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Associate/Senior Associate (Sovereign Advisory Services)

Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Date Posted: May 4, 2023

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Company Overview

Alvarez & Marsal (“A&M”) is a global consulting firm with more than $2+ billion in revenues, c. 7000 staff and over 70 offices worldwide. We offer a broad range of professional services including Restructuring, Transaction Advisory, Performance Improvement, Corporate Transformation, Financial Institutions Advisory, Tax, Valuations, and Disputes and Investigation Services. Companies, investors and government entities around the world turn to A&M for leadership, action and results.

Building on its credentials, the firm has recently launched the Sovereign Advisory Services (SAS) team, which is currently present in London, Dublin, Washington DC, New York, and Dubai where the role will be based.

A&M Culture

A&M is a fast-paced environment with a highly dynamic culture which emphasizes diversity and inclusion. We empower, coach, and mentor future leaders and endorse meritocracy to develop skilled consultants who deliver tangible results and build long-lasting relationships. Our entrepreneurial culture celebrates independent thinkers and doers who positively impact our clients and shape our industry.

The collaborative, supportive 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 just that–we embrace diversity and foster inclusiveness. It runs through how we recruit, develop employees, conduct business, support clients, and partner with vendors. It is the A&M way.

The Team

A&M has attracted top performers at every experience level. We are expanding the SAS team in Dubai and are seeking talented, entrepreneurial people who are interested in developing their careers in the Sovereign Advisory space.

The SAS team is comprised of some of the most experienced professionals in sovereign advisory, central banking, SOE and bank restructuring, as well as professionals previously holding senior positions at both the IMF and the World Bank. The mission of A&M’s Sovereign Advisory Services is to help countries improve debt sustainability, increase access to capital markets, promote economic growth, and improve the efficiency of state-owned assets and how government deliver services to their citizens.

The Role

We are looking for an Associate or Senior Associate to join our SAS team in the Dubai office, reporting directly to the Global Practice Leader of SAS, who is based in Dubai. The Associate/Senior Associate will undertake economic and financial analysis, work on sovereign debt sustainability analysis (DSAs), while also supporting the team with relevant data work and client pitching.

As an Associate or Senior Associate, you will independently develop ideas and solutions to client needs, as well as work to expand the team’s franchise in sovereign advisory. As part of the team, you will have the opportunity to take your career to the next level by gaining invaluable experience in the sovereign space by working closely with experienced professionals with a variety of backgrounds, within and outside of SAS. At A&M, we also like to provide continuous developmental feedback and growth opportunities.

Examples of the types of tasks you would be expected to work on include:

  • Data gathering, analysis and presentation to the client and/or other members of the team in relation to relevant macroeconomic trends, economic fundamentals, forecasts, news pieces, relevant papers and more for client work and/or pitches

  • Assist in the production of published articles/ thought pieces to help reinforce A&M’s market position as a thought leader in sovereign advisory, central bank advisory, SOE and sovereign wealth fund advisory, and systemic bank restructuring

Examples of projects could include any of the following, also based on the background, capabilities, and preference of the Associate/Senior Associate:

  • Sovereign debt sustainability and financial advisory

  • Debt management strategy

  • Systemic bank restructuring

  • Sovereign wealth fund advisory

  • Public sector advisory

  • SOE advisory

The Requirements

  • Minimum 3 – 7 years of prior experience in sovereign advisory, financial analysis, or economic research, gathered within an IFI (such as the IMF, World Bank etc.), investment or corporate bank, rating agency, think tank or consulting firm, ideally with a focus on sovereign-relevant aspects. Higher years of experience would determine whether the resource will be hired as a Senior Associate.

  • Previous experience covering emerging markets preferred but not essential

  • Ability to perform insightful economic and financial analysis. Knowledge and experience in econometric analysis valuable although not essential

  • Well-developed communication skills and the ability to work with diverse and complex stakeholder groups

  • Strong MS Excel and MS PowerPoint skills. Experience with Bloomberg and / or Reuters terminals and with econometric packages and / or programming languages would be advantageous

  • Fluent business level English is essential. Additional language skills (especially Arabic, French, Spanish) are advantageous

  • Relevant bachelor’s degree in economics, finance, business, or similar. Master’s degree and/or additional relevant qualifications preferred but not essential

In addition to the skills and qualities detailed above, the desired candidate will also demonstrate the following attributes:

  • Capacity to thrive in a fast-paced environment

  • Excellent written and oral communications skills, impactful presenter

  • Unbiased, fact-based approach to problem solving

  • Adaptability and the willingness and ability to work on several pieces of work each requiring a different set of skills

  • Curiosity, open mindedness, and willingness to go the extra mile when necessary in order to deliver value to the client and/or help the team, while having fun at the same time

  • Guided by values and integrity, talks straight, builds confidence and shows by example

  • Willingness to travel if necessary

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.

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 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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