Strategic Innovation Career Paths
Choose Your Specialty
In short, the Strategic Innovation Academy prepares you to work across multiple disciplines within a company. Two specialty tracks are offered in the SI Career Academy: Strategic Management and Innovation and Supply Chain and Analytics.
As part of the Strategic Innovation Career Academy, you'll delve into the career paths available for both of these tracks and the specific skills needed for the positions that interest you.
Innovation is central to the success of every aspect of business. SMI roles vary greatly across multiple functional areas, but the main focus is on how companies re-create their businesses by incorporating innovation to meet changing strategic and operational needs. You can find a career in Strategic Management of Innovation that utilizes various levels of skills within these areas.
- Business Analysts focus on investigating the overall performance of the business. This cross-discipline analysis may include examination of revenue and the market, costs and expenses, and profitability. The domain covered may be a division, a company, or an overall corporation.
- Leadership Development Programs involve a set of job assignments over a 2- to 3-year period in which you'll be charged with a variety of assignments in different departments or functional areas. You might spend one six-month assignment in operations, followed by six months in marketing, and a stint in finance.
- Strategic Analysts are involved with the development and rollout of strategy and strategic initiatives. They'll also be heavily involved with the economic and market analysis that supports these initiatives before, during, and after they're launched.
- Business Process/Operations Analysts lead improvement efforts for various processes that result in measureable improvements in cost, quality, service, and revenue. These roles provide you with the influence to consult with and provide your expertise on performance improvement issues, while ensuring all the improvements are in line with the business' objectives and what the customer wants.
- Leadership Development Programs depend on process expertise to drive business transformation, ensuring that improving performance balances the short-term pressures and long-term strategy. You'll provide input and influence into the business' strategy as it relates to process performance and customer loyalty, and help to advance process thinking with company leaders. Effectively managing change is a critical part of LDP roles.
Job titles with Six Sigma and Lean right in the title—like Process Pro or Six Sigma Black Belt—are not unusual, though you'll probably pick up these skills first in a position like those listed above.