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IBM Portfolio Strategy Leader – Watson Health in Houston, Texas


As a Strategy Consultant at IBM, you will help reinvent businesses and industries by developing and utilizing specialized knowledge of industry-specific and cross-industry competitive strategies. You'll manage complex components of an engagement, working closely with clients and their customers to understand their pain points. Your strategic recommendations will drive change in a digitally-enabled era and give you the opportunity to collaborate with highly talented IBMers. Are you ready?

Your Role and Responsibilities

Location: You will ideally reside near Cambridge, MA, but all locations will be considered.

The Portfolio Strategy Leader will work collaboratively with colleagues within Offering Management, Strategy & Corporate Development and/or within the businesses and functions to support, help implement, and track key strategic projects that have significant impact on the Company.

The Portfolio Strategy Leader, reporting to the CFO of Watson Health, will provide strategic thought leadership and project management on a broad range of topics affecting the Company, including analysis in support of new business initiatives (both organic and M&A related) and cross-divisional initiatives that seek to leverage the scale and depth of IBM Watson Health. The role will have external exposure to our clients to build strategies that transform their businesses while driving adoption of Watson Health offerings and services. It is essential that this person is able to establish rapport, credibility, trust, and respect throughout the organization, be viewed as a team player, and can work effectively under pressure and with tight deadlines.

What will you do?

  • Support the corporate strategic planning process, help manage specific corporate strategy initiatives across the company, and facilitate cross-functional and cross-business projects

  • Support strategy development across IBM Watson Health’s businesses by working collaboratively with Division and Corporate management

  • Support Divisional strategic planning processes including Board presentations

  • Utilize project management, analytical and decision support skills to lead ‘special projects’ that advance key strategic priorities for the company and/or specific businesses

  • Lead competitive and market analysis for key strategic and M&A diligence projects and draw insights and implications for the company. Present findings and recommendations as appropriate

  • Engage with clients on strategic projects to drive adoption of Watson Health offerings and services

  • Identify, define, and articulate industry, market, and emerging trends and how they may affect IBM Watson Health’s businesses

  • Evaluate white space opportunities for possible expansion

  • Evaluate market and competitive dynamics as part of M&A diligence projects

  • Act as liaison for relevant strategic initiatives, and help develop and track implementation plans to ensure the right level of focus and discipline

  • Lead special projects to evolve and enhance the Corporate Strategy function and processes

Required Technical and Professional Expertise

  • 8+ years of relevant professional experience, including broad-based experience in strategy and market/financial analysis within a Corporate or Consulting setting; at least 3 years’ experience at a top-tier management consulting firm (e.g. Bain, McKinsey, BCG)

  • Excellent critical thinking, project management, analytical, communication, presentation skills

  • Not afraid to ‘roll your sleeves up’ and work with details as well as the big pictureHigh level of intellectual curiosity combined with a ‘results-driven’ mindset and high EQ

  • Ability to work effectively with senior executivesHighly self-motivated with ability to manage and prioritize multiple projects and initiatives

Preferred Technical and Professional Expertise

  • Relevant life science industry experience preferred, but not required

About Business Unit

IBM Watson Health is committed to building smarter health ecosystems. This means simpler processes, better care, faster breakthroughs, and improved experiences for people around the world. We have the essential capabilities necessary to help our clients drive their digital transformations: deep industry expertise, data and analytics, and actionable insights—underpinned by security and trust.

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About IBM

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Location Statement

US Citizenship required.

We consider qualified applicants with criminal histories, consistent with applicable law.

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IBM is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. IBM is also committed to compliance with all fair employment practices regarding citizenship and immigration status.