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PEPI Manager M&A - EdTech (Open to all US locations)

Location: New York, NY, United States
Date Posted: May 23, 2024

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Alvarez & Marsal Private Equity Performance Improvement

Manager, Merger Integration & Carve-Outs - Education Industry

Alvarez & Marsal (A&M) is a leading independent global professional services firm, specializing in providing turnaround management, performance improvement and corporate advisory services. A&M is seeking to expand its Private Equity Performance Improvement (PEPI) – Education coverage team. With more than 3,000 professionals based in 40 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 Private Equity Performance Improvement (PEPI) practice, with offices throughout the US, focuses on serving upper middle market and large-cap private equity firms. These PE firms engage A&M to assess potential transactions, or to help improve operating results at existing portfolio companies. The companies we assess are upper middle market in the $50 million to $1 billion plus annual revenue range. 

Within Education coverage team, typical mandates comprise of synergy assessment or integration planning for organizations in the Education industry consisting of:

  • K-12
  • For profit sector as well as non for profit sectors of higher education
  • Skilled trade schools and
  • Other training and development businesses

Merger Integration & Carve-outs:  Broaden your expertise, build your skillset

This is your opportunity to join A&M PEPI’s MI&C team - and develop an impressive range of operational skills. Benefiting from direct client exposure and learning from some of the top practitioners in the field, you will be involved throughout the lifecycle of some of the largest, most complex and high-profile deals in US.  

Our Merger Integration & Carve-outs (MI&C) service line brings a structured and disciplined approach to create and capture value.  We provide corporate and private equity buyers with a broad continuum of knowledge and tools for mergers, acquisitions, carve-outs, joint ventures and alliances. 

The team works across the full spectrum of the deal lifecycle from pre-deal operational and synergy reviews to 'Day 1' planning and post deal implementation. In addition, the team has expertise in developing and reviewing restructuring and turnaround plans and identifying operational risks. Our services include due diligence (commercial, operational), Integration Management Office, synergy, TSA, integration planning, Day 1 Readiness, and post-close execution.

MI&C is a growing service line that expects high growth in the next 2 to 4 years. We offer excellent opportunities for career advancement and building leadership skills. The MI&C leadership team is focused on providing career development, training and exposure to international business assignments. 

Build your skillset by providing valuable insight into how an entire business goes through the change process. And as we help our PE clients outperform the market, you will add real value too. All the while, you can broaden your experience across industry groups and enjoy unlimited opportunities to progress as part of a fast-growing team.

Manager Role:

  • Manager-level responsibilities include: providing service excellence by identifying key client business issues, determining client needs by supplementing the standard assessment techniques and tools with innovative approaches, evaluating and validating analysis, and developing recommendations for the client in the context of the overall engagement.
  • Depending on the deal size, managers will lead workstreams or a focus area within the Integration Management Office (IMO) – Synergies, TSAs, Blueprinting, Day 1 Readiness, Executive Reporting, Integration Roadmap, Communications, Organizational Design, etc.
  • Many engagements include 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
  • Managers can expect to actively drive performance improvement assessments across an enterprise, and /or to oversee the implementation of recommendations.
  • The role may also involve tracking progress against Day 1 and /or Day 100 objectives, and adjusting integration strategies or people as required.


  • At least 5-8+ years of professional experience (corporate and /or consulting) – ideally encompassing merger integration, business transformation, and /or change management
  • Operating experience in, and /or exposure to, the for-profit education sector
  • Understanding of key value drivers for investing in for-profit education
  • Knowledge of major trade-offs, trends, and issues in for-profit education – both in and beyond the US
  • Experience in integration planning and divestitures is a plus, but not required
  • Experience in leading one or more workstreams in a business transformation
  • Deep functional expertise in one or more of the following areas:
    • Finance & Accounting operations
    • HR / Organizational design
    • Role and Job Analysis
    • Leadership and Stakeholder Involvement
    • Communications planning and management
    • Supply Chain / Operations
    • Salesforce effectiveness
    • Marketing optimization
    • Pricing/Margin/Mix optimization
    • Knowledge Management and Transfer
  • Success at both planning initiatives (leading to growth in revenue and / or profitability) and driving the initiatives operationally
  • Program management and leadership experience
  • Specific experience designing and leading the execution of internally-focused and externally-focused change / communications strategies
  • MBA preferred
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills
  • Initiative and drive
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Flexibility to travel up to 80% of the time
  • Desire to be part of a fast-paced, high-performing professional environment with an element of entrepreneurial spirit

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.


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.

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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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