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Innovation Strategy Director

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Key responsibilities

As Director Innovation strategy, you are expected to:
  • Lead client projects independently and engage teams to deliver high quality outputs;
  • Take the lead in identifying client issues and proposing the most appropriate approach for challenges that governments face;
  • Build and maintain long-term relationships with senior clients based on doing the right things;
  • Develop the business and acquire new clients and engagements, including the identification and pursuit of business opportunities through existing networks and by developing new relationships;
  • Identify opportunities for other EY service lines;
  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge in innovation strategy and/or interested in further developing existing or new offerings;
  • Contribute to the development of the existing EY VODW team, acting as mentor and coach to all levels of the team and leading by example.

Your profile

Degree and specialism 
  • Master degree in economics, business, entrepreneurship, marketing, psychology, communication, or equivalent …

Experience in relevant field 
  • You have at least 8 years of relevant experience in consultancy or project work in innovation and innovation strategy;
  • You have a strong personal network and a proven track-record in business development. This has allowed you to build your book of business in the past;
  • You are competent in Core Consulting Capabilities, can quickly establish personal credibility and demonstrate expertise;
  • You are able to analyze complex problems within client assignments and are able to deliver insightful and practical solutions in a structured manner;
  • You are used to dealing with executive stakeholders in large national and international companies.

Technical knowledge and certificates 
  • You understand the nuances of helping clients define a well-balanced innovation portfolio and have experience in helping companies come up with:
    • New business model;
    • New service concepts;
    • New products.
  • You have experience in advising companies on the three frontiers of innovation (core, adjacent, transformative);
  • You have experience in setting up and managing large scale innovation programs and the necessary governance around it;
  • You know how to translate a corporate strategy towards an innovation strategy and roadmap;
  • You are familiar with working in agile teams collaborating with digital strategists, UX designers, data scientists and digital marketeers;
  • Ideally you have a good understanding on emerging technologies that have a strong influence on innovation topics from a customer-facing perspective (AI, Voice, RPA,…);
  • Experience and a network in industries such as FMCG, Life Sciences, Public sector is a plus (but not mandatory).

Language skills
  • You are fluent in Dutch and/or French and proficient level of business English.

Soft skills
  • Strong team spirit, balanced by a healthy sense of autonomy;
  • Excellent communication skills;
  • A global mindset, eagerness to learn, and the ability to function in international teams;
  • People management and project management experience.

Our offer

  • You join a dynamic, young team, exclusively focused on innovation, new products & services, and customer experience;
  • We offer you an attractive remuneration package (competitive salary, net allowances and extensive fringe benefits: company car with fuel card, smart phone, health insurance, pension plan, etc.).;
  • We offer extensive trainings, both on technical matters, as well on soft skills and project management;
  • We are proud of our flexible working arrangements, and we will support you to build a successful career and deliver excellent client service without sacrificing your personal priorities. While our client-facing profession might require regular travel, and at times working at client sites, we are committed to help you achieve a work-life balance;
  • At EY we are passionate about the inclusion and support of individuals of all groups; we do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or disability status.

At EY, the spotlight is on our people. You are empowered to build your expertise and explore the world so that you can innovate and challenge the status quo. 
Because Building a better working world begins here.
This is what makes us different, and renders working here a unique, lifetime experience.
We are one international, connected team, with one purpose. We are EY.
Your dream career begins here.

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