Project Manager, Group M&A & Strategy






- Drive full scope of M&A activities and support on group strategy in rapidly growing company in broad role with extensive executive management and private equity owner exposure


STARK Group is a leading retailer and distributor of building materials in Northern Europe. STARK Group owns and operates more than 400 branches across Germany and the Nordics through its six subsidiaries. Being more than 10,000 full-time employees across Northern Europe, STARK Group empowers builders and the entire construction industry with insights, product knowledge, and sound advice. Our untied strength enables us to source products internationally, so professional builders can build value in their local communities.


Since 1896, STARK Group has built trust, overcome challenges, and pioneered the construction industry for more than 125 years, and we continue to do so. Annual net sales is approximately EUR 4.5 billion.


STARK Group is owned by CVC Capital Partners Fund VII. CVC Capital Partners is a private equity and investment advisory firm. Read more on: https://starkgroup.dk/about-us

Under the previous owner Lone Star Funds - and fueled by M&A - STARK Group more than doubled in size during the past 3 years. Recently being acquired by CVC Private Equity and with the ambitions to double the size of STARK Group in the coming years, STARK is now seeking an experienced and highly capable Project Manager to work mainly within M&A and second to support on group strategy and related projects as well across STARK Group´s organisation.

  Project Manager will join the fast-paced Business Development function in STARK Group, working in an M&A and a Group Strategy team – very closely collaborating – consisting of seasoned ex-management consultants and ex-investment banking professionals across the Nordics and Germany, delivering on an exciting agenda under CVC Private Equity ownership where you will be part of the journey from the beginning. The r ole is to help ensure the right strategy is in place, excellent execution on this, support and drive M&A projects and help setup the business units for success, ultimately reaching STARK’s ambitious business plan. STARK also works with some of the very best advisors and consulting companies within strategy, business development and M&A. 

The position
An important part of the role is to support on full scope M&A activities from target screening, due diligence, synergies identification, financial modelling and post-merger-integration as well as ensure solid financial grounding and rationales are in place across strategic initiatives, working closely with STARK Group’s private equity owner representatives. Further, it will also be supporting on the broader strategic agenda and strategy projects overseen by STARK´s Group Strategy team. The role will have extensive Executive Management and private equity owner exposure, given the nature of the role’s responsibilities. Reporting line is to the Group Head of M&A in STARK Group whom reports to EVP, CSO. Primary responsibilities and tasks in the position: 

Location of the position is STARK-Huset, C. F. Richs Vej 115, 2000 Frederiksberg – a small and very “job grade intensive” headquarter with around 50 group executives, business leaders and key specialists. Travel activity in the job is estimated to 10-20 days a year due to the international and growth focused nature of activities.


The ideal candidate
As Project Manager, Group M&A & Strategy you possess the following experience and qualifications:

Essential for success in this position is a winning “nice to work with” personality with personality related competencies as:

STARK Group offers
A newly established position which is vital for the execution of STARK’s clear and ambitious growth strategy where acquisitions play a pivotal role with an interesting pipeline of potential M&A opportunities. The position offers an excellent opportunity for applying and further developing your M&A toolbox and at the same time also enhancing your skills even broader within strategy and business development.


Working from a slim Headquarter – in a small elite business development team – gives you second to none exposure to top management, private equity and some of the leading advisors within M&A and strategy. The atmosphere is ambitious and fast paced with short decision paths, yet still informal and down to earth. This gives a highly inspiring work environment and better work life balance than often seen in e.g. investment banks and Private Equity.


The compensation and benefits package will be on an attractive level and will besides a fixed salary include an attractive bonus opportunity and 10% company paid pension scheme.  Finally, your immediate manager is highly skilled within both group strategy & M&A but even more important also trusting, delegating and likeable, very straight forward and valuing a feedback culture, open dialogue and a fun, energetic work environment.


Interested in the position?
Focus Recruitment supports STARK with the search process. If you find interest in the position or have questions, please contact Partner at Focus Recruitment, Steffen Marstrand, sma@focus-recruitment.dk / 5051 9215.

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