Job Descriptions: The Anchor of Human Asset Management Strategy

Posted by Joanne Flynn on 12/6/17 11:00 AM

This is a guest blog post from our partner, Joanne Flynn, Founder of Phoenix Strategic Performance.

Job descriptions are the unsung hero driving the Performance Management process. If the performance management process is fundamental to HAMS, then job descriptions are the mighty little, obscure engine driving the whole process.

How important are job descriptions in Human Asset Management Strategy (HAMS) and how can those often forgotten job descriptions be so important? Because if they are only used as HR tools for job branding and compensation, then they are misnamed. If that’s the case, they should be called job categories. Here’s what they should really be doing.

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Portfolio Impact Associate in the Mid-Atlantic Area

Posted by Steve Flynn on 11/7/17 6:54 AM

Our client invests in established and emerging venture capital fund managers, in expansion stage venture-backed companies and in secondary investments in venture capital funds and companies.  The team has a proven ability to dynamically allocate capital across multiple venture capital investment strategies. Our client is currently seeking a Portfolio Impact Associate to join its team. The Portfolio Impact team is fully dedicated to supporting the companies and the venture capital firms in which our client is invested, primarily by facilitating valuable connections to potential customers, strategic partners, service providers, executive talent and investors. If you are interested in learning more, please visit job #256 on our careers website.

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Private Equity Associate in Ohio

Posted by Steve Flynn on 11/7/17 6:50 AM

Our client is a private equity firm that partners with entrepreneurs and management teams investing in and growing lower middle-market companies. Our client manages over $800 million in committed capital across its second and third institutional funds, and its principals have been investing together for more than two decades.  Our client seeks to invest in lower middle-market niche manufacturing, business services, distribution and consumer companies in industry sectors where they have considerable investment experience and can leverage prior successes.  Our client has a strong track record of investing in and growing businesses in our regional markets having completed over 100 investments with a total transaction value of more than $3 billion. If you are interested in learning more, please visit job #259 on our careers website.

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Investment Banking Associate(s) in the Bay Area

Posted by Steve Flynn on 11/7/17 6:44 AM

Our client is seeking two Associates. One Associate is for the Technology team and a second Associate is for the Telecommunications group. Our client is seeking candidates with two years of experience at the Analyst level and two plus years of experience at the Associate level. If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity, please visit job #261 on our careers website.

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Vice President or Director, Business Development in Ohio

Posted by Steve Flynn on 11/7/17 6:37 AM

Our client is a private equity firm that partners with entrepreneurs and management teams investing in and growing lower middle-market companies. Our client manages over $825 million in committed capital across its second and third institutional funds, and its principals have been investing together for more than two decades.  Our client seeks to invest in lower middle-market niche manufacturing, business services, distribution and consumer companies in industry sectors where they have considerable investment experience and can leverage prior successes.  Our client has a strong track record of investing in and growing businesses in its regional markets having completed over 100 investments with a total transaction value of more than $3 billion. If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity, visit job #262 on our careers website.

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4 Critical Challenges: Delegation or Dumping...Is there a difference?

Posted by Joanne Flynn on 10/6/17 11:00 AM

This is a guest blog post from our partner, Joanne Flynn, Founder of Phoenix Strategic Performance.

Getting employees more productive is often associated with delegation. So let’s take a journey into ‘delegation land’. As managers, we often outline what the person needs to do, tell them to do it, and naively call it delegation.

The Complex Challenges of the Delegation Process

The art of delegation is one of the most difficult and complex tasks a manager can perform. It is the most critical managerial task for the organization and yet it eludes most managers. Why? Because it is a multi-step process, that requires assessment, execution on the part of two people, accountability and the genuine investment of time. But, the most common manager response to delegating is, ‘I can do it faster myself’. Haven’t we all said that? So in reality, under the delegation banner, we have true delegation, over delegation, under delegation, micro delegation and dumping. Let’s focus on the last category – dumping! 

There is an important distinction between true delegation and the others. The problem arises when the manager assumes that by just telling the employee to do something, delegation has occurred and, the employee is fully accountable.  This could not be further from the truth.  In reality, dumping has taken place.

Here are 4 critical challenges the manager must initiate to avoid dumping and develop the management skill of delegating:

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Career Opportunity: Senior Analyst, Securities (New York, NY)

Posted by Steve Flynn on 8/23/17 9:46 PM

Our client is currently seeking a Senior Analyst in its Asset Management department covering investment portfolios of non-agency MBS, other structured products and mortgage loans.

If you are interested in applying for the position, you can apply to job #260 on our careers website.

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New Career Opportunity: Private Equity Associate - Ohio

Posted by Steve Flynn on 7/31/17 7:54 AM

Our client is a private equity firm that partners with entrepreneurs and management teams investing in and growing lower middle-market companies. Our client manages over $800 million in committed capital across its second and third institutional funds, and its principals have been investing together for more than two decades.  Our client seeks to invest in lower middle-market niche manufacturing, business services, distribution and consumer companies in industry sectors where they have considerable investment experience and can leverage prior successes.  Our client has a strong track record of investing in and growing businesses in our regional markets having completed over 100 investments with a total transaction value of more than $3 billion.

Firm Investment Preferences

  • Privately held companies, typically with established market positions and attractive growth prospects
  • Valuations between $30 and $250 million
  • Equity capital needs of $10 to $50 million
  • Majority ownership positions. 

Investment Experience

  • Recapitalizations.  Owners sell our client a majority ownership position and retain a significant interest to participate in further gains in the business and defer capital gains tax.
  • Management buyouts.  Management partners with our client to purchase company from existing shareholders.
  • Industry consolidations.  Our client provides equity capital to purchase a platform company and provides additional equity to fund acquisition/consolidation strategy.

If you are interested in applying, please visit job #259 on our careers website.

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Career Opportunity: Investment Banking Analyst

Posted by Steve Flynn on 7/31/17 7:45 AM

Our client is a boutique investment advisory firm with four industry practices: Media; Telecom and Towers; Technology; and Renewable Energy.  Founded in 1987, the firm's headquarters are in the Bay Area with satellite offices in other major cities. The firm’s 28 professional staff offers financial advisory services related to mergers and acquisitions, capital formation, restructuring, and valuation / appraisals.  The firm is projecting significant growth in the coming years.  This position is based in the Bay Area office.

Analysts are assigned to practice areas each year and the firm is currently seeking to fill a position in its Telecom group for 2017.  In future years, Analysts have the opportunity to be assigned to other practice areas as a way to broaden their banking experience.  Our client expects Analysts will be committed and pro-active contributors who demonstrate an energetic work ethic and have the maturity and poise to contribute positively in regular client-facing interactions.

If you are interested in applying for the position, you can apply to job #258 on our careers website.

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Phoenix Group International Named by Forbes as One of America’s Best Executive Recruiting Firms in 2017

Posted by Steve Flynn on 6/6/17 11:00 AM

We are honored to announce that Phoenix Group International (PGI) has been named as one of the Best Executive Recruiting Firms in the United States by Forbes. Forbes collaborated with Statista to release this annual, highly-exclusive America’s Best Executive Recruiting Firms 2017 List

What was the selection criteria for the Forbes Best Executive Recruiting Firms List?

To conduct its research, Statista first consulted with sources like trade organizations and company databases, identifying about 4,000 recruiters. Statista then invited thousands of recruiters, employees who have worked with recruiters over the past three years, and H.R. managers to take an online survey. The survey asked these three groups to recommend up to 10 recruiting firms (excluding their own). Statista gathered a total of 20,000 recommendations. The companies with the most recommendations ranked highest.

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