Director, Corporate Strategy

Kemper Corp. Chicago , IL 60602

Posted 2 months ago


Chicago IL


Kemper is one of the nation's leading specialized insurers. Our success is a direct reflection of the talented and diverse people who make a positive difference in the lives of our customers every day. We believe a high-performing culture, valuable opportunities for personal development and professional challenge, and a healthy work-life balance can be highly motivating and productive. Kemper's products and services are making a real difference to our customers, who have unique and evolving needs. By joining our team, you are helping to provide an experience to our stakeholders that delivers on our promises.

Position Summary:

In this role you will be reporting directly to the VP of Corporate Strategy. The Director, Corporate Strategy is an experienced strategist and advisor with responsibility for partnering with various teams across the organization in the development, communication, and execution of our corporate strategic initiatives. This individual must be skilled in the creation of qualitative and quantitative analyses that support the development of our corporate strategy. They must also have a strong understanding of competitive dynamics, customer needs, market dynamics, and Kemper capabilities.

The Director, Corporate Strategy also supports the VP of Corporate Development with M&A execution and target Integration. Candidates should ideally have transaction experience and knowledge of the capital markets developed at an investment bank or in a corporate development role.

Candidates must demonstrate strong analytical and critical thinking skills, a strategically oriented thought process, exceptional communication skills (both written and verbal), and must have an executive presence.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Deliver data-driven insights to support actionable strategic direction, corporate prioritization, corporate development, and strategy communication (Executive management, Board, investors, company)

  • Develop strategic insights into our business and competitive positioning utilizing market and industry analysis and research

  • Lead efforts to assess Kemper's operating performance and business strategy relative to our competitors and our corporate objectives

  • Support financial, strategic, and commercial evaluations of corporate development opportunities, including acquisitions, divestitures, and joint ventures

  • Analyze industry trends, customer needs, competitive threats, expansion opportunities and internal performance

  • Evaluate the impact of strategic decisions on our stakeholders (i.e., customers, employees, shareholders, etc.)

  • Support projects for Kemper Senior Management and the Board of Directors

Position Qualifications:

  • MBA from top tier program preferred, but not required

  • 6-10 years of total experience

  • 4+ years of experience delivering strategy consulting or investment banking

  • 2+ years of post-MBA experience at a leading strategy consulting firm, investment bank, or similar corporate roles

  • Deep knowledge of Insurance or Financial Services experience preferred, but not required

  • Collaborates

  • Builds partnerships and works collaboratively with others to meet shared objectives by:
  • Sharing information with others so there are no surprises

  • Involving others as appropriate to accomplish individual and group goals

  • Encouraging unity rather than "us vs. them" thinking

  • Welcomes and acknowledges the ideas and input of others

  • Communicates Effectively

  • Develops and delivers multi-mode communications that convey a clear understanding of the unique needs of different audiences by:
  • Being clear, concise and professional in communication

  • Listening with interest to what others have to say

  • Sharing information and updates with others as needed

  • Being clear and thorough in reports, documentation and other written information

  • Decision Quality

  • Makes good and timely decisions that keep the organization moving forward by:
  • Demonstrating good judgment in routine, day-to-day decision-making

  • Making sound independent decisions in urgent and non-routine situations

  • Considering various inputs, criteria and trade-offs to arrive at effective decisions and recommendations

  • Using good judgment about whether to act independently or to escalate an issue

  • Drives Results

  • Consistently achieves results, even under tough circumstances by:
  • Demonstrating a strong drive to achieve meaningful results

  • Driving tasks to successful completion and closure

  • Showing determination in the face of obstacles and setbacks

  • Setting high standards for own performance

  • Ensures Accountability

  • Holds self and others accountable to meet commitments by:
  • Monitoring progress of performance and changes approach accordingly

  • Taking ownership of own work

  • Taking responsibility for successes and failures in own work

  • Following through on commitments

  • Manages Conflict

  • Handles conflict situations effectively with minimum noise by:
  • Addressing challenging situations by remaining open to alternate views

  • Expressing differing viewpoints tactfully to avoid creating unnecessary conflict

  • Remaining positive and respectful in the midst of conflict

  • Seeks to find common ground with others to build agreement

  • Nimble Learning

  • Actively learns through experimentation when tackling new problems, using both successes and failures as learning fodder by:
  • Applying new concepts and principles to address problems

  • Enjoying experimenting with test cases as a means to learn

  • Learns from mistakes and adjusts accordingly

  • Learns quickly when facing new situations

Kemper is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran, disability status or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate. We are committed to supporting diversity and equality across our organization and we work diligently to maintain a workplace free from discrimination. Kemper is focused on expanding our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion efforts to align with our vision, mission, and guiding principles. Kemper does not accept unsolicited resumes through or from search firms or staffing agencies. All unsolicited resumes will be considered the property of Kemper and Kemper will not be obligated to pay a placement fee.




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