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Private Equity Performance Improvement (PEPI) Senior Associate at Alvarez & Marsal Holdings, LLC in New York, New York

Posted in General Business 30+ days ago.

Type: Full-Time





Job Description:

Job Title : Senior Associate, PEPI

Location : Paris

Department : Private Equity Performance Improvement (PEPI)

Alvarez and Marsal's dedicated PEPI professionals work with Investors and their portfolio companies to provide independent analysis and end to end services across the investment life cycle that deliver results in every economic cycle.

Through our PEPI practice, Alvarez & Marsal (A&M) offers assistance to private equity owned portfolio companies that are under-performing or with a need of re-organisation and re-positioning. Working directly with company management, A&M's involvement reassures all stakeholders that the company is taking important steps to address its problems and maximise its value.

Purpose of the Senior Associate role:

Alvarez & Marsal's Private Equity Performance Improvement (PEPI) business is rapidly growing its high performance European team. To continue our success and to support our ambitious growth plans for the future, we are currently looking for a Senior Associate to join our French team.

This is a fantastic opportunity for you to use your outstanding financial acumen and problem-solving skills to become an integral part of our successful 'hands-on' team. As a valued member of the A&M Pan-European PEPI team based in Paris, you will be working on high-impact projects throughout Europe and across the entire private equity life cycle, from pre-acquisition support (operational due diligence, carve-out, merger integration), to transformation, performance improvement and operational turnaround/restructuring, through to supporting the exit.

As a Senior Associate, you will be working closely with Senior Directors and Managing Directors in a flat team structure. You will likely lead key work streams and benefit from constant exposure to the senior members of the team and client, and gain 'on-the-job' learning and development, leveraging on their substantial experience. As well as validating and executing on operations-focused problem solving and transformation activities on our clients' projects & portfolio companies, you will also have the chance to contribute to business development activities, discuss and suggest the development of innovative offerings for our market and considerably nurture and enlarge your professional network as well.

Responsibilities:


  • Be an active part of the teams supporting private equity firms and their portfolio companies in their pre-acquisition and performance improvement activities;

  • Analyse historical company performance to identify key trends and red flags; including financial metrics (P&L, CFS, BS), operational metrics and analysing heavy data sets using pivot tables;

  • Perform benchmarking of financial and operational metrics to identify areas of potential underperformance;

  • Identify and validate performance improvement initiatives; create implementation plans and lead implementation of initiatives alongside company management;

  • Synthesising information after research and analysis into high quality client (financial) reports and recommendations;

  • Managing important work streams, including leading/mentoring junior A&M and client staff & owning key business processes to solve client problems;

  • Leading meetings with senior PE clients, portfolio company clients and other third parties regarding your workstreams and areas of focus;

  • Leading pitch preparation alongside Managing Directors and other senior staff as well as assist in pitches and contributing to business development & marketing activities;

  • Producing extensive financial and/or operational modelling analysis e.g. cash flow models & projections;

  • Read financial statements and derive immediate conclusions from it (mainly P&L and cash flow statement) whilst linking to operations;

  • Identifying resource needs and milestones to project manage & accomplish assigned work by agreed deadlines;

  • Begin building own network of contacts/referral sources with professionals/institutions.

Requirements:

Essential:


  • Graduated from a leading "Grande Ecoles" in Business and / or Engineering, or equivalent;

  • At least 8 years experience within a leading strategy/operational Consulting house is preferable. If not, we require experience from either within Private Equity, Corporate Finance or Operations;

  • Strong problem-solving skills and financial background combined with deep understanding of key business and operational drivers;

  • Excellent analytical, financial modelling, writing and presentation-building skills; attention to details and striving to produce zero-defect deliverables;

  • Fact-based and analytical approach, solution-focused, action-oriented, determined to make a difference and not afraid to challenge the status-quo; self-starter with entrepreneurial flair;

  • Familiarity with the private equity lifecycle;

  • Ability to prioritise - especially in highly pressured situations;

  • High integrity, characterised by the ability to deliver difficult messages;

  • Excel modelling skills - structure data within Excel in a way to draw conclusions and support timely decision making with our clients;

  • Ability to quickly understand and piece together very vast or very limited amounts of data and to draw certain conclusions/actions from it;

  • Native/fluency in both French and English, both verbal and written, is essential;

  • Ability to travel at very short notice, 4/5 days a week pan-European, most weeks.

Desirable:


  • Additional MSc, MBA or other accounting qualifications highly desirable;

  • Preference will go to candidates with relevant work experience within Private Equity;

  • Varied cross sector background covering different industries (manufacturing, retail, pharma etc);

  • Additional European languages are also very desirable.

Our People:

A&M has defined a culture and values that are perpetuated by the personal qualities of the candidates the firm seeks to recruit. Our employees are action-oriented and are able to work as a team as well as with a high degree of independence when the situation demands it. They are curious, learn quickly and have the capacity to thrive in a fast-paced, challenging and uncertain environment.

Why A&M?

Companies, investors and government entities around the world turn to Alvarez & Marsal (A&M) for leadership, action and results. A&M's leadership is about a bias towards action and the willingness to tell clients what we think is needed. Our restructuring heritage sharpens our ability to act decisively. Clients select us for our deep expertise and ability to create and deliver practical, rather than theoretical, solutions to their unique problems in addition to our objectivity.

Privately held since its founding in 1983, A&M is a leading global professional services firm that provides advisory, business performance improvement and turnaround management services. When conventional approaches are not enough to create transformation and drive change, clients seek our deep expertise and ability to deliver practical solutions to their unique problems.

With over 4,500 people across four continents, we deliver tangible results for corporates, boards, private equity firms, law firms and government agencies facing complex challenges. Our senior leaders, and their teams help companies act decisively, catapult growth and accelerate results. We are experienced operators, world-class consultants, former regulators and industry authorities with a shared commitment to telling clients what's really needed for turning change into a strategic business asset, managing risk and unlocking value at every stage of growth.

Diversity & Inclusion

A&M's entrepreneurial culture celebrates independent thinkers and doers who can positively impact our clients and shape our industry. The collaborative environment and engaging work-guided by A&M's core values of Integrity, Quality, Objectivity, Fun, Personal Reward, and Inclusive Diversity-are the main reasons our people love working at A&M. Inclusive Diversity means we embrace diversity and we foster inclusiveness. It runs through how we recruit, develop employees, conduct business, support clients, and partner with vendors. It is the A&M way.

Voluntary Inclusion

It is Alvarez & Marsal's policy to provide and promote equal opportunity in employment, compensation, and other terms and conditions of employment without discrimination because of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, family medical history or genetic information, political affiliation, military service, pregnancy, marital status, family status, religion, national origin, age or disability or any other non-merit based factor in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations.

Unsolicited Resumes from Third-Party Recruiters

Please note that as per A&M policy, we do not accept unsolicited resumes from third-party recruiters unless such recruiters were engaged to provide candidates for a specified opening. Any employment agency, person or entity that submits an unsolicited resume does so with the understanding that A&M will have the right to hire that applicant at its discretion without any fee owed to the submitting employment agency, person or entity.