Innovation Entrepreneur - 1392662TH

Beaverton-OR
 Job-ID :   1392662TH 
  Category :  Management 
  Position Type : Contract Remote 

Job Description

Technology Innovation

Innovation Entrepreneur

ETW

About TIO

Client’s Technology Innovation Office (TIO) is focused on unleashing the power of technology, innovation, and talent to deliver revolutionary technology innovation products and services.  Embedded in Client’s Global Technology team, the Technology Innovation Office works across all of Client and weaves together business and technology dreams, supports world-class products and innovation, and relentlessly delivers new capabilities to achieve Client’s long-term vision and strategies.

Position Overview

The Innovation Entrepreneur will work across all business units at Client. This person will be responsible for bringing the point of view of the business and key user groups to help the Technology Innovation Office (TIO) team execute successful proofs of concept (POC). The Innovation Entrepreneur will partner with product directors and engineering leads to help validate hypotheses and drive alignment on cross functional POCs. Once the team has aligned on a POC, the Innovation Entrepreneur will be responsible for working across the business and technology organizations to bring that POC to life. A successful candidate in this role will bring new, tech-oriented thinking and capabilities to Client in a way that allows the new solutions to be embraced by Client’s people-focused, story-focused, matrix-oriented, brand-driven culture. 

Key Responsibilities

User Advocate

  • Become one of the team’s experts on the business need driving the POC.
  • Regularly engage with internal users across Client Inc and external consumers & users not employed by Client Inc.  The Innovation Entrepreneur should be intimately aware of current and desired user behavior and be able to articulate why something is or is not important to the users.
  • Deeply understand users and impacted constituents’ beliefs, actions and fears related to the solutions proposed in the POC.  
  • Advocate for the users’ needs during the backlog grooming process.  Make sure the product team has clarity of purpose/business understanding and does not get pulled in multiple directions between sprints.
  • Work with nervous constituents—help to understand their concerns and develop appropriate plans to address the concerns.  

Communication

  • Regularly engage with constituents on both the business and technology sides of the company—help core, cross functional team members and related teams understand what the TIO is attempting to do and why.  Listen to colleagues’ and users’ ideas and concerns.  
  • Develop and execute communication plans appropriate for various types of audiences related to a POC—users, leadership, etc.

Execute & Enable

  • Work closely with the Senior Director, Innovation Evangelist and the program teams inside the TIO to drive rapid solution prototyping and execute proof of concepts.  
  • Help to set up a process or criteria to measure the impact of projects.
  • Help to create a refined launch process to allow Client to comfortably embrace potentially disruptive innovations without getting sidetracked by people who are invested in protecting the status quo.
  • Help the TIO Team to emphasize the impact they are having on the organization and celebrate the impacts that the team is having on Client.  Create retrospectives and conversations about lessons learned among team members.  Create a culture of support, healthy debate and connection between team members.
  • If Client decides to scale a POC, the Innovation Entrepreneur will help foster the adoption of the POC with the scaling team(s).

Integrate and Inspire

  • Inspire colleagues and leaders at Client to imagine a new way of using technology to better serve consumers, work with strategic, external partners and internal colleagues around the globe.
  • Help to create a culture of innovation throughout Client 
  • Empower people to bring their best skills, talents and crazy ideas to work. 

Required Skills

  • Demonstrates strong organizational skill, along with follow-up and follow-through
  • At least 5 years of experience working with and applying Agile, Design Thinking, and Lean innovation methodologies inside a large organization.
  • Proven ability to collaborate with and influence cross functional leaders and colleagues.
  • Meets deadlines and acts with urgency to deliver effective solutions that the business can use and leverage.
  • Strong emotional intelligence in a business setting with the compassion and ability help users and influencers understand why and how embrace a new solution or idea.
  • Demonstrated ability to simplify and personalize complicated ideas into compelling stories or understandable narratives that inform, persuade and inspire others.
  • Left brain and right brain thinker—a successful candidate will be comfortable creatively navigating through ambiguity while striving to methodically analyze and focus on the business need driving the innovation solution.

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