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Danaher Corporation Director, Business Development - Merger & Acquisition (M&A) in Wood Dale, Illinois


Danaher is a global science & technology innovator committed to helping our customers solve complex challenges and improve quality of life worldwide. Our world class brands are leaders in some of the most demanding and attractive industries. The Environmental & Applied Solutions Segment is comprised of the Water Quality and Product Identification Platforms.

Water Quality Platform

Danaher`s Water Platform is a global leader in water quality analysis and treatment, providing instrumentation and disinfection systems to help analyze and manage the quality of ultra-pure water, portable water, wastewater, groundwater and ocean water in residential, commercial, industrial, and natural resource applications. Our water quality businesses provide products under a variety of brands, including HACH, ChemTreat, OTT Hydromet, Sea-Bird Scientific and Trojan Technologies. Learn more at: www.dhwaterquality.com.

Product Identification Platform

Danaher`s Product Identification (PID) Platform OpCo’s touch consumer, industrial and pharmaceutical products throughout the supply chain to ensure freshness, consistency, and accurate labeling and tracking. These innovators are industry leaders in laser marking, coding and engraving, integrated packaging solutions and color science. Our product identification businesses provide products under a variety of brands, including Videojet, Pantone, X-Rite and Esko. Learn more at: https://jobs.danaher.com/global/en/within-product-identification.

The position can be based at/near Chicago (Wood Dale), IL, Sunnyvale, CA, Loveland, CO, USA


Danaher is looking for a Business Development professional to contribute to the M&A buildout of its $4B+ Environmental and Applied Solution Business comprised of Product Identification and other Environmental, Water, and Industrial Software verticals. The Director, Business Development will specifically drive inorganic strategy and oversee deals for the EAS Segment . With a strong M&A track record of over 15 deals per year, over $4B in annual free cash flow and a strong balance sheet, Danaher is poised to invest to win.


  • Build an M&A funnel with strategic SaaS and SW enabled service businesses through strategic gap analysis and adjacent market work

  • Assist in aggressively growing the size of the business over the next three to five years through a combination of above-industry organic growth and strategically attractive acquisitions that will deliver strong returns on capital

  • Cultivate mid- near- and long-term target relationships with acquisition targets

  • Serve as the due diligence leader in building out markets and target company diligence


  • Become the expert on adjacent and growth spaces to the EAS Platform through proprietary primary market work

  • Convince senior Danaher decision makers of market attractiveness

  • Simplify the complex to enable investment decision making

  • Partner with Danaher’s Corporate Development team to successfully execute deals


  • Current domain experience in Software business models including B2B enterprise software, workflow-based SW solutions, or businesses developing / deploying SW to shift to digital business models.

  • 3-5 years in a top-tier consulting firm, an investment firm including PE or VC, or equivalent experience

  • Top tier MBA

  • 2-5 years’ of corporate experience executing in a non-consulting role

  • Participated in > 3 closed M&A diligence projects

What makes this opportunity great? Let us tell you...

  • You work contributes to every stage of the packaging workflow—from design to manufacturing to quality assurance.

  • You work in a collaborative culture that values a diverse set of backgrounds and perspectives while emphasizing teamwork and a good sense of partnership

  • Development and Career Opportunities within Danaher

  • Our team of associates is passionate about achieving great results for our customers

  • Ability to fully use your breadth and depth of experience; no pigeonhole here!

  • And there is a lot of great work happening; it is always busy.

Diversity & Inclusion

At Danaher, we are dedicated to building and sustaining a truly diverse and inclusive culture. These are not just words on a page—Diversity and Inclusion is a top priority for the company, and it ties deeply to each of our core values.

At Danaher, we’re driven by a sense of wonder for what we can create—and what we can become. Here, you’ll accelerate your career while driving innovation that improves lives. You’ll work hard and take risks, with guidance from committed leaders, powerful DBS tools, and the support of a global organization.

If you’d like to learn more, read stories from our associates on our  Careers Blog (https://jobs.danaher.com/global/en/blog)  or reach out to one of our recruiters.   

The salary range for this role is 151K - 250K. This is the range that we in good faith believe is the range of possible compensation for this role at the time of this posting. We may ultimately pay more or less than the posted range and this range is only applicable for jobs to be performed in Colorado. This range may be modified in the future.

T his job is also eligible for bonus/incentive pay.

We offer a comprehensive package of benefits including paid time off, medical/dental/vision insurance and 401(k) to eligible employees.

Danaher Corporation and all Danaher Companies are equal opportunity employers that evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or other characteristics protected by law. The “EEO is the Law” poster is available here (http://www.dol.gov/ofccp/regs/compliance/posters/pdf/eeopost.pdf) .