Platform M&A Deal Lead


Charlotte, NC, USA

Full time

Global Transportation/Logistics

Nov 9

Full Job Description

Leads M&A projects across the deal lifecycle, representing the Platform M&A workstream and partnering with Corporate Development and the other cross-functional M&A workstreams. Advises Platform leadership stakeholders, and project manages deal projects and initiatives tied to Maersk inorganic strategy.Platform M&A Deal Lead

About the company

A.P. Moller - Maersk is an integrated container logistics company that is responsible for moving 20% of global trade every year. With a dedicated team of over 80,000 employees across 130 countries, we go all the way to connect and simplify global trade, and help our customers grow and thrive.

The Business Platforms organization is at the forefront of developing cutting edge technologies to improve the customer’s experience with personalized and automated end-to-end digital journeys, that enable Maersk customers to access standardized products and services seamlessly. The Platforms help enable Maersk’s vision to be the Global Integrator of container logistics, connecting and simplifying customers’ supply chains. Additionally, the team creates the foundation to integrate data, systems and processes, powered by scalable digital Infrastructure and APIs.

About the role

We are seeking a proven M&A practitioner to lead deal projects (acquisitions and divestitures) for Maersk’s Business Platform organization. This role will support the full deal lifecycle, leading the Platform M&A workstream within our cross-functional M&A model. partnering closely with the corporate development team and other M&A functions to validate deal rationales and targets, define and operationalize integration plans, and oversee post-Close integration. This position will report to our Sr Director of Platform M&A, and will eventually build and manage a team of their own.

This is a critical role within an innovative, fast-growing organization within Maersk, and will engage a broad landscape of internal stakeholders across the globe and across functions. The ideal candidate will operate at a high level of intellectual curiosity, with superior communication skills, a collaborative work ethic, a proven ability to drive operational excellence through ambiguity. They will have the maturity, confidence, intellectual strengths, and robust experience to lead project teams and advise senior stakeholders through complex large-scale initiatives.


  • Lead M&A projects across the deal lifecycle, representing the Platform M&A workstream and partnering with Corporate Development and the other cross-functional M&A workstreams
  • Build and manage a team of M&A program managers
  • Coordinate with Maersk Business and Tech Platform teams to steer diligence analysis, integration strategy, and to mobilize integration execution
  • Contribute domain expertise toward the definition and establishment of a framework for repeatable success for the M&A lifecycle
  • Partner with Maersk Business Platform leaders and Corporate Development to validate proposed deal rationales and models with Maersk roadmap objectives
  • Define and manage Platform workstream integration budgets on a per-deal basis (headcount and Opex costs required for integration execution)
  • Lead operationalizing (post-Close buildout) of integration plans initially defined prior to acquisition Close, working with cross-functional integration leads to define implement, and track deliverables
  • Determine risks, mitigation plans, and optimal execution path for post-Close integration - setting priorities, removing barriers, helping teams problem-solve, and surfacing decisions-needed to leadership stakeholders
  • Identify the need for, drive scoping and design of, and coordinate implementation of, cross-functional “bridging solutions” that solve for acquired-company operational needs during interim integration phases prior to full integration into Maersk.
  • Support the complex set of communication channels associated with M&A deal projects, across a range of stakeholder functions and seniority (e.g. technical and business platform workstreams, cross-functional deal teams, and deal Steercos) . Manage report-out deliverables for stakeholders including Maersk leadership to ensure integration plans are communicated appropriately at key milestones
  • Contribute domain expertise toward the definition and establishment of a framework for repeatable success for the Platform M&A lifecycle. Supports maintenance of Platform M&A process materials (templates, guides, team site), Platform M&A Playbook updates, and supports Platform M&A participation in Maersk M&A process initiatives.
  • May provide supplemental supports for coordinating internal Platform M&A events, including cross-functional initiatives

Key Requirements:

  • 10+ years of experience in buy-side M&A, having led cross-functional project teams to execute due diligence, pre-Close and post-Close integration planning, and post-Close integration execution within large globally-distributed organizations.
  • Experience working within a large-enterprise serial acquirer preferred, and ideally within Product or Technology focused M&A functions. Experience within Corporate Development or Corporate Strategy roles is helpful, but not required and doesn’t necessarily equate to the skill set targeted for this role.
  • Previous experience (in roles prior to or within M&A field) as technical program manager or product manager strongly preferred.
  • Bachelors Degree required, post-graduate degree preferred (degree focus may vary).
  • Experience in logistics industry space ideal but not required.

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