Business Advisor, WWPS International

The Business Advisor for the International Vice President (VP) is a highly visible role which serves as a business liaison, program leader, and consultant on numerous business topics across functions worldwide. The Business Advisor works behind the scenes to lead programs and solve problems on behalf of the VP. The ideal candidate is a strategic and trusted advisor to the VP, senior management, operational leadership and key stakeholders in the establishment, communication and measurement of organizational-wide strategic goals and objectives. This professional will leverage strategic planning and advisory skills to enhance operations management and support WorldWide Public Sector (WWPS) in the development and execution of global strategies.

The Business Advisor will perform the following primary responsibilities:

Lead the implementation of functional programs across all regions by:
· driving functional teams to determine best practices on key business and technical areas
· ensuring best practices are shared appropriately
· take leadership role for critical projects that span International organization

Own and/or improve programs by:
· identifying recurring defects or processes that need stronger documentation and policing
· practice new policies and programs or evolving current policies and programs which span org
· ensuring the effective and regulated use of these policies, working with all functional leaders in all countries
· identifying ways to measure and audit the implementation of these policies and processes

Facilitate senior leadership decisions and processes by:
· Implementing systems ensuring strong follow-up management occurs on action items and questions with relevant senior leaders in coordination with Finance, HR and Legal
· drawing VP focus and attention to key bottlenecks, identifying potential solutions and leading implementation

Support the Vice President to carry out efficient and effective management by:
· ensuring time is focused on the highest value activities and issues
· pre-reading and summarizing major business write-ups from teams
· attending meetings as a proxy
· building and managing agendas for leadership team
· managing follow-ups to SVP’s requests, discovering root causes and leading fixes for the issues
· providing an independent perspective, and acting as a sounding-board for ideas
· offering feedback on internal issues that need addressing
· creating content for periodical update emails and all-hands meetings as well as internal and external presentations
· advocating increased auditing of all tools and processes
· ensuring consistent well written narratives

Drive effective processes which will empower a more effective senior leadership team by:
· providing templates for commonly formatted documents with adequate time to complete
· selecting the right speakers and making sure they are properly briefed
· reviewing all materials in advance to ensure proper focus and level of details
· supporting teams needing help thinking through problems (both business and communications)

Discover and investigate external technology and business trends by:
· exploring trends, companies, etc. that present strategic opportunity or risk
· generating and investigating ad hoc innovative ideas from any of the relevant technology or business research

This positions requires the ability to travel internationally up to 50% and to our Virginia/Washington DC offices once a month.

Basic Qualifications

· Bachelor’s degree is required
· Demonstrated ability to audit, analytical and quantitative skills; ability to work with business owners to define key business questions and to build data sets that answer those questions
· Demonstrated leadership experience as someone who can prioritize well and communicate clearly across all levels of the organization with a proven ability to influence others
· Hands-on experience and a tenured leadership foundation in the following areas: planning & process, product, financial planning, organizational change, communications & strategy execution
· Ability to comfortably dive into any area of the business or product, understand business needs, and facilitate executive decisions based on changing priorities
· Demonstrated experience directing and managing business critical, cross-functional technology programs and initiatives.
· Demonstrated ability to establish relationships, lead and influence across multiple levels and multiple functions of an organization
· Demonstrated experience navigating a global, matrixed, and virtual work environment

Preferred Qualifications

· Demonstrated bias for action with strengths in problem solving, issue-resolution, ability to work in a deadline driven work environment, attention to detail, and ability to multitask
· Adept at Earns Trust across all levels and all functions of WWPS
· Demonstrated ability to understand and discuss technical concepts, schedule tradeoffs and evaluate opportunistic new ideas with technical employees Master’s degree or MBA

· Experience working in a highly-matrixed, technology-focused environment

Entrepreneurial spirit, with a high tolerance for ambiguity and complexity, and the ability to be efficient with limited resources
· Previous experience as a strategy and operations leader in a large global organization

Amazon is an Equal Opportunity-Affirmative Action Employer – Minority / Female / Disability / Veteran / Gender Identity / Sexual Orientation / Age.