Group Strategy Manager H/F
The world’s leading supplier of mineral-based specialty solutions for industry with 14,000 employees, operations in more than 40 countries, and €4.3 billion in revenue in 2022.
The PositionGroup Strategy Manager H/F
As a member of the Group Strategy team, the Group Strategy Manager is a key stakeholder in Imerys Group strategy definition and implementation.
He / She will support Imerys’ top management in their decision-making, thanks to rigorous strategic and financial analyses.
He / She will be contributing to or leading various strategic projects or initiatives, and be responsible for selected workstreams, supported by his / her peers, colleagues from the Businesses and the Functions, and the team’s Vice-President, whom he / she reports to.
Scope of action: Imerys Group, all Business Areas & geographies
Key business partners:
Internal: The Group Strategy Manager will have to work with all Imerys Group entities - at both Corporate and Business Area levels - and with different functions (finance, legal, business development, sales, marketing, operations, customer excellence, science and technology…). Significant exposure to senior management (CEO, Chief Strategy Officer, Executive Committee members)
External : The Group Strategy Manager will have to work with several external advisors (including Strategy consulting firms
KEY TASKS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The Group Strategy Manager is in charge of developing the key steps of strategic reflection, serving the Group and its businesses:
Key strategic initiatives: identifying potential strategic opportunity or challenge, frame the approach, run the analysis and deliver the results with a multifunctional project team (e.g.; 5-year plan, targets origination and strategic due diligence in M&A projects, support to Imerys decarbonation roadmap, Open innovation, identification of implications of market trends on Imerys strategy, etc.)
Market definition, assessment and competitive dynamics: define the relevant segmentation axes to analyse a market. Estimate market / segments size, identify and position Imerys competitors, estimate their market shares and dynamics, estimate and explain markets growth rates (historical / forecasted evolution)
Economics: monitor industry performance and news, understand the industry economic rules and logics (how can we be profitable in such market?) through economic / financial analyses (in particular revenue and cost structures, profit pool)
Strategic options: Identify growths areas for Imerys, formalize strategic investment rationale, action plan and key financial impacts
The Group Strategy Manager summarizes the analyses in a written and synthetic format, and discusses conclusions with other members of the Strategy team, or top managers at Group or Business Area level.
The Group Strategy Manager leads these analyses in various contexts, and works in team with other functions at Group or Business Area level:
Group-level strategic reviews, business Strategy with support of relevant Business Areas
M&A transactions (acquisitions or divestments), in partnership with Group M&A team, where he / she brings a strategic perspective in the rationale for the acquisition - equity story - and support in the execution (e.g. providing input for a business plan, synergies)
Ad-hoc requests from Imerys Senior Management (notably the CEO and the Chief Strategy Officer)
The Group Strategy Manager contributes or leads full projects and workstream, involving multiple stakeholders (internally and externally), from project design to data collection (from reports, database, Imerys sources, interviews with internal / external experts), interpretation and challenge, synthesis of the recommendation and presentation to Senior Management
Education and Experience requirements
Top level Business or Engineering graduate degree
Previous professional experience:
3 years total work experience as a minimum
of which ideally some experience in corporate strategy in a leading consulting firm or as part of an inhouse strategy team
Appetite or knowledge for the industry
Strong analytical skills
Knowledge of Strategic analysis concepts and methodologies
Skills in Corporate Finance and Economy
In-depth knowledge of Google suite or Microsoft Office
Knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics
Business acumen and curiosity
Quantitative analysis, supported by a factual, rigorous and logical mind
Critical mind, to challenge received wisdoms
Synthetic mind, to summarize simply complex problems
Fluent in English, fluency in other languages is a strong plus
Leadership (Leads Self), to be autonomous and drive selected workstreams of strategic initiatives (Leads Others) (supported by the team Vice-President)
Team spirit (Communicates & Collaborates)
Interpersonal communication, especially to be able to interact with both Group top executives and operational divisions
Position TypeFull time
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