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Strategist

Strategist

We are seeking a highly talented, open-minded, and creative problem solver to join our team as a Strategist (although strategy will only be one part of the value you really deliver). This is an exceptional opportunity to be a core member of our strategy practice responsible for setting and executing the strategic direction on key client engagements, and at west.

Strategists are the vital conduits between our business and our partner companies. Your biggest impact will be as an advisor to our partner companies helping to set strategic direction and relentlessly executing against it. Your skills are critical to the business because you build trust, embrace ambiguity, can juggle lots of responsibility, and prioritize accordingly.

A day in the life might include…

  • Delivering strategic outcomes that build brands and help define and create new categories

  • Leveraging market + customer insights to craft audience, creative, and campaign strategies

  • Collaborating with creative and production teams to develop innovative GTM strategies

  • Developing core messaging frameworks and positioning for strategic marketing efforts

  • Playing the main point of contact for creative agencies + internal creative partners

  • Acting as a primary contributor to building out the west brand + platform

  • Leading proposal development efforts for new business development opportunities

  • Partnering with senior leadership to source, screen, and select new partner companies

About You

We’re looking for people whose interests, experiences, and ambitions don’t easily fit a typical job description. Your work history should include some combination of developing new markets, finding customers and profit pools, and launching products and services that have never existed before. Among your many skills is a propensity for synthesizing all kinds of left- and right-brain inputs—market research, business model design, user experience and customer journeys, consumer insights, behavioral and cultural insights, brand and communications strategy—to see market gaps and white spaces and develop paths to growth and category leadership. Today you may be an innovation strategy consultant, design strategist, market researcher, trends forecaster, social scientist, user experience researcher, cultural anthropologist, product manager, digital strategist, or communications and media planner. You should be comfortable leading cross-disciplinary teams that include founders, engineers, designers, and storytellers. More than anything else, you’re driven by the opportunity to learn at a pace you never imagined and contribute to work that really matters.

Some stuff you’re good at, and the extraordinary

  • Proven ability to provide hands-on leadership and manage multiple priorities simultaneously

  • Results-driven self-starter with ability to recognize patterns and connect the dots

  • Meticulous attention to detail with strong quantitative and qualitative research skills

  • Excellent presentation, verbal, and written communication chops

  • Highly inquisitive mind motivated to succeed both individually and as a growing company

  • Exceptional level of personal integrity with a willingness to help out where needed

  • Fun, easy going disposition; you’re flexible, fearless and optimistic about the future

  • Bachelors degree in business, design or related field; MBA and/or advanced degree preferred

  • Strategy, design or creative company industry experience highly desired

  • Start-up experience is a huge plus

Culture

We are located in San Francisco’s beautiful Presidio and are a proud member of this bourgeoning ecosystem that includes an eclectic mix of brewers and bakers, non-profits and venture firms, movie studios and start-ups. Futurists to the core, we are makers and doers who share a fundamental belief that ongoing advances in science and technology are essential to improving life on the planet. We come from many different places and points of view, but are united by one simple question….what if?

 Perks

  • Work with hugely ambitious companies and teams that are changing the way we live

  • Visionary, smart, and collaborative coworkers in a fun office environment

  • Competitive compensation and benefits, with equity opportunities 

  • Beautiful office setting in historic building with stunning bay views

  • Office kitchen with daily lunches provided

Benefits

  • Full medical/dental/vision package

  • 401 (k) plan, phone reimbursement, paid company holidays

  • Unlimited vacation policy; work hard and take time when you need it

  

If inventing the future and fast-tracking human ingenuity are your thing, we’d love to hear from you.

 

 

It is west’s policy to provide equal opportunity for all applicants and employees. west does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender identity, marital status, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, national orientation, or any other category protected by applicable federal and state law. west also makes all reasonable accommodations for disabled applicants and employees.