Director Business Strategy

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Discover. A brighter future.

With us, you’ll do meaningful work from Day 1. Our collaborative culture is built on three core behaviors: We Play to Win, We Get Better Every Day & We Succeed Together. And we mean it — we want you to grow and make a difference at one of the world's leading digital banking and payments companies. We value what makes you unique so that you have an opportunity to shine.

Come build your future, while being the reason millions of people find a brighter financial future with Discover.

Job Description  

The Director, Director, Corporate Risk Management Business Strategy is a high profile, strategic position reporting directly to the EVP, Chief Risk Officer and member of Discovers Executive Committee. This person will serve as the Chief of Staff and key advisor for the Chief Risk Officer with a broad array of day-to-day and special project responsibilities. The roles day-to-day responsibilities include managing a team of four employees as well as responsibility for Discovers overall Risk Committee Governance and preparation of reports and presentations for the company’s Senior Management and Board of Directors.

This leader will have a role in directing strategies for the Corporate Risk Department and is also responsible for Corporate Risk Financial Planning and Culture and Career Development. The successful candidate will be asked to provide logistical support and thought leadership for many of the activities intended to set strategic direction and maintain alignment within Corporate Risk. Successful performance in this role presents significant opportunity to advance into a general management role within Corporate Risk or across the DFS enterprise.

Responsibilities:

  • Serves as a key adviser to senior leadership with a broad array of day-to-day and special project responsibilities, such as committee governance, preparation of reports, and presentations for the company's Senior Management and Board of Directors.
  • Responsible for financial planning and culture and career development. Provides logistical support and thought leadership for many of the activities intended to set strategic direction and maintain alignment.
  • Serves as a thought partner to the business unit heads.
  • Owns committee governance and risk committee, including but not limited to frequent interaction with senior leadership and company president
  • Prepares periodic presentations such as board reports/presentations, executive committee presentations, rating agency, etc.
  • Ensures the business unit operates in a controlled environment.
  • Serves as the point person for finance and the finance strategic plan.
  • Leads the planning, implementation, and management of management forum.

Skills Required:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Finance, Engineering, Business, Innovation, or related field.
  • 8+ years of experience in Product Management, Innovation Management, Analytics, Strategic Planning, or related field.
  • In lieu of a degree, 10+ years of experience in Product Management, Innovation Management, or related field.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master's Degree in Finance, Engineering, Business, Innovation, or related field.
  • 10+ years of experience in Product Management, Innovation Management, Analytics, Strategic
  • Planning, or related field.
  • Superior written and verbal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated strength in issue identification, directing and performing quantitative analysis, and effectively synthesizing complex data into key insights.
  • Significant experience interacting with, presenting to, and influencing senior management audiences.
  • The proven ability to apply a general management mindset to a complex operating environment.
  • Ability to structure work and provide direction to teams consisting of analysts with diverse skill sets.
  • Demonstrated ability to drive action with both direct reports and those over whom he/she has informal or no authority.
  • Ability to apply an entrepreneurial mindset and adjust quickly to changing direction and tight deadlines.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office software: Excel, PowerPoint, and Word.
  • Experience in production of Board and CEO level presentations.
  • Experience in a Financial Planning & Analysis environment or as a CPA.
  • Experience leading a Project Management team.
  • Experience in the Consumer Financial Services industry.

What are you waiting for? Apply today!

The same way we treat our employees is how we treat all applicants – with respect. Discover Financial Services is an equal opportunity employer (EEO is the law). We thrive on diversity & inclusion. You will be treated fairly throughout our recruiting process and without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status in consideration for a career at Discover.

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We're headquartered in the northwest suburbs of Chicago and have a downtown Chicago office known as “The 606.”

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What are Discover Perks + Benefits

Discover Benefits Overview

Start enjoying great benefits Day 1 — We support you with the same dedication we bring to all of our customers. Our comprehensive benefits package features first-class insurance, financial planning support and excellent perks designed to help you reach your goals and live a rich, healthy life.

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Culture
Volunteer in local community
Discover’s business is built on helping people, and we invest in the community (Blessing Backpacks, Boys & Girls Clubs, Big Brothers/Sisters) to demonstrate our commitment to a brighter future.
Partners with Nonprofits
Friends outside of work
Intracompany committees
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Unconscious bias training
Diversity manifesto
Someone's primary function is managing the company’s diversity and inclusion initiatives
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
You can open a separate Health Care FSA (HCFSA) and contribute up to $2,650 tax-free from your paycheck to reimburse yourself for eligible out-of-pocket expenses.
Disability Insurance
Employees receive Short-Term Disability Insurance at no cost.
Dental Benefits
Discover offers two dental plan options — Standard and Premier — both are administered by MetLife.
Vision Benefits
Discover offers two vision plan options — Standard and Premier through VSP.
Health Insurance Benefits
Discover offers a variety of medical plans for you and eligible family members, so that you can choose the benefit plan that suits your needs.
Life Insurance
As a Discover employee, you receive Basic Life Insurance of one times your HWEE (up to $500,000) at no cost to you.
Pet Insurance
Purchase medical coverage at a discounted rate for your beloved family pet. The more pets you insure, the greater the discount.
Wellness Programs
Help balance your work and personal life with a wide variety of free and discounted resource and referral services including family and relationship counseling and financial guidance.
Onsite Gym
Discover has fitness centers and Weight Watchers® programs at all five major locations.
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Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
You may elect to contribute 1% to 30% of your eligible base salary, commissions and bonus on a pre-tax basis, up to IRS limits every year.
401(K) Matching
Discover matches up to 6% of the pre-tax contributions you make to the 401(k) Plan.
Employee Stock Purchase Plan
The ESPP provides eligible employees with an opportunity to purchase shares of Discover common stock through payroll deductions at a 5% discount.
Performance Bonus
Match charitable contributions
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Child Care Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Adoption Assistance
Discover helps eligible employees and their families with the costs of adoption by reimbursing certain expenses.
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Generous PTO
Discover has a Paid Time Off of 4 to 5 Weeks of paid time per year.
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Discover provides 7 paid holidays.
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When you enroll in the Commuter Benefits Program at WageWorks, you’ll save on taxes on mass-transit passes, parking and other eligible expenses.
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Discover provides tuition reimbursement and a full-ride bachelor's degree program for select online degree programs.
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