– Senior Manager, Strategy, Planning and Innovation

Ref Id: R-40506

Position Overview

Full-time Senior Strategy, Planning and Innovation Manager to drive strategic thought leadership across the business, leverage critical insights to distill key value driving strategic choices for the business, optimize and manage the long- and short-term business planning processes and drive effective strategic delivery across the business.  
This individual will revamp and lead end-to-end business planning process, drive performance management for the BU (i.e. enable strategy to execution), drive strategic thought leadership across the business, drive strategic innovation (including product, thought, ways of working and systems/process innovation), develop capabilities and talent

Function Related Activities/Key Responsibilities

Lead end-to-end BU Business Planning Process (in collaboration with Strategy and Insights director), including kick-off, strategic audit, 5 year business plan and governance for annual business plan)

Design process, identify critical agenda items (jointly with S&I Director and BU leadership team), identify critical work streams and support alignment with functions, countries/franchises and bottling partners
Provide inspirational thought leadership and constructively challenge key issues to raise the bar on the BU strategic agenda
Collaborate with the BU leadership team and key stakeholders to define the system strategic agenda (an related projects) that will enable sustainable growth and create a competitive advantage
Provide recommendations on required teams and resources to properly drive the business planning process. Synthesize BU BP and strategy
Support coaching and training of franchise planning managers on BP process as needed
Develop approach to driving culture change across the business – to ensure the new strategy process is fully embedded within the organization

Drive performance management – strategy to execution across the business

Drive the development of scorecards to drive superior business and performance understanding and support the WABU leadership team to enable effective execution of strategic priorities – and enable strategic implementation
Organize, manage, and upgrade all routines, protocols, databases, reporting tools, analytical tools related to performance management and business planning within WABU by closely coordinating the in-franchise performance management and planning teams and Corporate
Leverage global TCCC best practices, past experiences and external benchmarks to develop critical operational tool-kits that support business delivery

Drive strategic thought leadership across the business

Lead Strategic and Operational Business Plan development alongside the Director – Strategy & Insights and the leadership team
Partners with consumer insights (K&I), finance and other teams to analyze data to develop a fact based view of the Beverage Landscape to guide the strategy
Drive the generation of business insights use cases and approaches that harness the power of our data to result in improved in-market results
Work with global partners, subject matter experts and like markets to identify best practice, best-in-class thinking and relevant case studies to drive change and improved plans locally
Lead competitive tracking and competitor deep dives/war rooms to make sure our plans are ‘externally focused’ and set up to succeed
Align the strategy with key stakeholders including senior leadership within WABU, WABU Bottling Partners, the EMEA region and corporate
Lead select cross-functional teams, when required, focused on resolving high impact BU and global strategic priorities

Drive product and ways of working innovation across the BU:

Optimize and drive WABU’s strategic innovation process:

Drive the innovation planning & Innovation Council processes to create an Innovation Plan (Volume, Value Goals by Category / Market)
Review the innovation pipeline to ensure strategic alignment and identify gaps
Evaluate innovation results vs. plan and publishes the quarterly / annual score card on innovation KBI’s

Drive innovative business processes, thinking and approach, touching on way of working, change management, culture change, digital – to enable WABU step change and achieve ambitious goals

Develop Capability/Talent:

Coach and develop the 3 direct report(s) for this role to maximize full and current potential
Coach and develop >5 indirect reports- revamp ways of working, provide best practice approach to problem solving, coach, mentor and inspire

Education Requirements

Bachelor’s degree (required) and advanced degree such as an MBA  

Related Work Experience:

Industry experience in banking, FMCG/CPG and other high-impact industry desired
Strategy consulting experience from reputable firm (Bain, BCG, McKinsey – or similar) essential

Functional Skills
Technical skills:

Exceptional analytical and hypothesis driven problem-solving approach and skills
Advanced working knowledge of the Microsoft Suite, specifically Excel and PowerPoint
Strong written and oral communication skills
Base financial evaluation skills (Income Statement, Balance Sheet, etc.)
Ability to see trends and wade through ambiguity

Interpersonal Skills:

Action oriented self-starter who embraces ambiguity
Excellent people manager, talent developer and team builder (role will have 2-3 direct reports)
Demonstrated success leading cross-functional teams as an influential (versus official) leader
High degree of emotional intelligence to effectively deal with increasingly diverse stakeholders and teams
Confidence and maturity to work independently and remotely

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