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Ballard Power Systems Inc.

Manager, Strategic Initiative Insights

Burnaby, BC
Full Time
4 days ago
The Ballard Strategic Management Office (SMO) is seeking a talented Manager, Strategic Initiative Insights. The Manager, Strategic Initiative Insights a results-oriented professional with high standards that exhibits excellent judgment, and thinks strategically, staying on top of tactical execution.

The selected candidate will be a strong player-coach, supporting individual strategic initiative owners in developing strategic initiatives, solve high-visibility problems affecting the SMO's operations; deliberating and providing recommendations to resolve roadblocks and trade-offs. This is a critical role in the SMO team that leverages content knowledge to address strategic initiative roadblocks.

  • Thought partner to the SMO, Strategic Initiative Owners & Executive Sponsors to solve high-visibility problems
  • Is a sounding board for the SMO Director in preparation for Executive Team (ET) and other leadership presentations
  • In conditions of trade-off between multiple initiatives, produce scenario analysis and recommendations to the ET for decision making
  • In reviewing stage-gate progression of every initiative, provide non-binding suggestions or recommendations to SMO Director and Executive Sponsor
  • Lead weekly Nerve Center meetings to help with problem-solving
  • Continuously identify strategic initiatives roadblocks or delays, define actions needed to unblock and follow up to ensure "course correction" problem solving as needed to "get the cash"
  • Populate and track strategic initiative specific risk in the open items & risk register
  • Own the production of core weekly SMO Office documents (e.g., open items & risk register)
  • Hold appropriate individuals accountable for the resolution of the risk through the development and execution of mitigants
  • Effectively utilizes a "challenger" mindset to breakdown roadblocks/delays, align on decisions, and coordinate the solution between the SMO and strategic initiatives
  • Break down organizational barriers to collaboration to ensure maximum value delivered; facilitate meetings between inter-dependent initiatives where necessary
  • Challenge the pace of initiatives where acceleration with given resources is possible; challenge usage of resources (under or over utilization)
  • Acts as the first point of contact for Initiative Leads in need of help driving Initiatives forward (coaching, not actively doing)
  • Supports initiative teams to build the capabilities of initiative owners and others in the business

  • 8+ years of work experience in one or more of: business strategy, strategic management, management consulting or business operations.
  • MBA or similar degree in a related field
  • Ability to quickly understand business concepts and use data to influence business decision making
  • Experience extracting, analyzing, summarizing, and communicating data.
  • Passion for complex problems combining qualitative, qualitative and human factors
  • Have worked in a fast paced, changing environment and willing to take initiative
  • Eagerness to learn, flexibility to pivot when needed, savviness to navigate and thrive in a dynamic environment, and a growth mindset needed to build and maintain a successful strategic execution performance
  • Strong leadership, teamwork, and project management with ability to work effectively with key stakeholders across multiple teams and functions
  • Demonstrated critical thinking and the ability to bring order to unstructured problems
  • Ability to think creatively, solve complex problems, determine innovative solutions and communicate with impact
  • Superior communication (oral and written) and interpersonal skills that allow you to thrive in a team environment
  • Comfortable presenting ideas and information to senior leadership

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Ballard values diversity in the workplace and is committed to Employment Equity. We encourage applications from all qualified candidates.
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