Head of Strategy (Midlands)

Location: Stoke Salary: £85,000 + Car + Bonus
Sector: Energy / Oil & Gas / Utilities / Mining Specialism: Strategy
Type: Permanent Contact: Andrew Wilde

A brand new venture by leading utility companies has created a c.£1bn business, to take advantage of the regulatory changes in the market, going live in 2017. The business is based in the M6 corridor and is easily commutable from the Birmingham and Manchester areas.


The Head of Strategy is required to lead, motivate and develop a strategy team designed to work closely with the Exec Team and ensure the new business has a winning strategy in place. The team will be required to cover the current and future market, customer, competitive and regulatory environment, and translate views into robust action plans which drive tangible change and deliver bottom-line impact.

- Responsible for establishing a robust, efficient strategy development process for the company, and working closely with finance to manage 5Yr business planning processes

- Lead the company strategy development process including being responsible for quarterly strategy sessions with the Executive Team

- Responsible for translating key strategic decisions into robust action plans and drive down the ‘strategy to execution’ gap to deliver real bottom-line impact

- Manage portfolio of high-value strategic projects (including sequencing, scope and management of 3rd parties such as professional services consultants) through to Board Approval

- Manage customer research (mostly via 3rd party) and NPS tracking, and deliver actionable customer insight for the company

- Deliver insightful competitor intelligence and relevant market updates to Executive Team and other key stakeholders across the company

- Lead identification of strategic development opportunities (including M&A and strategic partnerships)

- Responsible for delivery of robust assessments of market profit pools, trends, competitors, adjacent markets and emerging innovation / technology, and distilling this to inform strategic decision making

- Responsible for distilling strategic insight to effectively engage senior stakeholders and drive strategic decision making by Executive Team and Board (e.g. presenting and contributing to Executive Team discussions on strategy, writing Board papers)

- Work closely with senior manager peers to build a high-performing Strategy & Regulation organisation

- Lead, motivate and develop team of 3-5 direct reports


In order to succeed in this role it is expected that you will have:

- Extensive experience in strategic problem solving across a broad range of topics arising from working at a top-tier management consultancy and/or in-house strategy team at a large corporate

- Deep experience in complex quantitative and qualitative analysis (including detailed financial modelling)

- Experience of managing corporate strategic agendas and decision-making processes

- Experience leading strategy workstreams end-to-end including managing cross- functional teams

- Proven ability to effectively influence strategic decision making at Executive level

- Experience in business case development for Executive-level decision making

- Experience of building and managing high-performing teams

- Furthermore, the following is viewed as desirable:

- Knowledge of utilities and/or other related sectors (e.g. energy, telecoms, insurance, retail banking)

- Knowledge of business-to-business retail strategy and operations

- Experience of managing 3rd parties (e.g. consultants)

- Experience of creating impactful strategic partnerships

- Experience of M&A

- Understanding of regulation & competition economics and its implications for strategy