We are looking  for a Senior M&A Manager (Global) to join our Global M&A team based in Hoofddorp, Netherlands.

About Barentz

Barentz is a leading global life science and specialty performance ingredients distributor for human nutrition, pharmaceutical, personal care, animal nutrition and performance materials markets. Established in 1953, Barentz has operations in more than 70 countries with a strong presence in Europe, Asia, North and Latin America. We leverage a strong and long-lasting cultural heritage, which provides the foundation of how we do business today, together with over 2,500 people worldwide. We source ingredients from over 2,000 suppliers and serve more than 25,000 customers, and through dedicated application labs and production facilities, we provide value-added services such as R&D, pre-mixing, blending, ingredients formulation and ingredients testing.

We operate a principal-focused and asset-light business model with our strategy geared towards realizing growth by leveraging our network and technical sales capabilities resulting in significant cross-sell opportunities and accelerated growth for the product portfolios of our renowned suppliers globally.

About this role

Are you seeking a career in an entrepreneurial, relationship-driven, and international setting? Do a face-paced environment and strong growth energize you? Do you want to take on significant value-creation responsibility and gain more international M&A experience within a private equity-backed company? Barentz is looking for a Senior M&A Manager within its Global M&A team.

At Barentz, we are operating a global specialty ingredients distribution platform with diversified exposure to attractive life science and performance materials end-markets. We have enacted a focused strategy to create value for our stakeholders, driven by organic and acquisition-led growth. As we benefit from a highly fragmented distribution market and a continuing consolidation trend, largely driven by our suppliers looking to optimize their sales channels, acquisitions are a fundamental part of our strategy. We leverage our active ‘buy & build’ track record and will continue to allocate excess capital to strategic M&A, focusing on acquiring asset-light, principal-based distribution targets across existing global divisions.

The Global M&A team is responsible for all M&A transactions within Barentz, and this role is performed out of our head offices in the Amsterdam Area and reports directly to the Group M&A Director.

The team consists of four highly motivated team members to advise Barentz senior leadership team and supervisory board on inorganic and strategic decisions and to bring complex and intellectually challenging transactions to successful completion.

Together, you will contribute to delivering on Barentz's strategic objectives by executing value-accreditive transactions to further expand our geographical and strategic footprint, complement our product portfolio and increase scale.

What You Will Do

As a Senior M&A Manager, you will manage a large part of the M&A processes for Barentz. You will maintain good connections and manage relationships with internal and external stakeholders, including senior leadership and advisors. Your key objective is to deliver progress and quality of the deal, thereby directly contributing to value creation for all stakeholders. Among others, you will be responsible for:

  • Effectively leading and managing activities related to M&A execution including the negotiation of transaction documentation.
  • Contributing to the preliminary strategic review of potential M&A targets.
  • Efficiently leading and coordinating due diligence processes and managing multidisciplinary teams and external advisors.
  • Contributing and drafting position papers and memos to inform the Barentz Board, Supervisory Board, and Shareholders on the progress and results of M&A projects.

You are a relationship-driven, dedicated team player with above-average analytical skills. You have strong communication and people skills with the ability to communicate with senior executives, shareholders, and advisors. You are entrepreneurial, committed, eager to learn, and willing to execute.

About You

  • University Master’s Degree required, Finance, Accounting, Economics or Business or equivalent preferred
  • Proven track record and experience in M&A; at least 10-12 years of experience in corporate finance, investment banking, strategy consulting, corporate development, or transaction advisory
  • Excellent analytical skills, and ability to negotiate financing structures and transaction documentation
  • Experience in building financial models and strong Microsoft Office skills, especially Excel and PowerPoint
  • High level of energy, results, and relationship-driven, with demonstrated ability to work independently and efficiently, meet demanding deadlines, and balance multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment
  • Excellent people skills, to build strong relationships with advisors, internal and external stakeholders
  • Ability to motivate and coach a team of multiple disciplines to achieve the highest quality results
  • Fluency in English (both written and oral)
  • Flexibility to travel

Why Barentz?

Barentz is a great company to work for, with a positive and warm company culture, and One Team, One Goal mentality. It is an inspiring multinational company, with fast-growing market segments and global coverage. At Barentz, people and talent development are key, we operate on the philosophy that people drive success.

  • A dynamic international working environment in a fast-growing and innovative business
  • Exposure to group senior leadership and shareholders right from the Barentz head offices in the Amsterdam Area
  • Autonomy and possibility to shape the Global M&A team
  • Competitive package including 27 days annual leave + bonus structure
  • Commuting allowance, up to 50 Kilometers one way
  • Flexible and hybrid working environment
  • Fringe benefits like private health care, private pension scheme, company Fitness scheme, etc.


If you feel excited reading the above and want to join our journey, please send your resume in English, by using the apply button. Any questions regarding this position, please contact Jill.Lan@barentz.com

Job ID: No.57