Group Strategy Manager H/F

Job location:
Paris, France
Created moment:
May 23, 2024
Job reference:
REQ - 08283

The Company

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.
Imerys delivers high-value-added, functional solutions to a great number of sectors, from processing industries to consumer goods. The Group draws on its understanding of applications, technological knowledge and expertise in material science to deliver solutions by beneficiating its mineral resources, synthetic minerals and formulations. Imerys’ solutions contribute essential properties to customers’ products and their performance, including heat resistance, hardness, conductivity, opacity, durability, purity, lightness, filtration, absorption and water repellency. Imerys is determined to develop responsibly, in particular by fostering the emergence of environmentally-friendly products and processes.
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The Position

Group Strategy Manager H/F

Job Summary


As a member of the Group Strategy team, the Group Strategy Manager is a key stakeholder in Imerys Group (and its Business Areas) 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 leading various strategic projects or initiatives, and be responsible for selected workstreams, supported by Strategy Analysts 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 (M&A, sales, marketing, finance, 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)


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, set up the project team and lead the project (e.g.; 5-year plan, strategic due diligence in M&A projects, decarbonation roadmap, initiatives in open innovation or circular economy, support to Capital Market Day, 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: understand the industry economic rules and logic through economic / financial analyses (in particular revenue and cost structures, profit pool)

  • Strategic options: Identify growth 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 the 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 and M&A Officer)


The Group Strategy Manager is responsible for 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: 

  • 4-5 total work experience, ideally in corporate strategy in a leading consulting firm or as part of an in-house strategy team


Technical skills:

  • Strong analytical skills, attention to details

  • Synthetic mind

  • Knowledge of Strategic analysis concepts and methodologies

  • Skills in Corporate Finance

  • In-depth knowledge of Google suite or Microsoft Office



  • Fluent English, fluency in other languages is a strong plus

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

  • Ability to handle several projects in parallel

  • Synthetic mind, to summarize simply complex problems

  • Leadership, to be autonomous and drive selected workstreams of strategic initiatives (supported by the team Vice-President)

  • Team spirit; collaborates well with others to achieve shared goals

  • Interpersonal communication, especially to be able to interact with both Group top executives and operational divisions

  • Appetite to discover Imerys fascinating business and work with  people from different backgrounds

  • Can project himself/herself in the 5 Imerys Leadership Competencies: Cares for Self and Others, Collaborates for Success, Commits to Customers, Drives Results, Shapes the Future

Position Type

Full time



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IMERYS is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer and it is our policy to not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or any other status protected by federal, state or local laws.