Job Description of a Corporate Strategy Advisor
by KJ Henderson
The corporate strategy advisor is a jack of all trades, and his main responsibility is to effectively communicate the businesses strategic objectives with senior management to drive the business forward. On any given day, the corporate strategy advisor will have meetings with finance teams to get a take on how the businesses cash flow is doing and figure out what expenses need to be cut. He may also meet with the communications manager to discuss the current business strategy and what elements of that plan should be shared with employees to make them more efficient in their daily work activities. The corporate strategy advisor will also meet regularly with the CEO to update her on how the business is performing and offer suggestions he believes will make the company stronger.
A corporate strategy advisor is a position that comes highly regarded in the world of business. The "Harvard Business Review" says that the role is usually filled by an executive who has had many years
of experience dealing with a variety of business responsibilities and management roles. Often times, the corporate strategy advisor has had a long history with the chief executive and is a most trusted employee.
The corporate strategy advisor must have a long record of success in developing business plans and procedures with a positive outcome. He should be an innovator and know the ins and outs of various financial structures, outsourcing opportunities, public communications and competitive intelligence. The successful candidate will have outstanding written and oral communication skills and be able to lead large teams of managers while inspiring and influencing a diverse workforce. A corporate strategy advisor must typically have a bachelor’s or master’s degree in business or finance and have between five and 10 years of experience in business management.
Although the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics does not break out the median wage of corporate strategy advisors specifically, this position is held by a top executive. The agency reported in 2010 that top executives earned an average annual income of $101,250.