Head of Strategy
JOB TITLE: Head of Strategy
EMPLOYER: Unibank DUTY STATION: Azerbaijan
PUBLISHED: 2021-03-19 LAST UPDATED: N/A DEADLINE: 2021-04-18

Job title: Director, Strategy office
Reporting to: CEO

Purpose of the job: to make recommendations based on internal and external factors to minimize risks and formulate plans to achieve the Bank's long-term goals, assessing organizational performance, developing achievable goals and implementing processes that improve organizational effectiveness and build a sustainable competitive advantage.

This is a highly collaborative role and the successful candidate should be able to establish collaborative and trusting relationships with the Bank’s key internal leaders and stakeholders in order to ensure that there is a free flow of ideas and information, leading to suitable strategy formulation and overall Bank performance enhancement.

Main duties:

- Drive business and engagement through gap and opportunity analysis;
- Review current processes to identify gaps, areas of improvement to streamline efforts for the business;
- Engage and support the business in defining and refining business strategies with a specific focus on designing and implementing new strategic approaches, and processes that will enhance the business results;
- Build analytical models and perform regular financial, competitive, performance, and market analyses to comprehensively value business opportunities;
- Articulate the Bank’s mission in a clear and concise way and create actionable goals that make it possible to turn that mission into tangible results;
- Analyse the success of products, projects, and activities; assess the Bank’s strategic projects down to the daily administrative activities to make sure they align with the Bank’s goals; perform projects monitoring and reporting;
- Discover ways to increase revenue by eliminating wasteful practices and expediting product delivery;
- Develop new business opportunities by leveraging contacts, pursuing new product development, and improving project efficiency;
- Support the Bank’s management in application and implementation of new policies and procedures.
- Cultivate further opportunities for the Bank to achieve its goals via active external engagement with international organisations, development banks, finance technology players, etc.;
- Support and guide the Bank’s management in the decision-making processes;
- Manage effective strategic planning and financial performance modelling processes.

Knowledge and experience

• Financial services experience with understanding of how FS balance sheet works, key FS performance drivers, and broad FS product set;
• At least 10 years’ experience in strategic planning, business management, corporate leadership, and financial decision-making;
• Strong project management experience – leading multiple projects and managing multiple senior stakeholders with divergent agendas;
• Experience in attracting, developing and retaining talent (including experienced managers).


• Bachelor’s degree in management, business administration, finance, or marketing required;
• MBA from a leading university is preferred;
• PMP certification as an advantage.

Key competencies

• Excellent understanding of business operations and procedures;
• Strong commercial sense and demonstrated pragmatism;
• Strong organizational and planning skills;
• Strong leadership skills;
• Outstanding research and analytical abilities;
• Proven project management skills;
• Ability to build productive working relationships quickly and effectively;
• Ability to communicate clearly and persuasively, by advising senior management and other stakeholders in a structured, convincing and concise way;
• Ability to effectively aggregate and present data using MS Excel, Power Point and Project Management software;
• Fluency in Azerbaijani, Russian and English.

Interested candidates are invited to send their resumes to cv@unibank.az indicating “Head of Strategy” in the subject line of the e-mail.

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