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Company: Elsevier

Location: District Heights, MD

Date Posted: September 22, 2014

Source: Women's Career Channel

## Description This position is responsible for strategy formulation and execution, corporate development activities including mergers & acquisitions, and other projects and strategic initiatives related to achieving profitable growth. Plans, organizes, and provides market intelligence, communications processes and leadership to achieve operational, tactical, and business development objectives. Conducts strategic analysis, prepares business cases, and performs business intelligence research. The position will be expected to contribute to the identification and realization of attractive growth opportunities, through both organic and inorganic means. The Director of Strategy, Elsevier Education will report directly to the President of Education and will be a member of the Education Management team. Key responsibilities for this position include: Strategic planning
* Driving the understanding of changing user and customer needs, and competitor developments
* Leading / supporting strategic projects (including strategic opportunity assessment and implementation efforts) across the entire Education business, working directly with content, product, functional and commercial teams
* Supporting the strategic ...

## Description This position is responsible for strategy formulation and execution, corporate development activities including mergers & acquisitions, and other projects and strategic initiatives related to achieving profitable growth. Plans, organizes, and provides market intelligence, communications processes and leadership to achieve operational, tactical, and business development objectives. Conducts strategic analysis, prepares business cases, and performs business intelligence research. The position will be expected to contribute to the identification and realization of attractive growth opportunities, through both organic and inorganic means. The Director of Strategy, Elsevier Education will report directly to the President of Education and will be a member of the Education Management team. Key responsibilities for this position include: Strategic planning
* Driving the understanding of changing user and customer needs, and competitor developments
* Leading / supporting strategic projects (including strategic opportunity assessment and implementation efforts) across the entire Education business, working directly with content, product, functional and commercial teams
* Supporting the strategic planning process [fundamentals, investment and acquisition review, establishment of 5 year business strategy and operational plan] working closely with key stakeholders from the Education business units
* Helping to define key strategic issues to be addressed
* Lead initiatives to create strategies to move into adjacent segments/markets
* Developing close working relationships with senior management team and across the global organization
* Developing a broad understanding of the Education businesses and offerings
* Managing multiple research / analysis requests and projects at the same time
* Rapidly assembling and processing large amounts of information and being able to break a question/problem into its constituent elements Business development
* Support / lead strategic M&A; efforts, including scanning the market, establishing target lists, summarizing key targets, fit with strategy, estimates of target size and market size / growth, researching relevant market trends / data / facts , leading due diligence and deal teams, establishing partnerships and acquiring and divesting assets including financial forecasting, analysis and modeling, and implementation planning.
* Leading critical M&A; analyses in a hypothesis-driven mode, incorporating analytical proof as needed
* Review and provide strategic recommendations regarding M&A; activities
* Designing and maintaining a business development dashboard for the management team
* Helping build and manage a proactive M&A; environment ## Qualifications The ideal candidate will have a higher education or healthcare consulting background, combined with an MBA degree and 5-7 years business experience. The ideal candidate should possess the following:
* 2-4 years post-MBA experience with a major strategy consulting firm or equity research in investment banking (or comparable background)
* Strategically, analytically and intellectually assertive.
* Demonstrated ability to think structurally about a business, able to employ sophisticated tools and analysis to identify potential areas of significant business value for a company.
* Outstanding analytical and problem solving skills
* Strong sense of personal ownership and ability to "get things done"
* Ability to work independently (coaching and development support will be provided) and lead teams
* Sense of pace and urgency into the business and seek to sustain momentum.
* Strong leadership skills and team orientation
* Ability to create constructive relationships with senior management and peers in a matrix organization.
* Confident and persuasive communicator, the ability to be an assertive influencer.
* Experience in a matrix environment with demonstrated success at defining an agenda despite inherent conflicting opinions, demands, and priorities.
* Superior research skills and resourcefulness to draw logical conclusions with often limited / imperfect information
* Strong project management skills.
* Track record of building good working relationships with client team members
* Higher education or healthcare experience a plus
* Information services or e-business experience a plus
* Some travel required Elsevier is the world''s leading provider of scientific, technical and medical (STM) information, tools and resources. A global company based in Amsterdam, Elsevier partners with scientists, researchers, healthcare providers, educators and decision-makers in academic institutions, governments and corporations to help them find, evaluate and use information. Our breadth of content is unparalleled, spanning virtually every STM field in the world and includes such distinguished brands as Gray''s Anatomy, The Lancet and Cell. Using innovative technology, we deliver our content through tools that help our customers be more productive and successful in their work. ScienceDirect delivers the worlds'' leading journals electronically to over 11 million readers in 200 countries. And physicians in 95 percent of teaching hospitals rely on MD Consult to get critical information that can save lives. Elsevier employs over 7,000 people in more than 70 offices worldwide. We are an employer of choice, attracting and developing talented and creative people who thrive in a challenging and fast-paced environment. We offer an excellent compensation and benefits package as well as a real opportunity for career growth in a growing organization. Elsevier is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.
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Job Posting:

* Feb 3, 2014, 5:53:00 PM
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Unposting Date:

* Ongoing
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Req ID:

* HEA001I1

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