BT Head of Strategic Planning in London, United Kingdom

Head of Strategic Planning,


Our purpose is to use the power of communications to make a better world. For each other, for our customers, for society and our communities. We need you to help us do this.

Why this role matters

Openreach Limited is Britain’s digital network business and now a legally separate, wholly-owned subsidiary within BT Group

We work on behalf of more than 590 communications providers like SKY, TalkTalk, Vodafone, and BT, and our fibre broadband network is the biggest in the UK, passing more 27.4 million premises.

Openreach is at the heart of Britain’s drive to be a world leader in the internet economy. Broadband connections have become a necessity to customers at home and at work and the demands of our infrastructure reflect that importance.

Through us, millions of individuals connect to friends and family and have a wealth of information and entertainment at their fingertips. For small local businesses, right through to large multinationals, we help companies to work better and compete effectively in global markets. We are also the backbone for essential public services to be delivered and help national and regional economies grow. Having a fast internet connection has never been more important.

We need senior leaders who will size the growth opportunity on offer, to transform the cost base and the way in which we operate to ensure slicker delivery, faster throughput of work, a more reliable and predictable delivery on time and a better customer experience for our customers and their customers.

What you'll be doing

  • Leading strategic evaluations and the strategic planning process for Openreach playing a key role in shaping the strategy, creating & aligning plans and leading key strategic initiatives for Openreach.

  • Leading virtual teams in the evaluation of strategic questions, delivering our future vision underpinned by a fully costed and aligned financial plan.

  • Managing the Exec team and Board interlock in relation to the strategic planning cycle and required governance and decision making.

  • Ensuring operational alignment to the strategy to include development of scorecards to ensure effective execution of the strategy.

  • Leading key strategic evaluations and strategic projects across Openreach, providing analyses and recommendations to senior level sponsors including Executive Team

  • Integrating closely with the Market Insight team to ensure that our strategy addresses all key environmental drivers

  • Working closely with the virtual strategic planning team including strategy, commercial, finance & regulatory to identify, prioritise and address primary strategic challenges.

  • Managing the Risks associated with the Openreach strategy including regular reviews and evaluations in line with the agreed risk governance framework.

  • Working in accordance with the “Leadership Behaviours” listed below and our shared values of Personal, Simple and Brilliant.

We'll also need to see these on your CV

  • Demonstrable experience of leading significant business impacting strategy development processes and related strategic evaluations & projects.

  • Highly credible with senior leaders and able to provide & lead analytical and innovative thinking with respect to strategic planning and associated activities and priorities.

  • Ability to challenge and influence appropriately and effectively across a broad range of strategic topics and issues.

  • Ability to cut through complexity and deliver synthesised & compelling recommendations based on sound reasoning and judgement.

  • Strong understanding of external and internal drivers spanning the Telco landscape, customer, competition, regulation, technology and Openreach’s products and economic structures.

  • Strong business acumen and commercial experience including ability to create and lead engagement around key business cases to enable decision making.

  • Capability to create and lead senior matrix teams, not necessarily with line management control, from across the Openreach and wider BT community as appropriate in respect of our strategy development cycles and commitments.

  • MBA and/or other degree or professional qualification, or equivalent experience

Why choose us?

Our mission at Openreach is to build the best possible network, with the highest quality service, making sure that everyone in Britain can be connected.

We offer a structured career ladder recognising and rewarding strong performance. We offer great development and learning opportunities to help round out your skillset and progress in the way that is best for you.

We offer a strong benefits package, including free broadband, TV and Sport for all employees, an on target bonus scheme, discounted share schemes, a pension scheme and much more.

If you feel that you fit the bill in terms of skillset to add value in this role, we are keen to hear from you!

We value different perspectives, skills and experiences. Diversity makes sense for us, our customers and our ambitions. We’re creating an inclusive working culture where people from all backgrounds can succeed. That’s why we welcome applications from all parts of the community.



Job: Strategy

Title: Head of Strategic Planning

Location: GBR %26 Ireland-GBR-London-London

Requisition ID: 91073