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Director, Pre-Acquisition Operations

Company: Alvarez & Marsal
Location: Houston
Posted on: May 24, 2020

Job Description:

Alvarez & Marsal Private Equity Performance Improvement

Director, Pre-Acquisition Operations

Alvarez & Marsal is a leading independent global professional services firm, specializing in providing turnaround management, performance improvement and corporate advisory services, is seeking to expand its Private Equity Performance Improvement (PEPI) - Pre-Acquisition Operations team. With more than 4,000 professionals based in 40 locations across North America, Europe, Asia, and Latin America, our firm excels in problem solving and value creation. Drawing on a strong operational heritage and hands-on-approach, our professionals work closely with organizations and stakeholders to help tackle complex business issues and maximize value.

A&M's Private Equity Performance Improvement Services (PEPI) practice, with offices throughout the US, focuses on serving upper middle market and large cap private equity firms who have engaged A&M to help improve operating results at their portfolio companies. The companies we serve are upper middle market in the $50 million to $1 billion plus range.

Our PEPI services include:

Pre-Acquisition Operations

M&A Services

Interim Management

Rapid Results

Supply Chain

CFO Services

Private Equity Focused Professionals

We bring a structured and disciplined approach to create and capture value. We provide private equity buyers with a broad continuum of knowledge and tools for mergers, acquisitions, carve-outs, joint ventures and alliances.

A&M's Pre-Acquisition Operations professionals assist our clients in analyzing functional and departmental processes, including manufacturing operations, supply chain and distribution channels, procurement and supply chain, SG&A operations and sales force effectiveness. From our thorough fact-based analysis, we assess state of operations, identify key risks to investment and quantify potential EBITDA improvement plans for the buyer.

The PEPI Pre-Acquisition Operations group is a growing business targeting high growth in the next two to four years. We offer excellent opportunities for career advancement and build leadership skills. The leadership team is focused on providing development opportunities, training and exposure to international business assignments.


We are seeking individuals that can lead and deliver large, complex client engagements that identify, design, and implement creative business and technology solutions for private equity clients and their portfolio companies. Directors frequently lead the following types of engagements:

  • Gain a comprehensive understanding of a target's business operations and its risks, including the cost base and CapEx requirements
  • Identify performance gaps and potential improvement opportunities (e.g., cost reduction and/or revenue enhancement)
  • Assess potential carve-out issues and associated costs
  • Identify and/or potential synergies
  • Provide insights on key deal issues-including quantifying key opportunities and risks
  • Implement and oversee the quality of deliverables and effectively manage the team and day-to-day relationships to ensure exceptional performance.
  • Continue to develop our people through coaching; providing input and guidance into the staffing process; actively participating in staff recruitment and retention activities; and providing leadership and support for delivery teams and staff in local offices.


    • 8 plus years of combined professional industry and consulting experience, with a minimum of 5 years specializing in operational roles as related to business transformation, merger integration and change management
    • Extensive experience working for or with private equity sponsors, portfolio companies, or related transaction / merger integration experience
    • Deep functional expertise in one of more of the following areas:

      • Private Equity Advisory
      • Business Plan Review
      • Operational and Financial Planning
      • SG&A Review
      • Supply Chain Operations Diligence
      • Procurement and Supply Review
      • Manufacturing and Operations Evaluation
      • Sales & Marketing Effectiveness Assessment
      • Financial Statement Analysis
      • Merger and Acquisition Planning
      • Divestiture (Carve-Out) Planning
      • Human Resources Assessment

        • Demonstrated track record working with C-suite executives as well as private equity deal and operating partners
        • Excellent fact-gathering and analytical skills, including business process mapping and quantitative analysis
        • Specific experience designing and leading the execution of internally-focused and externally-focused change/communications strategy.
        • Excellent fact-gathering and analytical skills, including business process mapping and quantitative analysis
        • Previous strategy and change management experience. Advisory experience from a top-tier strategy firm, leading specialist, niche advisory firm, or Big-4 consultancy
        • MBA a plus

          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.

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