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Cengage Learning Sr Director, Strategy and Operations in Boston, Massachusetts


Do you dare to reinvent the future of education?

At Cengage, we are harnessing the power of tech to build a future where all learners have the tools and confidence to achieve their goals. As a Cengage employee, you will blaze a new trail to transform the way people learn. Collaborating with the best of the best, you will feel challenged and inspired to do breakthrough work. With the support of our united team, there is no limit to what you can imagine, create and set in motion.

Are we right for you?

We set the bar higher by bringing our unique talents and point of view to the table every day. We are curious and comfortable with change and are willing to take risks to transform education. Most importantly, with everything we do, we put learning first.

The Senior Director of Strategy and Operations for ed2go works closely with the GM of ed2go and the ed2go leadership team. Together, you will define the strategic direction of the ed2go, lead deep-dive analysis on critical “needle-moving” topics, and ensure insight driven rigor is applied to the strategy of execution. There is a huge difference between a great strategy and a well-executed great strategy. This role is tasked with maximizing both together with a high performing operation team of functional expert. This is a small, nimble team with high visibility in the company and direct ownership and accountability of areas. The Senior Director of Strategy and Operations will report directly to the SVP, GM of Online Skills (who reports to the CEO), and will lead initiatives that drive to the Online Skills Objectives and Key Results.

What You'll Do Here:

  • Form a deep understanding of ed2go’s strategic goals and drive the definition and articulation of a growth strategy that can deliver 100% growth in 3-5 years.

  • Define, structure and execute operational and strategic initiatives by developing work plans, gathering and synthesizing relevant data, leading analyses, and developing actionable recommendations

  • Present findings to senior management and prepare documentation for the Cengage Executive Team

  • Collaboratively develop functional strategy development and highest impact implementation plans that all work together as one plan versus being a sum of disparate plans

  • Ensure high level of user drive insight is applied to functional decision making

  • Own the Objectives and Key Results (OKR) setting process for ed2go

  • Drive the financial, strategic, and commercial evaluation of corporate development opportunities

  • Function as team member in a variety of strategy and business development projects, including emerging business opportunities, acquisitions, joint ventures, etc.

Skills You Will Need Here:

  • BA/BS with high proven achievement – MBA a plus

  • Minimum of 5-7 years previous consulting and/or strategy experience at a top tier consulting firm or equivalent experience at a technology, media, or education firm

  • Demonstrated ability to conceive and execute quantitative analysis and deliver data-driven insights

  • Strong financial analysis and modeling skills

  • Demonstrated writing and verbal presentation skills enabling her/him to prepare and present information and recommendations to a diverse and often senior audience

  • Able to self-manage progress and deliverables with a high degree of accountability and personal urgency

  • Proven managing of both direct reports and virtual teams

  • Interest and / or previous experience in education, software, and/or publishing industries a plus

  • Travel expected (10-20%)

  • Highly analytical

  • Comfort with and eagerness to tackle ambiguous problems

  • Highly collaborative and able to influence. Should embrace, support and practice a collaborative style which goes beyond relationship building. Will achieve results with and through others

Job Locations US-MA-Boston

Posted Date 2 months ago (10/16/2020 3:30 PM)

Requisition ID 2020-9092

Job Function Strategy - Planning

Cengage is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. We do not discriminate based upon race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, veteran status, marital status, parental status, cultural background, organizational level, work styles, tenure and life experiences. Or for any other reason. You may view Cengage’s EEO/Affirmative Action Policy signed by CEO Michael Hansen and Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law notice by clicking on their corresponding links.

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