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Waters Director of Strategy in Milford, Massachusetts

As Director of Strategy, you will be responsible for aiding in the development of the Waters Division strategy and executing the top priorities to drive growth. You will collaborate with Waters Division leaders on their most important initiatives and work with cross-functional teams that change the practice of science, touching all facets of R&D, Manufacturing and Quality. You will have the opportunity to shape your project portfolio according to interests and future career aspirations.

The ideal candidate will possess experience in the life sciences and relevant business experience, as well as the strategic skills to architect and manage a diverse set of projects. They will have the ability to think holistically and long-term across a broad spectrum of industry trends, issues, and approaches to communicate business objectives and priorities to a variety of internal and external stakeholders.

The candidate is required to have strong interpersonal skills and work with multiple internal stakeholders to drive and support highly visible and time-sensitive projects. Furthermore, the candidate will be able to partner flexibly within our organization to develop and deliver scientific leadership.

  • Leads the development and execution of strategic initiatives, developing a strategic framework to enable Waters to ensure its long-term competitiveness

  • Lead cross-functional teams to successful outcomes with clear impact

  • Ensure that project collaborations with external consultants are well-managed

  • Prepare recommendations and present updates to leadership

  • Multi-task in balancing large book of work while ensuring consistent attention and prioritization of most critical and visible projects

  • Support annual Strategic Planning Process

  • Lead components of company-wide strategy process in collaboration with business and function leaders through the matrixed organization

  • Facilitate workshops and prioritization exercises, provide constructive criticism and independent analysis, push to define targets and meaningful KPIs

  • Collaborate across Waters division using quantified data to identify opportunities for growth within the Business Segments areas of responsibility.

  • Support cross business segment portfolio management, interfacing across R&D, global operations, and the commercial functions to enhance productivity and execution.

  • Facilitate external partnerships, strategic alliances, and acquisitions to drive growth in collaboration with Director Strategic Partnerships.

  • Drive people development and cultural change

  • Cultivate a broad and deep network across the company and externally

  • Assist with communicating and setting an example of our aspirational culture and strategic directions

  • Advanced degree strongly preferred (Ph.D., MD, MBA) with scientific or engineering discipline a plus

  • Consulting background strongly recommended, with at least 1 year of project management

  • Prior experience in life sciences tools, diagnostics, med-devices, biopharma, or other relevant industries is strongly preferred

  • Ability to develop deep knowledge of a marketplace, competitors, and technology, determine strategic priorities and effectively communicate them to the key stakeholders

  • Business financial and analytical acumen​, with business development experience

  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, with sharp business and financial acumen

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with the ability to influence the thinking of senior management

Leadership Skills

  • The incumbent will be expected to operate with a strong sense of urgency and clear focus, willing to make difficult decisions and trade-offs to prioritize the most impactful opportunities. The leaders will bring strong technical credibility and a track record of developing high-performing, collaborative teams, especially during periods of uncertainty and transition.

  • Collaboration and Influencing. Senior leaders demonstrating this competency use the dynamics and culture of an organization to get things done. They actively seek input in decision-making and show others how their objectives align with their own. They also invest in building relationships and contributing to the broader organization, compromising their preferences where necessary for the greater good. They are excellent communicators.

  • Strategic Orientation. This is evidenced by good analytical and conceptual ability and an ability to think beyond one’s area. The candidate can articulate medium- to long-term opportunities and threats, can evaluate options, plan against anticipated trends, and takes proactive steps to address those opportunities.

  • Results Orientation. Leaders with this competency drive for improvement of business results. The person we seek is energized by a challenge, sets new and stretching goals is action-oriented, analytically oriented, and delivers beyond expectations.

  • Customer Orientation. Leaders with this competency have a profound understanding of the customer and where the market is going. They identify offerings that the customer might not be able to identify him or herself.

Waters Corporation (NYSE: WAT), the world's leading specialty measurement company, has pioneered chromatography, mass spectrometry and thermal analysis innovations serving the life, materials, and food sciences for more than 60 years. With more than 7,000 employees worldwide, Waters operates directly in 35 countries, including 15 manufacturing facilities, with products available in more than 100 countries. Our team focuses on creating business advantages for laboratory-dependent organizations to enable significant advancement in healthcare delivery, environmental management, food safety, and water quality.

Working at Waters enables our employees to unlock the potential of their careers. Our global team is driven by purpose. We strive to be better, learn and improve every day in everything we do. We’re the problem solvers and innovators that aren’t afraid to take risks to transform the world of human health and well-being. We’re all in it together delivering benefit as one to provide the insights needed today in order to solve the challenges of tomorrow.

Diversity and inclusion are fundamental to our core values at Waters Corporation. It is our responsibility to actively implement programs and practices to drive inclusive behavior and increase diversity across the organization. We are united by diversity and thrive on it for the benefit of our employees, our products, our customers and our community. Waters is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and is an affirmative action employer. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, gender identity or protected Veteran status.


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