Altus Capital Partners, founded in 2003 and based in Wilton, Connecticut, seeks an analyst with an independent mind and entrepreneurial bent to join an investment team with some half a dozen members. Having a love for the woods could help your candidacy.
Joshua Tesoriero, vice president, calls Altus Capital a “great place to start a career” for those looking for “lots of responsibility and lots of room for growth.” As part of a small team you’ll rub shoulders with people at every level in the organization. “You get a great perspective of the place from top to bottom,” he said in a phone interview.
Altus Capital acquires manufacturing companies generating EBITDA of at least $4 million, then uses them as platforms for add-on acquisitions. The firm is in the midst of raising a third fund expected to end up in the same size range as a predecessor that closed at $200 million in 2011.
The analyst job responsibilities are broad: You’ll have a chance to pitch in on everything from vetting target companies to developing financial models to conducting market research to developing quarterly reports as part of portfolio monitoring.
The setting is unusual. Sitting in the middle of 33 acres of woods, the Wilton Woods Corporate Campus features trails, a pond and “plenty of wildlife for those who enjoy a quick nature walk after a power lunch meeting,” wrote Tesoriero in an email. “In general, Connecticut may offer a better work/life blend for the banking analyst burnt out by Wall Street’s combative office culture.”
“Getting a job in private equity is not the same as doing a job in private equity. They’re not actually evenly related.”
So said Gail McManus, managing director at executive search firm PER, during last month’s webinar, What does it take to get a job in private equity?
McManus went on: “I’m sure all of you have worked with people in your careers where you thought, ‘Why have they got this job?’ Well actually, it’s not because they are any good at doing it, because clearly they’re not. But what they were very good at was getting the job.”
Surely it was one of the more winsome observations to come out of a program chock full of practical advice for private equity job seekers.