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Senior Director, Strategic Development

Date:  Apr 3, 2021

Broomfield, CO, US

Company:  Vail Resorts
Shift Type:  Year Round

Reach Your Peak at Vail Resorts.  As a community of adventurers and discoverers, Vail Resorts delivers an experience of a lifetime to our guests and our employees. Our team is made whole by the brave, passionate individuals who ambitiously push boundaries and challenge the status quo. Whether you’re looking for seasonal work or the career of a lifetime, join us today to reach your peak. 


The Vail Resorts Finance Team is committed to Building Leaders and Driving Value.  We are recruiting for a leader of our Strategic Development team located in our corporate headquarters near Boulder, Colorado. In the past seven years, this team has led the acquisition of 28 ski resorts through transactions totaling over $2 billion, including Whistler Blackcomb, Park City, Stowe and three of the largest resorts in Australia, supporting a growing company of 37 resorts across Australia, Canada and the United States, 55,000+ employees, and a market capitalization of over $10 billion.


The Senior Director of Strategic Development will lead our acquisition efforts globally, including M&A strategy and sourcing, due diligence and deal execution, and post-acquisition transition and integration efforts.  In addition, the Senior Director will have opportunities to lead enterprise-wide strategic initiatives and special projects.  The Senior Director will work in close coordination with the CEO, CFO and other Executive Committee leaders to drive strategic M&A activities to meet enterprise growth objectives.


This leader will report directly to the Vice President of Corporate FP&A, Strategic Development and Investor Relations and lead a Principal Analyst of Strategic Development.  The role will also be responsible for leading cross-functional transactional and integration teams composed of senior leaders across the organization.  The Senior Director will use financial acumen, strategic planning, strong relationship management and influence and rigorous analytics to source, evaluate and execute transactions, build strong relationships and advise senior executives and the Board of Directors on critical enterprise acquisition opportunities.


Job Responsibilities:

  • Shape and manage global M&A strategy, actively developing and managing acquisition pipeline and sourcing efforts, particularly across North America, Asia and Europe
  • Lead end-to-end acquisition processes including due diligence efforts, detailed valuation and business model development, and transaction documentation and negotiation strategy
  • Manage global market and industry research efforts, while also playing an active role in developing relationships within the industry
  • Actively support post-acquisition transition and integration efforts as key finance leader
  • Support CFO and Vice President of Corporate FP&A, Strategic Development and Investor Relations in special projects across the organization, including leading projects associated with long-term planning and strategic initiatives, analysis and presentations for the Executive Committee and Board of Directors
  • Build relationships and influence across all levels of the organization and maintain high level of confidentiality within the organization as well as with external contacts
  • Create a high performing team and culture focused on value creation, delivering results, stakeholder influence, and leadership development for career progression


Leadership Qualities:

  • Trusted partner - possesses the technical expertise, communication skills and good judgement to provide executives with an objective and independent point of view on broader business issues.  Has a proven track record of working well as a member of a team of senior executives, an ability to influence major decisions through reasoned analysis, and good judgment about people and business issues.
  • Leadership and management - demonstrated track record of leading, motivating, developing and assessing a team of high performing professionals.  Leads by example, possesses a strong work ethic, is collaborative and embraces a passion and results-driven leadership model.  Is self-aware, decisive and maintains authentic humility.
  • Possesses energy, drive and an ability to execute.  Is flexible, agile and resilient, and has the ability to adapt quickly in a rapid-paced environment.  Embraces personal leadership development, with an openness to stretch and pursue leadership range and flexibility.
  • Strong curiosity in tackling complex business problems; dives deeply into the data, relentlessly pursues what it means, and how these insights drive decision making.
  • S/he is a brave, passionate and ambitious leader who demonstrates the core tenets of our talent philosophy:
    • Learning Agility - Enjoys and excels in environments where he/she must tackle and solve complex strategic business challenges and issues.  Demonstrates an ability to flexibly integrate the newest ideas, technologies, and approaches to business with strong intellectual and data-driven rigor.
    • Emotional Intelligence – demonstrates the awareness of and ability to shape her/his impact on the team, and a wide range of stakeholders, to achieve ambitious goals.
    • Ambition – demonstrates the drive to expand leadership responsibility and overcome obstacles to achieve a bigger impact in an increasingly competitive environment.


Job Requirements:

  • Outstanding academic credentials; Bachelor’s degree required (finance or accounting degree preferred); MBA, graduate finance degree and/or CFA preferred.
  • 10+ years related work experience including business strategy and M&A transaction execution
  • Private equity, corporate development, and/or investment banking experience.
  • Outstanding analytical skills with ability to synthesize information, develop insights and communicate effectively in presentations and in-person meetings.
  • Excellent communication skills with ability to develop the “story” and form recommendations.
  • Ability to operate in a fast-paced environment with strong initiative and ability to multi-task.
  • Superb attention to detail balanced by ability to focus on the "big picture."
  • Effectively manage and build capabilities and culture for high performing professional team.
  • Preferred skills:
    • Unflappable executive presence and ability to remain “calm under fire.”
    • High intellect and ambition.
    • Unquestioned ethics and integrity.
    • Excellent listener and open to feedback.
    • Secure in own skin and in leadership approach.
    • Outstanding organizational and analytical skills.
    • Focus on people development.
    • Collaborative team player.



The budgeted range starts at $157,200 - $196,500 + annual bonus + equity.  Actual pay will be adjusted based on experience.

The perks include a free ski pass, and a set of benefits including... 

  • Medical, Dental, Vision insurance, and a 401(k) retirement plan  
  • Hourly employees are generally eligible for accrued Paid Time Off (PTO), Extra Time Off (ETO) and Sick Time.  Salaried employees are generally eligible for Flexible Time Off (FTO) 
  • Paid Parental Leave for eligible mothers and fathers  
  • Healthcare & Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts  
  • Life, AD&D, and disability insurance 


We offer a variety of professional career opportunities at our corporate headquarters near Boulder, Colorado. Our corporate headquarters team shares both a passion for the outdoors and a drive to re-imagine the mountain resort experience around the world. Learn more about positions at our corporate office. Visit www.vailresortscareers.com

Vail Resorts is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status or any other status protected by applicable law.

Requisition ID 284727

Nearest Major Market: Denver