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Analyst, Private Equity Performance Improvement

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Date Posted: Dec 14, 2023

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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:

Alvarez & Marsal’s Private Equity Performance Improvement (PEPI) business is a rapidly growing its high performance European team. To continue our success and to support our ambitious growth plans for the future, we are currently looking for an Analyst to join our Netherlands team.   

 

This is a fantastic opportunity for you to use your prior professional services experience, outstanding financial background and problem solving skills to become an integral part of our successful ‘hands-on’ team. As a valued member of the A&M Pan-European PEPI team based in Amsterdam, you will be working on high-impact pan-European projects across the entire private equity life cycle, from pre-acquisition support (operational due diligence, carve-out, merger integration), to transformation, performance improvement and operational turnaround/restructuring through to supporting the exit. 

 

As an Analyst, you will be working closely with Directors, Senior Directors and Managing Directors. You will benefit from constant exposure to the senior members of the team and client, and gain ‘on-the-job’ learning and development, leveraging on their substantial experienceYou will have the chance to considerably nurture and enlarge your professional network as well. 

 

Responsibilities: 

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

  • Producing extensive financial modelling and analysis including cash flow models and projections; 

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

  • Produce integrated models with balance sheet, P&L and cash flow, identifying key trends and red flags; 

  • Supporting Managing Directors and other senior members of the team with client pitch production;

  • Build models based on financial and/or operational data and as such have excellent knowledge of Excel (to analyse the data) and PowerPoint (to present the analyses); 

  • Begin building own network of contacts/referral sources with professionals/institutions; 

  • Analyse heavy data sets using pivot tables; 

  • Read financial statements and derive immediate conclusions from it (mainly P&L and cash flow statement) whilst linking to operations; 

  • Find key information on companies reporting, know what to look for to understand company business performance and key information; 

 

Requirements: 

  • MSc degree from an accredited top-tier university; 

  • Prior experience in Consulting is preferable. If not, we require 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 prioritise – especially in highly pressured situations; 

  • 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;  

  • Fluency in Dutch and English languages is a must;

  • Ability and willingness to travel pan-European. 

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? 

Alvarez & Marsal is a privately held, owner-operated, global advisory partnership best known for its heritage in corporate restructuring. The firm has grown organically over the last decade from a best in class restructuring boutique to one of the fastest growing, independent global professional services firms.  The European business now has over 2000 people staff in a broad range of professional services including; Corporate Transformation, Transaction Advisory, Corporate and Private Equity Performance Improvement. 

 

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.

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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