Aetna Strategy & Product Management Director - 55348BR in Wellesley, Massachusetts

Req ID: 55348BR

This role is based in Hartford, CT or Wellesley, MA


Do you want to be an architect of defining what healthcare is and how/where/when its delivered? The Commercial Product & Solutions Management team is looking for a strategic thinker with excellent judgment and business sense for the role of Strategy & Product Management Director. This leader will join a dynamic and growing team within Aetna that is striving to transform the delivery of healthcare from fixing members when they are not well to providing members the services they need to achieve their personal health ambitions and, in so doing, to fundamentally revolutionize employer-provided health insurance programs.

The successful candidate will be responsible for the development of innovative new insurance plan designs and/or complementary services. These innovations will provide value to Aetna's plan sponsors and members by re-thinking how the program fundamentally functions, by serving new types of customers, or by solving new customer needs.

Fundamental Components:

Product Strategy

o Drive strategic direction, simplification & integration of Company's product portfolio, including (but not limited to) creation of an annual operating plan and three-year strategy

o Develop, prioritize and manage product pipeline (from ideation through delivery and monitoring of results)

o Lead ongoing market and competitive analyses to aid strategic decision making and development of key messaging/positioning

o Build alignment with and in support of segment specific business strategies (e.g., cross-sale initiatives)

o Assist in introducing / institutionalizing effective cross-functional product management discipline across the enterprise

o Influence industry activity/trends and regulation through active participation on external industry groups/boards

Product Development

o Lead product ideation and conceptualization efforts, for new products, programs and/or product enhancements, working in close partnership with other business areas by leveraging in-depth knowledge and understanding of market trends, customer needs/expectations, and internal capabilities

o Develop business cases for new product ideas / concepts

o Collaborate with AIS , Portfolio Managers and business to ensure appropriate project prioritization, funding, and change controls activity (budget or scope)

o Actively participate in the ongoing PLC processes to identify synergies and opportunities across projects to leverage resources & maximize outcomes

o Coordinate effective sales promotion and launch activities (internally and externally)

o Define product performance metrics

Personal Characteristics

o Brings a sense of urgency to the role and take full accountability for the end result

o Can leverage verbal and written communication to obtain buy-in from critical partners including prioritization and funding

o Ability to build and leverage strong relationships and remove barriers; navigate and work across business areas

o Able to identify and mobilize cross-functional support required to achieve business objectives, including areas of tactical and strategic support.

o Oversee multiple competing products/projects with effective prioritization and eye for detail

o Serve as product expert, and leverage all resources available to achieve objectives.

Talent Management

o May manage, coach and mentor staff

o Serve as Business group lead or SME

o Participate in and contribute to continuous process improvement


Bachelor's degree (MBA preferred) along with 7+ years of experience in healthcare and/or employee benefits; product development and/or management experience preferred

Demonstrated success with product development and/or management initiatives

Effective communication/influencing skills applied to broad internal/external audience

Demonstrated understanding of technology and how it can be applied to solve business problems/provide technical solutions


Aetna is about more than just doing a job. This is our opportunity to re-shape healthcare for America and across the globe. We are developing solutions to improve the quality and affordability of healthcare. What we do will benefit generations to come.

We care about each other, our customers and our communities. We are inspired to make a difference, and we are committed to integrity and excellence.

Together we will empower people to live healthier lives.

Aetna is an equal opportunity & affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of personal characteristics or status. We take affirmative action to recruit, select and develop women, people of color, veterans and individuals with disabilities.

We are a company built on excellence. We have a culture that values growth, achievement and diversity and a workplace where your voice can be heard.

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Job Function: Product & Marketing

Aetna is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected Veterans status.