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Grant Thornton LLP Diligence Director in Chicago, Illinois

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*Strategy & Transactions – Financial Diligence Director * * * Grant Thornton’s Strategy and Transactions (S&T) practice is focused globally on middle-market transactions, serving dynamic organizations with experienced professionals who bring a full range of advisory services to validate, optimize and create value. Our S&T practice is comprised of several integrated capabilities that support our clients' needs throughout the transaction lifecycle.


The Financial Diligence Director is responsible for overseeing all phases of project and engagement management for multiple clients in a wide variety of industries. Responsibilities include planning, directing, and completing projects and services in financial due diligence and developing and managing staff. The Financial Diligence Director works closely with partners and staff and plays a key role in client management, practice development, and business development for an assigned group of clients.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities * Supervise and oversee all aspects of engagements throughout the transaction process, and coordinate the work performed by multiple service lines. * Serve as the day-to-day point person on engagements; lead meetings and calls with clients and target management. * Plan, execute, direct and complete financial due diligence for financial and corporate strategic buyers from a variety of industries, including manufacturing and distribution, non-profit, high-tech, real estate, and financial services. * Manage client expectations concerning project deliverables and deadlines and lead change efforts effectively. * Develop and maintain strong client relationships and cross-sell services. * Team with partners on proposals and business development calls. * Possess expertise in M&A due diligence skills from data room to reporting * Assess performance of managers, senior associates and associates for engagement and year-end reviews. * Recruit, manage, mentor, and train managers, senior associates and associates. * Other duties as assigned

  • Bachelor's degree in Accounting, Finance, Economics, Business Administration, or related field. Advanced degree preferred.

  • 1

    0 plus years of related work experience in the following: accounting, audit or transaction in a similar consulting practice or function, servicing cross-industry clients at a national level.

  • CPA certification and relevant professional certifications a plus.
  • Strong current knowledge in US GAAP, GAAS, SEC Reporting, transaction advisory services or mergers and acquisitions.
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities and simultaneous projects in a rapidly growing practice.
  • Strong leadership, business development, recruitment, training, and mentoring skills.
  • Excellent written, presentation, leadership, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Ability to work additional hours as needed and up to 40% travel to various client sites.
  • Locations of preference: Chicago, Manhattan, Boston, Philadelphia, DC, Dallas, LA, San Francisco


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Title: Diligence Director

Location: IL-Chicago

Requisition ID: 048189

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