Manager, Strategy & Business Development

Date: Sep 26, 2021

Location: Benton Harbor, MI, US, 49022-2692 Springfield, IL, US, 62701

Company: Whirlpool Corporation

Requisition ID: 43436

Whirlpool Corporation (NYSE: WHR) is the world’s leading kitchen and laundry appliance company, with approximately $19 billion in annual sales, 78,000 employees and 57 manufacturing and technology research centers in 2020. The company markets Whirlpool, KitchenAid, Maytag, Consul, Brastemp, Amana, Bauknecht, JennAir, Indesit and other major brand names in nearly every country throughout the world. 

Whirlpool Corporation is consistently recognized by FORTUNE as one of the World’s Most Admired Companies. Our values are the driving force behind everything we do. Integrity, Respect, Inclusion & Diversity, One Whirlpool, and Spirit of Winning propel our teams to excellence. Get to know us and see what it's like to be part of a company that is in constant pursuit of improving life at home.


The Corporate Strategy team is aligned with the C-suite at Whirlpool and drives initiatives in four major areas: Business Development/M&A, Strategic Initiatives, Competitive Intelligence, and Strategic Planning. 

Business Development and Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) – Responsible for the M&A strategy, as well as assessment and execution of specific acquisition, joint venture, alliance, and divestiture opportunities on a global basis. 

Strategic initiatives – Lead important strategic initiatives mandated by the Board of Directors or the Executive Committee on behalf of the enterprise. We also partner with business leaders to support the development of business strategies. Types of initiatives we drive include market entry strategy, growth strategy, and portfolio strategy. 

Competitive strategy & intelligence – Partner with the Executive Committee to shape the competitive strategy for the company and embed it into regional plans. Assess competitor activities and performance, including being accountable for ongoing competitive monitoring. 

Strategic planning – The team defines the strategic planning process for the enterprise, including long-range planning, strategic planning, and strategy reviews with the Board of Directors. 



  • Contribute with strategic input into potential mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, partnerships and divestitures to ensure maximum returns on invested capital and consistency with the overall business Analyze together with Sr. Manager, Director and SVP, the competitive landscape for potential deals Contribute to the entire M&A process from outreach to business case development, Board review, negotiation strategy and deal closing for acquisitions and divestitures 
  • Analyze key strategic growth opportunities for Whirlpool and work towards “cracking the case” 
  • Work closely with business leaders to identify key strategic questions, scope analysis, assign resources, manage execution and report findings Develop competitive strategies and establish a competitive intelligence-gathering network for the corporation 
  • Execute financial and quantitative analyses that will yield critical answers to the questions at hand Understand the required data sets to complete the analyses and procure them accordingly 
  • Manage the delivery of insightful zero-defect analysis 
  • Communicate effectively, both verbally and on paper, at the most senior levels of the organization 
  • Lead the development of major presentations for senior executives. Leverage PowerPoint to create impactful, concise, and defect-free slide loops Develop junior team members and streamline processes inherent of the Strategic Planning and Business Development team. Effectively manage the day-to day activities of cross-functional teams comprised of individuals across different brands, functional groups, and geographic regions. 



  • Masters of Business Administration
  • 2+ years of Business Analyst experience at a management consulting, investment banking or private equity firm 
  • 2+ years’ experience in project management, strategic communications or change management 



  • Recognize the accomplishments of the team before the individual 
  • Motivated and possess vision and enthusiasm 
  • Comfortable acting as an individual contributor and as a cross-functional team manager (Player/Coach) 
  • Understand how to deliver on short time frames and be committed to meeting deadlines 
  • Communicate in an open and honest way that quickly builds trust and respect 
  • Possess an entrepreneurial spirit 
  • Be comfortable making presentations 
  • Judgment, problem- solving and analytical skills, both quantitative and qualitative 
  • Communication and presentation skills, both written and verbal, including confidence and presence to engage effectively with senior executives Combination of out of the box thinking and ability to question the status quo and generally accepted beliefs 
  • Comfort with ambiguity and change 


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