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This is a new position with a leading European private equity firm, responsible for optimising the value in DACH portfolio assets. The firm has a 20+ year record, over ₠2bn AUM and is currently ranked top of its peer group in industry tables, having developed a highly distinctive culture and built a stable, top-performing investment team. They are now building out a team of operational and functional experts to work together with the investment professionals in a detailed active ownership programme to identify value creation opportunities and lock these in during the firm's period of ownership. Working within a structured framework, the team will engage with management boards to set ambitious targets and introduce change processes, focusing on key topics such as net working capital management, pricing, procurement and digitisation. Planning, measuring, reporting, resource allocation and continuous relationship management will be important tools. The role will combine intensive periods of collaboration with individual company management, and additional firm-wide projects and initiatives. There is considerable scope for ambitious and entrepreneurial individuals to develop an operational career within the firm's portfolio and a clear path to C level positions. The position will be based in Munich with exposure to diverse DACH assets as the portfolio grows, and to the firm's wider European network. RESPONSIBILITIES:
Build trustful and effective relationships with portfolio management teams and develop the influencing skills to achieve the value creation objectives
Detailed strategic and operational planning to identify specific work streams and resource allocation to convert ideas into sustainable practice and results
Continuous measurement and feedback, ongoing project management and reporting
Work alongside colleagues in the investment team over the lifetime of the investment to deliver maximum value to investors at the point of exit
You will have started your career at a Tier 1 consulting firm, with significant experience in strategic planning, project management and change management.
You may also have spent time, either on secondment or in a later permanent role, in a mid-sized, entrepreneurial company with exposure to operational management
You must demonstrate a high level of numerical prowess with financial and operational data and the ability to set, measure and control detailed targets
The role requires a balance between a structured, detailed approach and the flexibility to adapt as circumstances change. Central to this are communication skills and empathy, the emotional intelligence to earn the right to influence portfolio management teams
Native level German and very fluent English are essential, together with and international mindset, evidenced by past experience working in different cultures