Interested in structuring, valuing and negotiating complex financial transactions for one of the world’s largest technology companies? Microsoft’s Corporate Development group is a small team of deal professionals that sources, evaluates and executes acquisitions, divestitures, investments, joint ventures and partnerships for Microsoft. The team interacts regularly with Microsoft’s senior management, including frequent discussions with the company’s CEO and CFO. The team is looking for highly motivated Mergers and Acquisitions professionals with a passion for technology.
Microsoft generates $90 billion of annual revenues. Every company looking for new growth is looking to change how they use digital technology to fundamentally reimagine how they empower their employees, engage customers, optimize their operations and change the very core of their products and services. Microsoft is positioned to become the strategic digital transformation platform and company of choice. We will reinvent productivity to empower every person and every organization on the planet to do more and achieve more. Microsoft is an active acquirer and has closed well over 100 transactions in the past 10 years, including LinkedIn, Skype, and Mojang (Minecraft).
Strong deal volume is expected as acquisitions continue to be a key driver of Microsoft’s growth strategy, complementing a broad range of new products in the pipeline. Additionally, Microsoft continues to evaluate and fund domestic and international equity investments and joint ventures across all lines of business.
Analysts will play an integral role in charting the future direction of Microsoft and will participate in landscape-defining transactions. They will join an accomplished team of individuals with extensive M&A experience from leading investment banks, private equity firms, consulting firms and corporations. For any given deal, Corporate Development Managers will lead valuation analysis and actively participate in deal structuring, negotiation strategy, and review of term sheets and definitive agreements. They will play a vital role in upfront idea generation, strategic evaluation and business planning, coordination of financial, tax and legal due diligence, and post-close integration planning. Managers will also interface with the investment banking, venture capital and startup communities.
As Analysts gain experience, the Corporate Development team encourages and supports them to pursue new challenges and assume greater responsibilities. Furthermore, leaders of this team are highly dedicated to personal career development; they organize advanced M&A training sessions, meet with each team member on a regular basis to discuss career development and offer personal coaching to improve professional skills. In the long-term, the senior leadership of Microsoft will continue to look to the Corporate Development team as a source for new business leaders within the company, building on a strong tradition of exporting talent to Microsoft’s business groups.
Given this philosophy, this position is NOT structured as a pre-MBA program. Several Analysts have later assumed significant leadership roles in the group without an MBA, have moved onto exciting operational and financial roles within Microsoft, or pursued an MBA at a top-tier business school.
- BA/BS degree in Business, Finance, Accounting, Computer Science or Engineering
- Two+ years of analyst experience from a top-tier investment bank, preferably with mergers and acquisitions transaction experience.
- The ideal candidate will be a self-starter, have strong financial skills and robust valuation expertise and the ability to work independently in a rapidly changing business environment.
- Personal integrity, initiative, exceptional judgment, strong written and verbal communication skills and the ability to work as part of a team in an environment that demands excellence are essential.
- A passion for technology is a positive.
If interested, please apply here.