Senior Associate, Private Equity Performance Improvement

Alvarez & Marsal

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Firm: Alvarez & Marsal

Location: London

Education: Postgraduate degree

Benefits: Competitive


Department:  Private Equity Performance Improvement (PEPI)

Alvarez and Marsal’s dedicated PEPI professionals work with Investors and their portfolio companies to provide independent analysis and end to end services across the investment life cycle that deliver results in every economic cycle.

Through our PEPI practice, Alvarez & Marsal (A&M) offers assistance to private equity owned portfolio companies that are under-performing or with a need of re-organisation and re-positioning. Working directly with company management, A&M's involvement reassures all stakeholders that the company is taking important steps to address its problems and maximise its value.

Purpose of the role:

Alvarez & Marsal’s Private Equity Performance Improvement (PEPI) business is a rapidly growing its high performance European team. To continue our success and to support our ambitious growth plans for the future, we are currently looking for a Senior Associate to join our London team. 

This is a fantastic opportunity for you to use your prior professional services experience, outstanding financial background and problem-solving skills to become an integral part of our successful ‘hands-on’ team. As a valued member of the A&M Pan-European PEPI team based in London, you will be working on high-impact pan-European projects across the entire private equity life cycle, from pre-acquisition support (operational due diligence, carve-out, merger integration), to transformation, performance improvement and operational turnaround/restructuring through to supporting the exit.

As a Senior Associate, you will be working closely with Directors, Senior Directors and Managing Directors. You will benefit from constant exposure to the senior members of the team and client, and gain ‘on-the-job’ learning and development, leveraging on their substantial experience.  You will have the chance to contribute to business development activities, discuss and suggest the development of innovative offerings for our market and considerably nurture and enlarge your professional network as well.


  • Producing extensive financial modelling analysis e.g. cash flow models & projections;
  • Produce integrated models with balance sheet, P&L and cash flow, identifying key trends and red flags; Analyse heavy data sets using pivot tables;
  • Build models based on financial and/or operational data and as such have excellent knowledge of Excel (to analyse the data) and PowerPoint (to present the analyses);
  • Read financial statements and derive immediate conclusions from it (mainly P&L and cash flow statement) whilst linking to operations;
  • Find key information on companies reporting, know what to look for to understand company business performance and key information;
  • Synthesising information after research and analysis into high quality client (financial) reports and recommendations;
  • Leading pitch preparation alongside Managing Directors and other senior staff as well as assist in pitches; Contributing to business development & marketing activities;
  • Managing a work stream, including leading/mentoring junior A&M and client staff & owning key business processes to solve client problems;
  • Identifying resource needs and milestones to accomplish assigned work by deadlines;
  • Being an active part of the teams supporting private equity firms and their portfolio companies in their pre-acquisition and performance improvement activities; 
  • Begin building own network of contacts/referral sources with professionals/institutions.



  • A high-grade bachelor’s degree (or equivalent/higher) from an accredited top-tier university in engineering, accounting, business, or a similar discipline;
  • Prior experience within a leading strategy/operational Consulting house is preferable. If not, we require experience from either within Private Equity, Corporate Finance or Operations;
  • Strong problem-solving skills and financial background combined with deep understanding of key business and operational drivers;
  • Excellent analytical, financial modelling, writing and presentation-building skills; attention to details and striving to produce zero-defect deliverables;
  • Fact-based and analytical approach, solution-focused, action-oriented, determined to make a difference and not afraid to challenge the status-quo; self-starter with entrepreneurial flair;
  • Familiarity with the private equity lifecycle;
  • Ability to prioritise – especially in highly pressured situations;
  • High integrity that is characterised by the ability to deliver messages even when they are difficult to hear;
  • Excel modelling skills – structure data within Excel in a way to draw conclusions and support timely decision making with our clients;
  • Ability to quickly understand and piece together very vast or very limited amounts of data and to draw certain conclusions/actions from it;
  • Ability to travel at very short notice, 4/5 days a week pan-European, most weeks.


  • Additional MSc, MBA or other accounting qualifications highly desirable;
  • Preference will go to candidates with relevant work experience within Private Equity;
  • Varied cross sector background covering different industries (manufacturing, retail, pharma etc);
  • Additional European languages are also very desirable.

Our People:

A&M has defined a culture and values that are perpetuated by the personal qualities of the candidates the firm seeks to recruit. Our employees are action-oriented, and are able to work as a team as well as with a high degree of independence when the situation demands it. They are curious, learn quickly and have the capacity to thrive in a fast-paced, challenging and uncertain environment.

Why A&M?

Alvarez & Marsal is a privately held, owner-operated, global advisory partnership best known for its heritage in corporate restructuring. The firm has grown organically over the last decade from a best in class restructuring boutique to one of the fastest growing, independent global professional services firms.  The European business now has some 750 staff in a broad range of professional services including; Corporate Transformation, Transaction Advisory, Corporate and Private Equity Performance Improvement.

Clients call A&M when they need to implement a step-change; sustainable cost reductions and performance improvements that will leave their organizations leaner, stronger and more agile in order to compete in a disrupted environment and fuel future growth. In addition, specific events can trigger the need for an objective perspective of a company’s performance, such as missed earning projections, lacklustre topline growth, performance gaps versus competitors or the industry or, financial report restatements or investigations.

Starting with a comprehensive assessment, we identify a portfolio of high impact opportunities to improve EBITDA and cash flow across the enterprise, ranging from quick wins to the ‘tough calls’ that deliver transformational results. Activities include:

  • Comprehensive business assessment
  • Quantified EBITDA / cash improvements
  • Rapid Results / 100-day improvement plan
  • Organizational redesign and management architecture
  • Downsizing international business units and operations

We pride ourselves on listening to our clients, understanding their business and combining solutions and implementation to preserve and generate value for our client’s businesses.  Our goal is to improve cash flow and EBITDA and to provide earnings benefits through hands-on involvement in our clients’ operations and transactions.

Voluntary Inclusion

It is Alvarez & Marsal’s policy to provide and promote equal opportunity in employment, compensation, and other terms and conditions of employment without discrimination because of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, family medical history or genetic information, political affiliation, military service, pregnancy, marital status, family status, religion, national origin, age or disability or any other non-merit based factor in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations.

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 were engaged to provide candidates for a specified opening. 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.

Job information

Firm: Alvarez & Marsal

Location: London

Education: Postgraduate degree

Benefits: Competitive


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