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PEPI: Associate, Cost Optimization -- Performance Improvement / Cost Reduction / Cost Efficiency

Location: Dallas, TX, United States
Date Posted: May 30, 2023

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Alvarez & Marsal Private Equity Performance Improvement

PEPI: Associate, Cost Optimization -- Performance Improvement / Cost Reduction / Cost Efficiency

(OPEN TO ALL U.S. LOCATIONS)

Alvarez & Marsal, 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) – Rapid Results team in various locations throughout the U.S.  With more than 7,000 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 middle market and large cap private equity firms who have engaged A&M to help improve operating results at their portfolio companies.   

Our professionals are aligned with a PEPI service line to promote the development of deep functional skills & experiences and to maximize our ability to tailor solutions to solve our clients' business issues. 

Our PEPI services include:

  • Cost Optimization
  • Rapid Results
  • CDD/Strategy
  • Interim Management
  • Merger Integration & Carve-outs
  • IT
  • Supply Chain
  • CFO Services

A&M’s Cost Optimization Program is a holistic, cross-functional approach that focuses on quickly identifying high impact opportunities for EBITDA and cash flow improvements across the entire operation, including opportunities to improve revenue, increase margin, reduce cost, and increase cash flow and profitability.  A&M’s Cost Optimization focuses on driving significant improvements in operating expense cost structure by simplifying the business, streamlining the organization, and increasing efficiency of overhead spending.  The Rapid Results leadership team is focused on providing opportunities leadership skill development, career advancement, training and exposure to international business assignments.

 Professional experience:

  • Leading teams through a time-sensitive project by structuring a performance improvement plan and managing the process through to completion
  • Identifying opportunities to significantly reduce Operating Expense cost structure by changing business leadership structure, sales and sales support staffing levels, business unit and functional management structure, and improvements to efficiency of all major back-office functions
  • Implementing programs to reduce Operating Expense cost structure, including changes to roles and responsibilities, implementation of supporting processes, and execution of workforce reductions
  • Working with clients directly to implement strategic and operational recommendations
  • Hands on experience through consulting projects or engagement in several of the following areas
    • Direct, indirect, and labor cost transparency
    • Sales & Marketing effectiveness, processes, and incentives
    • Operations management, productivity, and efficiency
    • Organizational structure and effectiveness
    • Non-labor cost efficiency
    • Process improvement and performance management metrics / KPIs

Professional skills:

  • Strong written, oral and analytical skills
  • Strong Excel and PowerPoint skills
  • Structured project management (time, team and work-stream’s management)
  • Initiative and drive
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Ability to deliver time-pressured project on-time and on-quality
  • Flexible and creative thinking
  • Client relationship building

 Qualifications:

  • 2-4 years previous industry / consulting experience
  • Experience with implementing Operating Expense cost reduction programs
  • Recent project leadership experience
  • Flexibility to travel up to 80% of the time
  • Depth in a particular industry vertical a PLUS (e.g., industrial, business services, distribution, consumer products and retail)
  • Open to all U.S. locations

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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, encouraging everyone to bring their whole self to work each day. 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 practice 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, gender identity, 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 or any other characteristics in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations.

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Please note that as per A&M policy, we do not accept unsolicited resumes from third-party recruiters unless such recruiters are engaged to provide candidates for a specified opening and in alignment with our Inclusive Diversity values. 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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