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Lead, Strategic Initiatives


Akron, OH, US

Company:  Goodyear

Requisition ID: 121281 
Sponsorship Available: No 
Relocation Assistance Available: Yes 

Goodyear. More Driven.




The Lead, Strategic Initiatives will assist the Director, Strategic Initiatives in developing/executing cross-functional strategies to meet the short-term and 5-year strategic goals of the Americas producer business unit (PBU). This position is responsible for in-depth analysis of sales strategies/customers and evaluation of market landscapes/future trends - Developing insights/recommendations based on analysis.


The role will support special projects, programs and (route-to-market) workstreams (including acquisitions, expansions, etc). And will collaborate cross-functionally with Sales, Marketing, Category, Finance, Supply Chain, Manufacturing and Research and Development teams.


In addition, this is a strong support role in overall strategy development, merger/acquisition (M&A), market research, competitive analysis, partnership assessment and business case development. 


Primary Responsibilities #LI-JK1

  • Analyze sales strategies, customers, market conditions and future trends for attractive opportunities. Provide recommendations and implementation plans based on analysis. Lead complex financial/investment modeling. Develop and present executive-level meeting materials.
  • Manage (either formally or through influence) the engagement of assigned team members to successfully execute a project. Develop team dynamics so associates will be effective at working together. Advance individual team members by conducting required training/coaching. Ensure project communications support a successful completion (including proper stakeholder analysis, communication planning and organizational change management analysis).
  • Internal Stakeholder Engagement: Ensure Sales, Category, Marketing and Finance teams have their relevant business needs met. Act as liaison between the project team and stakeholders (where appropriate). Deliver presentations to management (where appropriate). 
  • Create/Develop strategic reports that are meant to go beyond the numbers and provide analysis of data. Provide suggestions/recommendations based on data and facts - Driving sales for Goodyear.


Required Education and Experience

  • Bachelor's Degree in Business, Economics, Finance, Mathematics or a related business field
  • 5 or more years of experience in Sales, Marketing, Supply Chain or related field
  • 3 or more years of project experience (any capacity)
  • 3 or more years of experience in strategy development and/or market/competitive assessment
  • Strong experience in baselining existing strategy/financials, creating strategic options, formulating business cases and making clear recommendations
  • Worked for multiple functions or strategic business units (SBUs)


Desired Skills and Abilities

  • Master's degree in Business, Economics, Finance, Mathematics or a related business field
  • Experience in a related industry
  • Strong interpersonal, organization and communication (written/verbal) skills
  • Ability to prepare detailed analysis and summary reports using credible sources
  • Ability to learn quickly, adapt to ambiguity and embrace change
  • Ability to identify/surface the most important issues to multiple levels of the organization
  • Build stakeholder alignment to establish agreed path forward (with actions for improvement) across organization leadership



Goodyear is one of the world's largest tire companies. It employs about 71,000 people and manufactures its products in 55 facilities in 22 countries around the world. Its two Innovation Centers in Akron, Ohio, and Colmar-Berg, Luxembourg, strive to develop state-of-the-art products and services that set the technology and performance standard for the industry. For more information about Goodyear and its products, go to


Goodyear is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to that individual's race, color, religion or creed, national origin or ancestry, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, veteran status, genetic information, ethnicity, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by law.


If you need reasonable accommodation to complete the online application, or any other part of the employment process, please contact the Goodyear Candidate Care Line at 330.796.4500.


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Nearest Major Market: Akron
Nearest Secondary Market: Cleveland

Job Segment: Supply Chain, Market Research, Supply, QA, Quality Assurance, Operations, Marketing, Quality, Technology

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