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Senior Director Mergers & Acquisition Technology Integration

  • Location: Chicago, IL
  • Job Type: Direct Placement
  • Ref No: 18-07677
  • Date: December 07, 2018
  • Job title:

James Rezny

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Job Description - Senior Director Mergers & Acquisition Technology Integration

Senior Director M&A Technology Integration 

Reporting to the Vice President, Mergers & Acquisitions Integrations, the Senior Director M&A Technology Integration is the leader responsible for creation of the M&A IT Integration approach for each deal assigned. Our client typically is closing several acquisitions each month, all of which are integrated onto the technology platform as much as is possible.Together with M&A Integration Program Directors, the Senior Director M&A Technology Integration engages with key Information Technology leaders and engineers, to review all acquisition technology platforms and perform the technology requirements review, creating the technology designs for integrating the new acquisition's systems and data. S/he drives to integrate to the common standard technology platform and identifies potential non-fit/poor-fit situations, major issues or high risks which will require additional investigation or steering committee escalation. Will perform deeper dive investigations as needed to complete all required due diligence and integration design deliverables. Subsequently, this leader is responsible for directing the implementation of the solution through leading the team of technical analysts and vendors.

Role Description & Responsibilities:

The M&A Integration Program Director, Lead is the primary owner of the M&A deal IT integration program.  The role primary responsibility is to supervise all M&A Integration Program Director activities, ensuring proper quality, on time delivery, and appropriate follow-through. In addition to the supervisory functions, this role will also be leading individual M&A integration programs, working closely with our acquisition candidate companies, developing systems integration plans that allows them to connect into all of the people, process and technology.  The Senior Director, M&A Integration will work collaboratively with our IT, Information Security, Operations and business teams to architect plans, communicate with all stakeholders on progress and manage any issues and risks against a well-defined playbook. 


The Senior Director M&A Integration Program Director is responsible for:

  • the day-to-day leadership of M&A Integration Program Directors
  • management of direct reports individual performance
  • measuring and taking appropriate action to keep the team capacity properly optimized, through the management of team contractor numbers
  • product and process consistency, ensuring that deliverables are high quality and meet organizational standards 
  • ensuring proper process execution, that all appropriate playbook steps are followed and monitored
  • collecting, analyzing and reporting appropriate execution measures, identifying risks and issues and devising appropriate mitigation and resolution actions
  • continual improvement of M&A Integration processes and deliverables through execution of a post-mortem feedback loop  
  • management of the M&A financial estimation and actuals tracking process  
  • management of staffing vendors
  • periodic evaluation of the M&A Integration execution model, and providing recommendations to the VP, M&A Integrations for potential changes

Basic Qualifications:

  • Technology professional with over 5 years of experience with integrating infrastructure and applications.  Ideal candidate has experience with bringing new acquisitions into a buyer company, familiar with the M&A process steps, due diligence evaluation, estimation and integration execution.
  • Minimum 8 years of experience in project-based process and technology delivery roles. 
  • Minimum 3 years of working in a matrix organization, effectively communicating, collaborating and executing with quality with teams not under direct control.
  • Experience within past 5 years in key leadership position, responsible for delivering a new capability involving designing and delivering a complex people, technology, and process integration program.  
  • Agent of change mentality: actively seeks and recognizes opportunities to change processes or behaviors to create more value through integration process improvements, or technology changes. 
  • Ability to create fact-based financial estimates, and subsequently measure performance against estimate, identify variance, and proactively address issues to keep within budget.
  • Experience with managing a services vendor. 
  • Empathic communicator and collaborator.   
  • Exceptional business writing and speaking skills.  Experienced with presenting to C-level executives, and making persuasive, fact-based presentations.  
  • Organized and detail oriented, with the ability to handle multiple integration programs and priorities concurrently.  Has experience delivering multiple (6 or more) complex initiatives concurrently.
  • Experience with LEAN/Six-Sigma process optimization, waste reduction principles and improvement projects.
  • Ability to travel up to 30% of the time.
  • Authorized to work in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Insurance, brokerage and/or financial services industry experience, particularly with highly acquisitive M&A Integration activity.
  • Experience with infrastructure implementations.
  • Experience with automated application data conversions and software delivery lifecycle. 
  • Consulting experience with client-facing responsibilities.


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