IBM Digital Business Strategy, Senior Strategy Consultant

Job Description
Are you interested in helping companies re-invent themselves and their industries in the digital era? Do you want to leverage your business acumen and understanding of emerging technology to define the vision and strategy for how businesses will remain competitive and grow? Do you have an entrepreneurial and innovative mindset?

IBM Global Business Services is looking for talented and highly motivated, modern senior strategy consultants to join our business consulting practice in Berlin, Hamburg, Frankfurt a.M. or Munich.

Once onboard, you will work side by side with CXOs and senior executives across industries. Our diverse team and geographic footprint exposes and provides learning and development opportunities for top talent across different clients and industries, helping you at every stage of your career - at IBM and beyond.

As a senior strategy consultant at IBM, you will be exposed to a breadth of experiences that will prove essential as your career develops, working across industries with leaders to take on the world's toughest challenges, helping client executives make the best decisions about their most critical business issues.

Bottom line? We "out - think" ordinary strategy consulting. Discover what you can do at IBM.

What Do We Look For In A Successful Senior Strategy Consultant At IBM?

  • Mental curiosity to question, research, and structure advanced and creative problem solving
  • Robust and deep analytical skill set to ensure analysis and recommendations are informed, not backed, by data and insights
  • A passion to learn and adapt modern approaches and innovative solutions to address age old business problems in growth and optimization
  • Ambition to identify, address, and reinvent clients' and industries' most complex business issues
  • Deadline-driven, organized, and able to multi-task
  • Powerful communication and storytelling skills, successfully applying verbal and written communications to expose and defend points of view to business leaders and team members
  • Aptitude and interpersonal skills to thrive in an intense team atmosphere with direct working relationships with IBM executives and experienced talent
What will you do as an IBM GBS Senior Strategy Consultant?
You'll join a team of highly motivated colleagues with experience working at top consulting firms, startups, corporate strategy functions, and venture capital teams. As a senior strategy consultant, you will begin to develop specialized knowledge of industry-specific and cross-industry competitive strategies and manage complex components of an engagement. You will work closely with clients to understand their (and their customers') issues, create strategic recommendations to drive change in a digitally-enabled era, secure buy-in for the recommendations, and collaborate with fellow IBMers to help reinvent tomorrow's businesses and industries. Depending on your exposure and expertise you'll successfully help clients and:
  • Provide perspectives and solutions to rapidly develop, launch, and grow transformational products, platforms, new businesses, and strategic partnerships with and for clients
  • Research the client organization and industry value chains via modern and digitally-enabled approaches to structured and unstructured data analysis and insight generation that go beyond traditional methods of interviewing, focus groups, or market studies
  • Draw from primary and existing IBM research on evolving market trends to help clients explore the art of the possible based on market and competitive positioning (e.g., rise of the Fintechs, digital marketplaces, Internet of Things - IOT - enabled analytics, API economy)
  • Identify and analyze opportunities and obstacles clients face in global and increasingly competitive markets, developing new business models to bring to life ideas, increase efficiencies and profitability for existing offerings, or determine optimal routes to market for new or existing products and services
  • Identify issues, create hypotheses, and execute analysis, developing decision-ready recommendations to inform the strategic agenda for our clients
  • Inform and enable clients to pivot to action, developing practical roadmaps and plans to invest in, allocate resources, execute, and manage strategic recommendations

Required Technical and Professional Expertise

  • Experience in consulting, in a startup, or other business environment
  • 2+ years of experience in modern marketing optimization, sales optimization, service optimization, ventures and partnership development, product management, supply chain management, organizational design, operating model design, performance management
  • 1 year developing business strategies for clients or equivalent experience
  • Experience incorporating design thinking and creative approaches (e.g. prototyping) to problem solving and strategy formulation
  • German and English fluent

Preferred Tech and Prof Experience

  • 3+ years of experience in general consulting or other business environment across Financial Services, Consumer Packaged Goods, Telecom, Media & Entertainment, Retail, Travel & Transportation, Aerospace & Defense, Automotive, Chemicals & Petroleum, or Electronics
  • 2+ years of experience in modern marketing optimization, sales optimization, service optimization, ventures and partnership development, product management, supply chain management, organizational design, operating model design, performance management
  • 2 years developing business strategies for clients or equivalent experience
  • Preferred only: In depth experience working with businesses in at least one industry

EO Statement
IBM is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. IBM is also committed to compliance with all fair employment practices regarding citizenship and immigration status.

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