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Manager, Strategy & Innovation

Company: American International Group
Location: Houston
Posted on: June 12, 2021

Job Description:

Who we are

American International Group, Inc. (AIG) is a leading global insurance organization. Building on 100 years of experience, today AIG member companies provide a wide range of property casualty insurance, life insurance, retirement solutions, and other financial services to customers in more than 80 countries and jurisdictions. These diverse offerings include products and services that help businesses and individuals protect their assets, manage risks and provide for retirement security.

Get to know the business

We do meaningful work every day, leveraging AIG's vast array of financial tools to make a difference in people's lives. From helping people cope with a severe illness or the loss of a loved one, to turning lifelong dreams such as weddings and college graduations into reality. We help our clients weather the ups and downs of life, ensuring they have a financial cushion that lessens the blow of an unexpected event. We're also there for the triumphs, helping our clients achieve important milestones.

About the role

The Manager of Strategy & Innovation is a professional that will be responsible for assisting the Strategy & Innovation team in developing, communicating, executing, measuring, and sustaining the strategic vision and strategic plans for AIG's Life insurance business. Manager of Strategy & Innovation will also assist in ongoing strategy reviews with a goal of positioning AIG Life as the premier provider of protection solutions. Strategy & Innovation group's mandate includes a focus on leveraging data and analytics and development of a structured approach to the InsurTech marketplace. Additionally, Strategy & Innovation group will be involved in forming growth plans for AIG's Life Insurance product and business portfolio through organic and inorganic means. Initial areas of focus, among others, will include enhancing AIG Life capabilities in the direct life insurance market and exploring expansion into less interest rate sensitive product lines and markets. Manager of Strategy & Innovation will report directly to the Head of Strategy & Innovation for Life US, who is an executive directly reporting to the Head of AIG Life US and is a standing member of the Life Leadership Team.

We want to hear from you today if you can:


  • Support continued development of a rolling strategic vision for the AIG Life business and ensure development of business unit and functional strategies within the AIG Life portfolio in collaboration with business and functional leadership
  • Play a role of assisting Strategy & Innovation team in required analytics and modelling for development of the strategic vision and plans
  • Liaise with various members of AIG Life, Life & Retirement (L&R) and AIG organization to collect necessary data, information and research required to develop the strategic vision and plans
  • Participate in developing structured approach to innovation / InsurTech marketplace, inclusive of setting up appropriate framework for innovation pilots and incubation efforts


  • Assist the Strategy & Innovation team and AIG Life management in developing materials that communicate strategic vision and plans in discussions with L&R and AIG's executive management team, AIG Board of Directors as well as any external stakeholders
  • Coordinate and assist in creation of the right level of communication (verbal, written, presentation, etc.) across all functions of AIG Life


  • Assist the Head of Strategy & Innovation, Head of Life, Life business and functional leaders in successfully executing strategic plans
  • Develop an institutionalized system to identify and track industry trends and market movements; through this process create a "bench" of potential ideas for execution
  • Identify and lead strategic and continuous improvement opportunities across the Life business
  • Help in mobilizing and managing teams of internal and external individuals charged with review and execution of strategy and innovation plans


  • Work with AIG Life Finance and leadership team to enable continuous review of the business composition and performance from multiple perspectives through analyzing and tracking multi-year portfolio and business unit-level financial and other business metrics
  • Help the team coordinate with appropriate corporate functions, such as finance, controllers and ERM to ensure alignment with AIG's financial goals and company-wide internal and external metrics
  • Work closely with Finance, Operations, Data & Analytics groups of AIG Life business to build out efficient approaches to presentation and tracking of key business KPIs


  • Help Strategy & Innovation team and AIG Life executives build out a principles-based process to be flexible in order to react to rapid changes resulting from globalization, regulatory matters, competitive and innovative pressures and opportunities
  • Assist in establishing a simple and repeatable process to update strategic vision and plans for AIG Life portfolio, as well as tracking of progress related to increasing use of innovative approaches and technology in the business

What we are looking for

  • The candidate should have a very strong quantitative background. A high-level of integrity and trust is essential for this role.
  • 3+ years of business experience; ideally at a top-tier investment banking or strategy consulting firm or a Strategy department of a publicly traded and global insurance firm
  • Comprehensive awareness of the Life insurance business, insurance in general as well as adjacent businesses within the context of competitive position and global regulatory environment. Life & Retirement industry experience highly preferred
  • Strong presentation development skills and ability to develop clear and concise analysis and recommendations to senior management
  • Very strong research and analytical skills required for business intelligence, product and distribution analysis, and strategic and performance improvement projects
  • Action Oriented - enjoys working hard and looks for challenges; able to act and react as necessary, even if limited information is available; not afraid to take charge of a situation
  • Bachelor's degree required; MBA preferred

What our employees like most about working for AIG

  • We care about your professional development. Our career progression program will provide you with the opportunity to develop your skills, strengthen your productivity and be eligible to progressively advance to positions with an increased responsibility and increased compensation.
  • Our "Giving Back" policy is at the core of our daily operations and guides our future progress. Don't believe us? We put our money where our mouth is! AIG, will give you up to 16 hours a year paid time off to volunteer in the community.
  • Our people are our most important asset therefore we provide a generous benefits plan and competitive pay. Benefit package includes:
  • Paid Time Off (AIG recognizes the importance of work life balance). We offer 24 PTO days to start. YES, 24! 9 paid holidays per calendar year.
  • A 401(k) Retirement Plan which will be HARD TO BEAT. Our 401K - $1 for $1 match up to 6% with immediate vesting, plus AIG automatically contributes an additional 3% in to your 401K regardless of if you enroll or not.

It has been and will continue to be the policy of American International Group, Inc., its subsidiaries and affiliates to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We provide equal opportunity to all qualified individuals regardless of race, color, religion, age, gender, gender expression, national origin, veteran status, disability or any other legally protected categories.

At AIG, we believe that diversity and inclusion are critical to our future and our mission - creating a foundation for a creative workplace that leads to innovation, growth, and profitability. Through a wide variety of programs and initiatives, we invest in each employee, seeking to ensure that our people are not only respected as individuals, but also truly valued for their unique perspectives.

To learn more please visit: https://www.aig.com/about-us/diversity-equity-and-inclusion

AIG is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodations to job applicants and employees with physical or mental disabilities. If you believe you need a reasonable accommodation in order to search for a job opening or to complete any part of the application or hiring process, please send an email to candidatecare@aig.com. Reasonable accommodations will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

Functional Area:

PA - Planning & Acquisitions

Estimated Travel Percentage (%): Up to 25%

Relocation Provided: No

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