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Ankura Senior Director, Turnaround & Restructuring in Chicago, Illinois

Ankura is a team of excellence founded on innovation and growth.

Ankura Turnaround & Restructuring Practice Overview

An underperforming or distressed company can often face tight liquidity constraints, unprofitable business units, and adverse industry conditions. Ankura advisors partner with senior management to assess the situation and quickly develop and implement a strategic plan that addresses multiple aspects of the business and the restructuring. Ankura’s team provides strategic and financial advice to companies, boards, and investors. Our consultants bring critical problem-solving skills to every engagement, thereby delivering innovative and practical solutions that can be executed in today’s marketplace. With a consistent process-driven approach aimed to stabilize, rehabilitate, and restructure the situation, Ankura experts bring a level of stability to unstable situations, allowing for successful resolutions focused on creating value and maximizing recoveries among stakeholders. Our firm specializes in the following company advisory services:

  • In-court and out-of-court restructuring advisory

  • Liquidity management

  • Financial modeling and forecasting

  • Operational improvement

  • Strategic business plan development

  • Management of communications with key stakeholders, including lenders, boards of directors, employees, investors, and creditor constituencies

  • Customer and vendor management

  • Negotiation and dispute resolution

  • Debt and capital restructuring

  • Expert witness testimony

  • Distressed and/or special situation M&A advisory

  • Post-transaction business stabilization

Role Overview

  • Leads the review of and provides guidance on complex analyses

  • Facilitates team in the development and understanding of analytical tools including and outside of Excel

  • Supervises and manages team working directly with Client to obtain relevant data

  • Provides direction on disaggregate complex problems and into simpler parts

  • Leads in challenging assumptions and hypotheses generated by early career consultants

  • Oversees the review of complex accounting and financial concepts to the situation at hand

  • Analyzes risks to existing or proposed covenant packages

  • Leads and provides guidance on analyses on different credit products

  • Delivers guidance and clearly articulates restructuring concepts and applies to the situation at hand

  • Responsible for building fully integrated financial and transaction models from start to finish including supervising all parts of the analysis and drawing preliminary conclusions

  • Takes ownership and manages key elements of bankruptcy case management

  • Effectively plans engagement workstreams and manages multiple sections of work plan

  • Prepares and supervises deliverables including identifying and writing issues and situations at hand for review by senior professional

  • Determines an effective approach / content level based on audience in most situations

  • Builds lasting relations with clients beyond initial engagement

  • Coordinates with team on prioritization plans

  • Provides leadership to junior professionals and shapes the work of the team

Role Requirements:

  • Minimum 8 years of relevant restructuring / distressed experience in a professional service or consulting firm environment

  • An undergraduate degree from a top academic institution

  • Advanced degree(s) and applicable professional certification(s) are preferred (CFA, CIRA, CPA)

  • Prior hands-on experience building / developing / overseeing integrated 3-statement financial and 13-week cash flow models

  • High energy style, flexible and adaptive, with the ability to work well in a very fast paced environment

  • Ability to adapt to complex client environments and situations

  • Proven track record of effectively planning for and proactively mitigates risks on projects and work streams

  • Exceptional negotiation skills with complex/sophisticated situations involving senior level stakeholders

  • Able to develop credible recommendations under shortened time constraints and imperfect information

  • Quickly recognizes critical areas requiring analysis and review while understanding the big picture

  • Experience synthesizing complex unstructured information rapidly and applies good business judgment driving quickly to deep insights into possible impacts and solutions

  • Expert written communication skills, self-directed with preparation of client ready document and presentation development

  • Articulate, persuasive, communicator who is adept at handling executive and difficult audiences well including ability to adapt style to audience

  • Ability and willingness to undertake extensive travel is required

  • Willingness to work at times, long hours during the week and on weekends due to client demands may be necessary

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Ankura is proud to be an equal opportunity employer committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive environment where mutual respect and collaboration is paramount. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, protected veteran status, national origin, or any other legally protected status.

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