Vice President - Strategy & Innovation Center
Northwest Farm Credit Services - Spokane, WA

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Position Information:

The Vice President-Strategy & Innovation Center assists the Chief Strategy/Information Officer in providing leadership and direction to assigned staff; directing and managing the division’s project portfolio; the strategy and business planning process; execution of the business plan; developing and maintaining strategic alliances and relationships; process innovation and improvement; and product and program development.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

1. Management and Leadership: Manages and supervises Northwest FCS’ Strategy & Innovation Center through effective delegation and utilization of team members; administers human resource programs by clearly communicating policies and procedures and ensuring staff adherence, establishing standards of performance, performing performance appraisals and making employment decisions.

2. Strategy and Business Planning Process: Assists CEO, CSO/CIO and the Board’s Strategy Committee in organizing, planning and coordinating Northwest FCS’ annual strategy and business planning process. Prepares necessary project plans, performs necessary follow-ups with business unit leaders, budgeting process, meeting arrangements and other special projects as needed. Responsible to ensure a high quality, professional business plan is published.

3. Strategy and Business Plan Execution: Responsible to assist CSO/CIO with planning and directing execution of Northwest FCS’ business plan and ensuring organizational alignment. Responsible to implement management controls and reporting that enable the board and executive leadership to monitor and learn from strategic execution process. Assists CEO and CSO/CIO to ensure vision, strategy and business plan are communicated effectively across the organization and ongoing reporting of Northwest FCS progress towards objectives and goals.

4. Projects and Process Improvement: Provides leadership as a key decision maker in the areas of projects and process improvement. Responsible to develop and manage the organization's Process Improvement Plan and lead the Process Improvement Steering Committee. Responsible to facilitate evolutionary organizational change to reduce complexity and costs, turn-times and streamline operations while also providing better quality, increase employee and customer engagement.

5. Relationship Management: Develops and maintains strong internal relationships across the organization with key thought leaders to ensure alignment and collaboration around key organizational initiatives. Assists the CSO/CIO in managing relationships with strategic alliance partners to identify opportunities for increased efficiencies, revenue generation and improved resource productivity.

6. Product & Program Development: Manages and coordinates efforts focused on managing innovation within the organization, ensuring an “idea” channel is fostered and innovation is advanced as an integral part of Northwest FCS culture. Ensures that research and experimentation occur and ideas are advanced through a pipeline following a well-defined process including a business case analysis process by which new vendor relationships and new or existing products and programs are evaluated before and after implementation. Represents and communicates the values, purpose and mission of the association to employees, customers, alliance partners, public and other target audiences.


Education: Bachelor’s degree in business or ag-related field preferred; other degrees will be considered, as will relevant work experience in lieu of. Master’s degree preferred.

Experience: At least five years’ progressive experience in finance, accounting, and banking positions, (or the ability to make a convincing case as to why other experience is relevant), including at least five years’ management experience with increasingly difficult assignments in complex financial and administrative areas. Broad understanding of NWFCS operations and technology systems knowledge is desired. Agricultural background preferred.

Critical Attributes: Strong organizational, planning, verbal and written communication, facilitation, and relationship building skills.

Experience and Knowledge That Will Be Considered a "Plus":

Experience working with boards and senior management in strategy and business planning is necessary and understanding of technology and operations desired.

Knowledge of Northwest FCS strategies, goals and direction.

Knowledge of risk management and capital management strategies.

Knowledge of association policies and procedures, loan programs and financially related services.

Knowledge of financial management concepts and methods of analysis

Northwest FCS is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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Northwest Farm Credit Services is a customer-owned financial services cooperative that serves only fisheries, agriculture and...