Head of Strategic Planning & Performance

Open Colleges

The Head of Strategic Planning & Performance is responsible for all planning and the strategic forecasting across Open Colleges.

  • Immediate start
  • New division - Open to all states
  • New role to make your own
Open Colleges has been helping Australians realise their potential for over 125 years, and we are now one of Australia's leaders in online education. In the last decade alone, we have helped over 450,000 students gain the skills to launch, change or take the next step in their careers. We are proud to be part of Vanta Education Group, one of the world’s leading education companies.

Today, we deliver a diverse portfolio of accredited and unaccredited courses across health care, community services, business and management, finance and accounting, technology and design. We focus on meeting the needs of adult learners by providing high-quality learning experiences that are flexible, accessible, and affordable. The student is at the centre of everything we do at Open Colleges.

Open Colleges has recently refocused its strategic plan and goals, creating a new position to provide key thought leadership, analysis, recommendations and direction for our products and services. With great excitement and enthusiasm, we invite experienced and talented strategic thinkers and operatives to consider this opportunity.

The Position

The Head of Strategic Planning & Performance is responsible for all planning and the strategic forecasting across Open Colleges. Developing a clear roadmap for the Executive Leadership team, you will deliver clear and concise communications with a commercialised focus for both internal and external business partners. 
You will be responsible for creating and maintaining forecasting models for the Open Colleges Services and VET Provider businesses, incorporating business intelligence and forecast information gathered from sales, marketing, finance, analysts, partners and other external reliable sources.
Working closely with the Executive Leadership Team, the Head of Strategic Planning & Performance is the integration point of demand (student, industry and partners) and commercial organisation to deliver on successful solutions. Within the team you will be responsible to drive all outcomes and strategic planning from your team whilst identifying any potential opportunities to expand business opportunities and partnerships.
Along with supporting a growing team and building a new division, you will be supported to succeed and bring your voice encouraging change and shaping the strategy of Open Colleges. Success will flow through your ability to achieve commercialisation of products and services in a digital business context.
This exciting role presents a fantastic opportunity for a talented and experienced strategic operative to apply their signature to the next chapter of growth and evolution for products and services of one of Australia’s largest and most experienced tertiary education businesses.

Key Responsibilities
  • Establish, maintain and apply a comprehensive suite of information sources to inform Open Colleges on market conditions, competitors, risks, trends, products, services, and opportunities
  • Regularly analyse a wide range of variables and prepare recommendations on strategic management of products and services across Open Colleges
  • Produce, update and communicate strategic plans for products and services across Open Colleges
  • Identify opportunities and drive changes to improve implementation and evaluation of strategic and business planning processes
  • Monitor trends, performance and progress against the strategic product and services plans and evaluate to ensure delivery against our Annual Operating Plan
  • Host and facilitate regular strategy sessions and communicate the purpose, value, and output of strategic planning in the context of Open Colleges
  • Provide frank and fearless strategic advice across Open Colleges, underpinned by robust, thorough and comprehensive rationale and evidence
  • Utilise automation and technology solutions to maximise efficiency and efficacy of information and knowledge management
  • Establish, maintain and continuously improve criteria and frameworks for performance analysis of products, services, and functions
  • Work collaboratively and cross-functionally with stakeholders at multiple levels of Open Colleges, fostering positive and productive relationships
  • Build and validate business cases for product and service investments as well as partnership proposals
  • Conduct research into political, legislative, economic, social, technological, business and industry trends and analyse and interpret strategic trends to identify likely impacts on products, services and partnerships and inform the executive decision making and strategic planning processes
  • Support, review and provide regular status updates on profitability of products and services including partnerships
  • Develop accurate and consistent product and service roadmaps with the help of relevant departments
  • Assess risks involved with new partnerships, existing and new products and services, ensuring commercial goals and implementation deadlines are met
  • Analyse and apply information in development of strategies for individual market and industry segments
  • Monitor business climate, trends in technology and development, and government activity in areas related to Open Colleges current and anticipated product and services
  • Lead trials concerning new business initiatives, pilot programs, and regional rollouts; based on results recommend, and implement adjustments and modifications
  • Serve as negotiator with partners for potential new partnerships
The Person

To be successful in this role, you will enjoy working in a fast paced, deadline driven environment, where you may be working in both highly structured and unstructured activities. You are energetic and enthusiastic and have endless curiosity, and a natural desire to explore opportunities. You have the drive to pursue goals and objectives, along with the resilience and adaptability to overcome obstacles and challenges.
Your advanced analytical skills and proven background in information gathering, collation and synthesis will ensure you can hit the ground running and confidently engage and negotiate with key stakeholders. You have strong and highly developed critical and commercial assessment capabilities, and you are not afraid to provide frank and fearless evidence-based advice.
You have exceptional communication and presentation skills, and you are comfortable engaging with a diverse range of individuals. Your humility and emotional intelligence will see you succeed in building strong internal and external relationships and bringing others on board for the journey.
Your Qualifications & Experience
  • A Bachelor’s (minimum) or post-graduate (preferred) qualification in business, finance, commerce or a related field
  • Minimum 10 years’ experience in comprehensive analysis of markets, products and services particularly in the sectors of adult education (higher education, VET, corporate training), labour markets, and technology
  • Development and execution of strategic plans for products and services in dynamic markets, especially tertiary / adult education and technology
  • Leadership and direct management of multi-disciplinary teams in remote working arrangements
  • Cross-functional collaboration and internal consultancy with operational, support, compliance and technology disciplines to achieve organisational and divisional goals
  • Planning, executing and evaluating change management and/or transformation projects or programs in medium to large size organisations
Please note that only applicants with full Australian working rights will be considered. 

Moreover, please be aware that it is a requirement of this position that extensive background checks are conducted. The background check process includes reference checks and validation of employment; proof of qualifications; proof of rights to work in Australia; and for specific roles, Working with Children Checks or Police and ID checks.

We look forward to receiving your application!