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M&A Manager

Date:  2 Apr 2024
Country:  United Kingdom
Function:  SIBD
Sub-Function:  SIBD

ofi is a global leader at the forefront of food & beverage consumer trends. Through its complementary portfolio of cocoa, coffee, dairy, nuts and spices ofi delivers sustainable, natural, and plant-based ingredients & solutions to its global and diversified customer base.  ofi has 20,000+ employees, is in 51 countries and supplies food and raw materials to over 8,000 customers. 


One in five chocolate bars produced anywhere in the world use our cocoa beans and products. We supply enough coffee beans to brew over 90 billion cups of coffee and our nuts, spices and dairy products are used in millions of products around the world. But we don’t just source or grow the raw materials for these products: our team of chefs and food scientists are working closely with our customers, sharing our fresh ideas to inspire new concepts. Making it real at every step, from plant to palate.


We’re also driven by our Purpose – ‘Be the change for good food and a healthy future’. By working with ofi, you’ll be helping to create real impact on the ground. Sustainability is built into our business model - from our offices to our farming operations and supply chains, we’re acting across issues as diverse as farmer poverty, deforestation and greenhouse gas emissions. 


ofi (Olam Food Ingredients) is a new entity born out of Olam International. ofi offers sustainable, natural, value-added food products and ingredients so that consumers can enjoy the healthy and indulgent products they love. It consists of Olam’s industry-leading businesses of cocoa, coffee, nuts, spices and dairy. 

ofi has built a unique global value chain presence including its own farms, farm-gate origination and manufacturing facilities. ofi partners with customers, leveraging its complementary & differentiated portfolio of “on-trend” food products, to co-create solutions that anticipate and meet changing consumer preferences as demand increases for healthier food that’s traceable & sustainable.

The scope of the SIBD function in Olam Food Ingredients (ofi) covers M&A transactions (including divestments, joint ventures), strategy projects, as well as greenfield/ organic investments. As a key member of the SIBD team, the M&A Manager will be assisting in the: 

  • M&A transactions: end-to-end management of acquisition and divestment processes (~40-50% of time spent)
  • Strategy projects (~20-30%)
    • building/ refreshing Corporate as well as Business Unit (BU) strategy 
    • environmental scanning for future growth
  • Other projects & internal reporting (~20-30%)
    • evaluation of greenfield investment proposals
    • analytical P&L for the select businesses, incl. trend analysis, cost sheets, transfer pricing etc. 
    • reporting to the corporate centre

Role Description

  • Support best-in-class execution of acquisition and divestment projects including but not limited to business case development, valuation and financial modelling, due-diligence, structuring, documentation and process management
  • This role involves end-to-end exposure to M&A deal cycle. The candidate is expected to be running a transaction of a certain size reasonably independently within 2-3 years 
  • Work closely with the central management team as well as BU leadership team on projects involving building or refreshing the corporate and BU strategy on a periodic basis
  • Review organic investment proposals submitted by businesses and submit recommendations to the investment or executive committee
  • Analytical P&L for the select businesses, including trend analysis, cost sheets, transfer pricing aspects as well as product-wise business plans, key drivers analysis and budget vs actual analysis.
  • Review performance of on-going and completed organic & inorganic investments and prepare management reports to facilitate reviews at the Board as well as Management Investment Committees
  • Continuously review and upgrade standard global templates used for investment proposals (in MS word) and financial models (in MS excel) 
  • Any ad hoc duties assigned
  • The role requires the person to work with multi-disciplinary teams in different time zones 

Educational & Experience

  • Relevant professional qualification (e.g., MBA with a major in finance and/ or strategy, CA or CPA)
  • Ideal candidate would be one who has 3-8 years of experience in a food & beverage ingredient corporate, in one or more of the following areas:
    • Strategy, business development and commercial due diligence 
    • Analytical finance (transfer pricing, cost sheet, trend analysis, actual vs budget)
    • Exposure to live M&A transactions (even if not the full deal cycle), including due diligence
  • Solid knowledge of valuation & accounting concepts, is adept at building financial models and power point presentations, has passion to learn about new businesses and has attention to detail & outcome orientation
  • Ability to grasp high-level landscape and articulate complex situations/ structures in a lucid manner
  • High degree of proficiency in MS Word, MS Excel and Power point 
  • Familiarity with tools like Capital IQ, Reuters, Bloomberg

Qualitative traits

•    Strong ownership and commitment levels; able to work independently 
•    Proactive approach 
•    Excellent eye for detail and strong analytical skills
•    Passionate and keen interest to learn 
•    Good written and oral communication 
•    Good interpersonal skill

ofi is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, nationality, disability, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Applicants are requested to complete all required steps in the application process including providing a resume/CV in order to be considered for open roles

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