What will I be doing?
Strategic Planning begins with the key questions: Where should we go, how will we get there, and who will get us there? It’s an iterative process: people bring us information, and information leads us to people. A lot of different things happen in this group: You may work on business planning, sourcing, interviewing, building relationships, outside investments, and new ventures.
Why are the standards so high for this role?
To succeed in Strategic Planning’s core function of evaluating people and opportunities, you’ll need to be at a high level. In many companies, the CEO takes responsibility for setting the company’s direction and evaluating new opportunities and the unit heads take responsibility for staffing. At Spark, the Strategic Planning group takes primary responsibility for all three. Strategic Planning charts our future. This group understands all parts of our business and drives our success, so you’ll need the intellectual and functional agility to work on projects adjacent to any area to better understand our environment and do the best job
What is impactful about this particular role?
The impact of new directions and opportunities is obvious. The cumulative impact of staffing decisions can be profound. In a company of about twenty people, a single hire means 5% growth and brings disproportionate impact. This single addition can multiply the kinds of projects we can execute. Repeated hires in the same area form a new group and transform our capabilities. Our past success flowed largely from the excellence and personal attributes of our team. You may bring in a high quality team and thus enable our future success and integrity.
Your work — the hires you bring in, the directions you uncover, and the relationships you build — will affect our clients’ capital and many different aspects of the company and our future, so this role is highly leveraged. Your value-added is not based on how many hires you make but how much you contribute, and even a short tenure in Strategic Planning can help you achieve personal financial independence.
What are the unique advantages of this opportunity?
You’ll get to converse with brilliant, accomplished people from different backgrounds while evaluating future opportunity on real-world terms. Internally, you’ll be brought into the big picture of the business from the beginning, work with important people outside of and within the company including the president, and you’ll be in on new ventures from the earliest stage. Everything we want to do as a company depends on the Strategic Planning team’s ability to grow our firm at the highest standards. The compensation reflects the inherent impact of this role. If you do well, you can grow in your pay and role to become an officer at Spark or use your business and management generalist skills in a variety of other areas.
What are the unique challenges associated with this opportunity?
Because of Spark’s high standards, you will get to know wonderful people who want to work here but for some reason don’t get hired. It’s hard to break the bad news to people you personally like and had looked forward to working with. Further, because this role involves trying new things, it can take a long time to evaluate if something is working or how well. No matter how intelligent you are, you will need to continue to learn and listen to adapt and succeed.
What are the critical skills for success in this role?
In addition to the primary requirement of outstanding intellect, an interest in assessment toward particular objectives, meeting new individuals from a variety of different backgrounds, and gaining insight from people rather than just texts is helpful. You’ll need to be able to think on your feet while also contributing to detailed long-term planning and execution. Parts of your job may seem like detective work and in-depth research. Strategic Planning makes Spark succeed by finding new directions and new people to see them through.Apply Online