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Zurich NA Vice President, Strategy, Innovation & Business Development (SIBD) in Schaumburg, Illinois

Vice President, Strategy, Innovation & Business Development (SIBD)


Zurich North America is currently looking for a Vice President for our Strategy, Innovation, and Business Development (SIBD) team. This role reports to the Chief Strategy, Innovation, and Business Development Officer and our Schaumburg, Illinois Headquarters is our preferred location but this position can be based in one of Zurich’s hub offices or remotely.

The Strategy, Innovation, and Business Development leader will will play a critical role in identifying and implementing strategic priorities, innovation initiatives and enhancing our business development opportunities. S/he will be a trusted advisor that addresses the most important issues facing Zurich North America by collaborating with the Business Unit and Support Unit leaders on a wide variety of projects.

This is a critical role and requires strong stakeholder and influence management, excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and experience navigating through a complex organization. S/he must be able to build strong working relationships with both Internal and External Stakeholders and take a holistic approach to identify and address short and long-term business opportunities, develop and execute on those solutions.

Key accountabilities include:

  • Setting overall strategic direction and advising executive leaders across business units and strategic service units

  • Leading teams of problem solvers, simplifying and solving the most complex challenges facing Zurich North America and taking solutions from idea inception to testing proof of concept

  • Challenging traditional ways of thinking, inviting leaders and teams to look at problems from a variety of perspectives and develop innovative, forward thinking solutions

  • Leading and developing team of direct reports to build team capabilities/skills

  • Facilitating the preparation of materials for key external presentations and internal business discussions

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree and 10 or more years of experience in the Strategic Planning or Insurance or Management Consulting or Corporate Strategy/Internal Consulting

  • 5 or more years of Project Manager level experience in managing multiple teams at a given time within management consulting

  • Experience in building strategic agenda for medium to large organizations or Business Units

  • Experience in working closely with Senior Leadership to identify and solve issues of highest importance

  • Experience in building people capabilities in a professional services environment

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Strong understanding of the Insurance Industry, forward thinking and ability to identify trends within the industry

  • Strong Strategy, Innovation, and Management consulting experience in corporate/internal consulting with an insurance focus

  • Experience working/partnering with Insuretechs

  • Previous experience running innovation labs and innovation investment and incubation teams

  • Great people manager and able to work effectively in a matrixed organization

  • Ability to work in an ambiguous, dynamic, and often fast-paced environment

  • Ability to lead cross-functional/business projects and managing multiple projects, priorities and tight deadlines

  • Strong analytical thinking, problem solving and advanced spreadsheet/database skills

  • Excellent verbal and written communication and presentation skills with the ability to adjust message to varying levels of audience

  • Strong influencing and thought leadership skills with the ability to lead across business areas without direct authority

  • Self-starter, thought leader with the ability to lead with urgency

  • MBA

A future with Zurich

Now is the time to move forward and make a difference. At Zurich, we want you to share your unique perspectives, experiences and ideas so we can grow and drive sustainable change together. As part of a leading global organization, Zurich North America has over 148 years of experience managing risk and supporting resilience. Today, Zurich North America is a leading provider of commercial property-casualty insurance solutions and a wide range of risk management products and services for businesses and individuals. We serve more than 25 industries, from agriculture to technology, and we insure 90% of the Fortune 500®. Our growth strategy is not limited to our business. As an employer, we strive to provide ongoing career development opportunities, and we foster an environment where voices are diverse, behaviors are inclusive, actions drive equity, and our people feel a sense of belonging. Be a part of the next evolution of the insurance industry. Join us in building a brighter future for our colleagues, our customers and the communities we serve. Zurich maintains a comprehensive employee benefits package for employees as well as eligible dependents and competitive compensation. Please click here (https://www.zurichna.com/careers) to learn more.

As a global company, Zurich recognizes the diversity of our workforce as an asset. We recruit talented people from a variety of backgrounds with unique perspectives that are truly welcome here. Taken together, diversity and inclusion bring us closer to our common goal: exceeding our customers’ expectations. Zurich does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, ethnicity, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, national origin, disability, protected veteran status or any other legally protected status. EOE disability/vet

Zurich does not accept unsolicited resumes from search firms or employment agencies. Any unsolicited resume will become the property of Zurich American Insurance. If you are a preferred vendor, please use our Recruiting Agency Portal for resume submission.

Location(s): AM - Schaumburg

Remote Working: Yes

Schedule: Full Time

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