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Director, Mergers and Acquisitions - Payments - P207159

Riverwoods, IL 60015
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Discover Financial Services (NYSE: DFS) is a direct banking and payment services company with one of the most recognized brands in U.S. financial services. Since its inception in 1986, the company has become one of the largest card issuers in the United States. The company issues the Discover card, America's cash rewards pioneer, and offers private student loans, personal loans, home equity loans, checking and savings accounts and certificates of deposit through its direct banking business. It operates the Discover Global Network comprised of Discover Network, with millions of merchant and cash access locations; PULSE, one of the nation's lea ding ATM/debit networks; and Diners Club International, a global payments network with acceptance around the world. For more information, visit www.discover.com/company

Discover Global Network:
The Discover Global Network includes Discover Network, Diners Club International, PULSE and affiliate networks. It has more than 44 million merchant acceptance locations and 2 million ATM cash access locations around the world.

The Position: The Director, Mergers & Acquisitions manages all stages of M&A and investments such as identifying, evaluating, negotiating and executing acquisitions and a range of investment types. They are responsible for engaging with leadership across the organization to support all aspects of the transaction, including but not limited to research, valuation, due diligence, negotiations, and integration planning. They will work to execute inorganic growth initiatives and identify industry trends, maintain external partner relationships, and partner with leadership to assess and execute strategic investments.

  • Lead research and investigate industry trends and opportunities to identify targets in support of Discovers strategy.
  • Manage special projects related to developing inorganic growth strategies and M&A objectives.
  • Partner with leadership to identify and develop target opportunities.
  • Lead analyses on a portfolio of target opportunities by managing a robust acquisition and or investment process, including creation of business case/deal models, deal rationale, due diligence, transaction structuring and integration planning; develop and leverage analytical frameworks to identify business and operational opportunities and risks.
  • Coordinate and lead cross-functional internal teams and external resources to manage the acquisition and or investment process and required due diligence; actively manage a portfolio of existing investments.
  • Develop presentation materials and communicate the transaction process and recommendations to leadership.

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

  • Bachelor's Degree in Business or related field
  • 10+ years M&A, Investment Banking, Corporate Development, or Transaction Advisory experience
Preferred Qualifications
If we had our say, we'd also look for:
  • Master's Degree in Business or related field
  • Knowledge of payments, financial services or related industry expertise
  • Detail and process oriented, with excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Strong analytical skills (including experience modeling business combinations, transaction and valuation analyses)
  • Strong leadership skills that build support and momentum across leadership and peer group

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: 2019-09-26 Expires: 2019-10-26

Welcome to Discover
We strive to be the leading direct bank and payments services company. Our mission is to help people spend smarter, manage debt better, and save more to achieve a brighter financial future.

Why Work with Us?
You can make an impact. Whether it’s developing corporate strategy, innovating new services or supporting IT needs, every employee has the opportunity to be a vital part of our business and make a real difference in people’s lives. It’s the heart of what we do.


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