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Interim Senior Project Manager - Mergers & Acquisitions

Job Introduction

Bauer Media Group is currently developing from a leading media house to a successful multi-business company. With the help of the M&A Team, we are shaping our business for coming changes: by investing in young and complementary business models, we set the course for a successful future.

We are seeking an Interim Senior Project Manager – M&A as maternity cover from June to December 2022. The Interim Senior Project Manager - M&A will act as a trusted advisor to Bauer Media Group, managing the successful execution of acquisitions, divestments and other investments. As an experienced M&A executive, the Senior Project Manager will be responsible for managing/leading their own M&A projects from initiation through to completion.

Role Responsibility

The project manager will be responsible for leading specific M&A transactions from start to finish. This will include:

  • Supporting the Business Areas in identifying and sourcing attractive investment opportunities
  • Valuing potential investments and leading both internal and external price discussions and negotiations, both on a stand-alone basis and with synergies
  • Leading, alongside the Business Unit sponsor, the overall negotiation of the transaction with the counter-party. Key to this is the ability to build a strong, engaged relationship with both external counter-parties and internal stakeholders, whilst effectively negotiating the transaction
  • Managing the deal process with both internal stakeholders and external advisers, including the external due diligence process and the internal approval process
  • Preparing recommendation papers for the Investment Committee and managing the process with both the Investment Committee, the sponsoring Business Unit and other Global Business Partners
  • Alongside the legal team, both internal and external, managing and negotiating transaction documents
  • Acting as a strategic partner and ‘critical friend’ to the sponsoring Business Area / Unit to identify risks and ensure that all M&A is value creating
  • Engaging with, supporting and effectively handing over to the Post-Merger Integration (PMI) team following completion of the project
  • Leading and managing all other activities required to deliver successful M&A

Alongside managing specific projects, the project manager will be an active participant in the M&A team:

  • Contributing to the M&A team meetings, weekly briefings and broader initiatives
  • Sharing transaction experiences with the M&A team to identify best-practice and areas for improvement
  • Engaging with the M&A team and other relevant parties to develop best-in-class M&A delivery
  • Leading and supporting broader industry monitoring and identifying trends


The project manager will work on multiple projects at the same time and needs to be able to:

  • Manage competing demands on their time and to effectively prioritise
  • Demonstrate the resilience required to work successfully in time pressured and often complex processes with multiple stakeholders

The Ideal Candidate

  • Strong M&A experience, ideally developed in a Corporate M&A team or a Professional Services environment. E.g. Five to seven years of experience in M&A or New Business Development in a Corporate or well know M&A Advisory / Consulting firm
  • Demonstrable experience negotiating and project managing complex transactions in a time pressured environment – negotiating style which is empathetic whilst firm enough to deliver results
  • The leadership skills required to independently manage transactions and to build effective ‘virtual’ teams from multiple departments, as well as being a strong M&A team player
  • Good valuation skills and excellent numeracy – in particular, the ability to build a bespoke discounted cash flow valuation model
  • Strong analytical skills – able to analyse a business, a business plan and to assess future value creation, synergies and fit with Bauer
  • Excellent English written and oral communication skills – able to write succinct but compelling Investment Committee papers, clearly communicate in emails and able to engage effectively with both the most senior Bauer executives and more junior staff
  • A high-level of independence, initiative and commitment – able to lead and manage own projects without material supervision, but an awareness for when risks are material and need to be escalated
  • A capacity to deal with uncertainty and changing demands in a rapidly evolving Corporate environment
  • Knowledge of and experience in the Media Industry is not necessary, but would be an advantage
  • Ability to travel within Europe

Package Description

Rewards packages at Bauer Media offer a range of salary sacrifice Benefits, such as our pension scheme and flexible holidays, as well as exclusive Perks like great deals and discounts for everyday life.

  • 25 days holiday + bank holidays
  • Discounted high street vouchers
  • Internal Bauer Academy – Wide range of learning opportunities to support with your Career Development ((4) Bauer Media Group - Academy: Posts | LinkedIn)
  • Opportunity to buy additional holiday
  • Company pension 
  • Cycle to work scheme, tech loan scheme and groups discounts for healthcare insurance
  • Discounted subscriptions on Bauer publications (50%)
  • Thrive initiatives – Wellbeing at Bauer
  • Opportunities to contribute to our Belonging@Bauer and Sustainability initiatives

Flexible Working

We want to make sure that we find the right people to work in our teams, and we know that the traditional 9-5, five days a week doesn’t suit everyone. So, we would love to hear from you if you feel you’re a great fit for this role and would like to work flexibly. If you are the right person for this role, we’ll find the right working approach for you. 


About the Company

About Bauer Media Group

Bauer Media Group has become an enduringly successful media corporation by focusing on creating content that matters most to millions of people around the world: from print and online publishing to radio and money-helper services for consumers, as well as sales and marketing services for SMB. Family-owned in the 5th generation, Bauer focuses on the long term, with a consumer-first mindset that guides us across our increasingly diverse portfolio. Our workforce of 15,000 shares a passion – to deliver content and services that are popular with, and helpful to, our customers and partners.

Bauer Media Audio is Europe’s leading digital commercial broadcaster and audio operator. Experts in the power of sound, the company reaches over twenty-five million listeners daily through its market-leading broadcast radio, online services, and podcasts. Spanning 8 countries - the UK, Republic of Ireland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Poland and Slovakia - BM Audio owns leading brands including KISS, Mix Megapol, Absolute Radio, Radio Norge, Radio Expres, Radio Nova, Radio 100 and RMF.

Belonging at Bauer Mission statement

People are at the heart of everything we do. Inclusivity is part of who we are. We celebrate diversity in all its forms, and encourage authenticity, knowing that our differences are celebrated.


What we will offer you

Quite simply, our promise to you is that Bauer Media is a great place to do great work with great people. Our people take an enormous amount of pride in the brands they support. They like their team members, and they feel supported by their managers. We all take collective responsibility for our culture, because we know it has a ripple effect out across our brands. That’s why our culture of inclusion at work, Belonging at Bauer, is at the heart of everything we do. Belonging at Bauer is about our dual goals of being as representative as we can of the audiences we serve, and about creating a working environment where all our people feel able to bring their whole selves to work every day. It’s part of everything we do, and everyone who works here is responsible. If you join us, you’ll be an important part of this as well.

Our mental health at work

We’re proud to be the driving force behind the “Where’s your head at?” campaign, which is working to put Mental Health First Aiders on an equal footing with traditional workplace First Aiders. This is a priority for all of us that work at Bauer and we now have fully trained Mental Health First Aiders supporting and working across all of our UK locations.

Bauer Core Values

We are PASSIONATE WITH PURPOSE, creative and commercial…

We know why we are here, and we LOVE what we do!

Our CREATIVE AMBITION and AGILITY takes us further, faster…

You can be as BIG as the space YOU want to fill.


To each other, to our audiences, to our advertisers.


And all ideas are welcome.


We raise it, own it, sort it.

We CARE that everyone feels VALUED and SUPPORTED…

A place where we can all do our best work.


We always have each others back.



For more information about Bauer Media UK please check out our Website https://www.bauermedia.co.uk/


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