ASMALLWORLD (ASW) is the leading private international lifestyle community. It combines the traditions of a country club with the power of a digital platform to connect people both online and more importantly, in real life. It is an essential meeting point for global citizens from all corners of the world, brought together by a shared passion for the good life.
ASW hosts more than 100 exclusive events around the world each month (intimate cocktails, gallery vernissages, gourmet suppers, extraordinary weekends, etc.). Members also enjoy over unique benefits from renowned lifestyle, travel, and fashion brands (including free hotel stays and upgrade, automatic airline loyalty status, etc.).
Our members meet at our events or while travelling. They exchange trusted advice online and discuss various interests in their discussions. Members connect through our website as well as through our app (available for iOS and Android).
VP of Strategy & Business Development
ASW seeks a full-time VP of Strategy & Business Development, based in Zurich, Switzerland (HQ).
The VP of Strategy & Business Development will drive high priority initiatives as part of a team that supports the Chief Executive Officer. This team member will support, and independently lead, projects across a variety of topics, in a high visibility role reporting directly to the CEO. For example, the teammate will be responsible for co-architecting member acquisition and country strategies for our current portfolio of countries and assessing new markets, verticals and targets for ASW’s global expansion.
The primary focus of the business development role is to develop ASW’s value proposition in the Russian-speaking markets across the CIS (e.g. Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan). The nature of the role is truly global in scope, including travel from Switzerland to the CIS and other countries. This is a strategy and business development role with a strong bias to action and accountability, not just thought leadership. The position interacts across multiple departments and geographies. The role will facilitate a deep understanding of the business with significant exposure to senior executives and is viewed as a stepping stone towards future leadership opportunities within ASW.
The following duties and responsibilities generally reflect the expectations of this position but are not intended to be all inclusive.
Execution of company strategy for international growth across all markets, in close collaboration with the CEO
Evaluation of opportunities and execution of initiatives that drive core business expansion in the CIS markets
Build-up of transformational business models to drive member acquisition globally
Independent and proactive execution of strategic projects that involve analysis of market dynamics and growth opportunities
Management of dynamic, complex problems involving key stakeholders (e.g. Chief Revenue Officer, Head of Experience, Head of Finance)
Contribution to creation of key leadership communications, such as presentations for the CEO and Board of Directors
Role modeling of ASW’s values to support the creation of a positive and engaging work environment
Minimum qualifications/ competence/ behavior
Minimum 5 years of experience in a renowned top tier management consulting firm (e.g. BCG, McKinsey, Bain)/ financial institution/ corporate environment with track record of consistently meeting or exceeding expectations
Advanced degree highly desirable, MBA from a top-tier business school preferred
Experience in strategy development with a “consulting toolkit” to be effective in strategy and business development
Prior experience either starting a company or working in a start-up environment
Prior experience managing team members
Native-level English and Russian language skills (ideally mother-tongue in Russian); any other language skills are a plus
Knowledge of or experience in emerging markets preferred
Familiarity with ASW’s services and general interest in connecting people; preferably already an existing member of ASW for 3-5 years
Embodiment of ASW community values (e.g. frequent travel, interest in socializing and meeting new people, interest in luxury industry)
Experience working across different cultures with an international mindset, preferably having lived and worked in other countries
Problem solving skills with ability to structure ambiguous problems, think creatively, generate and test hypotheses
Strong project management skills and attention to detail
Strategic thinker and a doer who gets things done
Inner drive and willingness to go the extra mile
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with gravitas and credibility; experience in and comfort with C-level interactions
High level of integrity and excellent sense of judgement
Ability to travel when required
Attractive company context
Dynamic, small company where you can move the needle and have an impact
Entrepreneurial spirit and non-hierarchical mindset
International and fun group of colleagues
Great office location in downtown Zurich
Office happy hours with free beer and pizza
Are you interested? We are looking forward to hear from you. Please send us your application (in English), including your CV, cover letter, earliest date you can start and your salary expectation. Please note that only full application packages will be considered.
Frau Adrienn Attenhofer