant Thornton) is the U.S. member firm of Grant Thornton International Ltd., one of the world's leading organizations of independent audit, tax and advisory firms. Grant Thornton has revenues in excess of $1.3 billion and operates 58 offices across the U.S., with more than 565 partners and 8,000 employees.

Grant Thornton works with a broad range of publicly- and privately-held companies, government agencies, financial institutions, and civic and religious organizations. Core industries served include consumer and industrial products, financial services, not-for-profit, private equity, and technology. Grant Thornton focuses on serving dynamic organizations that pursue growth holistically whether through revenue improvement, leadership, mission fulfillment or innovation.

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Transaction Services Strategic Solutions Manager/Director

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