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Corporate Strategy & Operations Manager (Remote)

Company: Cengage Group
Location: Newark
Posted on: September 22, 2022

Job Description:

We believe in the power and joy of learningAt Cengage Group, our employees have a direct impact in helping students around the world discover the power and joy of learning. We are bonded by our shared purpose driving innovation that helps millions of learners improve their lives and achieve their dreams through education.Our culture values diversity, engagement, and discoveryOur business is driven by our strong culture, and we know that creating an inclusive and diverse workplace is absolutely essential to the success of our company and our learners, as well as our individual well-being. We recognize the value of diverse perspectives in everything we do and strive to ensure employees of all levels and backgrounds feel empowered to voice their ideas and bring their authentic selves to work. We achieve these priorities through inclusive programs, benefits, and initiatives that are integrated into the fabric of how we work every day. To learn more, please see https://www.cengagegroup.com/about/inclusion-and-diversity/ .Are We Right For You?As the Corporate Strategy and Operations Manager, you will be part of the team that is focused on leading our strategic planning processes, developing the operating rhythm of the company, and executing upon key strategic and operational initiatives in collaboration with the Executive team and Business Unit leadership. You will join the Corporate Strategy and Operations team and work with the teams analysts and senior leaders to empower and drive the companys growth agenda and operational evolution. You will be asked to evaluate and recommend business portfolio frameworks, strategies, financial concepts, practices, programs, processes, and measures to be applied across business units. Making sound recommendations will require in-depth knowledge of the business, a data-centered approach, external benchmarking, competitive intelligence gathering, and an ability to advise executive leadership.Cengage is a collaborative environment. You thrive when embracing the unknown, using critical thinking, effective problem structuring, executive communication and presence, and an ability to influence across diverse teams.What Youll Do Here:

  • Support Cengages strategic planning process.
  • Support the cadence of analytics, process and review beyond the financial metrics to ensure Cengage Group builds accountability and builds for the future
  • Drive initiatives and support the business units in the development of their short term and long-term objectives
  • Lead integrations of acquisitions, including developing and maintaining Cengages integration playbook, and leading cross-functional integration teams
  • Lead project teams and individually implement large scale projects
  • Lead operational improvement projects to support scale objectives and new corporate priorities that cut across Cengage Group and mitigate areas of risk within business unit operating models
  • Identify and unlock sources of efficiency, alignment, simplicity and scale for the entire organization
  • Identify adjacencies and important macro-trends
  • Coach and mentor analysts for project success and their professional developmentThis position is full-time remote and can be based in Boston, MA, New York City, or other locations for the right candidate.Skills You Will Need Here:
    • A four-year college degree and/or previous experience with the following
    • 5+ years of professional experience, including corporate, team, and program leadership. Should have experience in a professional services organization (consulting) and/or cross-functional leadership roles (corporate strategy, corporate leadership program, business operations, or corporate transformation)
    • Track record of achievement in delivering large, complex projects and influencing business outcomes
    • Proven track record to frame, visualize and contextualize complex and ambiguous problems
    • Ability to drive a high-impact agenda with a diverse set of executives/ business partners
    • Ability to challenge ideas and norms with thoughtful arguments
    • Intellectual curiosity to quickly become a crucial advisor within the areas of investigation; understanding strategic objectives, internal process flows, external benchmarking, and relevant performance indicators.
    • Highly developed analytical skills and data savvy; strong quantitative & problem-solving toolkit; comfortable using varying sources of data, qualitative inputs and assumptions to quickly test and prioritize hypotheses
    • Strong communication skills and emotional intelligence;be a great teammate with an understanding of how to deliver both personal and team goals
    • Passion for identifying and championing sources of business value
    • Prior experience leading successful business transformation projects
    • Excellent written, oral, presentation, and facilitation skillsThat Is Preferred:
      • Masters degree in Business, Engineering, Operations, Finance or related field(s)
      • Previous Operational Consulting or Strategy Consulting experience at firms like Booz, Accenture, A.T. Kearney, Deloitte, McKinsey, Bain, etc. or like boutique firms
      • Experience storytelling and applying effective frameworks to drive executive-level decision making (e.g. PowerPoint)Cengage Group is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. We do not discriminate based upon race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, veteran status, marital status, parental status, cultural background, organizational level, work styles, tenure and life experiences. Or for any other reason.You may view Cengages EEO/Affirmative Action Policy signed by CEO Michael Hansen (https://p.widencdn.net/pdvq6j/EEO_Policy_Statement_January_2017) and Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law notice (http://embed.widencdn.net/pdf/plus/cengage/ybs5gt19ik/eeopost-merged.pdf) by visiting their corresponding links.Cengage Group is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities in our job application procedures. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, you may contact us at accommodations.ta@cengage.com or you may call us at +1 (617) 289-7917.If you are a Colorado state resident, please email jobpostinginquiries@cengage.com to receive compensation information for this role. Please be sure to include this postings job ID in the subject line of the email to help ensure a timely response.About CengageCengage is the education and technology company built for learners. The company serves the higher education, K-12, professional, library and workforce training markets worldwide. Cengage creates learning experiences that build confidence and momentum toward the future students want. The company is headquartered in Boston, MA. Employees reside in nearly 40 countries with sales in more than 125 countries around the world. Visit us at www.cengage.com or find us on Facebook or Twitter. #LI-remote

Keywords: Cengage Group, Newark , Corporate Strategy & Operations Manager (Remote), Executive , Newark, New Jersey

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