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Aegon Asset Management Strategic Business Planning Manager in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

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Corporate Development, Strategy and Sustainability

Job Description Summary

The people of Transamerica bring expertise, creativity, heart and diverse thought to everything that we do-and to the communities where we live and work.

Do you have a track record of rationalizing, simplifying and reducing large volumes of communication inventory? Are you someone who is a critical thinker who enjoys getting in the weeds while envisioning the future? If this sounds like you, Transamerica may be a great place for you!

We are looking for a strategic business manager who will enthusiastically participate in visioning by developing a current state assessment and a target state strategy for communications in our employee benefit and retirement operations areas.

Job Description

What you will do:

The strategic business manager will gather current state inventory, analyze it, recommend simplification and reduce inventory within the Transamerica Workplace Solutions Correspondence Office. This role will be charged with participating in the development and finalization of the teams work and have a heavy focus on simplification and reduction. In collaboration with your operations, legal & compliance and client-facing partners, you will work on the creation and documentation of our operational communication inventory. You will own reporting and insights to identify and evaluate opportunities to drive priorities and cost savings and will be responsible for the analysis of the Office’s efforts & effectiveness via reporting. This role will succeed on your ability to convert data into insights including implications and recommendations that are specific and actionable for the team to act upon. Finally, this role will lean on stakeholders and data teams to acquire necessary information for robust analysis. You will do this by partnering with other members of the CX teams and work to identify, implement, and analyze a/b tests and campaigns. In this role, you will manage multiple projects in an agile manner and help influence others who develop content as needed.

What You Will Learn:

While the Office is “technology agnostic,” there are a lot of terrific change initiatives under way to transform how Transamerica does business. Familiarity with CMSs, CRMs, IVRs, and a bunch of other acronyms will go a long way.

What Success Looks Like:

  • Active knowledge of current state operations and systems including pain points
  • Ability to effectively communicate and message to internal/external stakeholders
  • Working relationships with the Business Engagement managers within the Correspondence Office and SMEs
  • High emotional intelligence, lots of finesse, and the ability to navigate our organization
  • Critical and analytical thinking
  • Existing knowledge of target state opportunities for improvement

What You Will Need:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a business-related field or equivalent experience. Preferred degree in Marketing, Business or Communications.
  • Eight years of strategic planning experience in a similar environment or in a planning/consultant role.
  • Ability to communicate with all levels of the organization to guide in strategic planning fundamentals and plan execution.
  • Analytical and problem-solving skills to plan strategy, tactics and perform root cause analysis.
  • Presentation skills to create and deliver information to a wide audience.
  • Familiarity with project management tools, lifecycles, etc.
  • Proficiency using MS Office tools, specifically excel
  • Preferred: Experience in financial services operations and/or other highly regulated industry
  • Preferred: Experience working with managers in Operations, Marketing, Legal, Risk, and IT
  • Preferred: Experience supporting organizational transformation

Behavioral & Leadership Responsibilities:

  • Ability to accept new challenges/responsibilities and quickly learn and embrace new concepts.
  • Interpersonal skills to establish rapport, credibility and collaborative relationship with stakeholders.
  • Ability to think strategically and creatively.
  • Change management skills and the ability to set priorities around constant change.
  • Self-starter with the ability to inspire and mentor others

**Please note that the compensation information that follows is a good faith estimate for this position only and is provided pursuant to the Colorado Equal Pay for Equal Work Act and Equal Pay Transparency Rules. It is estimated based on what a successful Colorado applicant might be paid. It assumes that the successful candidate will be in Colorado or perform the position from Colorado. Similar positions located outside of Colorado will not necessarily receive the same compensation. **


The salary for this position generally ranges between $95,550 - $126,000. This range is an estimate, based on potential employee qualifications, operational needs and other considerations permitted by law. The range may vary above and below the stated amounts, as permitted by Colorado Equal Pay Transparency Rule 4.1.2.

Bonus Eligibility:

This position is also typically eligible for an annual bonus based on the Company Bonus Plan/Individual Performance and is at Company Discretion at a rate of 15%.

Working Environment:

  • Normal Office Environment

What You Receive:

A Comprehensive Wealth + Health package.  It’s our passion to empower people, and especially our employees, to add years to their lives and more life to their years.  That means a healthy account balance and a healthy body to match.  As you’ll come to discover, Wealth + Health is a central part of everything we do!

Wealth Benefits; Competitive Pay, Bonus, and Benefits Package; Pension Plan, 401k Match, Employee Stock Purchase Plan, Tuition Reimbursement, Disability Insurance, Stock Purchase Plan, Employee Discounts, Career Training & Development Opportunities, Certification Sponsorship

Health and Work/Life Balance Benefits; Be Well Company sponsored holistic wellness program which includes Wellness Coaching and reward dollars, Parental Leave, Adoption Assistance, Employee Assistance Program, College Coach Program, Back-up Care Program, Paid Time Off to Volunteer, Employee Matching Gifts Program, Employee Resource Groups, Inclusion and Diversity Programs, Employee Recognition Program

Our commitment to inclusion & diversity means that we value differences. We encourage the unique perspectives of persons and are dedicated to creating a respectful and inclusive work environment.

Why Work for Us

Total Rewards at Transamerica: It’s more than a paycheck.

Our comprehensive Total Rewards package is designed to help support you in many ways — throughout all stages of your life and career.  We provide a competitive, market-driven program that encompasses base compensation, bonus potential, retirement, health and wellness benefits, learning and development opportunities, plus great employee perks.  All designed with you in mind… to help you live your best life, grow personally and professionally - and feel valued for the work you do.

Learn more about our Total Rewards Package.

Equal Opportunity Employer:

Transamerica Life Insurance Company is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any applicant or employee because of age, religion, sex, gender identity, genetic information, race, color, national origin, pregnancy, sexual orientation, marital status, participation in the uniformed services (e.g. U.S. Armed Forces, National Guard), physical or mental disability, or any other status protected by federal, state, or local equal employment opportunities laws.

Applicants with physical or mental disabilities may be entitled to a form of reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act and certain state and local laws. A reasonable accommodation is a change in the way things are normally done which will insure equal employment opportunity without imposing undue hardship on the Transamerica Companies. Please contact: if you are a job seeker with a disability, or are assisting someone with a disability, and require assistance to apply for one of our jobs.

Ontario Applicants:

Our Company is committed to providing accessibility to those with disabilities in a manner that is consistent with the principles of independence, dignity, integration and equality of opportunity, that is in compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act 2005 ("AODA"). Please contact if you are a job seeker with a disability, or are assisting someone with a disability, and require assistance to apply for one of our jobs.

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At Transamerica, hard work, innovative thinking and personal accountability are qualities that we honor and reward. We understand the potential that is unleashed by leveraging the talents of a diverse workforce. We embrace an environment where employees enjoy a balance between their careers, families, communities and personal interests. Ultimately, we appreciate the uniqueness of a company where talented professionals work collaboratively in a positive environment focused on helping customers secure their long-term financial futures.


Transamerica is a part of AEGON, an international life insurance, pension, and asset management company. The AEGON companies employ approximately 28,000 people and have a strong presence in more than 20 countries across the globe. For more information, visit