Who We Are:
Since 1906, New Balance has empowered people through sport and craftsmanship to create positive change in communities around the world. We innovate fearlessly, guided by our core values and driven by the belief that conventions were meant to be challenged. We foster a culture in which every associate feels welcomed and respected, where leaders and creatives are inspired to shape the world of tomorrow by taking bold action today. At New Balance, We Got Now.
This is a highly visibility role that will be responsible for driving critical, complex, and cross-functional initiatives that support the organization’s strategic plan. This individual will deeply understand market, industry, and competitive trends, as well as ever-evolving consumer needs, to become a highly valued business partner to our Senior Leaders. They will be known as a ‘change agent’ that is constantly challenging the status quo with their data-and-consumer-first perspectives.
This individual will be exposed to all parts of the business as projects will vary in scope. Project examples include:
Drive corporate strategic planning: Partner closely with executives and business unit leaders to own components of NB’s multi-year strategy and goal creation efforts.
Portfolio manage the company’s most critical strategic initiatives: Prioritize projects based on the organization’s strategic goals and our available resources. Establish and maintain reports for the leadership team which provide important context for in-flight and upcoming projects. Ensure that all projects are delivered on-time, within scope; proactively anticipate bottlenecks and escalate delays to Senior Management, as needed.
Deliver market research and consumer insights: drive compelling insights from complex market, industry, competitive, and consumer data to assist in defining project’s scopes and objectives and developing comprehensive recommendations.
Generate opportunity assessments on key strategic topics including ROI analyses and approaches on key initiatives spend, providing actionable recommendations based on your analysis.
Develop and nurture senior level relationships across functions for the purpose of creating strategies and executing against plans.
Pivot as needed to address unanticipated challenges and complexity in the business.
REQUIRMENTS FOR SUCCESS:
MBA preferred with 2-3 years’ experience (post-graduation) in one of the following fields: internal strategy, consulting, account management, business development.
Experience developing business cases with both quantitative and qualitative elements. In turn, this individual will possess:
Strong analytical skills; they will be comfortable operating large data sets to drive deep insights, actionable takeaways and improvements.
Exceptional written and oral communication skills; they must be professional and confident with an ability to work with all levels of the organization, especially senior level leaders and C-suite executives.
Experience managing complex programs (defining requirements, facilitating progress and mitigating risks/blockers) that involve leading cross-functional teams.
Ability to think creatively and strategically, including improvements to existing concepts, and the creation of new innovate ideas.
Experience in the footwear/apparel/sports industries, digital commerce, or retail is a plus but not required.
Regular Associate Benefits:
Our products are only as good as the people we hire, so we make sure to hire the best and treat them accordingly. New Balance offers a comprehensive traditional benefits package including three options for medical insurance as well as dental, vision, life insurance and 401K. We also proudly offer a slate of more nontraditional perks – opportunities like online learning and development courses, tuition reimbursement, $100 monthly student loan support and various mentorship programs – that encourage our associates to grow personally as they develop professionally. You’ll also enjoy a yearly $1,000 lifestyle reimbursement, 4 weeks of vacations, 12 holidays and generous parental leave, because work-life balance is more than just a buzzword – it’s part of our culture.
Temporary associates are provided three options for medical insurance as well as dental and vision insurance and an associate discount.
Part time associates are provided 401k, short term disability, a yearly $300 lifestyle reimbursement and an associate discount.
Flexible Work Schedule
For decades we have fostered a unique culture founded on our values with a particular focus on in-person teamwork and collaboration. Our hybrid model encourages rich in-person experiences, showcasing our commitment to teamwork and connection, while providing high levels of flexibility to associates. North American office-based associates are expected to come into the office on Wednesdays, with other occasional in-office days for in-person meetings and events as needed. Our offices are fully open and amenities are available across our North American office locations.
Equal Opportunity Employer:
New Balance provides equal opportunities for all current and prospective associates and takes affirmative action to ensure that employment, training, compensation, transfer, promotion and other terms, conditions and privileges of employment are provided without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, handicap, genetic information and/or status as an Armed Forces service medal veteran, recently separated veteran, qualified disabled veteran or other protected veteran.