James is a seasoned finance professional with broad experience in strategic analysis, FP&A, investment banking, and investment management. He built a robust, complex financial model for a $100M+ global capital project and conducted a rigorous, in-depth pricing analysis for a $1B+ business unit at Capital Group. He joined the Toptal network to work on challenging projects with talented people.
Built a robust, complex model that runs scenario analysis for Project Falcon--a $100M+ company-wide fixed income project involving hundreds of people across IT and Investment Operations (IO)--saving the project team 400+ hours.
Conducted an in-depth pricing strategy analysis for retirement plan services (RPS)--a $50B+ AUM business--by analyzing revenue (management fee, administrative fee, record-keeping revenue), expenses, and contribution margin, and identifying issues and recommending solutions to the governing committee.
Performed five vendor viability assessments by interviewing management and conducting comprehensive research.
Completed an in-depth cost study across five legal entities for Strategic Sourcing and Procurement.
Led the development of the company’s 2016 annual plan, supporting business leaders with analytics and insight to help define financial operating priorities.
Built a five-year lender model and secured a new, more favorable $10M credit facility than with the prior lender.
Conducted due diligence and provided financial modeling and analysis for new initiatives and acquisitions. Acquired Smooch Labs, owner of JSwipe, for $7 million and successfully integrated the company’s financials.
Spearheaded FP&A efforts at a global public company--owner and operator of ChristianMingle and JDate.
Contributed key elements as the finance partner responsible for strategic and operations planning, investment planning, forecasting, insightful analysis, and timely reporting.
Re-engineered company-wide planning processes to significantly improve forecasting accuracy and accountability.
Developed and communicated complex financial analysis through fairness opinions, solvency opinions, and other valuations to guide decision makers in corporate finance transactions.
Created presentations summarizing the analysis and conclusions supporting the opinion being provided to the client.
Performed company, industry, market, and competitor research and due diligence.
Mentored, managed and developed staff--analysts and associates.
Focus areas: Transaction Opinions
Sirius Partners, L.P.
2012 - 2014
Supported the CIO and founder by analyzing equity and credit investments across sectors with a small to mid-cap and special situations emphasis.
Created financial models and evaluated companies based on asset quality, normalized earnings, and free cash flow generation informed through proprietary industry research and frequent management interactions.
Recommended and monitored portfolio positions that included CPG companies, REITs, pharmaceutical companies, payment service providers, etc., to senior partners on a weekly basis, resulting in a 61% return in 2013.
Conducted industry and company competitive analysis and extensive third party research with suppliers, customers, and competitors to identify attractive investment opportunities across assets globally.
Developed and maintained new and existing analytical tools used for performance and portfolio analysis.
Focus areas: Equity Investing, Credit Investing, Small Cap, Mid Cap, Special Situations
Research Analyst Intern
Nuveen Asset Management
2011 - 2011
Performed fundamental credit analysis on bond issues and sectors, and presented recommendations to senior research analysts and portfolio managers on a credit and price (spread) basis.
Analyzed financial statements, collateral, structure, competitive and industry trends, security provisions for new issues, and surveilled and updated information for current holdings.
Interviewed all NAM business line managers in Chicago and Minneapolis to identify specific needs and processes, and implemented changes to NAM’s firm-wide business continuity plan.
Focus areas: Credit Analysis
Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) in Investment Management
CFA Institute - Chicago, IL
2007 - 2016
MBA in Finance, Accounting, Economics
University of Chicago Booth School of Business - Chicago, IL