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Strategy Associate, Business Ventures

| Chicago

What We Do:

Uptake is a Chicago-based predictive analytics SaaS platform provider that empowers major industry leaders to optimize performance, reduce asset failures and enhance safety. At Uptake, we combine our strengths—machine learning, analytics, data visualization and software development—with the expertise of our industrial partners. The result is enormous savings in development time and resources for Uptake’s partners and a proven industrial grade software platform that delivers value to partners and their end customers.

What you'll do:

The Strategy Associate will be part of the Business Ventures group and will work across the Corporate Development, Legal, Finance and Product Teams. The Strategy Associate will be focused on supporting Uptake’s strategic partnerships and product portfolio by enabling business development, value assessment, pricing strategy and competitive intelligence efforts. You will support multiple projects simultaneously, be highly self-motivated, and enjoy solving really hard problems. This is a highly visible role and critical to our success, and you’ll have the opportunity to grow rapidly in this role and gain senior executive exposure across a variety of industries.

Responsibilities:

  • Support pricing and product packaging efforts
  • Work with cross-functional teams to define value proposition across product categories
  • Build financial models to assess the strategic value of new opportunities
  • Develop and manage customer relationships
  • Manage proof of concept engagements
  • Support drafting partnership proposals
  • Support the executive team on aspects of business development, which include research, analysis and creation of pitch, marketing and commercialization materials
  • Perform research on industry and competitive trends
  • Continually monitor industry dynamics, such as shifting market trends and customer behaviors to anticipate business opportunities
  • Take on special projects on an as-needed basis

Qualifications:

  • Required:
    • Bachelor’s degree from a top university
    • 2 to 5 years of relevant work experience, preferably in strategy consulting, business development, sales, account management
    • Strong quantitative and qualitative analytical ability, along with excellent business judgment
    • Experience doing industry research, completing competitive landscaping and comparisons, and building presentations
    • Experience interacting with senior audiences and executives
    • Strong project management skills, including a proven ability to think through all aspects of the process, manage long-term projects and multitask
    • Driven self-starter with a passion for excellence and an ability to work under minimal supervision
    • Superb interpersonal communication skills, with the ability to build relationships successfully across teams
  • Preferred:
    • IoT experience
    • Commercial Real Estate / Facilities Management experience
    • Experience pricing products (SaaS product pricing preferred)

 Why Work Here:

We build and deliver, then explore to build more. Curiosity and flexibility enable everything we do, and we get stronger as we make each new industry smarter. As a team, we bring our diverse backgrounds, beliefs and experiences to solve problems no one has yet to solve, at a speed no one has yet to experience. We support and challenge one another to bring out a new best in each of us, and we might have a little fun along the way.

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Technology we use

  • Engineering
    • JavaLanguages
    • JavascriptLanguages
    • PythonLanguages
    • RLanguages
    • ScalaLanguages
    • SqlLanguages
    • SparkLanguages
    • HadoopLanguages
    • KafkaLanguages
    • ReactLibraries

Location

We are located in River North just right off the Chicago Brown Line stop. We also provide you with a free shuttle service to/from Ogilvie and Union.

What are Uptake Perks + Benefits

Uptake Benefits Overview

We offer generous benefits including health, dental, vision, parental leave, 401K match, and unlimited vacation. We are lifelong learners, and our Uptake University program offers training and professional development on a wide variety of topics. We also have employee-led community groups including [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], and many more.

Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Pet Insurance
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
Company Equity
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Generous PTO
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Stocked Kitchen
Happy Hours
Relocation Assistance
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Diversity Program
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