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Manager, Performance Improvement

Huron Consulting Group

This is a Full-time position in Chicago, IL posted February 21, 2021.

nnPosition Summarynn nn
• Be a key member of a dynamic, growing Performance Improvement practice within a growing larger, Business Advisory organizationnn nn
• All professionals will lead impactful, client facing operational improvement workstreams, and have routine and regular access to the client.nn nn
• Work on small, focused client service teams of three to five professionals where a Director, Senior Director, or Managing Director will lead key work streams of the larger client engagement; and will bear responsibility for managing the desired outcomes sponsored by executive client professionals (e.g., CEO, COO, CFO, VP of Operations).

There will also be direct interaction with the private equity investment professionals, responsible for the performance of the portfolio companynn nn
• The work will be focused on dramatically increasing the profit and cash flow of healthy, underperforming, or distressed lower middle market and middle market private equity owned portfolio companies roughly from $100 million to $1 billion in revenuenn nn
• Opportunities also exist to grow to become an Interim COO or VP and Director of Operations for private equity owned portfolio companiesnn nn
• Please be advised that the mix of client engagements will likely entail some work on corporate restructurings and turnarounds of distressed companies, which nearly stave off or enter bankruptcies as a strategic lever.

This type of work may require the ability of the consultant to model liquidity and cash flow (e.g., direct 13 week cash flow model)nn nnKey responsibilities:nn nn
• Assistance authoring proposals and performing selected research and ad hoc analysesnn nn
• Structuring client problem solving approach using hypothesis driven analysis and the Minto Pyramid Principle; collecting, prepping and analyzing large data sets; performing quantitative operational and financial analyses of client data to formulate actionable, testable hypotheses on problem root causes and solutionsnn nn
• Authoring client deliverables using standard management consulting styles; leading client workstreams and client personnel to drive corrective actions and desired business outcomesnn nn
• Build complex operational and financial models, which tie the impact of operational initiatives to EBITDA, cash flow, and often, three-statement financialsnn nnPerform all of the above based on operational acumen and an understanding of the operational value levers in the global extended value chainnn nn
• Travel will be up to 70%+ when engaged on a client projectnn nnQualificationsnn nn
• 5+ years of post-collegiate professional experience, with experience in a recognized business consulting firm and / or experience in a hands-on operations management role in a reputable industrial organization (e.g., Inventory Planner, Supply Chain Analyst)nn nn
• Experience successfully implementing initiative-led, key operational competencies such as sales and operations planning, SKU margin enhancement and rationalization, network optimization, and manufacturing defect reductionnn nn
• Excellent critical thinking and analytical, problem solving skills using both quantitative and qualitative logicnn nn
• Excellent written and oral communication skills.

Ability to facilitate client work stream meetings with mid-level and senior client professionals, with mastery of the basic consulting competency of influencing people one has no formal authority overnn nn
• Must understand the linkages among all three financial statements (P/L, B/S, C/F), and how operational improvement initiatives impact the balance sheet and cash flow statementnn nn
• Advanced proficiency in Excel, PowerPoint and Word.

Must be an advanced, sophisticated user of Excel, skilled in building complex Excel operational and financial modelsnn nn
• Comfort working in, and embracement of high-pressure, high stakes client situations and demanding project team conditions, often defined by general urgency and rapid turnaround times of client deliverablesnn nn
• Collaborative and extremely hands-on especially embracement of SKU-level data analysisnn nn
• US work authorizationnn nnEducation:nn nn
• BA / BS in an analytical subject such as general business, accounting, finance, economics, engineering is requirednn nn
• MBA preferrednn

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