Job Description

Innovation Ecosystem Manager.

Connect and innovate with external world building a ‘whole innovation’ model.


We are designers, ukulele players, doctors and dancers.  We are doing things that matter for lives, cities and robots. We want to build a work environment where people are happy, productive and collaborative.

 

We’re looking for an Innovation Ecosystem Manager to join our growing organisation. Operating across all stages of the innovation spectrum, with a remit to build the future in real-time. The working environment will be open and interactive facilitating collaboration with colleagues, clients and ecosystem partners. Our experimentation culture, combined with a disruptive brief will ensure that together we make major societal impacts.

 

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

What you’ll be doing

Joining Accenture’s global centre for innovation means joining a dynamic and diverse team.  The centre will be home to brilliant minds with diverse backgrounds, what we call the 3 Ds.   The integration of Design Thinkers, Developers and Domain experts who will work together in a spirit of creativity that’s contagious.  This culture of innovation and exploration will be focused on breaking future ground, delivering the future.  We’re looking for creative minds who thrive in a demanding, creative environment to tackle and solve big societal challenges that cut across industry boundaries and leverages the latest technologies on a global scale.  We need innovators with strong collaboration and creative skills who can work in and lead teams.

 

The Navigator Team at the Dock

 

The Innovation Navigator scouts for new opportunities, defines and guides our themes and outcomes, and provides commercial expertise to the Engine. The Client & Industry Scouting Team proactively engage the business, industries and ecosystem and scout out new ideas for The Dock.  Scouts work with their colleagues in Value Realisation, Research and Ecosystem to identify, develop and progress compelling commercial cases for Dock projects.  Opportunities to innovate will be jointly developed between the business and will draw on the whole of The Dock.

 

As an Innovation Ecosystem Manager in the Navigator Team you will;

 

Work with the Dock Client and Industry Scouting Team lead to support the identification and early stage consideration of new opportunities to determine their fit and value proposition and considering if they should progress to be pitched as Dock innovation projects.  You will support Scouting team lead to, implement the scouting strategy for the dock and working with the dock portfolio development team to bring this strategy to life as well as contribute to the weekly, monthly and ad-hoc reporting of portfolio development working with the team to uncover the insights and value

 

Individually you will lead, define, design, nurture and implement the key external relationships to progress opportunities into Propositions to be implemented at The Dock.  You will have the opportunity develop this as a unique core strength for Accenture to create and sustain competitive advantage.  It will tap into and coordinate the best ideas, capability and talent across the globe to accelerate our ability to realise opportunities and get innovations to market faster.

 

More broadly you will work with the centre for innovation leadership, project teams and innovation experts, internal and external to Accenture to understand what we need and who we should connect and innovate with.   Core to this is augmenting Accenture through engaging key external sources of expertise and capability such as universities, start-up communities, partner companies and others. 

 

Key Responsibilities

  • Act as a connectorhearing and understanding the ambitions, capabilities, capacity and talent of the dockers so that potential new projects are aligned to their ambitions

  • Connecting with the Accenture business, industry, functional and G&S leads to understand their business strategy and working with them to identify mutually interesting ideas to test and bring to life

  • Advocate for the dock, for innovation across the Accenture business to help unlock new and exciting opportunities with will help differentiate Accenture in the market

  • Help craft new dock opportunities so that they can progress with energy, this includes defining and agreeing the path through the dock, the right sponsorship and opportunity leadership and testing the intent of the opportunity to ensure it can last the innovation journey

  • Socialise, listen, amend, enhance and pivot opportunities based on the testing of the opportunity with key stakeholders within and external to the dock.  This is to ensure the opportunity is stronger and supports the ambitions of all stakeholders

  • Review the portfolio looking for additional opportunities to leverage and connect existing ideas and investments to each other so that we can amplify our impact

  • Exceptionally strong stakeholder management, building trusted relationships both within and external to the dock will become the scouters calling card.   Strong stakeholders bring the energy and oxygen to innovation.

  • Multitasker by nature, the ability to manage a broad pipeline of opportunities, each at different stages and levels of maturity, will be critical to progressing sufficient quality volume through the dock


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Qualifications

Your skills and qualifications:

Required:

  • Bachelor's degree
  • 5+ years working as an Ecosystem/Innovation/Product Development manager.
  • Deep passion, interest and experience in innovation and business ecosystems.
  • Ability to build and maintain strong working relationships with colleagues, clients, and key stakeholders.
  • Creative problem-solver with the ability to work with a blank slate and inspire others.
  • Willing to be flexible and open to trying new and innovative approaches and solutions.
  • Excellent innovation management and communication skills
  • Excellent stakeholder management skills, ability to develop strong credible working relationships.
  • Fluent in English

Desired

  • Strong knowledge and experience of development and adjacent innovation/design processes and project management.
  • Proven ability to identify and develop compelling commercial innovation propositions for multiple stakeholders

 

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 Centre for Innovation is a multidisciplinary research and incubation hub, leading the global innovation programme at Accenture. 

 

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.

All employment decisions shall be made without regard to age, race, creed, colour, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, disability status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, citizenship status or any other basis as applicable by law.

Job candidates will not be obligated to disclose sealed or expunged records of conviction or arrest as part of the hiring process.

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