Director Carve-Out/Transformation (m/f)


Leading International Wholesale/C&C/Retail Group

The Company

Our client is a leading global retail group with worldwide operations. We are looking for a Director Carve-Out/Transformation (m/f) who is analytically strong, yet a hands-on senior professional with a management consulting and/or private equity or corporate background and has extensive experience in carve-out and transformation principles. This senior candidate will lead the overall carve-out project and report directly to the CFO.

Your Tasks

  • Responsible for overall Carve-Out project
  • Designing and overseeing to completion a portfolio of initiatives which reflect the client’s key priorities, contributing to the overall success of the project business plan
  • Setting up and managing a temporary transition office to design and oversee the carve-out program
  • Setting up and guiding a Transformation Office that will serve as the nucleus for managing the portfolio of initiatives
  • Managing and mentoring the members of the Transformation Office, who will be full-time supporting initiative implementation
  • Acting in a "challenge and support" role vis-à-vis the initiative owners, helping them deliver the targeted results
  • Making sure the initiatives are resourced adequately to deliver their objectives (both internal and – where needed – external resources)
  • Coordinating cross-functional initiatives
  • Acting as a first escalation level in resolving critical issues and involving the management team appropriately where further escalation is required
  • Ensuring initiatives move into implementation, and to guide them to fast and pragmatic execution
  • Creating transparency and visibility by initiative progress tracking in order to allow for better and faster decision making and results’ predictability
  • Working alongside finance to ensure all critical financial value creation parameters of the initiatives are made transparent
  • Providing consistency to internal discussions and progress reviews, which will take place at various levels and first contact point to the Board of our client

What You Bring With You

  • Minimum of 10-15 years of relevant experience in a TOP tier consulting (hands on consulting firms like AlixPartners, A&M) firm and industry
  • Industry experience from retail / consumer goods or related industries prefered but not a must have
  • Transformation experience of large scale and complex transformations
  • Experience with large-scale corporate carve-outs would be preferable, but not a must
  • Understanding of key business processes of an organization, particularly the logistic, operations and IT
  • Ability to quickly develop a strong “standing” and gaining respect within the organization at all levels
  • Ability to act as a catalyst for action and change whilst bringing along the team
  • Outstanding people-handling skills and organizational sensitivity; with the ability to build trusted relationships quickly
  • Broad set of influencing skills and ability to build consensus amongst multiple stakeholders with different interests
  • Track record of successfully handling demanding projects across distributed organizations where coordination of multiple parties is a must for success
  • Ability to challenge initiative owners in a constructive way with respect to overall feasibility and impact of initiatives
  • High level of motivation and determination, entrepreneurial/self-starter used to work in a dynamic environment
  • Willingness to travel and to “go the extra mile”
  • German and English language skills