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Corporate Strategy Director

Location: 

White Plains, NY, US

Summary

NYPA is building an internal strategic consulting function reporting to the SVP of Strategy and Corporate Development. The Director Corporate Strategy will be crucial in building the function. The Director Corporate Strategy works closely with senior members of the organization on a variety of projects to advance NYPA’s mission. Projects will focus on various areas of the energy value stream covering generation, transmission, distribution and the customer.  The  Director Corporate Strategy will, design, and lead projects end-to-end, typically in the areas of innovation, strategy development, forward-looking thought leadership, or business transformation. Through project work, the Director Corporate Strategy will develop key working relationships with executives across the organization

Initiatives that the  Director Corporate Strategy will be involved in shaping, leading and delivering, include

  • Energy investment analysis, business planning and operations improvement
  • Strategy development to pursue new opportunities / mitigate risks in the marketplace
  • Innovation projects that support the effective transformation of NYPA into a leading utility of the future.

The  Director Corporate Strategy is expected to be well-organized, exhibit a keen attention to detail, and display a passion for looking ways to optimize the process of gathering data, reporting, and recommending improvements where needed.

Responsibilities
  • Manage on day-to-day basis successful strategy project execution by overseeing the development of business cases, work plans, primary and secondary research, and qualitative and quantitative analysis.
  • Craft storylines that clearly articulate findings, insights, and recommendations.
  • Communicate with leadership to move the organization to action.
  • Managing and mentoring junior members of the team.
  • Build and own relationships with key stakeholders by directing team towards consensus points & gaining buy-in.
  • Utilizing adept mentoring, coaching, and influencing skills to inspire others and resolve challenging relationship management situations, collaborating on approaches with Senior Vice President.
  • Managing the execution of individual projects. This typically includes developing hypotheses, managing data collection, model creation and analyses, conducting primary and secondary research, creatively tackling information limitations, and surfacing insights.
  • Supporting SVP of Strategy in project delivery through accurate and high-quality project execution.
  • Manage the entire project lifecycle: leverage problem-solving skills to identify key issues/questions at the beginning of a project and develop an appropriate work plan, including project scope, timelines, specific analyses to be completed, and assign individual responsibilities.
  • Coordinate work of cross-departmental teams to ensure project objectives are achieved and timelines are met; conduct research, financial modeling, data gathering and analysis.
  • Effectively communicate key project findings and recommendations to various audiences (e.g., senior NYPA staff, internal and external stakeholders, etc.) by creating and delivering presentations.
     
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • Proven experience or high potential for applying the management consulting toolkit in a project leadership capacity.
  • Experience in management consulting or other similar strategic and demanding analytic environment
  • Demonstrated interest or experience in  energy/utilities, economic development, and/or public policy issues is strongly preferred
  • Experience leading engagements across various business functions including Operations, IT, Finance, Procurement.
  • Proven ability to develop and execute project plans, governance models, deliverable schedules, as well as proactively identify risks, issues and challenges to mitigate in an effective manner.
  • Understanding of strategy, operations, and management across business functions in order to have a broad understanding of risk and compliance management.
  • Strong quantitative skills (MS Excel) in financial modelling, business case development, etc. Must be able to identify and address data quality gaps, and ensure that data is utilized effectively.
  • Strong demonstrated written and oral communications and presentation skills utilizing MS PowerPoint and MS Word.
  • Ability to 'set up the problem', manage projects against tight timelines, and work well in teams
  • Ability to look at the big picture and search for insightful, creative solutions.
  • Ability to prioritize among competing needs and opportunities.
  • Enterprising, resourceful, and results oriented.
  • Pro-active, collaborative and strategic.
Education, Experience and Certifications
  • 3-5 years of experience in strategy consulting and/or energy industry experience. Solid industry knowledge is required; breadth across industries is attractive
  • Strong background in conceptual problem solving and analytical skills
  • Track record of leading and managing teams and delivering against tight deadlines in fast paced and demanding environments
  • Outstanding communication skills; confidence in presenting to senior executives
  • Bachelor’s degree required (preferably in Business/Economics, Engineering, or other related/applicable discipline)
  • PREFERRED MBA
Physical Requirements
  • 10% Travel required

 

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