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Associate - Private Equity Performance Improvement - Netherlands

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Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Date Posted: Feb 21, 2024

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Job Title : Associate, PEPI

Location : Amsterdam

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 role:

Our PEPI business is rapidly growing its European team. To continue our success and to support our ambitious growth plans, we are currently looking for an established & entrepreneurial

Associate to join our Netherlands practice.

This is a fantastic opportunity for you to become an integral part of our successful ‘hands-on’ team, working closely with Directors, Senior Directors and Managing Directors & gaining ‘on-the-job’ learning and development.


  • Participating in preparing pitches, interacting effectively with clients;

  • Supporting in production of extensive financial modelling and analysis including cash flow models and projection;

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

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

  • Support delivery of projects with PE owned business to assess opportunities to improve their financial / operating performance and implement findings and recommendations;

  • Contributing to business development activities;

Essential requirements:

  • Must be fluent (both written and verbal) in both Dutch and English;

  • A high-grade bachelor’s degree (or equivalent/higher) from an accredited top-tier university in engineering, accounting, business, or a similar discipline;

  • Prior experience within a leading strategy/operational Consulting house is highly desirable. If not, we require relevant 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 prioritize – especially in highly pressured situations;

  • High integrity that is characterized by the ability to deliver messages even when they are difficult to hear;

  • Excellent 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;

  • Ability to travel at very short notice, pan-European.

Desirable requirements:

  • 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.

Clients call A&M when they need to implement a step-change; sustainable cost reductions and performance improvements that will leave their organizations leaner, stronger and more agile in order to compete in a disrupted environment and fuel future growth. In addition, specific events can trigger the need for an objective perspective of a company’s performance, such as missed earning projections, lacklustre topline growth, performance gaps versus competitors or the industry or, financial report restatements or investigations.

Starting with a comprehensive assessment, we identify a portfolio of high impact opportunities to improve EBITDA and cash flow across the enterprise, ranging from quick wins to the ‘tough calls’ that deliver transformational results. Activities include:

  • Comprehensive business assessment

  • Quantified EBITDA / cash improvements

  • Rapid Results / 100-day improvement plan

  • Organizational redesign and management architecture

  • Downsizing international business units and operations

We pride ourselves on listening to our clients, understanding their business and combining solutions and implementation to preserve and generate value for our client’s businesses.  Our goal is to improve cash flow and EBITDA and to provide earnings benefits through hands-on involvement in our clients’ operations and transactions.

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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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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