As the Chief of Staff for our Columbia Brand President, you will be responsible for both advising and acting on behalf of our Brand President. You will work closely with our Brand President and Leadership Team to drive business operations, internal communications and organizational health. It will be your responsibility to oversee the business management functions that ensure effectiveness of the Columbia brand strategy and operations, including managing and executing on key initiatives, as well as providing insight and advice to our LT around operational excellence, headcount, resource and fiscal planning as well as participating in overall group strategy decisions. The success of your role will be of paramount importance as our Brand President transforms our Columbia business globally.
Helping define the top strategic initiatives for the Columbia brand.
Working with key leaders to ensure cross-functional accountability against strategic priorities
Personally driving priority projects, including conducting research and analysis, sharing findings, making recommendations and tracking results
Running day-to-day processes on behalf of the Brand President when needed (e.g., setting meeting agendas, meeting preparation before key meetings, preparing PowerPoint presentations, following up on action items, etc.)
Prioritizing Brand President’s time and attention (e.g., surfacing key issues while taking care of less important ones)
Clarifying decision rights and responsibilities
Assisting Brand President with formal presentations, including board meetings, staff meetings, external events
Advising on high-level strategic or urgent matters
Running ad-hoc analysis at the request of the Brand President (gathering facts and serving as an “honest broker”)
Standing in for, negotiating, and/or making decisions on behalf of the Brand President as needed
Coordinating Columbia’s ROB and improving processes
Partnering with Finance and Procurement to ensure effective budget management, headcount management and forecasting
Tracking financial results and dashboards and recommending course-corrections as appropriate
Partnering with Talent Acquisition to meet hiring requirements and elevate staffing conversations with the LT
Working cross-division and cross-functionally to manage participation in key business events and planning (e.g., next fiscal year planning, running business reviews, etc.)
Owning the LT and ELT processes and agendas, including follow through and related communications that enable and foster successful leadership of our Columbia Brand and overall business
Maximizing the effectiveness of our Columbia Brand President by helping him balance priorities, communicate effectively, and participate in the most relevant meetings with his global team.
Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Finance, or equivalent required; MBA highly preferred.
10+ years of experience in management, leadership, consulting and/or strategic planning preferably in the retail industry and for a multi-national company.
Strategic, financially savvy business leader who can balance short- and long-term objectives while being a key driver in our global business.
Consulting experience, with demonstrated success in developing, articulating and championing strategy, desired.
Exceptional communication skills, both in presentations to senior stakeholders as well as in individual and small group settings, for a geographically dispersed audience; embraces a culture of collaboration and communication.
Financially savvy and strong analytical skills that include the ability to break complex business problems into logical and actionable components to solve complex business issues.
Capacity to drive multi-stakeholder processes and cross-team programs to desired results while managing and mitigating risk.
Experience working for a publicly traded, global company with success stories navigating matrixed environments or complex organizational structures.
This job description is not meant to be an all-inclusive list of duties and responsibilities, but constitutes a general definition of the position's scope and function in the company.
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