Guardian Life Program Leader, Strategic Portfolio Enablement in Albany, New York
Guardian is seeking an experienced Program Leader, Strategic Portfolio Enablement to lead large scale strategic initiatives within Guardian’s Group Benefits Business. This is a newly created position that will be responsible for driving progress and business ownership, supporting all aspects of business case development, defining portfolio and initiative-level financial and operational success metrics, and engaging with internal and external stakeholders to ensure execution and sound change management. Group Benefits initiatives will encompass multiple product domains and customer segments, cross-functional teams, and third-party strategic partners. As a utility player, you will also lead ad hoc business initiatives and be the single point of accountability for the business on initiative progress, providing regular monthly and quarterly report outs to Group Benefits Senior Leadership.
A seasoned professional with exceptional communication, presentation, content creation, analytical and change management skills as you will work closely with our business leaders, senior leadership, Enterprise Solution Delivery, and IT teams, amongst other internal groups. Strategic thought leadership, an optimistic solutions-oriented attitude, and a drive for achieving superior business results is a must.
4-year bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience with minimum of 3 years of insurance industry experience
3+ plus years of portfolio management, management consulting, product, or operations experience
Successfully led at least 3+ division-level, cross-functional strategic investment programs
Can work in a highly ambiguous and fast-paced environment.
Self-starter, highly motivated, strategic thinker who can lead independent stakeholder conversations and provide thought leadership
Can drive portfolio-aligned business results across Business and technology disciplines
Strong, proven communications, collaboration, and consensus building skills, along with active listening skills
Ability to adjust communication style and content to different levels and audiences
Experience synthesizing conceptual strategies into defendable investment proposals and leading complex programs
Comfortable with data analysis and presenting data
Highly organized and energetic with an entrepreneurial mindset
Communicates a clear, vivid, inspiring, and relevant description or picture of project benefits/value to the customer
Strong business acumen and familiarity with broad range of business processes beyond those impacted projects
Able to effectively interact with various levels of an organization both technical and non-technical to discuss comprehensive portfolio investments performance
Management consulting experience (tier 2 or better)
Finance experience within office of CFO or financial planning and analysis
Experience in content creation and presentation (C suite -1 and below)
Active Project Management Professional (PMP) certification or equivalent
Prior Product Management experience a plus
Group Insurance experience
Drive the successful management for Group Benefits’ strategic investment portfolio
Support leadership in leading business investments across multiple product and sales domains
Drive portfolio executive briefing materials, including weekly, monthly, and quarterly business reviews, and portfolio review meetings
Rally the cross functional teams throughout the enterprise and hold teams and individuals accountable for timelines and deliverables
Leverage business knowledge and expertise to drive results
Freely contributes unique thoughts and opinions based on individual experience and learnings while actively seeking the same exchange from others
As the Portfolio Enablement Manager, you will report to the head of Group Portfolio Enablement, who reports to the head of Strategy and Innovation.
This position is hybrid with work from home flexibility. You will need to be within a commutable distance for onsite meetings, as needed to one of the following locations, New York, NY, Holmdel NJ, Bethlehem PA, Stamford CT.
Up to 10% travel within US
At Guardian, you’ll have the support and flexibility to achieve your professional and personal goals. Through skill-building, leadership development and philanthropic opportunities, we provide opportunities to build communities and grow your career, surrounded by diverse colleagues with high ethical standards.
$79,450.00 - $147,550.00
The salary range reflected above is a good faith estimate of base pay for the primary location of the position. The salary for this position ultimately will be determined based on the education, experience, knowledge, and abilities of the successful candidate. In addition to salary, this role may also be eligible for annual, sales, or other incentive compensation.
As part of Guardian’s Purpose – to inspire well-being – we are committed to offering contemporary, supportive, flexible, and inclusive benefits and resources to our colleagues.
Choice of [high deductible/copay] medical plans* with prescription drugs, including coverage for fertility and transgender inclusive benefits
Health care accounts – flexible spending, health reimbursement, and health savings accounts
Critical illness insurance
Life and Disability Insurance
Company-paid Life and Disability insurance plus voluntary supplemental coverage
Retirement and Financial
401(k) retirement plan with a company match, plus an annual age/service-based Company contribution and an annual profit-sharing contribution, if applicable
Complimentary 1:1 financial guidance with a licensed Fidelity representative
Time Off and Remote Work
Flexible work arrangements (part in-person/part remote)
Unlimited paid time off for most roles plus time off for volunteering, jury duty, voting, and bereavement
Personal holidays for colleagues to use in recognition of religious, cultural, or civic days
Paid parental leave and paid family and medical leave policies
Emotional Well-being and Work-Life
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Wellness programs, including fitness program and equipment reimbursement
Child, adult, and elder back-up care support through Bright Horizons
Student loan assistance
Commuter benefits in select metropolitan areas
Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (J.E.D.I.)
Employee Resource Groups that advocate for inclusion and diversity
J.E.D.I. certification and training programs
Benefits apply to full-time eligible employees. Interns are not eligible for most Company benefits.
Equal Employment Opportunity
Guardian is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, creed, religion, sex, affectional or sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, marital status, disability, military or veteran status, or any other classification protected by applicable law.
Guardian is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment, its services, programs, and activities. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and/or to receive other benefits and privileges of employment, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org .
Every day, Guardian helps our 29 million customers realize their dreams through a range of insurance and financial products and services. Our Purpose, to inspire well-being, guides our dedication to the colleagues, consumers, and communities we serve. We know that people count, and we go above and beyond to prepare them for the life they want to live, focusing on their overall well-being — mind, body, and wallet. As one of the largest mutual insurance companies, we put our customers first. Behind every bright future is a GuardianTM. Learn more about Guardian at guardianlife.com .
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