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Head of Strategy

Work area: Management Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates (HQ) Employment Type: Full time Job ID: 20463

Job purpose

Plays a critical role in shaping the strategic direction and growth initiatives of the company on a global scale. This position is responsible for developing and implementing strategic plans that drive competitive advantage, revenue growth, and operational excellence. The role requires strong leadership, analytical skills, and a deep understanding of the freight forwarding industry & global market dynamics.

Main tasks and responsibilities

Develop and Drive Global Strategy:

  • Lead the development and execution of the company’s global strategic plan in alignment with the overall corporate vision and goals.
  • Conduct thorough analysis of market trends, competitor activities, and customer needs to identify strategic opportunities and threats.
  • Define and prioritize strategic initiatives to drive sustainable growth and profitability across all WF business units.

Strategic Planning and Execution:

  • Collaborate with senior leadership and cross-functional teams to translate strategic objectives into actionable plans and initiatives.
  • Establish clear goals, timelines, and performance metrics to measure progress and success.
  • Monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of strategic initiatives, making adjustments as needed to optimize outcomes.

Business Development and Market Expansion:

  • Identify and evaluate new business opportunities, partnerships, and potential acquisitions to expand the company’s market presence and capabilities.
  • Drive market entry strategies for new geographies or industry verticals, leveraging market research and competitive analysis.
  • Build and maintain relationships with key stakeholders, including customers, industry associations, and regulatory bodies.

Innovation and Disruption:

  • Explore new business models, digital solutions, and process improvements to enhance customer value and operational efficiency.
  • Foster a culture of experimentation and continuous learning to drive innovation across the company.

Risk Management and Scenario Planning:

  • Assess and mitigate strategic risks, including geopolitical, regulatory, and economic factors that may impact the company’s performance.
  • Conduct scenario planning exercises to anticipate potential future scenarios and develop contingency plans to respond effectively.
  • Ensure compliance with legal and regulatory requirements in all strategic initiatives and business activities.

Leadership and Team Development:

  • Provide strong leadership and mentorship to the strategy team, fostering a high-performance culture and professional development.
  • Build a diverse and talented team capable of delivering strategic insights, analytical rigor, and innovative solutions.

Key interactions (Internal | External)

External: Customers | Vendors | Banks | Customers

Internal: Finance | HR & Admin | Operations | Commercial | Sales

Educational Requirements

Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Economics, or related field required; MBA or advanced degree preferred.

Language Requirements

English – Fluent (required)

Background and Experience

Proven track record of leadership and strategic management experience in the freight forwarding or logistics industry.

Competencies and skills

  • Deep understanding of global market dynamics, competitive landscape, and industry trends affecting the freight forwarding business.
  • Strong analytical skills, with the ability to translate complex data and insights into actionable strategies and recommendations.
  • Excellent communication and influencing skills, with the ability to articulate a compelling vision and gain buy-in from stakeholders at all levels.
  • Demonstrated ability to drive organizational change and navigate ambiguity in a fast-paced, dynamic environment.
  • Strategic thinker with a results-oriented mindset, capable of balancing long-term strategic priorities with short-term operational needs.
  • Experience leading cross-functional teams and managing complex projects with multiple stakeholders.
  • Proficiency in strategic planning methodologies, financial analysis, and risk management techniques.

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