Firm Strategy & Execution (Corporate Development) Associate

  • Competitive
  • New York, NY, USA
  • Permanent, Full time
  • Morgan Stanley USA
  • 15 Dec 18

Firm Strategy & Execution (Corporate Development) Associate

Company Profile:
Morgan Stanley is a leading global financial services firm providing a wide range of investment banking, securities, investment management and wealth management services. The Firm's employees serve clients worldwide including corporations, governments and individuals from more than 700 offices in 37 countries. As a market leader, the talent and passion of our people is critical to our success. Together, we share a common set of values rooted in integrity, excellence and strong team ethic. Morgan Stanley can provide a superior foundation for building a professional career - a place for people to learn, to achieve and grow. A philosophy that balances personal lifestyles, perspectives and needs is an important part of our culture.

Department Profile:
Firm Strategy and Execution (FSE) advises Morgan Stanley's senior leadership on the Firm's strategic priorities and manages Corporate Development initiatives across all divisions, including Institutional Securities, Wealth Management and Investment Management. FSE reports to the Firm's Chief Financial Officer.

FSE has played a significant role in many of the strategic actions undertaken by Morgan Stanley, including the Smith Barney acquisition, the MUFG investment and strategic alliance, the sale of the Global Oil Merchanting unit, and the acquisition of Mesa West Capital. In addition, FSE supports senior management on a number of strategic initiatives to improve and streamline the Firm's businesses.

Job Summary:
FSE offers you a unique opportunity to gain exposure to the Firm's senior management, including Morgan Stanley's CFO and Business Unit leaders. As a member of FSE, you will participate in the development and execution of critical business decisions that drive Morgan Stanley's strategic direction and profitability. You will work primarily in small teams and be encouraged to take ownership of his/her projects.

Responsibilities:
- Assessing market trends, competitive landscapes and internal competencies across the Firm's businesses
- Analyzing growth opportunities across all divisions
- Performing financial analysis, company valuation, due diligence, and supporting negotiations in acquisitions, divestitures and joint ventures
- Evaluating business implications of and responses to regulatory changes
- Improving operational efficiency and effectiveness of the Firm
- Contributing to team discussions and meetings with the Firm's senior management

Qualifications:

- Three to five years of experience at a leading investment bank or a top-tier strategy consulting firm
- Hands-on, detailed oriented, analytical, and agile; someone who can manage multiple priorities and efficiently achieve goals
- Ability to persuade and influence across the organization and externally
- MBA degree or CFA certification is a plus