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Vice President, Consulting Operations

Department
Business Operations
Location
New York City
  • Founded in 2009
  • 1,000+ employees
  • Serving 300+ leading private equity firms

Company Overview

There’s a better way to work in finance—and more specifically, a better way to unlock value potential in private equity-backed portfolio companies. Working at the intersection of sponsors and management teams across every stage of the investment lifecycle, our team provides hands-on, execution-oriented support to elevate the office of the CFO.

So, what does it mean to work at Accordion? It means joining 1,000+ finance & technology experts in a high-growth, agile, and entrepreneurial environment while changing the way portfolio companies drive value. It also means making your mark on Accordion’s future—by embracing a culture rooted in collaboration and a firm-wide commitment to building something great, together.

Accordion is headquartered in New York City with 10 offices around the globe. Join us!

Global Operations

Accordion is looking for an experienced Vice President of Consulting Operations to join our team. This position is responsible for executing strategic initiatives across the firm that will enable Accordion’s consultants. Projects will include large-scale transformation and process improvement, quality risk management, project management, and product management. Additionally, this position will be focused on the following: translating opportunities into project tasks, milestones, and deliverables; managing day-to-day problem-solving; serving as a key liaison between stakeholders across the organization, with the potential to lead varying project teams to achieve key results and support enterprise-wide change initiatives.

This role can be based in our New York, Boston, Chicago, or Dallas office locations and is a hybrid role. Ideal candidates should be local to the desired location, with the flexibility to work remotely 2-3 days a week, blending the best of both worlds for efficiency and collaboration.

What You’ll Do:

Operations Innovation & Management:

  • Develop and implement strategies and solutions to address identified issues and opportunities that align with Accordion’s vision and core values
  • Using critical thinking and innovation, continuously improve the quality and efficiency of existing and new processes to enable Accordion’s consultants to deliver A+ work to our clients
  • Develop and manage Accordion’s product management playbook that effectively and efficiently evolves a product idea generated by our practice leaders from concept to market
  • Work with firm and practice leaders to establish and implement product management standards across all practices
  • Conduct internal and external research and analysis on specific issues, projects, and strategic initiatives within the organization, and provide recommendations based on findings

Change Management:

  • Create detailed business cases with actionable recommendations based on thorough analysis of change readiness and impact, organizational culture, and potential barriers to change
  • For projects and programs, define change management strategy and rollout plans, leveraging established enterprise change frameworks to develop an approach that ensures cross-collaboration and creates sustainable change
  • Critically assess the intended and unintended impacts of enterprise-wide projects and programs, providing mitigation strategies for consideration

Project & Program Management:

  • Utilize demonstrated project management experience to manage each project/program to meet and exceed our client's specific needs and deliver results
  • Establish clear objectives on tasks and project outcomes with minimal oversight
  • Proactively identify and mitigate risk that could negatively impact project outcomes and timetables
  • Manage and deliver multiple complex project workstreams in a fast-paced team environment
  • Collaborate with cross-practice teams on innovative solutions to bolster the future of the practice
  • Develop knowledge of Accordion’s practices and engagement management processes

Stakeholder Management:

  • Collaborate across diverse functions (e.g. IT, HR, Finance), engaging with stakeholders at all levels to drive a culture of change that results in increased adoption and minimizes resistance
  • Build strong relationships with leaders and teams across the organization, communicate effectively, and influence decision-making
  • Build rapport and adapt to a variety of stakeholder groups

Ideally, You Have:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Finance, or IT
  • 5-8 years of relevant experience
  • Experience in a professional services firm
  • Experience with project management and change management
  • Advanced level of Excel and PowerPoint experience
  • Demonstrated ability to multi-task, while driving timely and quality execution of all tasks
  • Ability to use data to drive decision making
  • Exceptional presentation, communication, interpersonal, and facilitation skills
  • Experience communicating complex functionality effectively to client-facing teams
  • Strategic thinking and problem-solving abilities, with the ability to think through the best, most efficient solutions that meet Consulting Operations business goals
  • Strong research, analytical, and reporting skills
  • Superior organizational skills and attention to detail

 Ideally, You Are:

  • A self-starter with a strong work ethic
  • A leader of others; you lead by example
  • A strong team player, able to work with team members across all levels
  • Able to effectively communicate complex issues and solutions, and raise issues to senior team members when necessary
  • Comfortable managing projects with multiple complex workstreams while also focused on your single workstream (you are managing and doing)
  • Excited to be part of a growing team, with a focus on driving future growth
  • Driven individual with a high level of interest in data, process, and technology
  • Full of entrepreneurial spirit and comfortable in a fluid, flat organization
  • Knowledgeable about the relationship between Private Equity sponsors and their portfolio companies
  • Passionate about delivering exceptional client service
  • Someone who enjoys mentoring others and doing meaningful work
  • Willing to get your hands dirty in the details of a project while simultaneously seeing the whole picture

Salary: $140,000 - $160,000 + benefits + bonus

Actual compensation packages are determined by evaluating a wide array of factors unique to each candidate, including but not limited to skill set, years and depth of experience, education, certifications, cost of labor and internal equity.

Accordion is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills.  We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, marital status, age, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical​​​ condition, pregnancy, genetic information, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or ​expression, veteran status, or any other status protected under federal, state, or local law.

Please note that as per Accordion policy, we do not accept unsolicited resumes from third-party recruiters unless such recruiters are engaged to provide candidates for a specified opening and in alignment with our inclusive diversity values. Any employment agency, person or entity that submits an unsolicited resume does so with the understanding that Accordion 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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Company Overview
In 2009, Accordion set out to prove that there was a better way to work in finance – and more specifically, a better way to unlock value potential in private equity portfolio companies. In the years since, our firm has grown into a bi-coastal team of 1000+ finance and technology professionals, serving nearly 300 of the world’s leading private equity firms out of offices in Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, London, Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco.

Our mission is to shape a new era in the private equity industry. Focusing exclusively on the office of the CFO of PE-backed companies, we’re committed to driving value creation through financial consulting services and portfolio operations technology.

So, what does it mean to work at Accordion? It means thriving in a high-growth, agile, and collaborative environment. It means changing the way private equity firms create value at their portfolio companies. And ultimately, it means making your mark on the firm’s future – by embracing a culture rooted in humility and a firm-wide commitment to building something great, together. Join us!