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American Express Director - CEG (HR) Mergers & Acquisitions in Helena, Montana


Team Overview

The CEG (formerly Human Resources) Mergers & Acquisitions team helps execute strategically relevant and financially sound transactions that supplement growth and optimize the company’s capital through acquisitions, divestitures, and joint ventures. The CEG M&A team provides strategic leadership and agile delivery of CEG due diligence, integration planning and execution for acquisitions, and CEG structuring and implementation for divestitures, JVs and other corporate transactions. The key responsibilities of the team are:

  • Leading the CEG aspects of deal activity at American Express

  • Assembling the appropriate CEG team with delegates from various human resources related functions: compensation, benefits, employment law (internal and external), I&D, employee relations, global mobility, and Colleague Strategic Partners from the business and appropriate geographies

  • Working and partnering across CEG with these human resources related functions to design and implement diligence strategy to sign and close

  • Collecting, managing and tracking of CEG data requests and responses

  • Representing CEG work stream on cross-functional deal teams and surfacing people-related issues and business impact to corporate development and/or business teams

  • Liaising with cross-functional M&A team members (e.g. controllership, tax, accounting, technology, legal, etc.)

  • Synthesizing and presenting diligence findings and recommendations to CEG leadership, deal team, and business leaders

  • Building M&A capability within American Express CEG

  • Supporting ongoing development of CEG M&A capabilities, including building and delivering training for CEG employees in preparation for deal activity

  • Developing and continuously improving CEG M&A infrastructure

  • Working with CEG functional experts to regularly improve upon existing CEG M&A tools and processes

Job Responsibilities

Specifically, this position will focus on the Due Diligence side of CEG M&A, the CEG M&A Director will be responsible for:

  • Understanding the deal strategy, structure, timing, and process as laid out by the corporate and/or business development teams and translating these requirements into project plans for the CEG team

  • Working with legal and corporate development deal team to negotiate key colleague related terms and conditions in the purchase agreement

  • Designing the talent retention strategy to drive business objectives for the target and driving internal and external stakeholder alignment on the proposed plans

  • Providing agile management leadership on multiple concurrent due diligence efforts, track progress and advise course correction

  • Reviewing and providing input to draft legal agreements and ensuring that the CEG agreements and structures are appropriately reflected in the final legal agreements

  • Identifying, escalating, and monitoring liabilities, risks, issues and opportunities across transactions with support from CEG SMEs

  • Identifying lessons learned and process improvements to support continuous improvement and innovation

  • Leading capability building efforts to complement the strategic priorities for CEG M&A and business partners, and taking ownership of end-to-end delivery of such projects

  • Participate in conferences and round table discussions with external CEG M&A community to bring industry best practices and insights to the function


The ideal candidate for the CEG M&A Due Diligence Director position will meet the following requirements:

  • 8-10 years successful track record in Corporate Human Resources or Human Resources consulting, experience in M&A preferred (diligence and/or integration)

  • Experience in one or more of the following Human resources specialties: benefits, compensation, employment law, and Human Resources business partner (known as Colleague Strategic Partner at Amex)

  • Experience working with global and virtual teams and ability to interface and collaborate with internal stakeholders, external targets and provide steer to external consultants for execution of deliverables

  • Ability to think strategically to grasp key business drivers of an issue and determine strategic human capital implications and recommendations

  • Ability to absorb and process large quantities of disparate information and synthesize quickly

  • Demonstrated program management skills and comfortable working in an environment with tight deadlines, imperfect information, and ambiguity

  • Ability to build trust, develop relationships, and influence

  • Strong executive presence and effective communicator; should be comfortable to engage senior leadership and speak up with a point of view

  • Self-starter with ability to work independently and as a larger part of a team and matrixed environment

  • Proficient in PowerPoint, Word, and Excel

  • Interest or experience working with legal documents

Additional Details:

  • Location: 200 Vesey St, New York, NY 10281

  • Ongoing Workplace Flexibility: Position will currently be work-from-home due to COVID-19. American Express is committed to the well-being of its colleagues and to creating a safe work environment; colleagues will continue to work remotely until a return to the office can be safely accomplished.

  • Visa Sponsorship: Employment eligibility to work with American Express in the U.S. is required as the company will not pursue visa sponsorship for this position.

American Express is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, age, or any other status protected by law.

Job: Human Resources

Primary Location: United States

Req ID: 21010138