Senior Associate – Corporate Development / M&A

Location: Montreal, Quebec

Employee Status: Permanent

Schedule: Full time

Education: Bachelor degree

Job Description

Fairstone is Canada’s leading non-bank provider of responsible lending solutions. With roots in Canada since 1923 and over 200 branches coast to coast, Fairstone provides personal loans and home equity loans designed to suit today’s borrowing needs. Fairstone also partners with a wide network of businesses to deliver flexible consumer financing programs. Fairstone is proud to make a difference in the communities where we live and work, because community matters.

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Based in the Montreal Head Office, this position reports to the Head of Corporate Development.  The Sr Associate – Corporate Development/M&A is a specialist position within the Corporate Development Team focused on the acceleration of Fairstone’s growth strategy through execution of M&A transactions and strategic partnerships. 

Responsibilities will include:

▪Participate in projects involving strategic partnerships
▪Develop and manage the preparation of financial models for various financing projects
▪Perform financial analysis and valuation of targets
▪Assist in structuring of deals
▪Participate in the due diligence process, including liaising with other business units, lenders and external consultants
▪Identification of issues that need to be specifically covered during negotiations
▪Support the development of the Integration plan of the business
▪Participate in the review of the transactional legal documentation including Memorandums of Understanding, Letters of Intent, Share Purchase Agreements, Asset ▪Purchase Agreements, Shareholder Agreements
▪Develop tools for continuous improvement of the M&A process – development of business case templates, valuation models
▪Collect market intelligence
▪Perform research to be used in financial modeling, competitive analysis, industry analysis, negotiation support

Fairstone is an equal opportunity employer. Accordingly, we will make reasonable accommodations to respond to the needs of people with disabilities.  Individuals who view themselves as Aboriginals, members of visible minorities, and disabled are encouraged to apply in confidence.

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Job Qualifications

▪Undergraduate degree in business with a finance and/or accounting concentration
▪Professional designation:  CA, CFA, CBV or MBA a must
▪Minimum 7-8 years’ experience in M&A/Capital Markets
▪Experience in financial analysis and transaction/financing execution (i.e.:  Investment Banking, Private Equity, M&A or Corporate Development)
▪Solid experience in a deal environment including valuation analysis, deal structuring, due diligence, negotiations and closing of transactions.
▪Strong analytical, numerical and modeling skills
▪Strong knowledge of financial accounting
▪Strategic thinking and data mining skills
▪Excellent written and verbal communication skills with strong attention to details
▪Understanding of key drivers and business strategy
▪Ability to build presentations
▪Must be able to address multiple issues in a high paced/high pressure rapidly changing environment
▪Strong project management skills
▪Must be able to work independently and proactively solve problems that may not have a clear solution
▪Experience working with multiple internal/external advisors within the context of a transaction and coordinate various work streams (i.e.:  lawyers, accountants, tax and other specialists, external consultants/advisors...)
▪Excellent Excel & PowerPoint skills (VBA a plus)
▪Solid knowledge of Bloomberg
▪Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to interact with people at all levels
▪Authorized to work in Canada