Director, Supply Chain -- Distribution & Logistics

Alvarez & Marsal Houston , TX 77059

Posted 2 months ago

Alvarez & Marsal Private Equity Performance Improvement

Director, Supply Chain

  • Distribution & Logistics

Alvarez & Marsal, a leading independent global professional services firm, specializing in providing turnaround management, performance improvement and corporate advisory services, is seeking to expand its Private Equity Performance Improvement (PEPI) - Rapid Results team in various locations throughout the U.S. With more than 200 professionals based in 40 locations across North America, Europe, Asia, and Latin America, PEPI excels in problem solving and value creation. Drawing on a strong operational heritage and hands-on-approach, our professionals work closely with organizations and stakeholders to help tackle complex business issues and maximize value.

A&M's Private Equity Performance Improvement Services (PEPI) practice, with offices throughout the US, focuses on serving middle market and large cap private equity firms who have engaged A&M to help improve operating results at their portfolio companies.

Our professionals are aligned with a PEPI service line to promote the development of deep functional skills & experiences and to maximize our ability to tailor solutions to solve our clients' business issues.

Our PEPI services include:

Supply Chain

Rapid Results

Manufacturing Operations Improvement

Pre-Acquisition Operations

Interim Management

M&A Services

CFO Services

A&M's Supply Chain professionals assist our clients in analyzing each part of the supply chain process including: Strategic Sourcing and Procurement, Logistics and Distribution, Integrated Demand and Supply Planning to identify value creation opportunities, develop a roadmap to accelerate those opportunities and assist with driving them to our client's bottom line. From our thorough fact-based analysis, we assess the state of the supply chain, identify key risks to investment and quantify potential EBITDA improvement plans.

The PEPI Supply Chain group is a growing business with high growth projected throughout the next two to four years. We offer excellent opportunities for career advancement and build leadership skills. The leadership team is focused on providing development opportunities, training and exposure to international and domestic business assignments.

Professional experience:

We are seeking individuals that can lead and deliver large, complex client engagements working closely with Private Equity leadership to identify, design, and implement creative business solutions for their portfolio companies.

Director / Manager, Supply Chain

  • Distribution & Logistics frequently lead / manage the following types of engagements; candidates may not have significant skillsets in all areas:
  • Gain a comprehensive understanding of a client's supply chain including manufacturing and distribution locations, baseline of product flow and seasonality, detailed operating costs, key supply chain processes in sourcing, planning, and operations.

  • Develop a structured approach to assessing potential improvement opportunities, and conduct required analysis to define potential supply chain strategies and tactics to meet growth and financial objectives.

  • Analyze supply chain network design and footprints:

  • Baseline warehousing and distribution network cost structure and capacity utilization

  • Profile supply chain processes and inventory flows throughout the network

  • Analyze network optimization opportunities for cost, inventory, and service delivery (experience with modeling software such as Llamasoft or other preferred):

  • Optimal number and location of distribution centers / network configuration

  • Optimal inventory flow through network (e.g. ship from DC vs. ship from stores; supplier drop ship options; optimal stocking positions, etc.)

  • Develop high-level planning model to support inventory optimization across supply chain networks

  • Conduct sourcing events related to transportation and warehousing which include spend / activity baseline assessments, process and business requirements, and conducting RFI/RFP processes, negotiations and contracting. Experience in conducting or responding to sourcing events involving 3PLs is preferred.

  • Assess inventory planning processes and systems, and recommend potential improvement opportunities for optimizing service levels and inventory working capital requirements.

  • Develop transformation plans to drive proposed changes in transportation, freight optimization, warehousing & distribution, and develop implementation plan and estimated range and timing of benefits (OPEX / inventory / service delivery)

  • Implement and oversee the quality of deliverables and effectively manage the team and day-to-day relationships to ensure exceptional performance.

  • Ability to both conduct analysis and lead teams to conduct analysis

Professional skills:

  • Strong written, oral, and analytical skills

  • Strong Excel and PowerPoint skills

  • Structured project management (time, team and work-stream management)

  • Initiative and drive

  • Critical thinking skills

  • Ability to deliver time-pressured projects on-time and on-quality

  • Flexible and creative thinking

  • Client relationship building

  • Excellent presentation skills


  • 10-15 plus years of combined consulting and industry operating experience

  • Preference for industry leadership roles within Supply Chain / Distribution and Logistics

  • Previous distribution and logistics analysis / advisory experience within industry, consulting, or 3PL environment

  • Deep functional expertise in key areas including distribution and logistics network optimization, transportation and warehouse sourcing, 3PL operating experience, production and inventory planning

  • Experience in leading or modeling supply chains using software support tools (e.g. Llamasoft, etc.)

  • Excellent fact-gathering and analytical skills, including business process mapping and quantitative analysis

  • Flexibility to travel based on project requirements

Voluntary Inclusion

It is Alvarez & Marsal's policy to provide and promote equal opportunity in employment, compensation, and other terms and conditions of employment without discrimination because of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, family medical history or genetic information, political affiliation, military service, pregnancy, marital status, family status, religion, national origin, age or disability or any other non-merit based factor in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations.

Unsolicited Resumes from Third-Party Recruiters

Please note that as per A&M policy, we do not accept unsolicited resumes from third-party recruiters unless such recruiters were engaged to provide candidates for a specified opening. Any employment agency, person or entity that submits an unsolicited resume does so with the understanding that A&M will have the right to hire that applicant at its discretion without any fee owed to the submitting employment agency, person or entity.

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Director, Supply Chain -- Distribution & Logistics

Alvarez & Marsal