Strategic Corporate Planning

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Overview

Over the past 5 years in A*STAR, I have spent a significant amount of time in strategic and corporate planning roles. My relevant skills, tasks and knowledge accumulated are listed below.

Skills

  • Analytical: Analysis and evaluation of strategy, including market and feasibility analyses;  able to use mathematical methods and statistics to make predictions for e.g. fund utilization 
  • Collaboration: Influencer at all levels, able to organize diverse groups of people towards a common goal
  • Communication: Effective oral communicator and good listening skills, presentation and writing skills 
  • Critical thinking: conceptualization, analysis, and synthesis of information
  • Decision making: Using logic and reasoning to identify and analyze the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to making decisions
  • Negotiation: Able to forge agreement between differing parties
  • Problem solving:  Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions. 


Tasks

  • External trends analysis: PEST analysis (Political, Economic, Social and Technological) of business and industry trends and determination of how trends may affect the organization
  • Business trends analysis: Benchmarking and Analysis of strategies being adopted by global organizations
  • Market trends analysis: research on changing customer needs, including commissioning of studies into market trends
  • Industry trends analysis: tracking changes in industry including new entrants, new alliances and groupings, new products and services and changes to distribution channels and manufacturing techniques 
  • Competitor research: tracking of competitors in the following areas: research interest, finance, marketing, human resources, infrastructure, production/manufacturing capabilities, promotion, culture, alliances, strategy and technologies 
  • Customer research: understanding the perception of the organization through network monitoring, website monitoring and discussions with customers
  • Internal research: Analysis of internal operations of the organization, areas of highest impact and areas to do better in.

Knowledge accumulated

  • Business and management principles involved in strategic planning, programme planning, budgeting, financial analysis, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources. 
  • Data collection processes, data analysis, and research or survey methodology.
  • Mathematical methods, statistics, concepts, logic, and reasoning.

National Policy Planning

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Overview

I was seconded to the Ministry of Trade and Industry in Singapore, where my skills in national policy planning were developed. My relevant skills, tasks and knowledge accumulated are indicated below. 

Skills

  • Analytical
  • Communication
  • Decision making
  • Problem solving
  • Policy Analysis: Determining how a policy should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.

Tasks

  • Administer, direct, and review policy and planning programs.
  • Analyze policies, government regulations, and legislation to develop new policies and plans or revise existing policies, plans, or programs.
  • Analyze statistical data and reports to identify and determine causes of problems and develop recommendations for improvement of policies and practices.
  • Analyze and interpret results of studies, and prepare reports detailing findings, recommendations, or conclusions.
  • Manage the design and development of tools to assist management in developing and interpreting polices and to guide managers through policy and planning decisions.
  • Coordinate policy and planning across Whole of Government (WOG).
  • Advise and guide executive level national and agency decision-makers

Knowledge accumulated

  • Laws, policies, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process
  • Relationship between political office holders, civil service, statutory boards, private sector and general public