Nationwide AVP, Strategic Planning in Columbus, Ohio

Job ID: 51673


Reports To: VP, Strategic Planning

Role Summary

Manages complex strategic projects at the direction of specific business unit leadership teams or the CEO. Role oversees the establishment of company objectives, the development of company long-range and strategic plans, the identification of company strengths and weaknesses, and business opportunities through thought leadership, collaboration and professional expertise.

Key Responsibilities

  • Partners with business leaders and department heads to identify, evaluate and determine business development and growth opportunities.

  • Manages strategic projects for OCEO and the Management Committee, or business unit leadership team. Develops strategic

  • Reports and presentations for the Management Committee, CEO and business units on strategic planning and business ventures and opportunities.

  • Facilitates and manages project teams at the corporate and business level.

  • Conducts special studies for top management in areas such as the company’s operational effectiveness, growth opportunities, etc.

  • Establishes and implements mechanisms to effectively transition strategic recommendations into business unit operational plan.

  • Advises and oversees the corporate or business level strategic planning process, which produces a three-year corporate and/or business unit strategic plan tied to financial implications.

  • Interprets financial and statistical data and identifies new products and services to support strategic plans. Oversees the evaluation of financial plans and policies in corporate planning and risk management or at the business unit level.

  • Oversees the consultation, preparation and communication of evaluation findings and recommendations to all levels of management, including the Board of Directors, OCEO, Strategy Leadership Team and business unit leadership teams.

  • Creates plans for new company ventures.

  • Makes presentations and provides strategic consultation to executive management, including business unit leadership teams. Participates and serves as an expert in internal discussions on strategic planning methodology, competitor analysis, operational effectiveness, and capacity utilization. Establishes and maintains external relationships with other industry experts and thought leaders to facilitate internal innovation and strategic thinking.

  • Engages in continuous improvement of the department, self and others. Actively develops associates in problem solving and communication skills and other areas of thought leadership, collaboration and professional expertise.

Typical Skills and Experiences


Education: Demonstrated academic success. MBA or equivalent is preferred. Proven knowledge of strategic planning, project management tools, concepts, and methodologies.


Experience: Significant leadership experience with strategic projects, from either a top tier consulting firm or a fortune 100 strategic planning group. Demonstrated ability to leverage business and industry knowledge. Working knowledge of the insurance industry is nice to have.

Skills: Must have excellent problem-solving skills including the ability to structure problems, identify core issues, articulate problem statements, lead problem solving discussions, and disaggregate issues into discrete work streams that result in solutions.

Demonstrated competency in clearly communicating thoughts, ideas, and concepts both verbally in individual and group settings and in writing. Must demonstrate ability to provide actionable advice/solutions to stakeholders and business partners and builds effective partnerships with business partners ensuring priorities are aligned. Demonstrated competency in utilization of approaches/tools customary to strategy professionals and demonstrates key areas of effective project management such as scope definition, time management, cost analysis, human resources management, risk assessment and management. Must be able to work and manage large, complex projects. Ability to lead and develop engaged high performing project teams.

Other criteria, including leadership skills, competencies and experience may take precedence. Staffing exceptions to the above must be approved by the hiring manager’s leader and HR Business Partner.

Job Conditions

Overtime Eligibility: Not Eligible (Exempt)

Working Conditions: Normal office environment. Some travel may be required

ADA: The above statements cover what are generally believed to be principal and essential functions of this job. Specific circumstances may allow or require some people assigned to the job to perform a somewhat different combination of duties.

Job Family/Function: PRD/STR

Job Evaluation Activity: 1/4/2017