Director, Strategy and Executive Operations

Kemper - Chicago, IL3.3

Full-timeEstimated: $120,000 - $150,000 a year

Chicago IL

Position Summary:
Position Summary: Kemper is seeking a Director, Strategy and Executive Operations to work at our office in downtown Chicago. This role reports directly to the CEO, and assists the CEO and the executive leadership team in the development, communication, and execution of the organization’s strategic initiatives. The Director of Strategy and Executive Operations serves as a liaison responsible for assisting in the development of reports and updates for the Board of Directors and other key stakeholders/partners. The role involves a strong financial focus and the Director will gain key experience by creating spreadsheets and models and doing analysis related to the business. Some travel is required. The Director of Strategy and Executive Operations is a critically important role, enabling the CEO and executive team to work most effectively with internal and external stakeholders in fulfillment of commitments. This role is a working leader, responsible for ensuring that execution of the strategy supports the strategy elements. The Director is expected to display a high degree of creativity and latitude in working with the executive leaders. As the CEO’s trusted partner, the role requires a highly resourceful individual with a strong business background and must display emotional intelligence, be a creative thinker, and an influential collaborator, with exceptional analytical skills. The Director of Strategy and Executive Operations will align strategic priorities with the executive leadership team, and lead the internal and external communications to ensure overall efficient operations. Position Responsibilities: Works with the CEO and executive leadership team to align actions and communications in support of agreed strategy and initiatives by: • Facilitating and driving strategic initiatives through inception stage • Creating a roadmap on how to translate strategies into actionable and quantitative plans • Drives decisions that will impact both short and long-term improvement using both quantitative and qualitative analysis • Establishes and reviews key strategic priorities and develops them into a comprehensive plan • Prioritizing and monitoring progress on the execution of the strategic plan • Ensuring business/functional strategic planning goals and initiatives reflect organizations strategic priorities • Provides key information and analysis to ensure alignment with the overall business strategy • Establishes sustainable, reliable operating cadence to the organization and Board of Directors • Coordinates strategic meetings, documentation and deliverables. Sets pace for meeting key timelines, manages expectations and ensures all collateral ready for review • Acting as a liaison across organization to increase broad awareness and alignment for the strategic plans Position Qualifications: • College Degree/MBA required, or commensurate business experience • Experience managing large or complex projects in the insurance industry • 5-7 years in a leadership role and/or Program Management • Advanced Excel experience • Strong financial acumen required • Excellent oral and written communication skills • Solid analytics and modeling skills • Program and Project Management • Strong business and financial acumen and analytical skills • Strong influential and collaboration skills • Ability to make decisions and problem solve • Ability to work cross functionally and build team processes Our employees enjoy great benefits: • Qualify for your choice of health and dental plans within your first month. • Save for your future with robust 401(k) match, Health Spending Accounts and various retirement plans. • Learn and Grow with our Tuition Assistance Program, paid certifications and continuing education programs. • Contribute to your community through United Way and volunteer programs. • Balance your life with generous paid time off and business casual dress. • Protect what you love with discounts on home and auto insurance products. • Get employee discounts for shopping, dining and travel through Kemper Perks. Kemper at a glance With $11 billion in assets, Kemper is one of the nation's leading insurers. The Kemper family of companies specializes in auto, home, life, health and valuables insurance products for individuals, families and businesses. Kemper’s underwriting companies* are rated A- (Excellent) and Infinity Property & Casualty is rated A (Excellent) by A.M. Best Company, the leading insurance industry rating authority. Kemper companies service seven million policies and rank among the top 25 personal lines property and casualty writers and the 2016 Ward’s 50 Top Performers list of life insurance companies. *Alliance United Insurance Company is not rated. We value diversity and strive to be an employer of choice. An Equal Opportunity Employer, M/F/D/V -MO -CB -ZR +GD -IN -MSJ -PT
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