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ODD - Senior Associate - Transaction Advisory - Operational Due Diligence - Canada

Location: Toronto, Canada
Date Posted: Feb 16, 2024

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About A&M

Companies, investors, and government entities around the world turn to Alvarez & Marsal (A&M) for leadership, action, and results. 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 7,000 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, leverage A&M’s restructuring heritage to 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.

A&M’s Transaction Advisory Group (TAG) has an exciting opportunity to join a growing team in Toronto, Canada. TAG is a subsidiary of A&M, an established leader in providing global leadership and advisory services to a variety of diverse industries. A&M TAG is seeking an Operational Due Diligence Senior Associate to bring their energy, passion, and expertise to help our clients get the answers they need to the get the deal done. We are seeking someone who has a successful track record with a blend of operational and financial skills, an entrepreneurial approach, and networks across the M&A community. We provide private equity and corporate clients buy side and sell side due diligence. TAG ODD professionals actively engage in assessing, quantifying, and supporting the implementation of potential value creation opportunities pre- and post-deal.

What will you be doing?

A&M’s Transaction Advisory Group (TAG) has an exciting opportunity to join a growing team in Toronto, Canada. TAG is a subsidiary of A&M, an established leader in providing global leadership and advisory services to a variety of diverse industries. A&M TAG is seeking an Operational Due Diligence Senior Associate to bring their energy, passion, and expertise to help our clients get the answers they need to the get the deal done. We are seeking someone who has a successful track record with a blend of operational and financial skills, an entrepreneurial approach, and networks across the M&A community. We provide private equity and corporate clients buy side and sell side due diligence. TAG ODD professionals actively engage in assessing, quantifying, and supporting the implementation of potential value creation opportunities pre- and post-deal.

As a Senior Associate, you will have the opportunity to work with our highly motivated and effective team of professionals on a variety of interesting projects across different industries including but not limited to manufacturing, distribution, consumer, retail, business, and industrial services as well as healthcare, software & technology, energy, and financial services. You will provide our clients with an integrated due diligence approach that goes beyond traditional quality of earning analyses and focus on key value drivers for sponsors and lenders. Our integrated due diligence approach combines our deep operational, functional and industry expertise with Big Four quality financial accounting and tax services to drive value throughout the investment lifecycle.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Working on pre- and post-deal engagements, including merger integration & carve-outs, operational due diligence, and performance improvement.
  • Developing detailed and robust methodology to ensure that the in the first 100 days total clarity and ownership is created throughout the organization, a clear path to delivering the growth and cost reduction developed and the identified quick wins delivered.
  • Supporting workstreams or a focus area within the Integration Management Office (IMO) – Synergies, TSAs, Blueprinting, Day 1 Readiness, Executive Reporting, Integration Roadmap, Communications, Organizational Design.
  • Day 1 and Day 100 Planning, execution and driving performance improvement in key areas:
    • Strategic planning
    • Operational optimization /consolidation
    • Back office consolidation
    • Supply chain
    • IT / reporting integration
    • Customer and channel management
  • Tracking progress against Day 1 and Day 100 objectives and adjusting integration strategies or personnel as required
  • Determining and quantifying potential carve-out implications and conducting comprehensive discussions with management and their advisors.
  • Assessing and quantifying potential synergies, dis-synergies, one-time costs, and savings that could be generated by the combination of target and buyer.
  • Supporting the post-acquisition work to ensure that the value creation opportunities were realized in full and in the shortest possible time.
  • Conducting initial rapid diagnostic into a company's immediate and future major operational issues, product profitability, cost base, manufacturing processes and options for performance improvement.
  • Supporting PE firms to ensure their portfolio companies have credible plans and the ability to execute and deliver the financial results required.
  • Contribute strongly to business development activity including developing successful pitches and selling, on from the initial “diagnostic” project phase into implementation work.

Who will you be working with?

We are not a typical consulting firm. We are a group of entrepreneurial accounting professionals who embody the A&M Core Values – integrity, quality, objectivity, fun, personal reward, and inclusive diversity while delivering a tailored and scalable approach to working with private equity, hedge fund, and corporate clients. We present you with opportunities, not a playbook, and we reward you based on performance, not your tenure.

How will you grow and be supported?

As a demonstration of A&M’s strong commitment to its people, we offer benefits to support your career, personal and professional developments. This includes performance-based career progression and promotion process, high quality practice-wide training programs, a global mobility program, rotation opportunities in other practice areas, employee resource groups, and a health and wellness program. Click here to learn about our commitment to your well-being. A&M recognizes that our people fuel our growth, and you and your team will be provided with the best available training and development resources, as well as networking opportunities. Click here to learn more about why A&M is a great place to work.

Qualifications:

  • A minimum of 4-7+ years of experience in a top tier strategy firm, leading specialist and/or niche advisory firm or ‘Big 4’ consultancy, specializing in merger integration, business transformation, and change management
  • Experience in operational due diligence and performance improvement is considered a plus
  • A recent track record of successfully delivering major merger integration & carve-outs assignments at pre- and post-dealMust be Private Equity Industry Savvy with established experience of working with Private Equity backed portfolio companies
  • Deep functional and hands on expertise in one or more of the following areas:
    • Pricing/ Margin/ Mix optimization
    • Salesforce effectiveness
    • Marketing optimization
    • Operations management, productivity
    • Supply Chain/ Procurement
    • SG&A cost reduction
    • HR/ Organizational structure and effectiveness
    • Finance & Accounting operations
    • Leadership and stakeholder involvement
    • Communications planning and management
    • Knowledge management and transfer
  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in business, engineering, accounting and/or related major, MBA preferred.
  • High proficiency in Excel and PowerPoint
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Strong project management skills
  • Flexibility to work as both a team member in a collaborative setting and as an individual contributor
  • Ability to thrive and be effective in fast-paced settings

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