Business Strategy Director

The Voleon Group, Berkeley

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Duration: Full-Time

Voleon is a technology company that applies state-of-the-art machine learning techniques to real-world problems in finance. For more than a decade, we have led our industry and worked at the frontier of applying machine learning to investment management. We have become a multibillion dollar asset manager, and we have ambitious goals for the future.
Your colleagues will include internationally recognized experts in machine learning research as well as highly experienced technology and finance professionals. The people who shape our company come from other backgrounds, too, including concert music performance, humanitarian aid, opera singing, sports writing, and BMX racing. You will be part of a team that loves to succeed together.
In addition to our enriching and collegial working environment, we offer highly competitive compensation and benefits packages, technology talks by our experts, a beautiful modern office, daily catered lunches, and more.
As a Business Strategy Director, you will report directly to the COO. You will carry out strategic and operational projects, many of which come from the CEO or the COO. As part of these projects, you will collaborate with a talented, accomplished, and experienced group of colleagues from a variety of functions. You will be a part of our small, tight-knit Business Strategy Team. The focus of your work will be on investment management, technology, and organizational management. Your efforts will help shape the future of our organization. This role is a means to make a difference: you will engage in some of our highest-priority strategic and operational efforts, and you will convert ideas into tangible results.


  • Work with the CEO, COO, and peers on the Business Strategy Team to assess strategic and operational ideas, to prioritize them, and ultimately to bring them to life.
  • Coordinate and collaborate extensively with senior executives.
  • Conduct extensive research and develop expertise in a wide range of mission-critical areas.
  • Share findings with colleagues and build institutional knowledge
  • Proactively structure projects, plan execution, and see projects through to completion.
  • Communicate clearly about projects and ensure transparency
  • Act as a negotiator in dealings with external parties
  • Work extensively with colleagues throughout the organization, and foster clear communication and collaboration
  • Generate, consider, and incorporate different perspectives, particularly those which are creative
  • Execute projects in a thoughtful and timely manner, with an eye toward generating exceptional results
  • Identify ways to set goals and to measure the results of strategic and operational work
  • Institute learning mechanisms and feedback systems for projects


  • At least five years of experience in strategy-related roles
  • A track record of excellence in structuring ideas, translating them into projects, seeing those projects through to completion, and measuring outcomes
  • Experience working closely with executive management and creating executive-level communications
  • Experience (and success) in negotiating is a plus
  • Eagerness to work with diverse teams
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Authorization to work in the United States
“Friends of Voleon” Candidate Referral Program
If you have a great candidate in mind for this role and would like to have the potential to earn $7,500 if your referred candidate is successfully hired and employed by The Voleon Group, please use this form to submit your referral. For more details regarding eligibility, terms and conditions please make sure to review the Voleon Referral Bonus Program.
Equal Opportunity Employer
The Voleon Group is an Equal Opportunity employer. Applicants are considered without regard to race, color, religion, creed, national origin, age, sex, gender, marital status, sexual orientation and identity, genetic information, veteran status, citizenship, or any other factors prohibited by local, state, or federal law.

About The Voleon Group

Co-founded in 2007 by two leading scientists, The Voleon Group combines an academic approach to research with an emphasis on scalability and risk management to deliver cutting-edge technology at the forefront of the finance industry. Many of our leaders and employees hold doctorates in statistics, computer science, and mathematics, among other quantitative disciplines. We are committed to exemplary performance in all aspects of our research and operations, while maintaining a culture of intellectual curiosity and flexibility. Voleon’s CEO holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford and previously founded and led a successful technology startup. Our Chief Investment Officer/Director of Research is a Statistics faculty member at UC Berkeley, where he earned his Ph.D.

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