Senior Director - Strategy & Performance - Chicago, Illinois, United States, 60664

Consultant ? Senior Director

Strategy & Operations

Nashville, TN


Ankura Senior Directors lead or provide deep subject matter expertise on projects of all sizes, including enterprise level programs, with guidance from their Account Manager as needed. They collaborate with others to solve business problems and develop close relationships with clients. They typically have 15+ years of relevant business and consulting experience and have demonstrated exceptional consulting competencies through previous employment performance.


+ Leads projects of all sizes, including enterprise level programs.

+ May provide deep expertise on specific subject matter.

+ Reviews and ensures quality deliverables.

+ Manages project scope, vision, objectives, schedule, budget, resources, vendors, dependencies, issues, risks, and change using best practice and/or ?right-sized? methods, tools, and approaches.

+ Develops a comprehensive project plan for meeting the objectives within scope, including people, process, and technology components of the initiative.

+ Proactively manages, monitors, and adjusts plan throughout the project.

+ Maintains key documentation throughout the project, including status reports, issue/risk logs, decision history, business process diagrams, etc.

+ Gathers, elicits, documents, and analyzes business requirements.

+ Maps and analyzes current and future business processes.

+ Researches and analyzes potential solution approaches.

+ Continually analyzes business issues and facilitates resolution to keep the project on target.

+ Manages conflicts and escalates critical issues to the project sponsor.

+ Creates and implements a communications plan to keep team members, stakeholders, and sponsors up to date on project status and issues.

+ Flexibly contributes in other project roles, as necessary, with project sponsor approval.


+ Clear and concise verbal and written communications.

+ Excellent active listening skills.

+ High level of organization and ability to prioritize tasks.

+ Detail orientation, but with the ability to visualize and communicate the ?big picture?.

+ Adaptive to different working environments.

+ Flexibility to wear multiple ?hats? on a project.

+ Ability to develop strong relationships with people at all levels and across organizations (client teams, vendors, competitors).

+ Willing to admit mistakes, learn from them, and ask for help.

+ Analytical; enjoys problem-solving.

+ Good facilitation and negotiation skills.

+ Ability to informally influence others in a positive way.

+ Strong desire to improve and continuously learn.

+ Professional demeanor and behavior; can-do attitude.

+ Joy in serving clients; servant leader; humble.


+ Bachelor?s degree or equivalent experience.

+ Graduate degree in business, technical or analytical concentration a plus.

+ 15+ years of relevant business and consulting experience.

+ Experience in leadership of complex business projects.

+ Experience or education in information systems a plus.

+ Advanced proficiency with MS Office tools, especially Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Visio, with demonstrated ability to efficiently produce crisp, professional documents.


+ Travel (by air and car) as required depending on engagement mix. Although typically more travel is required at the beginning of the engagement and then becomes intermittent throughout the engagement lifecycle, some projects require 100% travel. A consultant should be prepared to travel 100% of the time if required for a project.


Ankura is an expert services firm defined by HOW we solve challenges. Whether a client is facing an immediate business challenge, trying to increase the value of their company or protect against future risks, Ankura designs, develops, and executes tailored solutions by assembling the right combination of expertise. We build on this experience with every case, client, and situation, collaborating to create innovative, customized solutions, and strategies designed for today?s ever-changing business environment. This gives our clients unparalleled insight and experience across a wide range of economic, governance, and regulatory challenges. At Ankura, we know that collaboration drives results.

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