Consumers Energy Director, Corporate Strategy in Multiple Locations, Michigan
Join the diverse and dynamic team that powers Michigan's largest energy provider and one of the nation's largest gas and electric combination utilities. Consumers Energy services 6.7 million of Michigan's 10 million residents - caring for our friends and neighbors in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties. We embrace a cleaner and leaner utility vision focused on eliminating energy waste and adding renewable energy from sources such as wind and solar.
At Consumers Energy, we offer more than just a place to work. We foster a culture that supports career development, growth, and stability, and we take pride in offering our co-workers excellent benefits and compensation packages. We are deliberately creating an inclusive culture that makes our diverse team of co-workers feel valued, supported, and empowered every day. We're a company made up of thousands of people, all with different stories to share and work to do, but we stand united in our company purpose: world class performance delivering hometown service.
This will be a senior person in the strategy team who will develop and scope projects and manage cross functional teams in areas that are deemed critical by the senior team. This person will need to be senior enough to lead complicated discussions with the senior team and manage teams of VPs, EDs, and other senior level people. They also will need to be a world class problem solver with advanced skills in problem definition, issue tree creation, analysis development, data sufficiency logic, and written/ oral communication.
Define problem - Define a problem in a precise way to meet the decision maker’s needs. The important first step is to describe the context and the boundaries of the problem that is agreed upon by those involved in making the decision. A weak problem statement is a common problem. Rushing into analysis with a vague problem statement is a clear formula for long hours and frustrated people.
Structure problem - Disaggregate the issues and develop hypotheses to be explored. Every problem needs to be broken down into its basic issues. Employ logic trees of various types to elegantly disassemble problems into parts for analysis, driving alternative hypotheses of the answer.
Prioritize issues - Prioritize what to do and what not to do. Once you have defined the issues, you need to decide which ones are the most important or have the greatest impact on the final outcome.
Plan work/ analysis - Develop a workplan and assign analytical tasks. Once the component parts are defined and prioritized, you then have to link each part to a plan for fact gathering and analysis. Develop a workplan and timetable then assign team members to analytic tasks with specific outputs and completion dates.
Lead teams in completing work/ analysis and conduct analysis - Decide on the fact gathering and analysis to resolve the issues, while avoiding cognitive biases. Some problems don’t need complex analysis, others require more complex tools. Decide on the right tools for the team to use in different situations.
Synthesize findings and develop recommendations – Synthesize the findings to highlight insights. Findings have to be assembled into a logical structure to test validity and then synthesized in a way that convinces others that you have a good solution.
Develop compelling communications (oral and written) – Determine how best to communicate information in a compelling way. A storyline needs to be developed that links the solution back to the original problem. Importantly, it needs to be told in a way that the audience understands and is made relevant to them in order to move them to action and create impact.
Bachelors degree in Business, Finance, Statistics, or other related field or equivalent experience
6+ years of experience
All qualified applicants will not be discriminated against and will receive consideration for employment without regard to protected veteran status, disability, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin.