Project Manager, Finance M&A Integrations at Morningstar

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The Team: Morningstar’s Global Finance Transformation Program (GFTP) is looking for a Project Manager, Finance M&A Integrations. The GFTP team was created to establish a formal project management framework and governance structure to ensure coordination between the significant and complex projects of the Finance organization, including teams aligned with Accounting, Financial Reporting, Financial Planning and Analysis, Procurement, Tax, and Internal Audit functions. We assist with project management activities, facilitate project prioritization, coordinate project resources and communicate project status to senior management.  Morningstar’s Finance organization is a leadership function focused on value creation for our internal and external stakeholders.  We accomplish this through our focus on core stewardship activities; building business partnerships; and developing great people in our team.   

 

The Job: The Project Manager, Finance M&A Integrations will coordinate project tasks with subject matter experts and other stakeholders through all stages of the acquisition life cycle/deal phase.  In this role, you will work closely with the Finance team stakeholders to understand the transaction’s requirements, define a project plan, and monitor progress against milestones across multiple workstreams.  You will also help coordinate cross-functional activities and decisions with other Morningstar teams participating on the M&A project.  While these M&A project tasks will include items related to pre-deal assessment and financial due diligence, we would expect a greater share of the time will be dedicated to post close tasks around process and financial system integrations.

 

This position reports to the Global Finance Transformation Program Director and is located in our Chicago office.  Some travel may be required.  You will have global exposure to M&A activity in other regions to help drive standardization of these processes within the Finance organization.  You will gain exposure to various processes within the Finance department as well as other functions within Morningstar such as Strategy, Product, Sales, Corporate Systems, and Legal.

 

Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate with Finance team stakeholders to understand the requirements of each transaction, develop a project plan, and monitor progress against milestones across multiple workstreams
  • Engage in early stage preparation activities for financial due diligence
  • Maintain and disseminate tools, templates and tracking mechanisms to effectively manage the planning, organization and coordination of post-close Finance integration activities
  • Develop a working knowledge of the financial systems and related business processes (at both Morningstar and applicable target companies) to facilitate integration planning and execution
  • Understand key components and deliverables within an integration project plan (e.g. process mapping and gap assessment; elements of a system implementation such as customer/supplier data conversions, testing, etc.)
  • Raise deal or integration issues to leadership team and facilitate a timely resolution
  • Develop and maintain processes to drive global standardization and adoption of best practices for Finance merger and acquisition activities
  • Assist Finance teams with completion of key M&A tasks as needed
  • General project management skills which can be applied to other non-M&A projects as deal activity subsides or as other needs arise.

 

Requirements:

  • 7-10 years of relevant work experience
  • Strong project management and organizational skills
  • Ability to create and maintain project plans as well as prioritize issues based on their relative risk
  • Understanding of finance and accounting process flows and internal control concepts
  • Familiarity with financial systems landscape (ERP, Consolidation tools, etc…)
  • Proficient with the activities and best practices associated with M&A transactions and integration 
  • Ability to anticipate areas of difficulty/potential unknown risks and contribute towards creative solutions
  • Ability to roll-up sleeves and assist team members in task completion
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills with the ability to convey technical information in non-technical terms to other functional groups, global Finance team members, target company personnel, and various management levels
  • Undergraduate degree in Finance/Accounting and CPA preferred.
  • Intermediate to advanced Excel skills.  Ability to understand and utilize productivity tools (such as MS Teams, JIRA, Wiki, SharePoint, Smartsheet)
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Every day is a little different. Our team is focused on POC (Proof of Concepts). My work involves problem-solving, development and software design. I work on the Data collections team, currently most of this involves, on a high level, automating the process currently used to collect data from raw sources through Machine Learning.

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How does the company support your career growth?

We believe in promoting from within, based on previous impact to the team. Whenever possible, we will stretch our employees to take on expanded roles that aligns with the career progression they are interested in.

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What are Morningstar Perks + Benefits

Morningstar Benefits Overview

At Morningstar, your contributions have meaning and can drive change. Across our 27 offices worldwide, we’ve invested in fostering a community where talented, driven people can grow. Our entrepreneurial spirit and uncompromising ethics guide everything we do. It’s all in the name of empowering investors. Morningstar is proud to offer a comprehensive benefits package to eligible, full-time employees in the United States who work a minimum of 30 hours per week. Our benefits are designed to invest in your -- and your family's well-being, including investments in your health and financial future.

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Morningstar encourages our colleagues to become involved in their communities, by providing paid time off for volunteer activities.
Partners with Nonprofits
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Daily stand up
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Unconscious bias training
Morningstar encourages unconscious bias training for all employees, especially managers and hiring personal. We believe that by raising awareness of bias we can decrease its effects.
Diversity manifesto
Someone's primary function is managing the company’s diversity and inclusion initiatives
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
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Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Morningstar offers two Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA)— one for healthcare expenses and one for dependent care expenses. You may enroll in both $ determine the contribution amount.
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Our dental plan covers 100% of preventive services, 80% of basic services, and 50% of major services.
Vision Benefits
With Morningstar's vision benefits you can get an annual eye exam with an in-network provider with just a $10 copay.
Health Insurance Benefits
Morningstar continues to offer the choice of two medical plans—the Savings Plan and the Classic Plan. Both are administered by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBS).
Life Insurance
Morningstar offers 4 tiers of life insurance that offer varying benefits. Basic Life insurance is equal to 1 times an employee's annual salary.
Wellness Programs
Mental Health Benefits
Our insurance covers 80% on in-network mental health services. Our Employee Assistance Program provides no-cost, confidential, 24-hour counseling on a wide variety of issues.
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
Take advantage of a number of Morningstar tools to help you manage your 401(k) account and your finances, including Morningstar Retirement Manager, available to you at no cost.
401(K) Matching
Morningstar provides employees with a 401(k) matching plan managed. We match $0.75 for every dollar contributed, up to a maximum of 7% of employee pay contributed to the plan each pay period.
Company Equity
Morningstar’s global employee equity benefit, Shared Ownership, enables you to take a portion of your bonus payout and exchange it for RSUs, with Morningstar providing an additional 50% match.
Employee Stock Purchase Plan
Colleagues who exceed their performance goals substantially may be eligible for Impact RSU Awards as an additional reward on top of their cash bonus/commission award.
Performance Bonus
Match charitable contributions
Morningstar's Matching GIfts program will match your charitable giving up to the local currency equivalent of $500 USD per calendar year.
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Child Care Benefits
Morningstar offers the option of in-home child and elder care, in addition to the existing day care center back-up care benefit.
Generous Parental Leave
Morningstar has a global minimum of 6 weeks paid time-off to bond with new family members. This benefit applies to all individuals equally, including birth mothers, fathers, adoptive parents.
Flexible Work Schedule
Morningstar provides employees with a flexible work schedule that includes Summer hours, Work from home, Flexible start and end times.
Remote Work Program
The safety of our employees is very important to us. We have been operating remotely due to COVID-19.
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Eligible employees may take up to 12 weeks of job-protected, unpaid leave per year for certain specified reasons, and up to a total of 26 workweeks of leave to care for a family member.
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We reimburse up to 80% for eligible adoption expenses, up to $4,000 per adoption, in addition to a minimum of 6 weeks paid time off.
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Unlimited Vacation Policy
Generous PTO
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Our employees receive 2 days per year of paid volunteer time.
Sabbatical
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
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Casual Dress
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Company Outings
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
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Recreational Clubs
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Tuition Reimbursement
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
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Continuing Education stipend
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