Senior Manager - Strategy

Summary:

Vanguard, one of the world’s largest investment management companies and a recognized employer of choice, seeks a Senior Strategy Manager in the Strategy Division. Vanguard is based on a simple but revolutionary idea-that a mutual fund company should be managed in the sole interest of its investors. To ensure that the interests of investors always come first, Vanguard is owned by the Vanguard funds, which in turn are owned by the investors. We’re still the only company structured this way. Today, we state our mission broadly: To take a stand for all investors, to treat them fairly, and to give them the best chance for investment success.

Department Overview:

Vanguard’s Corporate Strategy Group serves the CEO, Senior Staff and the most senior leaders of the various business divisions such as the Retail Investor Group, Institutional Investor Group, and Financial Advisor Services. It’s a highly proactive team that helps drive the corporate vision and shape the coming years’ key business activities for Vanguard. The group focuses its analytical and consultative talents on setting and evaluating Vanguard’s corporate and business strategy, which may include the evaluation of domestic and international business opportunities such as acquisitions, joint ventures, and other strategic partnerships. The team provides thought leadership, assesses competition, evaluates industry trends and market changes, and defines and develops new products and services.

The Position:

Reporting directly to the Principal heading the Corporate Strategy Group, this position will lead strategic analysis from the overall portfolio. The Senior Strategy Manager will work in concert with senior management and other leaders, devising and leading analytical problem solving projects that will inform the direction of the businesses.

The Senior Strategy Manager will synthesize primary and secondary research, prepare strategic analyses, produce insights, lead project teams, present findings and recommendations, and write summary briefs on key strategic issues impacting Vanguard’s existing portfolio of businesses. Through research, analysis, and thought leadership this individual will formulate and articulate “points of view” on key strategic opportunities for Vanguard’s business.

Vanguard expects that the successful candidate (hired) will expand their scope and impact over time as a Senior Strategy Manager and will thereafter transition into broader leadership roles across the enterprise.

Key Duties & Responsibilities

  • Effectively manages a team of strategy analysts and creates an environment that is conducive to teamwork, innovation and objectivity, which motivates a highly competent, driven and productive team.
  • Oversees the efficiency and effectiveness within the team. Sets measurable goals and examines ways to raise standards, to increase quality and to improve overall performance of the team.
  • Provides direction and guidance to a team of strategy analysts aligned with each Vanguard line of business around key strategic topics and questions.
  • Provides thought-leadership by identifying strategic topics and presenting compelling ideas for research evaluation to the Corporate Strategy organization.
  • Participates in department-level and corporate-level strategic planning for Vanguard, contributing insights derived from analysis and synthesis of the team. Manages client relationships and anticipates needs.
  • Conducts efficient and thorough analyses of substantial (i.e., high impact) strategic issues confronting Vanguard following corporate strategy methodologies. Leverages and manages cross-functional teams as required. Prepares and presents strategic analysis, findings, and recommendations to senior management (e.g., story-lines, presentations, and whitepapers).
  • Develops and implements operational plans to achieve departmental objectives. Works with senior management in the planning, development and execution of short and long range goals.
  • Keeps abreast of industry, market and company trends, and partners with business leaders to understand key concerns and opportunities for each line of business; tailors analysis and synthesis around these topics.

Qualifications:

  • Minimum of five years of overall highly diverse strategy consulting experience, which must include evidence of career progression to the engagement manager level or higher
  • Experience working within a leading global business consulting firm, preferred
  • Experience conducting rigorous business and financial analysis/modeling and hypothesis development and testing
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple deliverables simultaneously
  • Superior structured thinking skills and strategic questioning and rationale capabilities
  • Demonstrated ability to present to and influence senior leadership.
  • Additional key competencies include: thought leadership, collaboration, cross-functional project management, talent development and people leadership
  • MBA from a nationally-ranked, top tier business school

Note: Vanguard is not offering visa sponsorship for this position. Additionally, employment is contingent on a successful drug-screening result


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