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VP Product, Strategy & Innovation

Bannockburn, IL, USA | Stericycle

  • Industry:
    Healthcare - Hospitals
  • Position Type:
  • Functions:
    General Management
  • Experience:
    10-12 years
Job Description:
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About Us:

At Stericycle, we deliver solutions and drive innovations that protect the environment, people, and public health. This includes working to create a more sustainable, shared future. Our innovative solutions make a difference in people's lives, communities, and our planet by protecting their health and well-being. Change your career. Change your world. Join Stericycle and help protect health and well-being in a safe, responsible, and sustainable way.

Position Purpose:

  • The VP of Product, Strategy, & Innovation defines Stericycle’s overall product strategy and executes upon opportunities/programs to grow and differentiate Stericycle’s portfolio.This role is responsible for driving overall business strategy including M&A, new product development, competitive intelligence, etc., with the assistance of SVP Commercial Strategy and EVP/Chief Commercial Officer.

  • This leader leverages market insights, leads product discovery, creates/quantifies product value propositions, and manages lifecycle planning (features, enhancements, etc.) for new innovations and existing products by engaging with a cross-functional team and external stakeholders to understand customer needs, assess organizational readiness, create/present business cares, foster partnerships, and execute on value-added products/enhancements.

  • This role is expected to have a ‘general manager’ mindset as a critical focal point of activity across commercial, operations, and other support functions (regulatory, finance, IT, legal, etc.). This leader will have a team of marketing professionals aligned to products across all of Stericycle’s businesses and will frequently interact with go-to-market, revenue management, and brand teams within marketing to ensure value propositions and pricing are optimized.

  • Finally, this leader will be responsible for driving long range planning activities and share accountability for reaching annual financial objectives, with a focus on revenue and gross margin of new/existing service lines.

  • This position will require flexibility to work a hybrid/remote schedule. May work from our Bannockburn, IL or downtown Chicago, IL office!

Key Job Activities:

  • Develops product strategy/lifecycle management to support current and new products, features, enhancements, processes, and programming targeted to achieve maximum ROI, durability, targeted profitable revenue growth, share position, customer satisfaction, and retention.

  • Prioritizes projects and execution based on available resources; Assesses/monitors impact on KPI’s and alignment with overall business strategy. Ensures cross-functional readiness for launches/enhancements in close partnership with go-to-market and operational teams.

  • Monitors, analyzes, and leverages market research, industry trends, customer insights, regulatory developments, and competitive intelligence to identify the most effective product value propositions, architect a product strategy roadmap, drive decision making, develop appropriate product metrics and goals, and create sustained competitive advantage.

  • Develops, aligns, and presents business cases that support new products and enhancement opportunities.Gains a deep understanding of customer needs as compared to organizational competency, capacity, and readiness.

  • Drives long range planning across the business, collaborating with sales, sales operations, regulatory, and operations leaders. Layers in innovation/NPD opportunities. Develops and monitors the M&A landscape for opportunities in the core or near-adjacent markets.

  • Acts as a “General Manager” and “Product Champion”, building internal and external awareness, understanding, and support for Stericycle’s portfolio.  

Other duties and responsibilities, as assigned.


•Bachelor’s Degree equivalent to a Master’s degree in Sales, Marketing, or related field, preferably from a top tier institution.

•Ten or more years of marketing, strategy, or other relevant business experience with a focus on product management and strategy.

•Five or more years hiring, growing, nurturing, guiding and managing a team of high-performing individuals in a professional environment.

•Proven experience in ROI driven product management practices.


Stericycle currently offers its employees the option to participate in a full range of benefits, including a health care program which includes medical, dental, vision and prescription coverage, healthcare and dependent care flexible spending accounts, life and accidental death and dismemberment insurance, an employee assistance program, tuition reimbursement, paid vacation and sick time, a 401(k) plan, and an employee stock purchase plan. Participation in some programs requires that employees be regularly scheduled to work a minimum number of hours and/or to have fulfilled a waiting period after they begin employment with Stericycle.


The above description is meant to provide a summary of the nature and level of work being performed; it should not be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and requirements of the job or person. This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise. Stericycle will consider requests for workplace accommodations for protected physical or mental limitations in accordance with its human resources policies and local laws.To the extent permissible under local law, and consistent with business necessity, Stericycle reserves the right to modify the content formally or informally, either verbally or in writing, at any time with or without advance notice.

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