Group Strategy Associate

Your time is now to be your exceptional best at Old Mutual! Job Description As part of the Group Strategy team, the incumbent is expected support the strategy development process by shaping and driving analysis in order to produce insights that give direction to the business. Whether alone or through others, the incumbent is required to support the Strategy Managers by ensuring quality delivery of specific strands of work for complex projects. The incumbent will also be accountable for small to medium sized projects as appropriate. Associates are expected to assist with business case development, facilitation, encourage acceptance and commitment to strategic goals and drive communication of the strategic direction to the business. Associates are expected to provide a supporting role to the analysts in the team, sharing their knowledge of strategy development and analysis approaches. Key result areas and work descriptors: Strategy Development Supports Strategy Managers in delivering strategy development projects and regular environmental reporting for the Old Mutual Limited Exco and Board Responsible for delivering on problem based workstreams, at times through others, as input to initiatives to understand and address strategic issues Understands and implements approaches, methodologies and frameworks to generate strategic insights, to communicate complex issues easily and to build alignment Takes responsibility for end-to-end delivery of smaller strategy projects and areas of environmental analysis Provides credible input and challenge to business strategies Builds knowledge of the broader business and the financial services industry and seeks to develop areas of thought leadership Facilitates efforts of the Strategy Managers, leadership and business units to link strategies and tactics of individual units to those of the broader organsiation Problem Solving Able to recognise client needs and propose ways to solve them Takes ownership of focused problems or complex workstreams from hypothesis to conclusion Develops project approach with Strategy Manager, demonstrates ability to plan, manage and organise complex/large volumes of work Demonstrates an organised, structured, methodical approach to all tasks Coaches others on methodologies/problem-solving techniques Delivery and Quality Analysis Numerical Analysis: Makes appropriate use of technical tools; uses appropriate structuring, clear formatting, transparent formulae and sourcing; embedded quality checks Financial Modelling & Analysis: Structures and builds complex financial models (integrated statements, activity based costing etc); capable of scenario modelling/forecasting; capable of interrogating financial statements Secondary & Primary Research: Can run a research-based assignment, managing analysts with minimal supervision; research is thorough (applicability and limitations are clearly articulated, output is consistent in the face of incomplete data), data is drawn to a clear appropriate picture; can do complex interviews, summarise interview programme and feed insight into slide structure; identifies trends and highlights insights Industry & Company Analysis: Develops compelling analysis of competitive environment and market situation, highlighting key conclusions; presents compelling and appropriate picture of competitive/target environment, identifies trends, highlighting interesting companies, strategies etc.; identifies and explains anomalies. Develops the storyline to explain findings of work. Draws clear conclusions and recommendations from research and analysis. Conclusions based on an understanding of industry trends, client positioning, business model etc. Delivers work of a quality equal to international consultancies. Maintains intensity through project. Meets deadlines and manages senior strategy analyst deliverables to plan, maintaining an understanding of dependencies across multiple related work items. Resourceful and suggests ways to overcome task-related obstacles. Personal Effectiveness, Relationship building and Communication Coordinates activities and meetings with internal clients and acts as point person with peer-level OMSA team. Capable of using influence to ensure deliverables are achieved Presents a confident, articulate, professional, trustworthy character to internal clients. Responds to client needs with a sense of urgency. Takes account of client sensitivities Focused in communication, with clear upward communication providing timely discussion of issues and problems with project team and stakeholders Written communication is clear, concise and highlights insights resulting from analysis. Develops blank slides to structure own and others output to tell a clear story, Performs quality checks on own and others work. Contributes insights, opinions and conclusions to team and client meetings clearly and articulately. Prepared to defend arguments based on analysis Facilitates or leads client discussions as appropriate/ directed Accepts and lives the company values Team Focus Contributes to the development of and helps lead a focused team of ambitious, intelligent and analytical people. Provides quality checks and coach for work completed on initiatives Role Qualifications and Experience: Top academics; preference for relevant Post Graduate degree Extensive experience in specific discipline/profession/related industry - prior strategy development experience advantageous Prior project and people management experience Structured, logical thinker with exceptional analytical skills Excellent communication, planning, organising and relationship building skills Sound business acumen Initiative to work independently Competencies Building Relationships Business Awareness Adaptability Decision Making Gaining Commitment Initiating Action Technical Knowledge Skills Business Strategies, Interpersonal Relationship Management, Strategy Development, Team Collaborations Education Closing Date 19 April Old Mutual Limited has adopted a mandatory Covid-19 vaccination policy requiring its workforce to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 by 1 April . All prospective employees are required to disclose their vaccination certificates or cards as part of the recruitment process. If you have an objection to taking the Covid-19 vaccination, you will be required to produce a negative PCR test (at your own cost) on a weekly basis as an alternative to vaccination. Prospective employees must inform the recruiter of their election prior to start date. Please refer to the Old Mutual policy for further detail. Old Mutual reserves the right to amend this policy from time to time.
Johannesburg, GT, ZA