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Cengage Learning Vice President, Cengage Global Business International Strategy and Business Development in Boston, Massachusetts


Do you dare to reinvent the future of education?

At Cengage, we are harnessing the power of tech to build a future where all learners have the tools and confidence to achieve their goals.

As a Cengage employee, you will blaze a new trail to transform the way people learn. Collaborating with the best of the best, you will feel challenged and inspired to do breakthrough work. With the support of our united team, there is no limit to what you can imagine, create and set in motion.

Are we right for you?

We set the bar higher by bringing our unique talents and point of view to the table every day. We are curious and comfortable with change and are willing to take risks to transform education. Most importantly, with everything we do, we put learning first.

What You'll Do Here:

The chosen candidate would be an experienced executive drawing on his/her multi-disciplinary experiences and extensive exposure to international operations. An autonomous self-starter, the role will require the candidate to acquire an in-depth knowledge and understanding of both the industry and the organization, specifically the long-term strategic objectives of all stakeholders, and working closely with the International executive management team, develop and implement the strategic plan - considering the unique attributes of the international markets. This position is a consultative role, part leader and part doer, and will suit a candidate with proven problem-solving skills.

This position will have the following broad responsibilities:

1. Strategy

  • Establish, or interpret and understand, key strategic priorities translating them into a comprehensive and communicable strategic plan

  • Translate strategic plans into discrete actionable and quantifiable plans

  • Mobilize and manage teams of contributors – often global - charged with executing plan

  • Monitor and ‘course-correct’ the execution of individual strategic plans

  • Engage with and be responsive to corporate strategy office requirements including, but not limited to, BOD presentation requirements, strategic plan discussions and presentations, etc.

  • Partner with International executive team to develop strategies to implement digital business transformation

2. Business Development

  • Respond to deteriorating performance trends by performing root cause analysis, determining remedial plan(s) and driving to completion any tactical corrective actions

  • Proactively identify business development opportunities aligned to strategic objectives, e.g., M&A, new product development or existing product enhancements, value chain extension, etc. and develop proposals for approval, implementation and execution to completion

  • Engage with and be responsive to corporate business development initiatives, including due diligence activities, contingency planning, scenario analyses, etc.

3. Operations

  • As a key interface between stakeholders and with a limited core international infrastructure, it will be necessary to analyze, problem solve and drive to resolution numerous operational issues from ‘Go-To-Market’ challenges in region to process and system impediments

  • Engage with and be responsive to corporate and regional business demands and requirements

4. Special Projects

  • Lead and/or facilitate special projects on an ad-hoc basis reporting directly to the EVP, President of International and engaging with contributors, subject matter experts and stakeholders both internal and external – around the world

Skills You Will Need Here:

Basic (Required)

  • 5-10+ years relevant experience

  • Management of, or direct exposure to, international operations

  • Good communication and presentation skills

  • Independent, but with ability to work in a virtual (dispersed) team environment

  • Business transformation experience, ideally in digital content

  • Ability to operate effectively and efficiently under time pressures and deadlines


  • Management Consulting experience strongly preferred

  • Software, Information Services and/or Publishing industry experience

  • MBA

Requisition ID 2018-5276

Job Function Strategy - Planning

Cengage is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to attracting and retaining a talented and diverse workforce. All qualified applicants receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age or protected veteran status.

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