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Saab Global

Senior Director, Corporate Development

East Syracuse, New York, United States of America
Closing date: 31 October 2024

Job Description:

Saab, Inc. is seeking to fill the role of Senior Director, Corporate Development.  This role is focused on various corporate development activities across Saab, Inc. including but not limited to Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), Economic Development projects with states and local municipalities, and any other activities where Saab, Inc. is looking to establish corporate partnerships & relationships.  This position is eligible for Saab, Inc.'s relocation package.

The Senior Director, Corporate Development reports to the Saab, Inc. Chief Financial Officer and collaborates with other members of the CFO Leadership Team to:  

  • Oversee the execution of all Merger & Acquisition activity in the US.

    • Coordinate with the Saab, AB M&A team, and their associated processes.

    • Establish relationships with the Aerospace & Defense M&A network to provide insight to business leadership as to trends, new opportunities, and other market insight available.

    • Execute the process of providing initial offer(s), conducting due diligence, planning integration, providing internal briefings to seek approval through the entire process and provide advice & counsel to business leadership on deal quality and feasibility.

    • Work with business leaders to define, and refine, strategic gaps to be filled through M&A, partnership, or other combination.

    • In concert with Saab AB, optimize our M&A at Saab, Inc.

  • Oversee the relationship with States and other stakeholders to extract the maximum economic development opportunities for Saab, Inc.

    • Maintain and nurture state-level relationships to maximize benefits for Saab, Inc., and local communities, supporting job growth and future investments.

  • As Saab, Inc. continues to grow, identify new opportunities and locations, and establish relationships with local authorities and governments to explore ways to offset investment costs for setting up new facilities, ensuring long-term success in these regions.

  • Act as the CFO representative in the continuous refinement of the Saab, Inc. 5-year rolling Strategic Business Plan that seeks to identify early opportunities for investment, often tied to M&A and economic development, but also including a future view of existing business.

  • Act as the liaison between the Chief Strategy Officer and Division General Managers, aligning qualitative strategies with a financial vision for the future. As part of the CFO Office, contribute to this process by modeling potential future financial performance over a 5-year horizon, considering how it may differ from the current business state. Serve as a member of the CFO staff.

    • Participate in Saab, Inc. Finance projects for continuous improvement, capability enhancement and general management of business growth.

    • Manage a small team focused on support of the above activities.

    • Work cross-functionally to support other staff members where appropriate.

Total Annual Compensation Opportunity: $222,200-$305,500

The compensation range provided is a general guideline. When extending an offer, Saab, Inc. considers factors including (but not limited to) the role and associated responsibilities, location, and market and business considerations, as well as the candidate's work experience, key skills, and education/training.

Skills and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in finance, Accounting, or a related field

  • Demonstrated experience working on successful Merger & Acquisition(s)

  • Significant experience in a growing business environment with experience beyond just finance and/or accounting.   General Management experience, with P&L experience is a plus.

  • Demonstrated experience participating in Business Strategy

Required Skills:

  • Ability to communicate and interact with the investment banking community, financial consultants and other third parties necessary to conduct M&A

  •  Demonstrated strategic mindset with the ability to develop strategies and lead initiatives that support business and functional objectives, driving value. Ability to make decisions of high impact in the presence of uncertainty.

  • Outstanding communication and presentation skills, particularly in motivating and achieving consensus on large investment decisions.

  • Willingness to travel up to 25%.

Citizenship Requirements:

Must be a U.S. citizen, Permanent Resident (green card holder), or protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3).

Drug-Free Workplaces:

Saab is a federal government contractor and adheres to policies and programs necessary for sustaining drug-free workplaces. As a condition of employment, candidates will be required to pass a pre-employment drug screen.


Saab provides an excellent working environment offering professional growth opportunities, competitive wages, work-life balance, business-casual atmosphere and comprehensive benefits:

  • Medical, vision and dental insurance for employees and dependents

  • Paid time off including: minimum of 3 weeks vacation, 5 floating holidays, 8 designated holidays, parental leave, personal illness, bereavement, jury duty, long-term and short-term disability

  • 401(k) with immediate vesting on employer match

  • Tuition assistance

  • Student loan assistance

  • Wellness account, subscription and employee assistance programs

  • Employee stock purchase program with employer match

About Us:

Saab is a leading defense and security company with an enduring mission, to help nations keep their people and society safe. Empowered by its 19,000 talented people, Saab constantly pushes the boundaries of technology to create a safer, more sustainable and more equitable world. In the U.S., Saab delivers advanced technology and systems, supporting the U.S. Armed Forces and the Federal Aviation Administration, as well as international and commercial partners. Headquartered in Syracuse, New York, the company has business units and local employees in eight U.S. locations.

Saab is a company where we see diversity as an asset and offer unlimited opportunities for advancing in your career. We are also a company that respects each person’s needs and encourage employees to lead a balanced, rewarding life beyond work. Saab values diversity and is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action employer. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply and will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity, age, veteran, disability status, or any other federal, state, or locally protected category.