Date Posted: 2021-11-10

Job ID: EB-1655003750
Category: Private Equity
Location: Detroit, MI

Timing: immediate or Summer 2022
Tenure: 2-3 year program with potential to stay on
Location: Midwest

Our client is a Midwest-based private equity firm that invests in private companies with revenues up to $200 million across a range of business services sectors. We focus on partnering with motivated, proven management teams with clear strategies for building businesses, and ensure they have the operational and financial resources to do so. Our committed capital base of over $1.8 billion across six funds is provided by blue chip investors such as pension plans, insurance companies, endowments and wealthy families For nearly two decades, the firms strategy has been to build bigger, better companies by partnering with strong executives and working together to improve and grow each business.


PE Associates are an integral part of the investment team working directly with executives and senior members of the firm, executing, and performing diligence on new investments as well as supporting and monitoring existing portfolio companies. The Associate role is intended to be a 3 year program, however, there may be cases where an Associate would be offered a longer term role. As an Associate you will have the opportunity to
learn and gain experience in the private equity business in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment. Associates participate at all levels of the firm’s investment activities and are integral members of a 3-4 person investment team.

Responsibilities include:

• Support transaction execution for both new investments and add-on acquisitions made by its portfolio companies, including organizing and completing due diligence and participating in raising debt
financing and legal documentation
• Assist management of portfolio company investments, including monitoring and analyzing portfolio financial performance and working closely with portfolio management teams including the CEO, CFO and other executives
• Perform highly complex and flexible valuation and LBO analyses to support capital structure recommendations to finance buyout transactions and/or recapitalizations
• Obtain confidential investment information from investment bankers and other referral sources, and perform the initial deal screening reviews and provide a recommendation
• Write comprehensive investment memoranda and other internal documents used to make investment decisions
• Perform detailed historical financial analyses and build forecast scenarios


• 2+ years of experience in investment banking, equity or mezzanine investing, consulting, transaction advisory services or corporate development positions at highly acquisitive corporations
• Advanced financial modeling and valuation skills applicable to structured finance transactions
• Persuasive and critical thinking skills with an ability to communicate in written and verbal form with conviction; comfort with a dynamic, fast-changing environment
• Ability to communicate complex information in easy-to-understand, direct language, comfort with public speaking and interaction with senior business executives
• Successful candidates are very ambitious, resourceful, self-directed individual who anticipate issues and needs, demonstrate good judgment in decision-making and can self-prioritize
• Professional with unquestionable integrity, credibility, and character who has demonstrated high moral and ethical behavior
• Enjoys working as part of a team, collaborating with others, and having fun
• Ties or desire to live in the Midwest preferred

BrainWorks is a premier executive search firm that delivers superior talent to drive business performance. Our consultants are experts in their practice areas, which include: Private Equity & Corporate Finance; Consumer Products; CRM, Direct/Database Marketing and Customer Sciences/Advanced Analytics; Accounting and Finance; Information Technology; Digital Marketing and eCommerce; and, Consumer Insights and Market Research.

The Private Equity & Corporate Finance practice conducts searches for leading private equity firms, portfolio companies, investment banks, and fortune companies across the nation. Some examples of searches include the following:
• Pre and Post MBA private equity deal team professionals
• Private equity portfolio company C-level through Manager finance and operations
• Sell and Buy Side investment banking firms
• Fortune company corporate development, strategy and finance

BrainWorks prides itself on quality, speed and GUARANTEED RESULTS, delivered through our unique QUASAR approach. When you partner with BrainWorks, your company will receive intelligence and industry expertise from consultants who are trustworthy, caring and passionate about your business needs.

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