Full Job Description
DAT Solutions is looking for a Manager, M&A and Emerging Opportunities to join our growing DAT team in Denver, CO.
In this role, you will identify and/or create new business opportunities for the largest freight marketplace in North America. DAT operates at the center of an industry populated with well funded startups developing new ways to move, match, and track truckload freight. You will be DAT’s eyes and ears with these startups, investors, and founders to identify and analyze innovative or disruptive markets, business models, and technologies. For threats and opportunities, you will develop financial models to quantify the impact to DAT. Leading the development of DAT’s strategy in these new or adjacent markets, you will manage the pipeline of potential acquisitions and partners.
Demonstrated track record of identifying and evaluating disruptive market trends and new technologies.
Investor mindset; experience in valuation of both early stage and mature companies through financial analysis.
Comfortable working with key decision-makers from potential partners, founders, investors, and acquisition targets around the industry.
Experienced relationship manager: ability to establish and maintain rapport with contacts across trucking/transportation, and tech industries.
Comfort level working with senior executives to communicate evolving market trends and technologies as they relate to business strategy.
What You’ll Do
Analyze industry announcements, developments, and product launches to identify threats and opportunities for DAT’s core and emerging business.
Attend industry events to stay informed of emerging technologies and startup business models.
Develop strategic recommendations for DAT’s freight marketplace (DAT One) and analytics (DAT iQ) based on threats/opportunities.
Identify potential partners or acquisitions that address capability gaps that DAT must close quickly to compete and win.
Maintain DAT’s partnership and M&A pipeline, including preliminary financial models, to fuel strategic growth objectives.
Assist the VP of Strategy Execution and Roper Technologies Legal, Finance, and M&A teams through acquisition lifecycle.
The Skills and Experience You’ll Need
4+ years’ experience in finance or consulting roles with progression in size/scope. Exceptional analytical skills across multiple types of data, from financial data to product data.
Strategic mindset to “see around the corner” and help develop navigate for DAT Experience developing plans to achieve company or business unit strategies. Ability to both write and present clear and actionable analyses.
Experience working with senior leadership as a thought partner.
Great emotional intelligence: ability to build relationships with influencers and leaders around the industry.
Knowledge of concepts, practices, and procedures within the trucking industry. Existing network within the freight tech startup community.
Passion for designing and driving industry-shaping change.
Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field. MBA preferred.
DAT Solutions is a next-generation SaaS technology company that has been at the leading edge of innovation in transportation supply chain logistics for 43 years. We continue to transform the industry year over year, by deploying a suite of software solutions to millions of customers every day – customers who depend on DAT for the most relevant data and most accurate insights to help them make smarter business decisions and run their companies more profitably. We operate the largest marketplace of its kind in North America, with 226 million freight posts in 2020, and a database of $110 billion of annual global shipment market transaction data. DAT is based in Beaverton, OR, with offices in Colorado, Missouri, Texas, and Bangalore, India.
For additional information, see DAT.com/company
DAT Software and Analytics embraces the value of a diverse workforce, and believes it is a core strength of our company that we encourage those values in every DAT employee, at every level of our organization, regardless of tenure or rank. We provide equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws.
DAT Software and Analytics offers competitive compensation and an excellent benefit package that includes medical, dental, and vision coverage, flexible savings accounts, 401K, Life and AD&D insurance, a comprehensive Paid Leave program, and a Tuition Reimbursement program.
All referrals and résumés are managed exclusively through the Human Resources Department.
DAT Software and Analytics will not consider unsolicited résumés from vendors including search firms, fee-based referral services, and/or recruitment agencies.
Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities
The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)