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The Estee Lauder Companies Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, Transformation Office in New York, New York

Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, Transformation Office

Brand: Estée Lauder Companies


Position Summary:

From a position of strength, The Estée Lauder Companies, the leader in prestige beauty products, embarked on the Leading Beauty Forward program, chartered to fuel product innovation and enhance market agility. Key elements of this strategy include developing even greater organizational effectiveness, efficiency and the ability to scale. The Estee Lauder Companies is establishing a Global Transformation Office to carry the momentum from the Leading Beauty Forward program into the future, as ongoing transformation is required to continue to win in an increasingly volatile global marketplace. The Office will facilitate and steer all global major change programs impacting the longer term course of the Company. This includes the following:

-Leverage of big data and analytics for the improvement of the compan’s innovation and product launch processes

-Digital transformation of the Creative and Marketing dicispline

-Shifts needed to master the realities of an increasingly omnichannel world

-Transformation underway to secure our market leadership in Asia, especially China, for the long term

-Creation of an environment for accelerated brand and new business model incubation and acquisition/integration

-Efforts to secure leadership in Sustainability and Inclusion for years to come

The objective of this new office is to ensure our strategic initiatives are aligned to enable the execution of our corporate strategy initiatives and pivots, help drive speed and agility in decision making, identify areas to eliminate duplicative work, remove barriers to progress, and accelerate stronger integration across business units and functions. The Global Transformation Office will be responsible for driving the overall pace of change, assessing progress against clearly laid plans, and identifying interdependencies between programs and implications for our operating model.

The Vice President, Global Transformation Inititaives will:

  • Drive a portfolio of transformation initiatives as part of the Global Transformation Office

  • Support business-led change with clear scoping, connectivity and Project Management for the portfolio of top Enterprise priorities

  • Enable organizational capability in horizontal adaptation, change and transformation across the enterprise while continuing to run the business (maintain/improve the financial health, reputation and culture)

  • Enable action orientation, connectedness, speed and agility across the enterprise; support the translation of ideas into actions with accelerated delivery timeframes

  • Act as the “right hand” to Transformation Initiative Owners

  • Drive ideation and design through collaboration and co-creatiion

  • Oversee complex implementation

  • Connect the dots and resolves issues as they are discovered

  • Have the ability to navigate left-right (across topics) and up-down (strategy/details)

  • Lead through influence, often without direct authority, persuading through use of data and facts; demonstrate sufficient gravitas; inspire and motivate others

  • Manage executive communication and stakeholder engagement; engage comfortably with top executives

Key Roles & Responsibilities:

  • Drive specific portfolio of strategic transformational initiatives. Partner with initiative business leadership teams from scope, design through execution, implementation and impact stages.

  • Build on current Transformation Initiative team charter. Accelerate execution, connectivity and impact of initiatives. Work collaboratively with other team members both within and outside the Transformation Office to connect dots and integrate initiatives as needed.

  • Provide strategic thought leadership to translate strategic priorities into actionable game plans and ensure the right resources are in place, taking into account both capability and capacity; drive execution, ensure the right KPIs are in the place to support the measurement of impact.

  • Inculcate a “Heavy/Light/Heavy” project management approach that will build capability and accelerate agility. Function as a knowledge base and advisor to initiative teams.

  • Manage Transformation Initiative team(s).

  • Build and exhibit organizational capability in horizontal adaptation, change and transformation across the enterprise – consultative skills (asking the right questions, creating momentum with dialogue, driving towards deliverables and outcomes, project/portfolio management, organization design -- structure and process, change management progress and outcome measurement).

  • Identify and leverage Connector/Integrator roles across the Company (e.g., ELT Chiefs of Staff, Change Champions, Brand/Region/Function/Channel HRBPs) to accelerate initiative success and enable long-term change.

  • Identify additional opportunities/gaps in transformational initiatives and/or obstacles to be removed. Work with Transformation Office leadership on scoping/solutions to address opportunities and challenges.

High-Touch Leadership Competencies:

  • Thinks Strategically: Takes a broad view of the business, industry, and consumer environment to anticipate

and plan for the future. Identifies the focus and defines where to play, how to win and what capabilities and

management systems are required.

  • Aligns and Engages the Team in the Vision: Provides clarity to each team member on their role in achieving

the vision, strategy, and goals.

  • Develops Talent and Capabilities: Identifies and cultivates essential skills and attributes to maximize

individual contribution and engagement.

  • Builds Collaborative Relationships: Builds relationships based on trust and respect. Promotes the inclusion

of diverse knowledge, skills, and experiences to achieve results.

  • Demonstrates Learning Agility: Ability to anticipate change, face reality, draw conclusions, and swiftly

mobilize to adapt to changing needs and demands.

  • Drives Creativity and Innovation: Focuses on areas of highest potential. Creates newness or connects

knowledge in new ways to create the unexpected. Ensures that the creativity and innovation pipeline

are aligned to achieve strategy and goals.


Job Requirements & Qualifications:

  • Minimum Education level: Bachelor Degree or above

  • Minimum Years of Experience: 15

  • % Travel Time: 10%

  • Top-flight consulting and/or organizational effectiveness (OD/change/process) management experience in organizations and situations requiring a combination of strategic vision, and practical project management and execution skills

  • Strong intellectual capital paired with equally strong emotional intelligence and “servant leadership”

  • Demonstrated ability to manage large, complex change efforts and to drive results through influence, persuasion and relationships

  • Assesses quickly with a track record of getting up to speed and adding immediate value to new situations

  • Excpetional ablity to co-create and work collectively with various business leaders and other key stakeholders

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including the ability to organize, conceptually interpret and clearly communicate material developed collaboratively via the input of multiple parties; translate complexity into the actionable


Job: Strategy / Business Development

Primary Location: Americas-US-NY-New York

Job Type: Standard

Schedule: Full-time

Shift: 1st (Day) Shift

We are an equal opportunity employer. Minorities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Job Number: 190552

We are an equal opportunity employer. Minorities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. It is Company's policy not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, age, sex or gender (including pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions), gender identity or gender expression (including transgender status), sexual orientation, marital status, military service and veteran status, physical or mental disability, protected medical condition as defined by applicable state or local law, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local laws and ordinances. The Company will endeavor to provide a reasonable accommodation consistent with the law to otherwise qualified employees and prospective employees with a disability and to employees and prospective employees with needs related to their religious observance or practices. Should you wish to apply for this position or any other position with the Company and you believe you require assistance to complete an application or participate in an interview, please contact