Berkeley Research Group

  • Corporate Finance – Performance Improvement - Retail

    Job Locations US-NY-New York | US-MA-Boston | US-CA-Los Angeles | US-CA-Los Angeles | US-IL-Chicago
    Posted Date 4 months ago(10/5/2018 4:57 PM)
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    Consulting Staff
  • Overview

    Berkeley Research Group (BRG) is a global multidisciplinary consulting firm founded in 2010 that provides advisory services, data analytics, and expert testimony to major Fortune 500 and mid-size companies, private equity firms, banks, law firms, government agencies and regulatory bodies around the world. BRG experts provide sophisticated financial, economic, analytical, operational, and strategic advice across a wide range of disciplines and industries. Headquartered in Emeryville, California, BRG currently has over 40 offices across the U.S. and internationally.

    The position is in the Corporate Finance-Performance Improvement practice, which provides strategic, operational and financial advisory services to high-performing growth oriented as well as distressed companies. The ideal candidate should excel working in a team environment, on a diverse range of fast-moving assignments, and in an entrepreneurial environment. BRG is currently seeking for individuals for its New York, Boston or Los Angeles offices.


    Key Job Activities/Focus - Performance Improvement, including:

    • Business performance management and transformation
    • Change management
    • Customer research to action
    • DC 4 wall optimization
    • Digital transformation
    • Growth (strategy and vision)
    • Innovation
    • M&A/due diligence
    • Margin erosion (discounts and allowances)
    • Merchandise planning and replenishment
    • Organizational design
    • Pricing/promotions
    • Product lifecycle management
    • Post-merger integration
    • Real estate/store footprint optimization
    • SG&A analysis and reduction
    • Sourcing/COGS/Indirect Spend
    • Store labor optimization
    • Supply chain optimization

    Primary Responsibilities

    • Align with client on project approach, deliverables and day-to-day interaction
    • Manage BRG project teams, inclusive of junior staff members’ knowledge development and career growth
    • Contribute to the day-to-day activities of BRG Corporate Finance-Performance Improvement client service teams executing on business improvement initiatives
    • Utilize business, finance, accounting, strategy and analytical skills to perform tasks including, but not limited to: business plan assessments; financial modeling and analysis; business strategy, revenue growth and margin enhancement; marketing management; organizational structure and SG&A management; operational process optimization; merchandise planning and allocation (MP&A); inventory management; pricing optimization; store labor planning and analysis; etc.
    • Improve speed in decision-making, enable business partnering and drive shareholder value
    • Collaborate with BRG colleagues, client personnel, professionals from other firms, and other stakeholders to achieve engagement objectives
    • Develop content and/or oversee the creation of content for, and lead the preparation, of high quality, refined reports, written analyses, presentations, and other client deliverables
    • Demonstrate the highest degree of professionalism, ethics, quality and integrity
    • Drive and extend client relationships


    Basic Qualifications

    • Bachelor’s degree or degree equivalent in Business, Accounting/Finance, Management, Engineering, Economics, Retail Management, Supply Chain, or related field
    • Ideally seeking blend of consulting and line management experience in an operational role
    • Expertise in financial modeling and analysis (particularly in Excel), understanding elements of P&L and balance sheet and scenario analyses
    • Strong knowledge of basic corporate financial and operational processes, including budgeting and forecasting
    • Superior written and oral communication skills
    • General knowledge of BI technologies (e.g. Tableau, PowerBI, noSQL), merchandise and planning software/databases, and other finance and corporate performance management tools (e.g. Host Analytics, Blackline)
    • Strong problem solving skills
    • Ability to direct and/or manage and analyze large volumes of financial and operational data
    • Ability to interpret the results of qualitative and quantitative analysis and develop insights and recommendations, and move those into an effective presentation
    • Desire and ability to manage processes and other staff
    • Excellent written and oral communication skills and a demonstrated ability to interact with junior and senior team members, senior management and other stakeholders or professionals
    • Intellectual curiosity and ability to learn quickly
    • Willingness to travel up to 80%

    Preferred Skills

    • Ability to work well independently and in a team dynamic
    • Ability to manage multiple tasks, prioritize changing work demands, and learn quickly
    • Basic understanding of Tableau or other data visualization tools is a plus
    • A Master’s degree, MBA is a plus


    Candidate must be able to submit verification of his/her legal right to work in the U.S., without company sponsorship.

    BRG is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.


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