Director of Corporate Development @ Aon in Chicago, IL

The Director of Corporate Development is responsible for assisting the New Venture Group in strategy development, landscaping of strategic sectors, and the sourcing, tracking, valuation and execution of potential mergers, acquisitions and investments therein by the company. This will include, but may not be limited to:
Working closely with members of New Venture Group as well as corporate development leadership to develop, evolve and communicate the vision and strategic plan for the company.
Partnering with the New Venture Group team and corporate development team to identify, review and pressure test strategic rationale of potential transactions or partnerships which are aligned with Aon’s strategic priorities.
Establishing market and competitive analysis capabilities to constantly stay ahead of trends in and around the industry; act as a resource to business units to develop robust strategic plans
Contributing to the prospecting, sourcing and execution stages of Aon’s acquisition origination processes, including primarily the initial diligence, strategic rationale, preliminary financial modeling and valuation of the transaction or opportunity
Leading and/or contributing to the execution phases of the acquisition process by working closely with the business unit, diligence leads company-wide, legal team and external advisors. Responsibilities will include due diligence coordination, synergy and integration planning, transaction structuring, financial modeling, valuation and negotiation, and managing the internal approval activities
Assessing and advising on wide range of structural options for potential transactions
Advising business executives on the financial implications and risks related to key issues and important strategic M&A decisions
Ensuring that Aon’s reputation and profile within the investment banking community remains strong, focused and positive to facilitate high quality deal flow. Managing relationships with industry leaders, potential acquisition targets, bankers, consultants and other advisors as necessary.
Ideal Experience
6+ years of transaction experience in Corporate Development of a large, global Corporation and/or experience in one of the blue-chip strategy consulting firms or investment banking.
Demonstrated experience executing complex M&A transactions, partnerships or other structured commercial transactions, and/or developing strategies for large, complex global organizations where working across boundaries and leading through influence are keys to success.
Firm understanding of excel financial modeling, accounting, financial statements and valuation
Strong written and oral communication skills and experience in clearly and articulately communicating strategic initiatives and recommendations to senior executives.
Knowledge and understanding of the professional services, consulting, or technology industries.
Experience working in a demanding environment with highly motivated and driven professionals.
Demonstrated ability to proactively, independently and successfully manage multiple highly demanding projects simultaneously
An advanced degree (i.e. MBA) or additional certifications (i.e. CPA, CFA) are preferred, but not required.
Highly proficient in Excel and PowerPoint
Critical Competencies for Success

Strategic Acumen and Thought Leadership Seamlessly interact in a proactive and collaborative way with internal business units and corporate stakeholders regarding potential transactions. Consistently representing the company’s values, while assisting in the implementation of the company’s growth agenda. Ability to build strong relationships that foster credibility, trust and cooperation. Takes responsibility and demonstrating personal ownership of tasks and following through to get required results. Maintains a well-organized and rigorous in prioritization of issues and projects. Challenges and supports the businesses in attaining stretch performance targets which go significantly beyond previous levels. Personally identifies with business vision and takes pride in shared success.

Proactive and Collaborative Mindset
Established track record of adding or creating value in a strategic context, and a respected source of critical thinking and breakthrough ideas. Able to step back from day-to-day activities to view the business from a different perspective and see the bigger picture. Uses facts (e.g. information, trends, needs) to support observations and relies on extensive analysis/modeling/valuation and interpretation before making a decision. Ability to establish simplifying frameworks which facilitate making decisions thoughtfully, despite the complexity of the issues or the pressure involved. Proven global perspectives and experience.

Other Personal Characteristics
Ability to independently support NVG while also tying back to corporate development
Highly intelligent, strategic and analytical thinker.
Strong written and oral communication skills.
Motivated and performance-driven with a strong work ethic and sense of urgency.
Hands-on, engaged and operationally astute.
Highly organized
Presence, confidence and self-awareness.
Efficiency, resilience, resourcefulness and flexibility.
Entrepreneurial and collaborative mindset.

We offer you

A competitive total rewards package, continuing education & training, and tremendous potential with a growing worldwide organization.

Our Colleague Experience:
From helping clients gain access to capital after natural disasters, to creating access to health care and retirement for millions, Aon colleagues empower results for our clients, communities, and each other every day. They make a difference, work with the best, own their potential, and value one another. This is the Aon Colleague Experience, defining what it means to work at Aon and realizing our vision of empowering human and economic possibility. To learn more visit Aon Colleague Experience .

About Aon:
Aon plc (NYSE: AON) is a leading global professional services firm providing a broad range of risk, retirement and health solutions. Our 50,000 colleagues in 120 countries empower results for clients by using proprietary data and analytics to deliver insights that reduce volatility and improve performance.

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