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Finance and Business Operations Manager

Location: London, United Kingdom
Date Posted: Apr 3, 2024

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Company Overview:

Alvarez & Marsal (A&M) is a leading independent global professional services firm, specializing in providing turnaround management, performance improvement and corporate advisory services.  With more than 8500 professionals based in 80 locations across North America, EMEA, 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.

Purpose of the role:

Today, with significant ambition to build on the successes in the EMEA market, A&M EMEA is looking to hire a Senior Associate /  Manager Finance and Business Operations to ensure client facing staff and Senior Management get the support needed to help them win in the market. 

The role will support Transaction Advisory Group (TAG) and will be based in London. The successful candidate will need to work closely with established functions such as Finance, HR, Talent Acquisition, Legal and Business Development. The role is execution centric and will report to the TAG EMEA CFO and Strategic Business Unit (SBU) Leadership.

Specifically, the candidate will be partnering with the SBU Co-Heads to define, refine and implement the growth strategy for the practice.  The candidate will be leading or coordinating with the appropriate departments.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Assist CFO in preparing annual budget and mid-year forecasts, while working with Corporate team to understand non-discretionary budget items;
  • Creating monthly financial reports, gathering explanations for variances and delivering consolidated reports on an accurate and timely basis;
  • Identify drivers of results and suggests creative solutions to improve performance;
  • Support CFO with annual year-end compensation process;
  • Assist Finance and Operations team with conversion of existing databases and excel-based reporting to more efficient and automated tools;
  • Identify financial and operational KPIs and develop dashboards to drive accountability for performance throughout the firm;
  • Collect, analyse, and present a wide array of company-level information for various audiences including senior leadership and key stakeholders
  • Tracking financial / cashflow progress and near-term expectations on group, Managing Director and engagement level;
  • Ad-hoc reporting and in-depth reviews (e.g. project profitability reviews);
  • Work with client teams on special projects and ad hoc reporting needs;
  • Continuously work to improve financial reporting and operational processes
  • Develop and maintain effective working relationship with key stakeholders, including those in the finance organisation as well as the business unit (TAG)
  • Be responsible for the co-ordination of leadership meeting support material and applying due care to ensure it is accurate;
  • Support the organization and meeting material creation for team meetings and off-sites.

Required Skills and Experience:

  • Educated to Degree level likely, but not essential with the right experience;
  • Prior experience in Accounting, Financial Planning & Analysis, Operations role or similar area;
  • A strong financial competency overall is essential;
  • Strong attention to detail;
  • Initiative and sound judgement to make appropriate and timely decisions;
  • Ability to understand and articulate financial impact or business decisions;
  • Excellent verbal and written English communication skills;
  • Advanced knowledge in Excel; PowerBI knowledge a plus;
  • Positive attitude and capacity to thrive in a fast-paced, challenging, and changing environment;
  • Must be able to multi-task, to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines;
  • Able to work independently or with a team;
  • Passionate about perfect execution and detail-oriented;
  • Strong organisational and communications skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple priorities;
  • Desire to develop into more senior finance or ops roles; and
  • Self-starter; Lets Get it Done attitude - willing to pitch in where needed.

Our People:

Attracted by our meritocratic culture and the opportunity to build a business with like-minded individuals, our people have joined A&M from the Big 4, top tier strategy houses or leading financial services institutions. A&M is a fact-based business, based on pragmatism, as well as tangible and measurable success. It is an environment that presents a real opportunity for ambitious recruits to grow and thrive.

Those high performing leaders who successfully develop business in the firm have the potential for excellent income as well as a share of the value of the practice they create. At A&M you will be given real responsibility as there are few layers of management. You will thrive on autonomy and you will be adept at anticipating what your audience needs.

Our people come from a variety of backgrounds and have built their credentials through careers that combine experience in industry management roles and professional services. A&M has a proven track record of managing complex, high profile situations and delivery through world class expertise and successful execution. The culture of the business offers variety of skill, language, heritage and professional background and therefore is unique in terms of style and approach. This is a business where your colleagues are your best allies and ideally, your best friends. A business where good friendships thrive, and trust is as true internally as with the client. Furthermore, the values of the business which include integrity and fun as well as just reward for great work comes to life when you become part of the team.

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.

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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