Strategist

Strategy · Portland, Oregon
Department Strategy
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Experienced
Compensation $60,000-79,000

In this role, you’ll work as part of a team to develop and implement business strategies. Working closely with your colleagues and clients, you’ll uncover meaningful opportunities and help our business-owner clients make ideals a reality.

 

This Strategist’s day-to-day is a world of diversity: you might facilitate a strategic planning session to determine how to position a company, then write content for a brochure to spark cross-selling opportunities, or concept a process graphic with one of our designers. Long story short: we look for team-players who love to do the work as much as they enjoy seeing the success of their colleagues.

 

Kinesis started almost 20 years ago in marketing, and many of our tools are rooted in that field. For example, we still create badass brand identities, and we value empathy as a source of insight. Over the past decade, our work has evolved to encompass all areas of business and the connections between them. In that context, an understanding of marketing and brand strategy will be very useful in your role. If your expertise is in an adjacent field, that’s great - as long as you are excited to dig in and learn more.

 

To help you get a sense of whether this opportunity is a good fit for you, we have compiled the questions below:

 

  • Does the chance to work with small businesses who genuinely care about their people inspire you?
  • Do you enjoy the pace and flexibility that supporting multiple clients offers?
  • Can you effectively build and implement plans within real-world budgets?
  • Do you find joy in getting work done that supports your team and delights your clients?
  • Do you manage your own time and energy well so you can follow through on commitments to others?
  • Are you comfortable with ambiguity and a highly iterative way of working?
  • Do you value an open, transparent environment where people trust each other?
  • Do you want a mix of independent work and intensive collaboration?
  • Can you write clearly and effectively across different formats, from emails to long-form website copy?
  • Are you looking for a team that values each other not just as contributors but as people?

 

If you answered “yes,” to these questions, we’d love to learn more about you and see if Kinesis could be a home for you.

 

 

Our Clients

 

We work with small businesses (between $3 and $50 million in revenue) in the B2B space, ranging from data analytics to contract manufacturing. You can meet some of them at kinesis.team/about/client-stories.

 

What they have in common: they are energized by a bold vision for the future, and they care about their employees, customers, and communities. We often remark to each other how much we learn from them, and how excited we are to partner with them in their strategic endeavors. And we want to keep that going – which is why we are very selective about whom we welcome on board as a client. 

 

Minimum Qualifications

 

We’ve found the below qualifications will give you a solid foundation for the Strategist role:

 

  • A minimum of 4 years’ experience (preferably working in the B2B space) in a relevant field: business strategy, marketing, culture, operations, or product. If most of your experience is in a field other than marketing, you’ll need to have a basic understanding of marketing and brand strategy and enthusiasm for learning more.
  • Experience consulting multiple internal and/or external clients at a time
  • Experience working directly with business leaders, entrepreneurs, and/or an executive team.


Additionally, we value the following capabilities and skills:

 

Strategy & Execution

 

  • Translate strategic objectives and approaches into project execution
  • Conduct research and analysis
  • Develop frameworks, tools, and campaigns for clients
  • Write and edit content across formats, from internal communications to website copy
  • Work with design team to produce deliverables with graphic elements, such as print assets, sales presentations, process visualizations, complete websites, or branded environments.
  • Plan and support client events

 

Client Consulting

 

  • Develop deep understanding of clients’ business
  • Facilitate project explorations
  • Lead strategic planning sessions
  • Uncover and communicate insights and opportunities for the client
  • Define strategic approaches
  • Present project deliverables to clients
  • Continually nurture and energize the client relationship


Project Management

 

  • Guide projects from kickoff to completion
  • Think on behalf of both the client and the team; ensure everyone has what they need to fully participate
  • Take responsibility for proactively moving projects forward
  • Develop scopes of work, budgets and timelines together with lead strategist
  • Manage project budgets and strike the right balance between efficiency and depth

 

Process Improvement

 

  • Share your expertise with the team
  • Question the status quo and look for ways we can level up our tools and processes
  • Stay open to changes and experiments

 

Compensation

 

Within each role, we strive to pay everyone with similar experience and tenure the same salary.

 

We have a rigorous hiring process, so we know everyone on our team is ready to show up giving their best to the team and the company every day. Of course, that looks different for different people – but essentially, we believe everyone is adding value to similar degrees. We do have conversations about how we each contribute and how we might level up, but those don’t impact salary. 

 

Our salary ranges are based on Portland market surveys, and we make them transparent to the team. We don’t engage in individual salary negotiations, because we believe in paying people well for their work and in fair compensation across the entire team. For this position, the salary range is $60,000 - $79,000 based on experience and tenure at Kinesis.

 

Benefits

 

For the size of our company, we offer a generous benefits package. It’s designed to support our team not just as workers, but as human beings with all kinds of needs and interests. We encourage people to take their vacations and stick to a 40-hour work week when possible, so everyone can recharge their energy. As we grow, we are looking to expand our benefits package further. We currently offer:

  • Paid medical benefits and access to a pre-tax and employer co-funded Health Savings Account or Flexible Spending Account (HSA / FSA)
  • 401k with 4% employer match
  • 5 weeks of Paid Time Off after your first year (4 weeks your first year), plus 7 paid holidays
  • Flexible options to work from home
  • Employer-paid short-term disability coverage
  • Employer-paid life insurance
  • Access to ergonomic workstations and allowance for outfitting your home office
  • Continuing education opportunities and employer-paid learning events
  • Dedicated time for professional development + access to coaching and development software
  • Parent and childcare resources
  • Employer-paid volunteer time

 

To keep our team and families as safe as possible during the global pandemic, Kinesis has transitioned to an entirely distributed workforce. Because of this change to our working environment, the following benefits have been paused. We plan to re-evaluate these benefits as conditions change.

 

  • Carpool reimbursements, bike commute rewards, and pre-tax transit reimbursement
  • Friday team lunches have been replaced with socially-distanced team happy hours

 

Final Thoughts...

 

Working at Kinesis is more than a job. It’s an opportunity to grow with a team that truly cares about one another. We are continuously reinventing how we work and strive to create an environment centered around people. Our policies and procedures are as simple as possible and as complex as necessary. If you are looking for a place with pre-determined molds and KPIs measuring individual success, this is not it. We find the people who love working here are self-managed, open to ambiguity, ready to show up with authenticity, and driven to figure things out as a team. Resilience, resourcefulness, and a growth mindset serve Kinesians well.  Everyone here is highly engaged, with the work as well as with each other. We expect nothing less. If this all sounds like a place where you’d thrive, we are excited to hear from you. Good luck!

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  • Location
    Portland, Oregon
  • Department
    Strategy
  • Employment Type
    Full-Time
  • Minimum Experience
    Experienced
  • Compensation
    $60,000-79,000