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I'm currently an analyst at Deloitte S&O and I'm trying to think through my next steps and I've recently learned about Portfolio Operations. PE is a space that I'm interested in and it seems like that would be the logical landing place due to my experience in consulting rather than deal experience. I am thinking that this could be a good move for me to allow for an opportunity to continue on a PE career path or have the opportunity to gain a leadership position in an operating company.

I've seen some threads around how the role is relatively new in the industry and groups are being built out at the mega-funds, but I was wondering if anyone had some knowledge to help me think through if this would be a logical switch to make?

I've got a couple of questions that I would appreciate some perspective on:

  • What is the career path for someone that is an associate within a portfolio operations team?
    • I'm thinking that you can continue to work up within the PE firm or transition out into a leadership role
  • How similar is it to client-facing consulting?
    • How much of the role is the traditional consulting work compared to back-office operations work? 
  • What is the comp like?
    • I think I've read that it isn't as much as the deal team, but more than consulting

Thanks so much for any perspective - I'm hoping this post can help out others in a similar position!

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