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Director, Strategy



Software Engineering
United States · Remote
Posted on Wednesday, November 15, 2023
Requisition Number:217619
Job Category:Strategy

Our Company

At Teradata, we believe that people thrive when empowered with better information. That’s why we built the most complete cloud analytics and data platform for AI. By delivering harmonized data, trusted AI, and faster innovation, we uplift and empower our customers—and our customers’ customers—to make better, more confident decisions. The world’s top companies across every major industry trust Teradata to improve business performance, enrich customer experiences, and fully integrate data across the enterprise.

The Director, Strategy is a key leadership position in our Strategy organization. This role provides active direction to achieve Teradata’s company strategy through a variety of means including advising on strategic opportunities and alignment, strategic planning, market and competitive research, and driving cross-functional execution. The ideal candidate has core problem solving abilities applicable to a broad range of topics in the tech/software industry, deep experience in several functions, whether in industry or in consulting, and experience leading cross-functional teams on strategic topics. 

What You'll Do

  • Develop, maintain, refresh, and extend our company strategy, in collaboration with our internal team, external advisors, and stakeholders across the organization
  • Ongoingly sense and synthesize relevant market, competitive, employee, customer and partner insights to inform the strategy
  • Develop materials to support alignment on the strategy with the Executive Leadership Team (ELT) and the Board
  • Support the translation of strategic shifts that underlie the strategy into various approaches in our strategic execution framework, including strategic workstreams, in collaboration other members of the Strategy team
  • Contribute to and lead components of the long-term and annual planning processes with the Financial Planning and Analysis (FP&A) group
  • Contribute to the development of robust annual functional strategic and operation plans in line with our strategy, collaborating with key members of the various business functions
  • Contribute to execution of relevant stages of our M&A strategy in collaboration with the Corporate Development group and other functions
  • Ongoingly identify issues, suggest improvements and contribute to improving our strategic execution framework, including the strategic workstreams and our planning processes, among others
  • Be a convincing advocate for our strategy, engaging to listen and influence other parts of the organization in relevant forums
  • Develop, maintain and excite a network of leaders who are key to implementing our strategy or play a key influencing role on the senior leaders responsible for implementing our strategy
  • Develop, maintain and improve the assets communicating our strategy internally, including our Strategy website and strategy articulation documents, among others
  • Lead sessions to articulate and engage on our strategy in various relevant forums, and contribute to sessions engaging on our strategy with senior leaders
  • Support relevant leaders in various business functions in articulating our strategy in internal forums
  • Ongoingly proactively identify opportunities to improve our strategic execution or remove obstacles to our strategic success across the organization
  • Contribute to the definition, alignment and execution of deep dives to action the identified opportunities in collaboration with relevant stakeholders
  • Dynamically adjust to evolving priorities to have the maximum impact on our business outcomes
  • Become seen as a reliable strategic thinker on topics of strategic importance to Teradata among key leaders contributing to strategy execution in various business functions
  • Develop a trusted advisor relationship with many of these leaders, including in relation to strategic decisions as well as their approach to decision making
  • Contribute to programs to instill strategic thinking and approaches in relevant groups or processes across the company
  • Deploy leadership judgement that tends to increase the profile and credibility of the Strategy function
  • Role model what living by our Core Principles and commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) means as a leader
  • Contribute to a team environment of trust, openness, accountability to deliver meaningful outcomes with urgency, and kindness to each other

What Makes You a Qualified Candidate

  • Experience leading cross-functional teams in driving best in class strategy development processes
  • Familiarity with the tech/software market landscape and experience quickly ramping sector-specific knowledge within tech sub-sectors; data & analytics sub-sector experience preferred
  • Experience leading discussions and aligning with key leaders and developing executive-and Board-ready materials
  • Experience with strategic execution programs based on cross-functional collaboration at a leadership level
  • Experience leading or co-leading companywide long-range and annual planning

Basic Qualifications:

  • BS/BA degree or equivalent; MBA degree preferred 
  • 10+ years of relevant experience, ideally within large scale tech/software companies or advisory firms serving those companies.
  • Demonstrated experience with relevant parts of M&A processes
  • Experience with the strategic design and execution of performance management systems and/or balanced scorecards
  • Facility with balancing across the need to build consistency and reliability in our approaches and the need to question the right way of doing things
  • Experience leveraging a broad influencing toolkit to effect change across an organization
  • Experience leading teams of in an ambiguous and rapidly changing environment to stay focused on key outcomes
  • Experience acting as a trusted advisor to key leaders
  • Demonstrated leadership values and behavior consistent with our Core Principles and commitment to DEI
  • Demonstrated history leading high-performing teams

Why We Think You’ll Love Teradata

We prioritize a people-first culture because we know our people are at the very heart of our success. We embrace a flexible work model because we trust our people to make decisions about how, when, and where they work. We focus on well-being because we care about our people and their ability to thrive both personally and professionally. We are an anti-racist company because our dedication to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is more than a statement. It is a deep commitment to doing the work to foster an equitable environment that celebrates people for all of who they are.


Teradata invites all identities and backgrounds in the workplace. We work with deliberation and intent to ensure we are cultivating collaboration and inclusivity across our global organization. ​ We are proud to be an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. We do not discriminate based upon race, color, ancestry, religion, creed, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, or related conditions), national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, medical condition, genetic information, gender identity or expression, military and veteran status, or any other legally protected status.