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
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
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?
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
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.