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Corporate Transactions Group - FDD - Director

Location: Chicago, IL, United States
Date Posted: Jul 24, 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 10,000 people across five 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.

Corporate Transactions Group (\CTG\)

CTG, a subsidiary of A&M, brings a structured and disciplined approach to create and capture value throughout the M&A deal cycle. We provide corporate clients with deep leadership and expertise to bring an end-to-end solution for corporate clients as they enter into potential buys-side acquisitions, sell-side divestitures and carve-outs, and strategic partnerships.  

Our professionals help businesses develop and execute their strategies to create value for the organization and its shareholders leveraging A&M’s functional expertise and industry experience.  We provide a range of services to our clients, including commercial due diligence, market entry assessment, financial and operational due diligence, tax diligence and structuring assistance, business modeling and synergy assessment, integration & separation planning, and support executing the plan and delivering enterprise value for our client’s shareholders.

Our CTG practice is growing rapidly which means there is a unique opportunity to be creative and entrepreneurial to help shape the foundation of our future.  We are currently seeking dynamic and experienced professionals to join our team, focusing on the operational and execution aspects of the M&A life cycle (from early-stage diligence through to post-close implementation).  In this ever-changing market environment, our professionals must be adaptable and thrive in a collaborative, team-driven culture. The position offers significant opportunities for career development and advancement in a fast-growing practice that is helping lead many market shaping deals.

What will you be doing?

As a Director, 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, restaurants, 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 corporate clients (and private capital to a lesser extent). 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:
•    Counsel and mentor Associates, Senior Associates and Managers.
•    Effectively lead the team in conversations with clients, lenders and other stakeholders.
•    Manage and prioritize team responsibilities and proactively consult with Managing Directors, Senior Directors and other senior members of the team as appropriate.
•    Oversee all aspects of deals with limited guidance from Senior Directors or Managing Directors.
•    Manage multiple chargeable and non-chargeable projects of varying size and complexity.
•    Identify potential transaction risks and implement strategies to address risks.
•    Take responsibility for developing a full / comprehensive due diligence report.
•    Lead the Quality of Earnings, P&L and Working Capital analyses.
•    Communicate regularly with clients regarding engagement matters (e.g., billing, status updates, preparation of scope of procedures, scope changes, request lists).
•    Effectively manage day-to-day client interaction and relationships and continue to emphasize the capabilities of A&M to clients.
•    Develop and propose creative solutions to engagement and transaction risks and effectively manage problem resolution.
•    Help engagement executives in maximizing the value the client is receiving from A&M (i.e., monitors engagement leverage, efficiency of staff, and appropriateness of T&Es billed by all team members).
•    Proactively recruit, train, and develop individuals of all levels for CTG.
•    Engage in training initiatives, including developing and teaching courses as appropriate
•    Display a core understanding of all CTG services and strive to cross-sell CTG and other A&M services, as opportunities arise.
•    Abides by risk management guidelines and engagement review memo procedures.
•    Gather applicable conflict check information and coordinates with Managing Directors to set up engagement codes and other engagement requirements.
•    Assist Managing Directors and Senior Director in sales and business development efforts.
•    Contribute to sales pursuits by generating new client business and/or adding on business from current client.
•    Appropriately manage engagement risk and potential client or engagement issues.


  • A minimum of 8 years of financial accounting due diligence experience at a top accounting firm
  • Bachelor’s or master’s degree in accounting and/or related major
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA) or in the process of obtaining one
  • Working knowledge of US GAAP, SEC reporting, and purchase accounting
  • 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
  • Ability to travel for project needs and A&M specific needs and opportunities (e.g., training, internal meetings, etc.).

Who will you be working with?

We are not a typical consulting firm. CTG is a team of problem solvers with extensive consulting and industry experience 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 our corporate clients.  

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. 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.

The base salary is $200,000 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.

Alvarez & Marsal recruits on an ongoing basis. Candidates are considered as they apply, until the opportunity is filled. Candidates are encouraged to apply expeditiously to any role(s) that they are qualified for and that are of interest to them. 


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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