Associate Principal of Corporate Strategy

Job Locations US-IL-Effingham | US-MO-Creve Coeur | US-IN-Indianapolis | US-IL-Effingham | US-IL-Champaign
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Strategic Initiatives


Heartland Dental & Leadership in Dentistry


With more than 1,000 dental offices supported across 37 states, over 10,000 team members and over 1,600 supported doctors in our support, Heartland Dental has a proven track record of growth and success. We’re looking for professional individuals who are open, positive and mentally flexible to join our network of support.


Early 2018, KKR became Heartland Dental’s new lead investor, With Ontario Teacher’s Pension Plan (OTTP) remaining a minority investor.  KKR’s resources and partnership have opened up many new opportunities to further advance the company’s growth.  Growth is derived by increases in same store sales, new store development and new affiliations. Heartland Dental team is committed to advancing the field of dentistry through quality work. We seek hard workers who demonstrate the same passion for this rewarding field.


Leadership development is the cornerstone of our company’s culture. For the last decade, Heartland Dental has partnered with the Bell Leadership Institute. Bell Leadership principles permeate our company. “This partnership provides a means to discover how to truly become all-around leaders in every facet of life. For supported dentists and team members, it means more unity, improved communication and an overall sense of effectiveness to propel them to reach their goals together,” explained Patrick Bauer, President and Chief Executive Officer at Heartland Dental.


Position Description

Heartland Dental is seeking an Associate Principal of Corporate Strategy to drive strategy development, lead strategic projects, manage project teams, coach junior colleagues, and take responsibility for initiatives Heartland is embarking on given its significant growth trajectory amid the structural shift in the US dental industry.


You will work within the Strategic Initiatives Department, reporting to the Sr. Director of Strategic Initiatives. The team follows a hypothesis-driven, fact-based approach to solve critical and high impact business problems.


This is a very exciting opportunity to join the industry leader in dental and help define a business model that is being applied to several industries. The Associate Principal of Corporate Strategy works closely with leaders and key internal stakeholders to drive key strategic initiatives and programs critical for the success of the company.


You will focus on framing strategic options, sizing and developing action plans to realize value.  You will make an important contribution to the analysis, design, and implementation of business performance approaches, developing solutions and working closely with other Heartland departments/functions to ensure positive impact and sustainable results. You will build on your proven leadership skills and leverage your interest in inspiring others, building strong relationships with senior leadership team, and creating a true partnership across the company.


Below is an overview of the duties and responsibilities you would take on in this role:

  • Project & Team Leadership
    • Lead strategic project problem solving efforts by helping teams to identify and define key issues, develop hypotheses, and design required analyses.
    • Work with team to align goals and develop plans to test / evaluate strategies and insights which could span process improvement, organizational change, and functional strategy efforts
    • Build initiative plans, timelines, and milestones, manages work plans, and leads and supports working team through implementation and measurement.
  • Problem Solving and Strategy Development
    • Identify and analyze business gaps and opportunities, structures complex problems, synthesizes insights, develops innovative business strategies, and makes fact-based and data-driven recommendations.
    • Develop strategic fact-based and data-driven analysis to highlight business and industry trends, financial analysis, business practices, and macro issues with potential to address our enterprise-wide priorities.
    • Scope problems, identify major issues and actionable opportunities, design solutions, and quantify potential bottom-line business and financial impact
  • Presentation & Communication
    • Develop executive and board-level presentations to report program progress and facilitate alignment.
    • Create structured presentations illustrating key business issues, new insights and recommendations and communicates to key sponsors and cross-functional teams. Tailor communications based on the intended audience and purpose.
    • Communications are effective in achieving the intended goal. Facilitates meetings and working sessions with mid- to senior-level leadership.
  • Execution & Implementation
    • Lead the implementation of new strategy and initiatives through strong partnerships with internal stakeholders and cross-functional teams
    • Lead the day to day execution of strategic projects while guiding and developing individual team members.  
    • Test and pilot ideas, develop tracking templates and process to ensure results delivery
  • Client Relations & Team Building
    • Advise and influence senior leaders and business executives on key business decisions and major change initiatives
    • Develop deep trust-based advisor relationships with key client stakeholders and ensure client is satisfied throughout engagement
    • Develop junior team members both formally and informally, including serving as a mentor


Minimum Requirements:

  • Master’s degree
  • 3+ years of management consulting experience with a top-tier consulting firm or an internal consulting/corporate strategy team in leading companies
  • Exceptional analytical and quantitative problem-solving skills
  • Structured thinking and can quickly derive relevant, meaningful insights from qualitative and quantitative data
  • Ability to effectively communicate direction, vision, and complex ideas effectively
  • Ability to work effectively with people at all levels in an organization
  • Proven track record of successfully collaborating with and influencing senior leadership and peers to drive growth and financial results.


Desirable Qualifications

  • MBA preferred
  • Healthcare industry experience is preferred, but not mandatory
  • Demonstrated experience in managing multiple, complex projects with proven track record
  • Strong client management and executive-level communication skills, both oral and written in order to effectively interact with internal clients, business partners and senior leaders
  • Demonstrated leadership ability in a team environment; Professional and productive leadership skills – strong leadership, led by example.


With this position comes a competitive compensation package including salary and bonus potential.


We put our people first at Heartland Dental, and that shows in our generous benefits package.


Company retains the sole discretion to change the duties of the position at any time. 


We provide all employees and applicants for employment the protections of federal, state, and local laws affording equal opportunity in employment


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