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PEPI Senior Associate - Human Capital M&A (Open to all US locations)

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Location: Atlanta, GA, United States
Date Posted: Apr 12, 2024

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Alvarez & Marsal Private Equity Performance Improvement

Senior Associate, HR M&A

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) HR M&A 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&Ms 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 assess are upper middle market in the 50 million to 1 billion plus range. 

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:

  • CDD/Strategy
  • Interim Management
  • Merger Integration & Carve-outs
  • HR M&A
  • IT
  • Rapid Results
  • Supply Chain
  • CFO Services

Job Description

PEPIs HR M&A team is comprised of seasoned HR consulting professionals experienced in providing practical advice to private equity clients and their portfolio companies throughout the transaction lifecycle.  PEPI provides holistic, cross-functional M&A services across finance, IT, and operational functions, while the HR M&A professionals provide pre-deal and post-deal advice across a number of areas within HR.  The team focuses on total rewards, talent, and HR operations.

The HR M&A practice is a specialty team within PEPI, providing a broad range of human capital support to clients on both the buy and sell side of transactions.  Our transaction advisors leverage both financial and technical experience in addition to operational and industry specific experience to identify and quantify issues that may impact or shape the transaction.

Typical engagements for the HR M&A practice include:

  • Pre-acquisition human capital due diligence, with a focus on employee benefits and remuneration plans including defined benefit pensions, pre and post-retirement welfare plans, and equity compensation programs
  • Review and implementation of HR cost savings and revenue enhancement solutions for private equity portfolio companies
  • Post-acquisition human capital consulting support, including merger integration and divestiture support.
  • Workforce management following transaction activity, including organization design, talent selection, and redundancy management.


We are seeking a Senior Associate level project manager for a dedicated PEPI HR M&A position.  A strong candidate will have 3-6 years of experience in an HR consulting role.  Candidates may not need to be explicitly dedicated to M&A work, but should have depth in a given area of HR consulting such as retirement / actuarial, healthcare / benefits, executive compensation, or HR operations.  HR generalists with strong project management skills may also apply, however, preference will be given to those who have depth in total rewards or supported M&A projects in the past.

The role of the Senior Associate will vary throughout the lifecycle of a transaction.  A Senior Associate will need to demonstrate strong project management skills, ability to juggle tasks of varied priority levels, and showcase articulate communication skills.  Senior Associates have high levels of interaction to other colleagues across A&Ms Private Equity Services teams, as well as private equity investment professionals, legal counsel, and executives of potential acquisition targets.

On a given average transaction, the Senior Associate may be responsible for managing the online data room, providing calculations of risk and exposure to key HR issues, liaising with other client advisors, and drafting formal diligence reports.  Specific responsibilities include:

  • Preparing initial observations through public document reviews
  • Review virtual data room and prepare subsequent request lists
  • Build and manage financial models (workforce planning tools, total rewards quantification, compensation planning, etc)
  • Coordination across other practice groups within A&M
  • Input into Human Capital diligence reports



  • Bachelors degree in human resources management, actuarial science, statistics, economics, mathematics, business, accounting, or finance.
  • 3 to 6 years of experience
  • Strong analytic skills; in particular, high level of functionality with Microsoft Office products
  • Prior M&A experience highly considered
  • Outstanding communication skills both oral and written essential.
  • Flexible work schedule; M&A projects often involve tight timelines

The salary range is $100,000 - $150,000 annually, dependent on several variables including but not limited to education, experience, skills, and geography. In addition, A&M offers a discretionary bonus program which is based on a number of factors, including individual and firm performance.  Please ask your recruiter for details.


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.

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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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