AXA Manager, Strategic Initiatives Group in New York, New York

Manager, Strategic Initiatives GroupManager, Strategic Initiatives Group

NY, New York

Job ID :43396

Job ID :43396

Company Description

AXA is a leading financial protection company, committed to fostering and maintaining a diverse, multicultural and inclusive environment, and one of the nation’s premier providers of life insurance and annuity products. The organization was established in 1859 and we are committed now more than ever to helping clients meet financial goals in all stages of their lives. One of the hallmarks of our proud heritage is providing world-class customer service.

We're always looking for smart and talented people to help us develop new and innovative ways to expand our product portfolio, reach new customers and serve well the clients already a part of the AXA family.

Job Purpose

Department Description

The Strategic Initiatives Group (SIG) is responsible for projects that drive profitable growth and performance across AXA US. The group reports to the CEO and manages corporate strategy and new business development, in partnership with each business line function.

Typical projects:

  • Internal consulting– support business areas by providing capabilities such as thought leadership, increased capacity or evaluation of an issue

  • New business development– evaluate new business ideas; explore new market entry opportunities, business case development, external growth opportunities

  • Corporate strategy– formal problem solving, analytics, executive presentations

  • Process management– program management of cross-functional or complex projects, efficiency evaluations, process improvement recommendations

The team is heavily focused on talent development, and many AXA leaders were previous SIG members. SIG members often spend two to three years on the team before moving into positions within businesses and functional areas.

Key responsibilities

Expectation is to perform the following responsibilities in partnership with working teams and with ongoing guidance and coaching from SIG directors:

  • Identify issues, structure problems and generate actionable recommendations using formal problem solving frameworks and critical thinking

  • Identify analytical needs for projects or work streams, gather required data and identify most appropriate quantitative and qualitative approach to perform analysis

  • Participate in the creation and delivery of presentations to senior management in very clear, structured formats

  • Co-develop business cases with other members of SIG and in partnership with business areas (e.g., rationale for effort, size of opportunity, specific action steps, financial impact, implementation plan, etc.)

  • Understand broad project planning requirements; lay out a project plan with direction from appropriate business area stakeholders, as necessary

  • Develop and write executive-level memos and research papers

  • Manage ambiguity, complex subject matters and concurrent deliverables with comfort

  • Play a lead role on the team through your contributions/collaboration

  • Show courage in difficult discussions with the team while demonstrating curiosity and a desire to enhance skills/knowledge

Qualifications

It is understood that the ideal candidate may not possess all the required qualifications from day one. We are looking for a smart and talented individual who can work quickly, react positively to feedback and can manage a steep learning curve.

SIG operates in a fast-paced environment that requires the ability to manage multiple, competing priorities. Candidates must be comfortable working in a dynamic environment and must be willing to support various projects, often simultaneously.

Minimum requirements:

  • 2-5+ years’ experience working in the insurance or financial services industry

  • BA / BS required

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills with keen interest to further develop these abilities

  • Strong analytical and critical thinking skills with keen interest to further develop these abilities

  • Reliable with sense of urgency in following up on directions

  • Strong interpersonal skills, maturity and good judgment

  • Self-starter and comfortable interacting up, down and across the organization

  • Experience working on projects with multiple, cross-functional stakeholders

Preferred requirements:

  • Knowledge of the financial services industry

  • Experience managing discrete work streams of large projects

  • Financial modeling experience

  • Excellent prioritization skills with a clear focus on results

  • Demonstrated ability to communicate with clear, logically structured and succinct language is a plus

  • Strategy or project management consulting experience is a plus

Other information

NOTE: AXA participates in the E-Verify program.

In addition to competitive compensation and an outstanding benefits package including 401 (k) and medical programs, we offer the opportunity for continued professional development in a congenial corporate environment.

AXA is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to our employees, applicants and candidates based on individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity and expression, age, national origin, mental or physical disabilities, sexual orientation, veteran status, genetic information or any other class protected by federal, state and local laws.

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