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Corporate Development Director – Life Sciences & Diagnostics

Danaher Corporation
Job Location
San Diego County or Orange County, CA 92101-92624
United States
Job Description

Danaher is looking for a senior Corporate Development professional to help build out in-organically its $19B business. With a strong deal reputation (15-20 deals/year), $3B+ in annual cash flow, and material debt capacity, Danaher is poised to invest to win via further acquisitions, divestitures, equity investments. Key objectives • Identify, cultivate, perform diligence, value, structure and negotiate deals across Danaher’s platforms • Act as “deal quarterback” simultaneously advising and driving deal teams of subject matter experts from Corporate and operating companies to complete required work and reach investment recommendations • Monitor competitive landscape to identify and prioritize opportunities, including tracking public companies and interacting with investment bankers and other sources of deal opportunities • Manage cross-functional due diligence teams with a hands-on, team-oriented approach • Ensure effective management of post-closing deal terms and hand-off to integration teams


Required Skills & Experience • 5+ years’ recent M&A transaction experience at Fortune 500 life sciences or diagnostics company • Previous experience from a PE firm, law firm or investment bank • Deep knowledge of Life Sciences or Diagnostics is required • Bachelor's degree required. Scientific degree is preferred, and top tier MBA or JD better • Cross-functional experience in acct/finance, legal, ops, tax of M&A strongly preferred • International deal and/or venture capital experience viewed positively but not necessary • Experience in continuous improvement cultures or life sciences/diagnostics considered a plus Important Competencies • Have experience leading negotiations with an ability to listen, compromise and manage conflict • Be creative, intellectually curious, self-starting and possess a strong work ethic • Possess strong judgment to form independent points of view on risks and opportunities on deals • Communicate clearly and concisely, distilling complex subjects into actionable decision frames • Demonstrate presence, credibility, integrity and trustworthiness in highly confidential situations • Build, critique, and refine financial models with strong financial, quantitative and analytical skills • Have strong interpersonal skills and interact at multiple levels both inside and outside Danaher • Exemplify humility in leading teams to difficult goals, with an apolitical and non-bureaucratic approach • Be able to work in tactical and strategic realms, addressing commercial, financial risk and legal issues • Prioritize effectively in real time, multi-task on several projects and have strong organization skills • Be familiar with typical legal & economic deal terms and alternative approaches to risk allocation • Participate in spirited give-and-take discussions about his/her work and have a thick skin • Be willing and able to travel as required, including on short notice

About Our Organization

Danaher is a global science & technology innovator committed to helping our customers solve complex challenges and improve quality of life worldwide. Our world class brands are leaders in some of the most demanding and attractive industries, including life sciences, medical diagnostics, dental, environmental and applied solutions. Our globally diverse team of 67,000 associates is united by a common culture and operating system, the Danaher Business System, which serves as our competitive advantage. We generated $18.3B in revenue last year. We are ranked #162 on the Fortune 500 and our stock has outperformed the S&P 500 by more than 1,200% over 20 years. At Danaher, you can build a career in a way no other company can duplicate. Our brands allow us to offer dynamic careers across multiple industries. We’re innovative, fast-paced, results-oriented, and we win. We need talented people to keep winning. Here you’ll learn how DBS is used to shape strategy, focus execution, align our people, and create value for customers and shareholders. Come join our winning team.