• Director/Sr. Director, Strategy and Operations

    Job Locations US-CA-Temecula
    Posted Date 1 month ago(1/10/2020 1:30 PM)
    Requisition ID
    2020-8416
    Job Function
    Strategy - Planning
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    Do you dare to reinvent the future of education?

    At Cengage, we are harnessing the power of tech to build a future where all learners have the tools and confidence to achieve their goals. As a Cengage employee, you will blaze a new trail to transform the way people learn. Collaborating with the best of the best, you will feel challenged and inspired to do breakthrough work. With the support of our united team, there is no limit to what you can imagine, create and set in motion.  

    Are we right for you?

    As a fast growing, profitable standalone business within Cengage, ed2go has empowered millions of learners looking to improve their skills, get employed, and build a career. With over 2,000 academic partners, a growing roster of corporate customers, and an expanding direct-to-consumer channel, we are looking to significantly accelerate our business to address the global skills gap. 

     

    As a highly motivated leader and key stakeholder, you will work cross-functionally with other members of the senior leadership team to continually improve our strategy and lead, plan, and implement strategic initiatives that shape the future and direction of the business. 

     

    The Head of Strategy and Operations is…

    • A member of ed2go’s senior leadership team reporting directly to the General Manager
    • Highly resourceful strategic and creative thinker, result-driven, self-motivated, innovative problem-solver, welcome to change, and works comfortably in a constantly evolving environment
    • Adept at making data-driven recommendations and taking the insights and implications found in the data and relate them through cohesive narratives
    • Able to handle multiple simultaneous projects, meet tight deadlines and remain calm under pressure and in the face of uncertainty
    • The subject matter expert on ed2go’s strategic pillars, market trends, company and department level KPIs, and advocate for resource and initiative
      prioritization to accelerate growth
    • Someone possessing outstanding attention to detail with superior time and project management skills

    What You'll Do Here:

    Leadership & Operational Excellence

    • Establish strong relationships with the key leadership and stakeholders to ensure a free flow of ideas and information across the business
    • Collaborate across the organization, aiding in individualized strategy formulation for different projects and initiatives.
    • Inspire and move cross-functional groups in a unified direction
    • Work directly with business units to understand business priorities, identify strategic initiatives, and deliver on analytical solutions, reporting, system
    • enhancements and process improvements that drive efficiency and effectiveness

    Strategy & Strategic Planning

    • Own the strategic planning process, stakeholder involvement, and deliverable creation; includes not only creating the deck, but crafting the “story”
    • Responsible for the structure and execution of strategic initiatives by developing work plans, generating and gathering relevant data, driving analyses, and developing actionable recommendations
    • Provide short and long-term strategic recommendations to executive leadership that build and capitalize on business opportunities
    • Collaborate with leadership/management across the organization, aiding in individualized strategy formulation for different projects and initiatives
    • Oversee the creation of ed2go strategy presentations for monthly, quarterly, and annual planning
    • Implement periodic review of plans to frame and validate strategic options in conjunction with cross-functional colleagues and stakeholders

    Research & Insights

    • Develop research plans and set clear priorities for research initiatives that support and inform business strategies
    • Directly manage research projects as required, including scoping the research, defining research methodology, establishing clear priorities, and working with stakeholders to test, measure, and report on findings
    • Synthesize multiple sources and types of data into a single narrative that fuels business strategy, planning, and prioritization
    • Create workflow diagrams to document current and future business views based on customer insights, internal reporting, competitive intelligence, market sizing, and market conditions

    Enterprise Reporting

    • Own enterprise reporting and associated data capture requirements; support stakeholders in departmental reporting and analysis
    • Proactively document and drive data-driven recommendations; lead and support ad hoc analysis and special projects as needed by business unit

    Skills You Will Need Here:

    • BA/BS degree with top-tier academic background; MBA a plus
    • Minimum of 4 years previous management consulting and/or strategy experience at a top tier consulting firm or equivalent experience at a technology, media, or education firm
    • Strategic mindset – be able to tell a story through analysis, develop innovative strategies and drive value add throughout each and every project
    • Ability to structure and execute quantitative and qualitative analysis and deliver data-driven insights
    • Demonstrated writing and verbal presentation skills enabling her/him to prepare and present information and recommendations to a diverse and often senior audience
    • Collaborative problem solving and working style to drive change through influence
    • Able to self-manage progress against milestones and deliverables with a high degree of accountability and personal urgency
    • Experience managing analyst direct report(s)
    • Interest and/or experience in education, software, information services and/or publishing industries a plus

     

    Preferred:

    • Experience working with continuing education, workforce training, non-credit baring programs, and employee training solutions

     

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