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Lead Manager, Corporate Development & Strategy



New York, NY, USA
Posted on Tuesday, May 14, 2024

Our mission at Duolingo is to develop the best education in the world and make it universally available. But we’ve got more left to do — and that’s where you come in!

Duolingo is the world's most popular learning app. Beyond our core learning product, we also offer English proficiency testing with the Duolingo English Test, and are bringing new subjects into the Duolingo app, where people can develop their Math and Music skills.

We are passionate about educating our users, making fact-based decisions, and finding innovative solutions to complex problems. We offer meaningful work, limitless learning opportunities, and collaboration with world-class minds. Come brighten your life and over half a billion more!

As a Corporate Development professional, you will play a key role in charting Duolingo’s path towards becoming a 100-year company by identifying, evaluating and executing on acquisitions that accelerate our strategic initiatives or expand our reach beyond language learning. Corporate Development at Duolingo is strategic, so you’ll also work on relevant or related strategy projects.

You will…

  • Lead all aspects of M&A end-to-end from sourcing to close
  • Identify and track compelling opportunities that support Duolingo’s strategic priorities through industry research and interaction with business leaders, founders, venture capitalists, and others
  • Partner with business and product teams to evaluate opportunities
  • Develop financial and valuation analyses for potential transactions
  • Coordinate due diligence processes with cross-functional teams and target companies
  • Build investment memos and presentations for executives and Board members
  • Assist with integration planning and execution

You have…

  • Minimum 3 years consulting or investment banking experience and 3+ years of Corporate Development or Venture Investing experience (consumer internet or consumer technology industry experience a plus)
  • History of successfully completing M&A transactions end-to-end
  • Experience working with product and engineering teams
  • Proficiency in modeling, analysis, and research, with strong attention to detail
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to translate insights into executive and Board-friendly presentations
  • Self-starter capable of working independently with rapid cycles of analysis, iteration, and decision-making
  • Strong leadership skills, including ability to collaborate and communicate effectively with a diverse range of internal and external stakeholders

Exceptional candidates will have…

  • Strategic Corporate Development experience in a high-growth and product-engineering led organization
  • Track record of identifying, evaluating, and executing transactions
  • Solid understanding of the consumer tech industry

We invest in and support our Duos! This role is eligible for a robust compensation package of base salary, equity, and Duolingo’s world-class benefits. The starting base salary range for this role is, $147,000 - $300,600. Actual salary may vary based on level, work experience, performance, and other factors evaluated during the hiring process.

We will do everything we can within reason to make sure that your interview takes place in an environment that fairly and accurately assesses your skills. If you need assistance or accommodation, please contact your recruiter.

Take a peek at how we care for our employees' holistic well-being with our benefits here.

Duolingo is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.

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