Director, Strategy and Business Development

Finance Rye Brook, New York Raleigh, North Carolina Atlanta, Georgia Chicago, Illinois Charlotte, North Carolina Boston, Massachusetts


Xylem |ˈzīləm|

1) The tissue in plants that brings water upward from the roots;

2) a leading global water technology company.

Xylem, a leading global water technology company dedicated to solving the world’s most challenging water issues, is the leading global provider of efficient, innovative and sustainable water technologies improving the way water is used, managed, conserved and re-used. Our international team is unified in a common purpose: creating advanced technology and other trusted solutions to solve the world’s water challenges. We are committed to creating an organization of inclusion and diversity, where everyone feels involved, respected, valued and connected, and where everyone is free to bring their authentic selves and ideas.

If you are excited and passionate about helping us #letssolvewater, we want to hear from you! For more information, please visit us at​.

We Offer You More Than Just “A Job”

  • Professional Development – To advance the capabilities of our people, we offer a wide variety of experiences to support our employees’ professional growth and continuous learning.
  • Total Rewards – We offer comprehensive programs for compensation, benefits, recognition, learning and development, work-life integration and corporate citizenship.
  • Watermark – Watermark is our corporate social responsibility program working to provide education and access to safe water to ensure healthy lives, gender equality, and resilient communities. Employees have the opportunity to learn and volunteer on various water-related projects.
  • Employee Networks – Our Employee Networks provide a professional, supportive network for employees from diverse backgrounds, including Women’s, LGBT+ and Allies, Veteran’s, People of Color and Allies, Emerging Leaders, and Working Parents Networks.

The Role: Xylem seeks to hire a Director of Strategy and Business Development to support Xylem’s continued growth and evolution as a leading global solution provider in the water sector. You will play a critical role in shaping our strategic direction, identifying and analyzing new strategic growth opportunities, developing new partnerships and alliances, and coordinating selected cross-enterprise strategic initiatives.

Essential Duties/Principal Responsibilities:

  • Continuously analyze changes in our market environment, including competitors, customers and stakeholders, and generate recommendations based on these
  • Work across the enterprise to shape, frame and execute a range of strategic projects (e.g. growth strategy, adjacency evaluation, partnership development)
  • Conceive, negotiate and implement partnerships and alliances that create value
  • Support execution of mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures

Minimum Qualifications: Education, Experience, Skills, Abilities, License/Certification:

  • A bachelor’s degree, and ideally a graduate degree in one or more relevant subjects, including engineering and/or computer science, business administration, law or economics
  • Distinctive critical thinking and analytic capabilities, with the ability to solve highly ambiguous business problems by creating structure, collecting relevant data, and generating actionable insights
  • Knowledge of the water industry and familiarity with adjacent business areas, such as utilities, industrial process, and the internet of things
  • An interdisciplinary perspective with the ability to synthesize insights from various fields (e.g. policy, economics, environmental science and engineering)
  • Diverse and global experience, especially in emerging markets, cross-sectoral partnerships, and working in inter-cultural environments
  • Possess strong influencing skills, with proven ability to align stakeholders around bold actions
  • A passion for transforming water management to advance global sustainability

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working in a professional services environment with tight deadlines and a focus on complex client deliverables, such as management consulting, investment banking, law or accounting is preferable.
  • Prior experience related to corporate strategy, partnerships and mergers and acquisitions would be a plus.
  • Prior experience in a diversity of environments, such as multiple geographies, work across public/private/nonprofit sectors, and different functional roles

Physical Demands:

(The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.)

  • Regularly required to sit or stand, reach, bend and move about the facility
  • General office-based tasks, including participation in virtual and in-person meetings, and the ability to travel ~25%

Work Environment:

(The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.)

  • This role can be performed remotely, with a preference for location in the Washington, DC region
  • This role requires the ability and willingness to participate in calls across time zones (Asia, Europe, the Americas)

Xylem is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.