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PEPI: Senior Associate, CFO Services -- Digital Finance (OPEN TO ALL US LOCATIONS)

Location: Chicago, IL, United States
Date Posted: Feb 13, 2024

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Alvarez & Marsal Private Equity Performance Improvement

 Senior Associate, CFO Services - (Digital Finance)


A&M’s Private Equity Performance Improvement Services (PEPI) practice works with private equity held portfolio companies and provides our clients with solutions to preserve and generate value for their businesses. Our goal is to improve transparency to key drivers and business performance, to support increasing cash and EBITDA, and to provide benefits through hands-on involvement in our clients’ operations. Our job is to support PE firms to ensure their portfolio companies have credible plans and the ability to execute and deliver financial outcomes.

Our PEPI CFO Services practice includes the following pillar of services:

  • Liquidity & Working Capital Optimization
  • Strategic Analytics & Planning
  • Performance Measurement & Management
  • Business Transformation
  • Auxiliary Services: Accounting Remediation

PEPI CFO Services Senior Associate, Digital Finance:


  • Digital Finance Transformation Expertise and proven implementation experience
  • Experience in Assessing Finance and Accounting functions, and implementing Digital technologies to improve efficiency and transparency.
  • Finance & Accounting Process improvement expertise & process automation
  • Knowledge of Digital Finance tools and vendors
  • Expertise implementing Digital tools for Finance in large public corporations or mid-size PE owned Portfolio Companies.
  • Expertise in building Predictive Forecasting Models

Hypothesis / Scope Development

  • Connect with client to facilitate information gathering
  • Guide and facilitate client interviews and ensure all relevant data are considered and pursued
  • Define type of analyses needed to prove or disprove assumptions, ensure complete, accurate and timely execution
  • Apply industry and functional knowledge identify business drivers and issues
  • Understand and develop framework given project parameters
  • Develop actionable conclusions from analyses
  • Project Management and Implementation
  • Ability to lead components of projects with multiple service lines and ability to lead smaller projects independently
  • Proactively manage client’s expectations and minimize risks and negative impacts on project
  • Develop straightforward actionable plans and lead individual workstreams independently
  • Design cash generating initiatives, EBITDA improvements, optimal organizational structure to drive client’s value
  • Anticipate risks and obstacles early on, create contingency plans and communicating timely with client
  • Engage and work collaboratively with senior management; ability to obtain buy-in from senior management / board members on actionable plans

Professional Expectations

Data Collection, Validation and Analysis

  • Develop information requests based on the specific project scope
  • Lead client interviews and ask the right questions in order to gather meaningful data
  • Identify information gaps through trend analysis, pattern recognition
  • Investigate beyond the first logical answer and challenge preconceived beliefs with fact-based analytics
  • Deep dive into all relevant data, improve management reporting, and develop reliable and transparent forecasting
  • Develop storyline messages using supporting facts and analyses, ensure data and branding standards flows accurately and consistently throughout the presentation

Project Management and Implementation

  • Review and provide inputs to all work products, and ensure that all client deliverables are presented logically and accurately
  • Set reasonable timelines/expectations and align such with client
  • Develop financial models (three statement forecast, liquidity forecasting) and client presentations independently and accurately
  • Develop bespoke solutions with creative approaches during unprecedented times


  • Promote a team environment where diverse ideas and opinions are encouraged
  • Share knowledge and experience, provide coaching to teammates

Financial Acumen

  • Ability to build various financial models and provide insightful  analyses
  • Ability to understand the impacts to profit and balance sheet stemming from impacts to key operating levers


  • Graduate of accredited 4-year college / university with educational concentration in relevant areas (accounting, finance, economics) preferred but not required
  • Experience in at least two of the following areas: RPA, Predictive Forecasting, Finance Analytics, NLG, data visualization.
  • 3-7 years of experience related to: Accounting / Finance, Financial Due Diligence, Restructuring, Investment Banking or Private Equity
  • Complete proficiency in understanding financial models, data analytics, and presentation skills
  • CPA, CFA, MBA, or Master’s Degree Preferred but not Required


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.

Equal Opportunity Employer

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, creed, religion, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, sex or gender, gender identity or gender expression (including transgender status), sexual orientation, marital status, military service and veteran status, physical or mental disability, family medical history, genetic information or other protected medical condition, political affiliation, or any other characteristic protected by and in accordance with applicable laws. Employees and Applicants can find A&M policy statements and additional information by region here.

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