Director Corporate Strategy & Business Development

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As Director Corporate Strategy & Business Development at Ahold Delhaize, you help shape the corporate strategy of one of the largest retailers in the world. Do you bring experience in Strategy Consulting and are you confident enough to drive growth across our global footprint? Then we would like to challenge you to make an impact at Ahold Delhaize. 

 

Hi, we are Ahold Delhaize, a global family of caring brands
Helping people eat well, save time, and live better. That is what Ahold Delhaize (55m weekly customers, 413k colleagues) stands for. As one of the world’s largest and most forward-thinking food retail groups, our global family of local brands creates inspiring shopping experiences. Whether people shop at brick-and-mortars, prefer quick pick-ups, or opt for the convenience of ordering online, Ahold Delhaize delivers. 


We are growing our business quickly but responsibly. We advocate and accelerate sustainable retailing, responsible sourcing, supporting local communities, and helping customers make healthier choices in a world in transition. That requires the courage and wholeheartedness to have convictions and stand up for what we believe in. It also takes a growth-hacking mindset: tomorrow’s opportunities call for tomorrow’s skills. But most of all, it requires us to be there for the people and communities we serve. #daretocare


This is what you will be doing
As Director Corporate Strategy & Business Development, you will assist in the development, analysis, execution and communication of strategic initiatives associated with driving our enterprise corporate strategy, our omnichannel transformation strategy, our overall portfolio strategy and key functional strategies both internally and externally. With your experience in corporate strategy, omnichannel and digital transformation as well as business development, you ensure that Ahold Delhaize continues to be at the forefront of growth across its international presence and portfolio of Great Local Brands.  


The role largely boils down to a mix of developing enterprise-wide strategic initiatives, partnering with the M&A team on strategic due diligences, driving the plans around key strategic enablers like organizational design and strategic and financial planning. You will lead critical enterprise strategy projects and keep track of trends and commercial developments that could impact our business.  Furthermore, you will develop strategies and new business opportunities that will drive growth in this increasingly digital-first world. Lastly you will link these strategic priorities to our financial plan and ensure integration across all of our brands, regions and functions.  


Dive wholeheartedly into these key responsibilities    
As Director Corporate Strategy and Business Development working in the Global Strategy Team, you will make an impact at Ahold Delhaize by:

  • Developing the corporate strategy of Ahold Delhaize with a creative and quantitative mindset in order to grow our omnichannel sales and profitability. 
  • Looking for ways to accelerate critical strategic capabilities and subsequently determine the feasibility and priority of the build/buy/partner options.
  • Ensuring we deliver critical corporate strategy and business development projects on-time and without error. You will help oversee the development of corporate strategy and business development initiatives across the team.
  • Making sure we continue to stay at the forefront of using technology as a competitive advantage for our business.
  • Collaborating closely with multiple functional & regional teams (Finance, Investor Relations and Global Communications) to deliver enterprise-wide projects
  • Leading on strategic due diligences and working closely with the M&A team to drive decision-making for key stakeholders 
  • Leaning-in on the corporate strategy planning cycle. You help manage the cycle across all stakeholders.  You leverage best practice strategy content across the organization and ensure that topics in business unit plans show up clearly and consistently across all levels of the organization (region, brand, functional and corporate levels). 

 

Your new workplace and colleagues
You will find your new workplace at our vibrant head office, right next to the Zaandam station - on the 8th floor within the strategy department, to be precise. Everything you do together with your colleagues is immediately visible in our stores and at people's homes. Curious about the people you work with directly? In this role you report to VP and Global Head of Strategy, Digital Strategy and Business Development. You will work with stakeholders such as the Executive Committee members, functional, regional and brand senior executives and key associates. You need to navigate through a complex organization that comprehends multiple seniority levels, countries, languages and cultures. For this reason you need advanced diplomatic skills and the ability to communicate at an executive level.

 

 

What do we offer?

This is how you keep growing 
Ahold Delhaize is growing enthusiastically, but sustainably.  If we can grow while having a more positive impact on people or our planet, we’re going for it. We encourage all of our 413,000 colleagues to share this attitude on a personal level, so opportunities to master new skills and expand your capabilities are a given. And because we’re a global family of brands, finding your next challenge comes (almost) as naturally as calling an actual relative. We #daretocare for our people at all levels. What that translates to in this role?

 

  • A gross annual salary of €90.000 - €110.000 plus attractive bonuses and a first-rate pension plan with a personal contribution of just 6.2%
  • The development and career prospects you associate with a global player: best-in-class coaching, well-constructed growth paths and international, cross-brand career options
  • 20 vacation days, supplemented by a personal budget: take an additional 12.5 days off, opt for discounts, or simply take the cash
  • Flexible working hours, the option to work from home (yes, post-pandemic as well) or to choose a hybrid mix
  • A powerful laptop and a smartphone
  • Travel allowance, discounts on health insurance and groceries 
  • The chance to drive meaningful change – healthy, affordable, sustainably produced food matters – on a truly global scale 
  • Membership in a lively and diverse community that wholeheartedly embraces courage, inspires growth, and dares to care

 

 

Requirements

We welcome caring colleagues 
At Ahold Delhaize you work for one of the largest retailers in the world. To keep up with us, you are bursting with ambition. And specifically for this vacancy of Director of Strategy and Business Development you are results-oriented and assertive. You complete this with:

  • A Master’s degree. An MBA is considered a plus, not a requirement. 
  • At least 8 years of work experience developing data-driven growth strategies for retail, consumer products or technology companies. You’ve worked at a top-tier strategy consulting firm (McKinsey, BCG and/or Bain)
  • Experience working in or consulting for CPG, retail and/or technology in a strategy, business development or business operations role.
  • Proven experience driving successful project management. A clear track record of successful delivery of company-critical projects, complex stakeholder management and proven business impact. 
  • Experience with managing business development initiatives, such as multi-company strategic partnerships, mergers and acquisitions.
  • The ability to make quantitative analyses and financial models in Excel. 
  • Exceptional problem-solving and analytical skills, including a strong aptitude for structuring complex problems and presenting well-considered solutions. You can cater your analysis and thinking to the personality of executive leaders, shifting across different communication mediums as needed. 
  • Strong leadership skills and executive presence, combined with a high comfort with ambiguity, leading from the side, corporate diplomacy and stakeholder management.


At Ahold Delhaize and our local brands we define diversity broadly, seeing it as inclusive of thoughts and skills, generational differences, LGBTQ+, gender, race and ethnicity, disabilities, nationalities and more, and we accept all people for who they are.
Dare to care and grow with us? We look forward to teaming up! Want to know more before you hit the Apply button? Karen de Geus, Talent Acquisition Partner, will gladly talk you through the position at karen.de.geus@ah.nl. 


In addition, we would like to ask you not to send a standard motivation letter, but to formulate an answer to the following questions:

•    Why would you like to work for Ahold Delhaize?
•    Why do you think you will be successful in this position? Please avoid words which are already in the vacancy text, make it personal.
•    Please provide an example of a strategic question you were given and how it was solved, including your role in solving it.


 

Tess van der Poel
Talent Acquisition Partner

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