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Director Corporate Strategy

Company: Ulta Beauty
Location: Bolingbrook
Posted on: May 12, 2022

Job Description:

OVERVIEWLive the experience. From professional empowerment to continual learning opportunities. From ongoing investment in our strategic initiatives to a career of self-determination. At Ulta Beauty, our team is critical to our scalability-and is recognized that way. We've been defined as a "mature start-up." A place where interdepartmental exposure, open doors, and genuine collaboration is ubiquitous. Where challenges come fast and furious, requiring agility, mental dexterity, and creativity. Where our passion for better solutions drives us and is core to who we are.We're engineering for the future of retail, and it's no-holds-barred. But for those motivated by continual change and ambiguity, by superior leadership, by whip smart colleagues who will press you daily for your very best, you'll find that virtually nothing's impossible at Ulta Beauty. COMPANY OVERVIEW:The possibilities are beautiful at Ulta Beauty, the largest North American beauty retailer and the premier beauty destination for cosmetics, fragrance, skin care products, hair care products and salon services. Ulta Beauty brings possibilities to life through the power of beauty each and every day in our stores and online with more than 25,000 products from approximately 500 well-established and emerging beauty brands across all categories and price points, including Ulta Beauty's own private label. Ulta Beauty also offers a full-service salon in every store featuring-hair, skin, brow, and make-up services.POSITION FUNCTION:The Director of Corporate Strategy will play a critical role in shaping Ulta's strategic agenda and long-term strategy. This individual will be responsible for partnering with key functional leaders to drive the strategic and annual planning processes and will spearhead key initiatives that advance the strategic agenda of senior leadership. This individual will lead problem solving and opportunity evaluation, including strategic and financial analysis and consumer/guest insights to develop strategies and create business plans for high potential opportunities.Blending strong internal analytical capabilities with creative, external perspectives, the successful candidate will champion new initiatives that drive business impact and long-term competitive advantage. With direct access to senior executives, this individual will lead highly visible projects that will have a significant impact on the direction and performance of the companyPrimary Roles and Responsibilities Include:

  • Assist in driving and leading the strategic and annual planning processes, including oversight of the development of long-term financial models
  • Lead critical initiatives, in partnership with cross-functional leaders across the company on key strategy topics-to include project planning, execution of structured problem solving and analytics, business case development, cost benefit evaluation, evaluation of financial return and implementation planning
  • Identify and define business questions and issues and develop strategic, analytical, and financial frameworks to drive business decisions
  • Bring creative, out-of-the-box thinking to identify white space opportunities and formulate approaches to address them
  • Clearly and concisely communicate the implications of analyses and the execution plan to senior leaders
  • Coach and develop manager/analyst level team members
  • Develop deep perspective on the competitive landscape, integrating appropriate competitive, marketplace and other trends and insights to inform Ulta's strategy
  • Build external relationships to identify and capitalize on new growth / venture opportunitiesINTERFACES WITH:A highly cross-functional role, the Director of Corporate Strategy will sit on the Corporate Strategy leadership team, reporting directly into the SVP, Enterprise Strategy and Transformation. This role will work in close partnership with Ulta Beauty leadership and key cross-functional stakeholders including, but not limited to merchandising, marketing, e-commerce, store operations, IT, Legal and external experts / partners.CORE COMPETENCIES:
    • Strategy Consulting Experience: The ideal candidate will have, at a minimum, six years of post-MBA work experience, ideally including at least two years of management consulting experience.
    • Industry Experience: The ideal candidate will have significant experience in CPG/Retail, with a preference for working within the beauty space.
    • Functional Exposure: The ideal candidate will have broad experience across strategy and operations, with a focus on program and project management and strategic partnerships.
    • Structured and Logical Thinking: Exceptional communication skills required. Superior critical thinking skills are critical to this role, including the ability to identify and define problems, collect data, establish facts and demonstrate a 'nose for value' to discern what is important and draw valid conclusions.
    • Analytical Aptitude: Strong quantitative, analytical, and problem-solving skills are required along with passion for data analysis and forecasting skills coupled with a commercial mindset. You love connecting the dots from big data sets to create client-facing solutions.
    • Cultural Fit: The ideal candidate will be passionate about supporting, coaching, and mentoring those they work alongside, and will have the ability to influence at all levels of the organization. He/She will reflect the Ulta Beauty culture of enthusiasm, collaboration and integrity.PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS:
      • 8+ years of professional experience in Strategy
      • At least 3 years of consulting experience at a top-tier consulting firm preferred
      • BA and MBA from a top tier graduate program required
      • Experience in retail or consumer products goods preferred
      • Strategic, analytical and conceptual problem solver with the ability to look into the details and interpret the impact of key business drivers, detect patterns and trends across disparate sources of data, creatively analyze unfamiliar problems and synthesize the 'so what's'
      • Ability to think broadly to lead and facilitate the development and implementation of winning strategies
      • Strong performance accountability orientation and drive for results
      • Comfort with ambiguity
      • Team player with the ability to build relationships and work collaboratively across lines of senior management and other functional leaders / teams
      • Proven leadership and excellent decision-making and managerial skills
      • Demonstrated ability to influence and gain credibility with team members and senior leaders
      • Excellent written and verbal communication skills; ability to synthesize clearly and simplify the complex Innate inquisitiveness relative to process workings and value creation
      • Desire to see personal and organizational effort lead to bottom line results
      • Comfortable working independently and in collaborative manner in a cross-functional environment
      • Highest level of integrity and good judgment, with the ability to effectively deal with highly sensitive, confidential informationABOUTAt Ulta Beauty (NASDAQ: ULTA), the possibilities are beautiful. Ulta Beauty is the largest North American beauty retailer and the premier beauty destination for cosmetics, fragrance, skin care products, hair care products and salon services. We bring possibilities to life through the power of beauty each and every day in our stores and online with more than 25,000 products from approximately 500 well-established and emerging beauty brands across all categories and price points, including Ulta Beauty's own private label. Ulta Beauty also offers a full-service salon in every store featuring-hair, skin, brow, and make-up services.We will consider for employment all qualified applicants, including those with arrest records, conviction records, or other criminal histories, in a manner consistent with the requirements of any applicable state and local laws, including the City of Los Angeles' Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance, the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, and the New York City Fair Chance Act.

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