(Principal) M&A Strategist (f/d/m)
San Jose
hace 2 días

We are CARIAD, an automotive software company and part of the Volkswagen Group. Our mission is to make the automotive experience safer, more sustainable, more comfortable, more digital, and more fun.

Soon, we'll be a team of more than 5,000 software developers and engineers, building the leading tech stack for the automotive industry and creating a unified software platform for over 10 million new vehicles per year.

We’re looking for talented, digital minds like you to help us create code that moves the world. Together with you, we’ll build outstanding digital experiences and products for all Volkswagen Group brands that will transform mobility.

Join us as we shape the future of the car and everyone around it.


Our department Product-and Portfolio Management is responsible for managing all of CARIAD's products over their lifetime.

The division Business Development & Partner Management is responsible for CARIAD’s investment strategy and its assigned non-controlled subsidiaries.

We act as entrepreneurs and business owners to secure state of the art customer functions, competitiveness and profitability.

As a newly founded team, we are looking for team members who have extensive knowledge in managing strategic partnerships in the automotive and software industry.

Preferably, we are looking for team members in one of our German locations or San Jose (USA).


  • Develop, monitor and drive overall M&A strategy : define targets, scouting areas, prioritize and manage pipeline as well as run screening processes together with cross-functional teams;
  • align M&A strategy objectives and decision-making processses with internal interfaces

  • Conduct interdisciplinary evaluation of new investment opportunities including business model analysis and competitor research for expansion of our investment portfolio;
  • cross-functionally work on evaluation and execution of processes such as due diligence

  • Steer and orchestrate reach-out to potential partners and M&A targets
  • Contribute to the development of new tools and methods for investment strategy development and M&A target assessment
  • Co-lead on post-integration process; ensure strategic, technical, financial feasibility and cultural fit of partnerships
  • Organize internal M&A steering committee meetings and workshops; prepare and draft opportunity papers and decision material for and communicate effectively with top management and investment committees

  • Successfully completed studies in the field of business administration, industrial engineering, STEM or a related field
  • Ideally, more than eight years of professional experience in M&A, investment banking or corporate strategy environment
  • Knowledge of investment strategy and advisory as well as profound financial and / or legal know-how of HGB, IFRS regulations, company evaluation methodologies, etc.
  • Experience in venture capital and M&A projects within the software or automotive area is highly beneficial
  • Very good analytical skills and entrepreneurial thinking as well as structured, solution-oriented and independent working method
  • Fluency in English, German desirable; additional language skills are welcome

  • Applications from people with disabilites are welcome
  • 35-hour week
  • Choose your preferred work location : Berlin, Wolfsburg, Ingolstadt / Munich
  • For US applicants : our location is San Jose
  • Remote / mobile work
  • Company pension plan
  • Annual professional
  • CARIAD SE is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, and disability, or other legally protected status.

    If you are unable to submit an application because of incompatible assistive technology or a disability, please contact us at We will make every effort to respond to your request for disability assistance as soon as possible.

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