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PEPI: Manager, Operations Group—Aerospace, Defense, Aviation & Space--Aviation Focus (OPEN TO ALL U.S. LOCATIONS)

Location: Chicago, IL, United States
Date Posted: Jul 24, 2024

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Alvarez & Marsal Private Equity Performance Improvement

Manager: Operations Group—Aerospace, Defense, Aviation & Space – Aviation Focus


Alvarez & Marsal (A&M), a leading independent global professional services firm specializing in providing turnaround management, performance improvement, and corporate advisory services, is seeking to expand its Private Equity Performance Improvement (PEPI) – Aerospace, Defense, Aviation & Space (ADAS) team in various locations throughout the U.S. With more than 8,500 professionals based in more than 65 locations across North America, Europe, 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.

A&M’s global Private Equity Performance Improvement Services (PEPI) practice focuses on serving middle market and large cap private equity firms to improve operating results at their portfolio companies. In addition to serving private equity clients and portfolio companies, the ADAS team also leverages its industry and functional expertise to serve corporate clients in the Aerospace, Defense, Aviation & Space sectors.

Our PEPI services include:

  • Aerospace, Defense, Aviation & Space
  • Transformation Services
  • CDD/Strategy
  • Interim Management
  • M&A Services
  • Supply Chain
  • CFO Services

Alvarez & Marsal combines our heritage in taking on complex and challenging environments and situations with our experience in Aerospace, Defense, Aviation & Space to help create high performing teams and deliver results. Our seasoned industry experts are called on by senior executives, members of the boards of directors and investors in airlines, MROs, ground handling companies, and other aviation services companies to address the current market challenges with a keen eye toward unlocking value and improving performance.

The aviation industry has recently faced unprecedented challenges. Delivering results in the new global operating environment is not only a matter of operating performance improvement and shareholder value, but also a matter of financial solvency. Our diverse, extended platform of experts includes aviation industry leaders and functional SMEs in engineering, data science, finance, operations, and other areas, making A&M the partner of choice when a generic approach to problem solving is simply not enough. We bring a history of success working collaboratively with clients to take on the toughest short-term challenges and deliver long term sustainable results. The ADAS team takes holistic, cross-functional approaches that focus on quickly identifying high impact opportunities for EBITDA, cash management, and operational improvements across the entire organization. Our team is targeting high growth in the next 2-4 years. We offer excellent opportunities for career advancement and building leadership skills. The ADAS leadership team is focused on providing career development, training, and exposure to international business assignments. 

Professional experience:

  • Leading teams through time-sensitive projects by structuring a performance improvement plan and managing the process through to completion.
  • Synthesizing meaningful insights from data, facts, and discussions with clients
  • Developing findings and making strategic recommendations
  • Working with clients directly to implement strategic and operational recommendations.
  • Hands-on, relevant experience through consulting or industry projects in several of the following areas and types of projects:
    • Flight operations
    • Airport Operations
    • Maintenance Repair and Overhaul Operations
    • Airline or aviation procurement (all areas)
    • Resource Planning
    • Network Planning
    • Revenue Management
    • Sales/Commercial/Distribution
    • Loyalty programs
    • Technology/IT/Digital
    • Air Cargo
    • Partners and regional carriers
    • Fleet and Financial Planning
    • G&A
    • Insourcing/outsourcing of services
    • Merger integration
    • OTP or other performance improvement efforts
    • Cost take-out
  • Cross-industry experience or demonstrated capability to work in a variety of ADAS sectors beyond aviation is a plus

Professional skills:

  • Strong written, oral, and analytical skills
  • Sharp data analytics skills (data science, business intelligence, data visualization, etc.)
  • Strong Excel and PowerPoint skills
  • Structured project management (time, team, and workstream management)
  • Initiative, drive, and critical thinking skills
  • Intellectual curiosity and passion for developing new skillsets.
  • Entrepreneurial mindset and excited to develop new capabilities and client relationships.
  • Ability to deliver results on-time and on-quality under time pressure.
  • Flexible, creative thinking


  • 7-10+ years of relevant work experience
  • Flexibility to travel up to 80% of the time.
  • Previous professional consulting / operations experience with a recognized strategy consulting firm or Airline/Aviation related firm preferred.
  • Depth in Airlines and Aviation preferred – cross ADAS experience ideal
  • Recent project leadership experiences
  • Experience working with PE and/or PE relationships a PLUS (personal or professional), especially related to Aerospace, Defense, Aviation & Space

The salary range is $125,000 - $190,000 annually, dependent on several variables including but not limited to education, experience, skills, and geography. In addition, A&M offers a discretionary bonus program which is based on a number of factors, including individual and firm performance.  Please ask your recruiter for details.

Full-time Positions and Part-time Positions Over 30 hours

Regular employees working 30 or more hours per week are also entitled to participate in Alvarez & Marsal Holdings’ fringe benefits consisting of healthcare plans, flexible spending and savings accounts, life, AD&D, and disability coverages at rates determined from time to time as well as a 401(k)-retirement plan. Provided the eligibility requirements are met, employees will also receive a discretionary contribution to their 401(k) from Alvarez & Marsal. Additionally, employees are eligible for paid time off including vacation, personal days, seventy-two (72) hours of sick time (prorated for part time employees), ten federal holidays, one floating holiday, and parental leave. The amount of vacation and personal days available varies based on tenure and role type. For more information regarding A&M’s benefits programs click here:


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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