The Strategy Director, Portfolio Optimization is ultimately responsible for partnering with Division Presidents and the Chief Strategy Officer to assess, develop and drive long term Division/Business Unit Strategy and execution that is aligned with Corporate Strategy. He/She will be a key partner to the Division Presidents, sitting on the Division President's staff/leadership team and collaborating with Division GMs to drive execution of Strategic Initiatives related portfolio/category optimization. He/She will be responsible for driving long term thinking and leading key cross-division strategic projects. This position adds high level analytical support including portfolio management, annual planning, strategic planning and future state modeling aligned to M&A or divestiture recommendations.
Work with Division Presidents and GMs to develop business unit strategy and strategic plans that deliver against multiyear objectives.
Establish thought leadership/partnership role within the Divisions and earn credibility to become a key advisor to Division Presidents
Partner with GMs to understand, develop and execute long term category strategies
Lead the strategic planning process for Divisions
Collaborate with executive leadership team, strategy counterparts, and business leads to hone integrated strategic plans and identify key priorities
Collaborate with cross-functional teams to identify margin improvement, capital allocation, and growth initiatives; develop and successfully execute related business unit projects.
Act as liaison among Commercial, R&D, Finance, Supply Chain & Divisions to coordinate and facilitate the information flow and lead the execution of category projects within THS businesses.
Conduct due diligence on potential acquisition targets and lead post close integration efforts.
Perform deep dive analysis on categories, financials, customers and cost structure, identifying opportunities for growth and/or gaps against current plans or against overall category performance.
Develop workplans and project management structure to perform analysis on categories, financials, customers, cost structure etc. or drive cross-division strategic projects
Participate in the recruiting, hiring and ongoing development of direct reports and other manager level strategy professional
Qualifications and Requirements:
Minimum of 8 years of experience in a highly analytical/problem solving organization with demonstrated success in portfolio strategy and project management roles
2+ years of experience with a major strategy consulting firm preferred, complemented with an MBA or equivalent educational background
Experience developing growth strategy, strategic plans and driving M&A in large complex, multi-category environments
Strong leadership with the ability to work collaboratively in cross-functional teams
Effectively drive strategy and execution at all levels of the organization
Creative problem solving and ability to drive innovative solutions
An energetic, self-starter with an inquiring mind, initiative and the ability to work as part of a cohesive team in an environment that values professional excellence and results
A proactive style and approach. Willing to question and propose solutions, alternatives and or new ways of doing things, accepting responsibility along the way
Attention to detail and sound, practical judgment
Must be able to manage multiple complex initiatives simultaneously
Experience in retail and consumer packaged goods sectors ideal
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