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Director, Performance Improvement (Manufacturing)

Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Date Posted: Apr 29, 2024

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Who we are

Companies, investors and government entities around the world turn to Alvarez & Marsal (A&M) for leadership, action and results. A&M’s leadership is about a bias towards action and the willingness to tell clients what we think is needed. Clients select us for our deep expertise and ability to create and deliver practical, rather than theoretical, solutions to their unique problems in addition to our objectivity.

Privately held since its founding in 1983, A&M is a leading global professional services firm with over 9,000 professionals across six continents providing performance improvement, turnaround management & restructuring and corporate advisory services.

In today’s rapidly evolving market, companies are facing intense pressure to enhance performance and operational efficiency against a backdrop of rising costs, global competition, and shifting consumer demands. These challenges are further compounded by the need for technological integration and sustainable practices. Our Performance Improvement (PI) practice is uniquely equipped to navigate these complexities, delivering transformative solutions that drive growth, optimize cost structures, and enhance operational agility. Leveraging the vast expertise and cross-sector experience of our professionals, we partner with organizations to implement strategic changes that yield measurable outcomes. From operational restructuring to technology adoption, our PI practice offers a comprehensive suite of services designed to improve financial and operational performance, ensuring our clients not only survive but thrive in the dynamic business landscape.

What we do


The Performance Improvement Practice works with Private Equity and Corporate clients in Singapore and all over the world. Our areas of expertise include pre-M&A due diligence, merger integration, post-M&A growth strategy, corporate finance advisory, organizational and cost transformation, supply chain digitization and manufacturing operational improvement, interim and crisis management, and CFO finance leadership. We differentiate ourselves by the result-driven approach, the hands-on mindset, and the ability to provide leadership amidst complex situations.


A&M is rapidly expanding in Southeast Asia and seeking to hire Directors with significant industry experience specializing in manufacturing. We operate across multiple industries including but not limited to precision manufacturing, semiconductors, automotive, consumer packaged goods, food processing, apparel manufacturing, etc.


Directors will lead consulting and delivery of projects on important client challenges in areas such as:

  • Manufacturing footprint and capacity optimization
  • Manufacturing process optimization
  • Relocation of manufacturing facilities or capacities
  • Industry 4.0 and digitization 
  • Manufacturing efficiency and flexibility improvement (Lean)
  • Operational Due Diligence


Key Responsibilities

  • Swiftly identifying and resolving root causes of client issues while understanding the importance of urgency and accuracy of redesigning processes and developing solutions to achieve client goals
  • Engaging in c-suite and board level conversations as well as mid management and shop floor regarding the challenges facing clients and strategic and tactical initiatives for solving them
  • Providing guidance to manage a client through crisis and/or quick solutions and time frames
  • Utilizing your experience and expertise to effectively function in interim roles (e.g., Manufacturing Head)
  • Carry out effective operational due diligence pre-transaction, and provide necessary post transaction services (Post Merger Integration, Carve Out, 100-day planning)
  • Lead enterprise-wide business transformation and/or cost reduction programs to deliver performance improvement
  • Realign the performance through supply chain operational restructuring to directly improve the earnings and cashflow within the business
  • Effectively managing client project plans and teams including meeting deadlines and managing on time deliverables
  • Managing performance of project teams, including assigning and delegating project responsibilities and providing on-the-job coaching and constructive feedback
  • Improving client tracking tools and developing KPIs and metrics to identify and quantify quality and operational performance improvement opportunities
  • Developing transition and hand off plans to ensure that improvements are sustainable
  • Acting as integral member of sales team developing significant portions of proposal and pitch documents
  • Building relationships with clients and seeking opportunities to expand the scope of business while generating leads
  • Managing and mentoring junior staff including training and development


The successful candidate will bring market leading strategic insight into, possesses deep functional knowledge and insight, a blend of operational and commercial skills and an entrepreneurial approach.


Qualifications and Experience:

  • Significant experience in industry in a manufacturing environment
  • Some consulting experience within a top tier strategy firm, leading specialist and/or niche advisory firm
  • An understanding of manufacturing processes and global distribution networks, and be able to use innovative technology to resolve problems and implement business solutions
  • Experience in operational KPIs, Balance Score Cards, and a reporting/ review process to ensure continuous improvement of the operational performance of the business
  • Understanding and execution of LEAN production philosophy
  • Leading holistic performance improvement projects, understanding different kinds of Project Management Office (PMO) tools
  • Clear determination to deliver the latest thinking in Supply Chain solutions, including planning and execution tools, within a highly competitive advisory marketplace
  • An appreciation of the challenges that businesses face within the deal environment including leading merger integrations and separations, identifying synergies, outsourcing opportunities and costs
  • Experience in preparing & presenting key business materials including separation playbook, Day 1 models & cut-over plans, post-merger integrations (PMI) and 100-day planning
  • Possess excellent financial & business and/or financial modelling skills. Can conduct an initial rapid diagnostic into the company's immediate and future cash needs, product profitability, cost base and major operational issues
  • Experienced in resolving complex operational and financial problems including implementing cost reductions and operational improvements
  • A consulting toolkit including how to frame a business issue, judiciously find and use internal and external data to test hypotheses and draw conclusions
  • Proven ability to work in international teams and create measurable and identifiable improvements in Supply Chain and Operations
  • MBA or other advanced degree or certification preferred
  • Advanced PowerPoint and Excel modelling skills
  • Excellent attention to detail and ability to work to tight deadlines
  • Fluent in written and spoken English
  • Fluency in other ASEAN languages (Bahasa Indonesia, Tagalog, Thai or Vietnamese) highly desirable
  • Willingness to travel to client sites, across Southeast Asia or beyond, at short notice as part of the working week


We value:

  • Integrity – Never let financial gain compromise integrity.
  • Quality – Always value quality people and quality work.
  • Objectivity – Do your homework before you form conclusions.
  • Fun – Like what you do and with whom you do it.
  • Personal Reward – Perform interesting work with interesting people and achieve results that matter.
  • Inclusive Diversity – Embrace diversity, foster inclusiveness and reward merit.


Personal Style

  • High energy, autonomous, self-starter, entrepreneurial
  • Thrives in a fast-paced, challenging, and unpredictable environment
  • Has the ability to project fun and a sense of achievement into the work that they do and team that they join
  • Relates well at all levels and cultures
  • Driven by values and integrity, straight talker
  • Demonstrable ability to balance a high-level view with detail
  • A natural ability to prioritize – especially in highly pressure situations


The successful appointee will have responsibility for continuing to build the profile and reputation of A&M as a strategic advisory and program delivery partner to leading manufacturing businesses. Furthermore, the successful candidate will develop and execute a specific strategy focused on target clients and distinctive go-to-market propositions. The individual will reflect the operational distinctiveness that is A&M; being a business savvy, solution focused business entrepreneur who is addicted to having an impact, determined to make a difference and not afraid to challenge the status-quo.




Alvarez & Marsal established its Southeast Asia and Australia presence in 2017 and has in the last year scaled up rapidly across the region, with 7 offices now in Singapore (HQ), Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta and Ho Chi Minh City; these are complemented by our offices in North Asia in Greater China (Hong Kong, Shanghai and Beijing) and Seoul.

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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