Financial Advisory – Director

Our client, a leading global Restructuring Advisory firm, is looking to add an experienced Director to their Chicago team.

Job Description and Requirements

The Director role is an experienced senior level position that leads and manages client engagement team(s).  The ideal candidate has direct restructuring advisory experience with top tier consulting firms and/or CEO/CFO experience with a large global organization(s) that underwent a major restructuring.  Directors have strong financial and analytical skills and are able to quickly define, align, and scale the data gathering and assessment based on client needs. Strong interpersonal, and communication skills and executive presence is essential with the ability to lead clients and engagement teams through challenging in-and-out of court turnaround and restructuring situations.  Ability and willingness to undertake extensive travel is required. At times, long hours during the week and on weekends, due to client demands, may be necessary.

Required Experience:

  • Minimum 10-15 years of relevant restructuring / distressed experience in a professional service or consulting firm environment.
  • Prior hands-on experience building / developing / overseeing integrated 3-statement financial and 13 week cash flow models.
  • Analytical, adept at quickly defining, aligning, scaling, and assessing data modeling with the client needs. Ensures 80/20 approach to rapidly draw conclusions. Skilled and quickly identifying anomalies, inconsistencies, errors and conclusions.
  • Consistent track record of successfully structuring and leading client engagements that achieved  desired results, often times exceeding client expectations.
  • High energy style, flexible and adaptive, with the ability to work well in a very fast paced environment.
  • Understanding and the ability to adapt to complex client environments and situations.
  • Expertise defining, communicating, motivating and driving change at executive levels and across the broader community of stakeholders.
  • Exceptional negotiation skills with complex/sophisticated situations involving senior level stakeholders.
  • Able to develop credible recommendations under shortened time constraints and imperfect information.
  • A ‘big picture point of view’, recognizing critical areas requiring analysis and review. Quickly structures approaches to solve complex problems. Balanced and flexible, anticipates and changes direction as necessary.
  • Experience synthesizing complex unstructured information rapidly and applies good business judgment driving quickly to deep insights into possible impacts and solutions.
  • Are Thought Leaders and have experience delivering innovative solutions with the development of new tools, methodologies and approaches.
  • Proven track record of effectively planning for  and proactively mitigates risks on projects and work streams.
  • Experience with proposal development, strong commercial instincts and interest.
  • In addition to self, generates growing demand for other firm resources in prospective and existing clients.
  • Demonstrated ability to consistently extend work for him/herself and others team members on client projects. Identifies and cultivates new opportunities.
  • Expert written communication skills, self-directed with preparation of client ready document and presentation development.
  • Articulate, persuasive, communicator. Commands the room, handles executive and difficult audiences well.  Readily adapts style and message appropriately to audience and circumstance. Outstanding at impromptu communication under pressure.
  • Engenders client confidence and trust with executives at all levels.  Builds counseling relationships with clients and peers.
  • Works effectively at all levels – Managing Directors, peers etc..
  • Effective mentor to team members. With an interest in their career progression.
  • Advanced proficiency with Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel.
  • An undergraduate degree from a top academic institution and a strong GPA required.
  • Advanced degree(s) and applicable professional certification(s) are preferred.