Foresters Financial Services Assistant Vice President, Strategy & Innovation in Andover, Massachusetts

Assistant Vice President, Strategy & Innovation

Andover, Massachusetts



Purpose of role

The Assistant Vice President, Strategy & Innovation (AVP) is a senior and influential position responsible for providing in-depth advice and support related to the development and execution of Foresters strategy, including innovation. The role will serve as a trusted advisor to the Strategic Business Units (SBUs), assisting in strategic planning, pursuing innovation, and supporting the strategic alignment across SBUs. The global S&I function was recently established and the AVP will play a critical role in its development. The incumbent is also responsible for collaborating with colleagues in supporting:

  • Development and maintenance of a strategic plan, including the various aspects of the planning process;

  • Strategic analysis and development of SBU strategies, including innovation opportunities;

  • Advancement of the innovation strategy, program and culture across the enterprise;

  • Development of thought leadership to provide insights and support decision-making;

  • Production of reports and dashboards;

  • Communication and collaboration across the enterprise on S&I priorities; and

  • Ongoing development of the S&I function.

Key responsibilities/accountabilities

Partner with business leadership in strategic decision-making and execution:

  • Collaborate across the enterprise on sourcing, developing and executing innovation opportunities, including managing a portfolio of innovation projects and other strategic initiatives

  • Produce research and analysis to support decision-making processes

  • Provide an independent perspective and consultative advice in a collaborative manner

  • Lead or support special projects as assigned, working in conjunction with key leadership stakeholders

Collaborate with leadership in developing and maintaining a multi-year strategic plan:

  • Understand and analyze marketplace dynamics, developments and trends, assessing their relevance and implications to Foresters strategy

  • Support the planning of and participate in strategic planning meetings

  • Partner across the organization to develop the enterprise strategic plan

Support the development and administration of the S&I function:

  • Produce reports and dashboards on S&I activities and priorities

  • Develop internal and external communications in support of the S&I communications plan

  • Design and run innovation challenges and contests and other employee engagement activities

  • Support the advancement of Foresters presence in the external innovation community

  • Administer departmental partnerships, subscriptions and tools

Key qualifications/competencies

Key characteristics and capabilities:

  • An explorer, always seeking ways to expand and grow Foresters business

  • A builder, able to take new ideas and build them into commercial success

  • Open and optimistic about new ideas and perspectives

  • Capable of synthesizing diverse and complex concepts

  • Skilled in strategic analysis and problem solving

  • Motivated by customer service and relationship building

  • Executive presence and ability to effectively collaborate with and influence stakeholders at all levels on complex, confidential and sensitive matters

  • Excellent communication and presentation skills

Target experience and background:

  • Strong academic credentials; preferably an MBA from a ranked institution

  • At least 8 years professional experience, with strong preference for experience relating to these areas:

  • Strategy consulting

  • US, Canada, UK insurance and asset management

  • Product development

  • Corporate innovation/R&D

  • Startups

  • Experience navigating a large, geographically disbursed organization

  • Experience managing cross-functional projects

  • Proven track record of successfully managing multiple priorities in a fluid environment while maintaining a high level of professionalism

What you need to know

  • Position location flexible

  • Requires travel 25-50%, including internationally (US, UK and Canada)

Foresters Financial is committed to supporting diversity and accessibility. If you require an accommodation throughout the recruitment process, we will work with you to meet your needs.