A Different Management Consulting Firm
Aliter Practitioners Reflect on How They Add Value
This article is one of a series of conversations with Aliter practitioners who relate their experiences and explain why Aliter support is more fit for purpose than any other management consulting firm.
Aliter people are seasoned industry practitioners from a cross section of the financial services industry. They apply their expertise and firsthand experience as previous leaders of front, middle, and back-office operations for investment management firms and asset servicing providers to provide greater value than non-industry generalists from typical management consulting firms.
“We’re more than independent employees; we’re a community of change agents who treat each other like friends and support each other like clients. We value each person’s contributions in support of interdisciplinary problem-solving that transforms our clients’ operations.”
In this article, as the people of Aliter, we share our unique perspective and insider impressions of how Aliter adds value by being more fit for purpose than any other management consulting company.
What Excites Us about Aliter and Compels Us to Stay
The Quality of Aliter People
It’s refreshing to work with people who are passionate about quality in their work and relationships. We genuinely enjoy working together to manage projects, while also having a good time. It helps that we all have related experiences and backgrounds, and are at a point in our careers where we can fully appreciate the value of our supportive company culture and working with great people.
We’re more than a group of independent employees; we’re a community of change agents who treat each other like friends and support each other like clients. We value each person’s contributions in support of interdisciplinary problem-solving that transforms our clients’ operations.
Our clients often remark that Aliter people CARE and are not just apathetically collecting a paycheck. Everyone willingly takes it upon themselves to do more than what’s expected. “Structure, discipline and transparency” aren’t just verbiage; they’re our principles, and we are the passionate people behind them. We do this by “showing up” for our clients – literally and figuratively – because we’re invested in their success. For example, we don’t leave at 4:30 p.m. when we’re responsible for a big deliverable the next day. In our experience, non-industry generalists and junior consultants from other management consulting firms do not consistently demonstrate this level of commitment.
“Structure, discipline and transparency” aren’t just verbiage; they’re our principles, and we are the passionate people behind them. We do this by “showing up” for our clients – literally and figuratively – because we’re invested in their success.”
Our experience enables us to authentically empathize with clients since we, too, have worked long hours in our career experience of growing through the ranks of investment management firms and asset servicing firms. We know the real implications our clients face if we aren’t serious about our responsibility. That’s why we don’t just stay in the conference room writing reports; we roll up our sleeves and help execute what must be done to empower our clients to improve and transform their businesses.
The Ways Our Team is Valued
It is liberating to work in a community of professionals who understand the essence of teamwork.
Aliter is a smaller-yet-stronger team of dedicated professionals, with easy access to leaders and peers alike in a flat organizational chart versus the hierarchy, red tape and office politics of larger firms.
Our leaders demonstrate how much they value and appreciate Aliter team members. Examples of this include customized training focused on enhancing our leadership skills; seasonal celebrations in which we acknowledge our collective success, and the many intangible ways we are encouraged to maintain a healthy balance between our work and family responsibilities.
The Endless Opportunities with Aliter
Every day, we are presented with new challenges and entrusted with the responsibility to help a business make highly impactful decisions. Often, we see those decisions ripple through our clients’ firms with immediate positive effects. It’s encouraging to be with an evolving firm and to witness how people’s individual contributions directly correlate to new growth opportunities for the entire company. For example: our ability to complete an assessment, analyze requirements, fully develop an approach and then successfully execute while bringing objectivity has led to additional business within the same organization on multiple occasions.
Career Satisfaction and Growth
Aliter has a stringent hiring process that primarily selects experienced professionals with considerable experience as investment management and asset servicing industry practitioners. Aliter people are attuned to the industry, and well-positioned to help clients achieve their goals by providing sound strategies as well as helping to execute the strategies as-needed. For Aliter employees who have spent the majority of our careers as practitioners, it is very satisfying and rewarding to be part of a team that adds value and makes a real difference for our industry-peers.
Every unique project and client engagement represents an opportunity to hone our skills and learn from each other as we help clients to implement our solutions. With each successive assignment we are challenged and encouraged to do things in a different way. Following the Aliter approach, we create a powerful team of accomplished experts that complement each other’s skills, personalities, career backgrounds and experiences, to find and execute the best solution for each client.
We all agree that “status quo” isn’t good enough, and challenge ourselves and each other to evolve. There is endless opportunity for personal career growth and advancement if you are willing to put in the work.
Aliter’s Great Reputation and Growth Philosophy
Aliter is a boutique consulting company focused on serving clients and organic growth by earning a great reputation and referrals, one client at a time. Our team appreciates the philosophy of growth at a healthy pace; not sacrificing quality for quantity. After working at large investment management firms and service providers that focused on downsizing and minimizing expenses, it feels absolutely liberating to work for a growing company that focuses on doing the right thing – for each other, and for our clients.
The future is bright! We know we have something very special here, and are eager to see the positive effects of our work, as the firm grows and we grow together as a team.