Senior Director, Finance Transformation and Working Capital

Alvarez & Marsal

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Senior Director, CFO Services

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Companies, investors and government entities around the world turn to Alvarez & Marsal (A&M) when conventional approaches are not enough to make change and achieve 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. A&M are the firm to call when a company needs a fundamental transformation, turnaround or operational restructuring. A&M’s involvement reassures creditors that the company is taking important steps to address its problems and maximise its value. We work with leading global private equity houses and their portfolio companies on an international basis as well as high profile investment banks and multi-national companies. 

The opportunity

Our Corporate Transformation practice is built on deep functional expertise with a demonstrably differentiated ability to address the most complex business problems and deliver dramatic and sustainable business performance improvements. We operate in four pillars: CFO Services, Growth & Commercial Excellence, Supply Chain & Operations and, Transformation. In each pillar we identify and focus on a clear set of value propositions and a target client portfolio where we develop long-term, global, sustainable relationships. Our pillar leads are supported by sector leads (Industrials, Consumer, Retail, Media and Pharmaceuticals). Working directly with company management, A&M helps stabilise financial and operational performance by developing and implementing comprehensive profitability and working capital improvements.

Our pan-European Corporate Transformation practice is expanding and therefore an opportunity exists for us to strengthen the team at the Senior Director level in London. Reporting to the European Head of Finance Transformation & Working Capital, the successful appointee will have responsibility for continuing to build the profile and reputation of A&M as a leading global professional services firm that delivers critical assistance to companies that are under-performing or experiencing a full-blown liquidity crisis. 

The Candidate

Our Senior Director will be a high-energy and successful leader with extensive knowledge and experience across Working Capital, Cash Optimisation, Finance Transformation and Turnaround Planning gained at a major advisory firm. They may have held a CFO / CRO or similar senior line management role within a business of significant size, scale and complexity in addition to Advisory. A breadth of sector experience is helpful. Specifically, the Senior Director will be responsible for:

  • Executing the vision and direction for the continuing build out of CFO Services including building a robust yet flexible plan to generate deal flow and develop a sustainable business.
  • Attracting and developing a group of experienced professionals to drive growth, in addition to quickly assimilating and leveraging existing capability at A&M.
  • Coordinating across the broader A&M in Europe and globally in areas such as portfolio development and key account management, drawing together the industry and functional expertise needed to serve our clients.

You should demonstrate the following capabilities:

  • A successful track record as an experienced Director/Junior Partner or similar within a Working Capital, Cash Optimisation, Finance Transformation and CFO Services practice at a leading Advisory firm
  • Ability to conduct an initial rapid diagnostic into the company's immediate and future cash needs, financial framework and controls and turnaround strategy 
  • Experience in Working Capital and Cash Optimisation including liquidity frameworks and controls, development of implementation plans, designing and implementing cash conservation guidelines and controls
  • Reviewing performance figures and analysing transactional data to develop fact-based analysis of cash performance
  • Robust understanding of accounting and business plan modelling
  • Connections with, and exposure to, Corporates and private equity (large and mid-cap), associated with restructuring and turnaround
  • A highly developed network across corporate companies and business leaders
  • A trusted advisor on how businesses can most effectively improve the returns on their investments
  • A track record selling and delivering assignments to their established network.

Typically, successful appointees in the CFO Services team are:

  • Action oriented self-starters with entrepreneurial flair
  • Comfortable working independently in addition to leading high performing teams
  • Possess excellent financial skills, analytical rigour and a demonstrable track record of success in a leading Advisory firm or an international business of significant size, scale and complexity
  • A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university, MA or MBA degree is highly advantageous
  • The preferred candidate could have a combination of advisory and line management with P&L responsibility
  • Fluency in English; additional European languages are desirable.

Personal Style

  • Thrives in a fast-paced, challenging, and uncertain environment with a high tolerance for ambiguity
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills, confident, charismatic and impactful presenter
  • Objective, fact-based approach to problem solving
  • Hands-on and non-hierarchical operator who is equally effective in managing up and down and relates well at all levels and cultures
  • Driven by values and integrity, straight talker, builds confidence and leads by example
  • Demonstrable ability to balance a high-level view with detail
  • Can quickly establish credibility at both Board and operational level – the successful appointee will have substantial operational business experience, not just the theoretical view

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.

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