Chief Operating Officer

Chicago, IL /
Portage Point Partners /
Transformation, Restructuring & Interim Management Location open with preference for Chicago / Dallas / Houston / Los Angeles / New York
Portage Point Partners (“Portage Point”) is a business advisory and interim management firm that partners with stakeholders during periods of transition, underperformance and / or distress. 
Portage Point is currently seeking an exceptional Chief Operating Officer (“COO”) to strengthen our operational backbone and drive continued growth. Our team members are frequently given significant responsibility beyond their prior experience level, creating opportunity for unconstrained personal and professional advancement.

The COO role at Portage Point represents a unique opportunity for a highly-capable professional to assume a wide set of responsibilities and make a significant impact in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment. The COO will focus on all aspects of scaling a national professional services organization including developing and implementing overall growth strategy, internal and client-facing standard operating procedures, client deliverable roadmaps, business process optimization and technology enablement. 


    • Oversee daily operations and coordinate with functional leads
    • Evaluate firm performance by analyzing and interpreting data and metrics
    • Set comprehensive goals for performance and growth
    • Design and implement business strategies, plans and procedures
    • Develop and lead operational reporting
    • Establish policies that promote company culture and vision
    • Lead team members encouraging maximum performance and dedication
    • Participate in expansion activities (investments, acquisitions, corporate alliances, etc.)
    • Manage relationships with partners / vendors where necessary


    • Proven experience as COO or practice line operations leader in a professional services environment
    • Proven history of guiding businesses through high growth phases
    • Understanding of business functions such as HR, finance, marketing, IT
    • Competency in strategic planning and business development
    • Working knowledge of data analysis and performance / operation metrics
    • Working knowledge of IT / business infrastructure
    • High degree of maturity with a proven ability to interact with management, team members and external partners
    • Effectively communicates analysis through Microsoft Excel, Word and PowerPoint including high-quality messaging, structure and formatting
    • Ability to successfully work in a small, collaborative team environment
    • Eagerness to be responsive at all times
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills including strong e-mail etiquette
    • Top-tier organizational and project management skills and attention to detail
    • Self-starter and entrepreneurial in nature
    • BSc/BA in Business Administration or relevant field; MSc/MBA is a plus
Highly competitive compensation with quarterly bonus payments, premium health insurance and 401(k) programs