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Southfield, MI, US

Director, Corporate Development


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Lear Corporation is the leading Tier 1 automotive supplier serving all of the world's major automotive manufacturers with our world-class automotive seating and automotive electrical products. Our products are developed and produced by a diverse, talented team of more than 165,000 people. With operations in 39 countries, Lear operates in every major automotive manufacturing region in the world. For our globally positioned and successful teams, we are looking for dedicated talents with zest for action and enthusiasm. If you love challenges, want to experience development opportunities unrestrained, and want recognition that pays off, then you've come to the right place with Lear.




As a member of the Strategy & Corporate Development Office, the Director of Corporate Development will be responsible for sourcing, evaluating, structuring and negotiating transactions for Lear.  Additionally, the Director will be responsible for driving internal project workflow and leading cross-functional transaction teams.  This role reports into the VP of Corporate Development.


The Role:

Your work will include, but not be limited to:

  • Lead execution against a portfolio of deals across acquisitions & divestitures, joint ventures, ,  , alliances/partnerships, and other innovative deal structures that will support Lear leadership in its core business areas and drive value creation.
  • Ensure the right deals are executed efficiently and in a timely manner by driving processes and effectively collaborating across the organization.
  • Build dialogue with outside firms (e.g., investment banks, venture capital firms, consultants, etc.) in evaluating, negotiating and structuring deals.
  • Partner with Strategy team and Business Units to develop and maintain a funnel of potential M&A opportunities based on strategic priorities.
  • Collaborate effectively with Lear stakeholders (primarily the Business Units, Strategy Office, Innovation, Finance, Legal and Senior Management) to ensure that the right deals are executed the right way in a timely fashion.
  • Drive execution on the right set of deals through poised articulation of facts, data and rationale.
  • Develop mastery of corporate development analytical tools and models maintained by Corporate Development and ensure junior team member skills development.
  • Manage, retain and develop talent.  Mentor junior team members to reach their full potential and develop a bench. 
  • Stay abreast of current and projected industry dynamics, , which may affect the strategic landscape.


Your Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in relevant area.
  • Master’s degree in Business Administration or management studies from an accredited institution; MBA / CPA /CFA preferred.
  • 5-10 years’ experience in Corporate Development, Investment Banking or related transactional roles with increasing responsibility.
  • Extremely strong analytical and financial modeling skills (ability to build and modify models to evaluate transaction economics and perform sensitivity analysis).
  • Demonstrated thought leadership and proven track record of driving deal execution and multi-tasking, identifying and managing cross-functional team needs and preparing and presenting complex information to senior management.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong work ethic and ability to deliver under pressure against tight deadlines.
  • Ability to travel including international travel on an as needed basis.


Lear Corporation is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to a diverse workplace.


Applicants must submit their resume for consideration using our applicant tracking system. Due to the high volume of applications received, only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted. Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States without sponsorship. Unsolicited resumes from search firms or employment agencies, or similar, will not be paid a fee and will become the property of Lear Corporation.


Nearest Major Market: Detroit