Strategy Manager
Location:
Chicago , Illinois
Posted:
November 22, 2017
Reference:
FIN000779
The role leads key strategic analyses and provides decision support to the Executive Leadership team and cross-functional business partners.  The ideal candidate will have: broad marketing experience including data analysis, marketing strategy, pricing, financial modeling, process development and evaluation of technical solutions; and the ability to lead and develop a cohesive strategic plans that align with U.S. Cellular’s long-term business strategy.  A demonstrated ability to leverage technology, marketing frameworks, product roadmaps and industry knowledge to identify business opportunities, conduct financial analyses, develop business cases, and generate and implement project plans is required.
  • Provide critical thought leadership and recommended courses of action to projects and analytical work.
  • Lead the production of the company's annual strategic long range forecast.
  • Lead the quarterly update of the company's enterprise risk management process,
  • Lead the production of quarterly market-level strategic analysis.
  • Provide insight and decision support to the Executive Team and to cross-functional business partners in regard to strategic decision-making.
  • Identify industry trends and interpret their potential impact on USCC strategy and/or valuation forecasting.
  • Support the scenario analysis process including scenario development and signpost monitoring.
  • Aid in the design and development of the industry/competitive analysis module of the annual strategy assessment process.
  • Aid in the design and development of the risk and opportunity assessment module of the annual strategy assessment process.
  • Present analysis and insights to the Executive Team.
  • Participate in meetings with the TDS Development Team.
  • Likely to deal with highly confidential information on a regular basis - requiring a high level of integrity and confidentiality.
  • Develops a strong knowledge of decision analysis tools and techniques.
  • Deploy discounted cash flow analysis and other financial techniques to model net present value and valuations.
  • Develop a familiarity with third-party strategic alliance structures and their implications including joint ventures, corporate venturing etc.
  • Become familiar with a variety of strategic analytical frameworks around situational analysis, competitive strategy, and industry analysis (e.g., Porter's Five Forces, etc.).
  • Explicitly assesses and models risk and probability in our analyses. Requires competency in the use of Crystal Ball software and the ability to interpret it's results.
  • Assignments often include technically challenging analytics requiring research or creation of new approaches.
  • Requires a familiarity with principles of innovation and their potential application at U.S. Cellular.
  • Requires a broad and thorough understanding of USCC operations across all key functional areas.
  • Demonstrates a high level of ownership of assigned projects and shows independent initiative.
  • Deals with forward-looking analyses often characterized by a high degree of uncertainty in the data.
  • Requires an ability to draw actionable conclusions from imperfect information.
  • Embraces the continuing challenge to absorb and apply new analytical concepts (via external training and independent research).
  • Works in an environment where priorities change frequently. 

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  • Bachelor's degree required; MBA desired.
  • Minimum of 8-10 years of broad experience in financial analysis/accounting required. Wireless operations experience a plus.
  • Several years experience with marketing strategic planning development is highly preferred
  • Familiarity with strategy concepts and frameworks is required.
  • Ability to function effectively in cross-functional teams is required.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills are required.
  • Strong strategic and analytic thinking skills are required.
  • Strong Microsoft Excel skills are required.
  • Familiarity with financial valuation techniques (i.e., discounted cash flow, etc.) is preferred.
  • Business knowledge of the wireless industry is a plus.
  • Industry knowledge outside of the wireless environment is a plus.
  • Familiarity with decision analysis and/or probabilistic analysis methods is a plus.
  • Understanding of U.S. Cellular operations is a strong plus.
  • Flexible attitude with changing assignments and priorities is imperative.

A little about us:
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