Manager, Strategy & Business Management
Chicago , Illinois
December 15, 2017
Job Description

About the Company

Nuveen is the investment management arm of TIAA. It is one of the largest global asset managers with specialist knowledge across a wide array of asset classes, including fixed income, equities and alternatives.  Nuveen is driven not only by the independent investment processes across the firm, but also the insights, risk management, analytics and other tools and resources a truly world-class platform provides. As a global asset manager, our mission is to work in partnership with our clients to create outcome-focused solutions to help them secure their financial future.  For more information about the firm please visit our website at


About the Position 

Nuveen Advisory Services (NAS) is the client-facing division of Nuveen that houses professionals who develop, market and sell investment strategies and solutions to clients.  We are currently seeking an entrepreneurial leader to join the NAS Strategy & Business Management Team, which reports directly to the President of NAS.  The group is responsible for overall strategy development and planning, executing cross-cutting strategic initiatives, and driving business performance and management processes.  This is a new team in the early stages of build out, so you will have a unique opportunity to partner with the Senior Managing Director to shape the direction and culture of the team.


In this highly visible role, you will help develop the long-range plans for Nuveen and partner with senior leaders to identify, develop, evaluate, prioritize and deliver strategic initiatives across the organization.  You will work as part of small project teams to solve complex problems and implementation issues critical to Nuveen’s success.  The position represents an excellent opportunity to:

  •        Be exposed to and influence the agendas of senior management
  •        Develop expertise in a variety of functions and businesses
  •        Gain exposure to other roles and lines of business in the company
  •        Be mentored and coached by experienced managers on problem solving, analytical, communications and leadership skills

Major Responsibilities: The following duties are generally representative of the nature and level of work assigned and are not necessarily all inclusive:

You will identify, structure, manage, and deliver high-visibility corporate projects and/or specific work streams aligned with the following areas of responsibility.

  • Strategy Development and Planning – Set the strategic vision, direction and near-term priorities for Nuveen supported by competitor/industry research and operational and financial analysis
  • Execute cross-cutting strategic initiatives – Identify, frame and implement specific cross-cutting strategic initiatives that are critical to the success of Nuveen’s overall strategy
  • Business Performance and Management Processes – (i) Implement and drive management processes to monitor business performance versus targets and course correct, as required, (ii) Develop and monitor cascading metrics and goals for business areas aligned with strategic plan, and (iii) Oversee decision framework to allocate and re-prioritize resources as required to achieve vision & strategy



In order to successfully deliver the projects and/or workstreams, you will be responsible for:

  • Utilizing strategic frameworks to structure problem solving and identify issues
  • Structuring and building quantitative and qualitative/conceptual analyses of operational and financial data
  • Performing competitor/industry research leveraging both public and non-public sources
  • Identifying implications of data and analysis
  • Developing and delivering concise communication materials for senior management
  • Working collaboratively and building trust with team members across Nuveen and TIAA








Required Skills and Experience: 

  • Four-year degree from a top institution with strong academic performance and demonstrated leadership ability
  • MBA from top-tier business school preferred, but not required
  • At least two years of strategy consulting experience with a top-tier management consulting firm or within a financial services corporation
  • Advanced proficiency with Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint

Desired Skills and Experience:

  • Excellent end-to-end generalist problem solving skills and ability to identify issues and analyses
  • Strong interpersonal and influencing skills, maturity and judgment – ability to navigate independently up and down the organization and achieve goals without direct control over resources
  • An outstanding ability to apply quantitative analytical approaches, communicate effectively and confidently (both oral and written), and work well in cross-functional teams
  • Excellent prioritization skills with a clear focus on results – a self-starter able to work independently and multi-task


Equal Employment Opportunity is not just the law, it’s our commitment. Read more about the Equal Employment Opportunity Law

If you need assistance applying due to being visually or hearing impaired, please email Careers Help.

We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. We will consider all qualified applicants for employment regardless of age, race, color, national origin, sex, religion, veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other legally protected status.


A little about us:

Not ready to apply? Join our Talent Network.

Know someone who would be interested in this job? Share it with your network.