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Ankura Director, Turnaround & Restructuring, Retail Performance Improvement in Boston, Massachusetts

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

Turnaround & Restructuring, Retail Performance Improvement Practice Overview

Our Retail Performance Improvement practice provides extensive industry expertise combined with data-driven, objective, and innovative approaches to the most complex business challenges. Our significant experience working with companies at critical inflection points in their lifecycles has informed our approach and instilled a sense of urgency in solving problems. Our team has worked with numerous clients to build value and accelerate business performance through strategy setting and execution, business and operating model design, acquisition and merger support, market-entry strategy, and channel and product strategy.

Turnaround & Restructuring, Director Retail Performance Improvement Responsibilities

  • Critique and provide guidance on complex analyses

  • Independently identify patterns in complex data and drive hypotheses

  • Independently develop understanding of analytic tools including and outside of Excel

  • Work directly with Client to obtain relevant data

  • Independently disaggregate complex problems into simpler parts

  • Actively challenges assumptions and hypotheses

  • Understands complex retail operations concepts

  • Analyzes risks to existing or proposed retail operations

  • Demonstrates clear understanding of different retail workstreams

  • Understands various retail operating concepts informed by engagement experience and able to clearly articulate those views to others

  • Has an experienced/informed view on how to approach building certain common Excel based analyses

  • Understands key elements of retail advisory consulting

  • Helps to set priorities across multiple work streams

  • Coordinates with team on schedules to meet agreed upon deadlines

  • Identifies key milestones and manages accordingly

  • Directly manages work of Associates and Senior Associates

  • Lays out an effective approach to a presentation with guidance from more senior teammates

  • Prepares full decks and presents sections of a report both internally and to clients

  • Presents effectively to C Suite level clients and other professionals related to basic and moderately complex analyses/issues

  • Handles client interactions at multiple levels

  • Provides guidance and feedback to early career professionals

  • Maintains constant communications with senior professionals to ensure coordination of activities and manage expectations

Turnaround & Restructuring, Director Retail Performance Improvement Responsibilities

  • Minimum 5 years of relevant retail consulting experience focused in one or more of the following areas:

  • Merchandising & Category Management

  • Sales & Marketing effectiveness, processes, incentives

  • Distribution & Logistics, Network Modeling

  • Manufacturing and Contract Manufacturing

  • Direct & Indirect Procurement

  • SG&A cost reduction

  • M&A: Divestitures/Carve-Outs and Integration

  • Information Technology and Digital Improvements

  • An undergraduate degree from a top academic institution with a strong GPA

  • Advanced degree(s) and applicable professional certification(s) are preferred

  • Ability and willingness to travel is required

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

  • Experience with analytical tools and financial analyses that show a proper understanding of competing needs (timing, flexibility, detail, risk) with limited direction

  • Experience with Excel modeling

  • Identifies and articulates opportunities for more advanced analytic approaches outside of basic Excel

  • Demonstrates ability to contribute to identification of key issues

  • Able to understand concepts of data patterns and trends

  • Exhibits critical thinking and problem-solving capability

  • Demonstrates ability to synthesize analysis and draw conclusions

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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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