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Senior Innovation Lead – Scalable Innovation

Job Location: Dublin

Regional Description: Ireland

Job Number: 00685162


- Job description

Senior Innovation Lead – Scalable Innovation

The Dock, Dublin 2

The Dock is a multidisciplinary research and incubation hub, where designers, doctors, visionaries and makers are doing things that matter for people, places and robots. Located in the heart of the Dublin Docklands in a connected, state-of-the-art workspace designed for creativity, collaboration and fun.


We are looking for a Senior Innovation Lead to join our growing team. Operating across all stages of the innovation spectrum, with a remit to build the future in real-time. The working environment is open and interactive, facilitating collaboration with colleagues, clients, customers and ecosystem partners. Our experimentation culture combined with a disruptive brief empowers us to break future ground.


Are you ready to join top innovators making a global impact?


What you’ll be doing

You will be part of a team that leads and manages projects, programmes and portfolios required to define, develop and pilot new market-leading business propositions in The Dock. These business propositions can take the form of pilotable assets, offerings, software and ecosystem plays. No two innovation projects are exactly alike.



As a Senior Innovation Lead you will;

Manage a portfolio of innovation projects:

  • Use your skills and experience to provide support, guidance and direction to more junior Innovation Leads who are leading some of these projects.
  • Support the development of the overall strategy, commercial proposition and stakeholder landscape for each of the innovation projects in your portfolio.
  • Be involved in assessing and re-assessing the commercial, desirability & viability of projects throughout the innovation lifecycle.
  • Have in-depth awareness of how the underlying client needs, market direction and Accenture commercial strategy need to come together in order to ensure a successful outcome for a project.
  • Challenge the teams to ensure we are clear on the value we are delivering and that we are successfully delivering it throughout the project.  Also challenge to ensure the value we are delivering makes sense – for our clients, for Accenture and for the Dock.
  • Have strong stakeholder management skills, with the ability to lead diverse teams, manage account teams and engage with senior client executives.

Lead some of our most complex and highest profile innovation projects:

  • Be comfortable with ambiguity, and capable acting independently and of quickly identifying the areas of uncertainty that are important to resolve for the particular stage the concept is at.

  • Evaluate and apply trends to the problem statement; ensure the right problem is being solved.

  • Link together new ideas and insights to create new client opportunities, services, offerings, and thought leadership.

  • Confidently challenge our clients’ thinking by providing an objective and independent POV.

  • Create and maintain the product vision, roadmap, and backlog of work regularly throughout the project's life cycle.

  • Assess projects’ performance, risks, issues, impact on delivery commitments and feasibility and options to address these.

  • Co-ordinate transfer activities - hand over, migration, integration.

  • Manage project timelines and release planning/coordination.


Build and support strong teams:

  • Build and support teams of diverse individuals with the right blend of experience and skills for the projects.

  • Effectively utilize extensive network (internally and externally) to build high-performing teams and to solve for specific issues requiring support from outside the team.

  • Set clear direction on team and individual priorities, taking into account the strengths and talents of team members.

  • Inspire and lead teams to build complex propositions and solutions which can thrive in the market

  • Team coordination, people management, manage teams through complex situations.


Be a master communicator:

  • Be a master communicator, aligning priorities and direction across multiple global stakeholders and multi-disciplinary team members.

  • Speak clearly to convey both high-level and detailed information, adjusting the way ideas are presented to align to varying social styles and audiences

  • Speak clearly to convey both high-level and detailed information, adjusting the way ideas are presented to align to varying social styles and audiences

  • Remain positive and enthusiastic despite obstacles.

Your skills and qualifications


  • Minimum 2:1 Bachelor's Degree or equivalent

  • 10+ years project delivery experience ideally in a fast paced, entrepreneurial environment.

  • Experience of working in a context of innovation and thought leadership

  • Proven ability to shape and drive a project from initiation stage to project close.

  • Ability to prioritise tasks, work with schedules, manage resources while remaining focused on team goals.

  • Experience of leading change and transformation programmes.

  • Deep skills in technology, design or analytics, with exposure of all three.

  • Ability to interface with and/or manage complex technical solutions.

  • Proof of commercial/entrepreneurial mindset.

  • Exceptional stakeholder management and influencing skills, and an ability to foster relationships at all levels within the organisation.

  • Strong Executive Presence, ability to interact and influence at senior management and executive level.

  • Industry / functional specialty, ideally in Retail / CPG or Financial Services.

  • Ability to lead, inspire and engage teams with experience of working with diverse teams, skillsets and business challenges.

  • Exceptional communication and presentation skills. 

  • Track record of ability to ramp-up quickly

Nice to haves         

  • Previous experience working in R&D environment or innovation space an advantage

  • Be a certified in Agile practices i.e.

o    CSM (Certified Scrum Master)

o    PSM (Professional Scrum Master)

  • Experience of Lean Startup methodology

  • Experience of adopting design thinking approaches

  • Experience of working in a large-matrix organisation such as Accenture

About Accenture

Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company, with more than 373,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries. The Dock at Accenture is a multidisciplinary research and incubation hub, as an accelerator for Accenture and our clients to unlock value. Launched in Sept 2015, the global innovation centre brings together top talent under three disciplines; designers, developers and domain experts with expertise in AI, IoT, digital marketing, cyber security, advanced analytics and tech development.

Accenture is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of society and does not discriminate on grounds of race, religion or belief, ethnic or national origin, disability, age, citizenship, marital, domestic or civil partnership status, sexual orientation or gender identity.

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