Innovation excellence is a key element of our GF Strategy 2020. In order to achieve this goal, we are globally implementing Design Thinking across our organization. With this approach we aim to accelerate innovation and sharpen our customer focus for product and service development.
Front-End Innovation & Design Thinking Champion (m/f)
In this position, the Front-End Innovation & Design Thinking Champion is responsible for leading the "front-end" innovation portfolio management activities for core, adjacent and transformational innovation. You will drive the "front-end" innovation process to identify, develop and implement breakthrough ideas and initiatives.
In this global role, you will collaborate with other GF Business Units, Market Segment organizations, Sales and Product Management teams, and R&D groups to develop strategic projects to deliver long-term sales growth for GF Piping Systems.
This role requires an externally facing person that can lead through influence by bringing the customer experience to the forefront of development, leveraging design thinking techniques and actively managing ideas through resolution of critical uncertainties. In performing these duties the Front-End Innovation & Design Thinking Champion will contribute to the creation of systematic methods that align with our group values.
Your tasks amongst others are:
- Lead the front-end innovation process to identify, develop and implement breakthrough ideas and initiatives by anticipation of the future needs of the business and building the organizational capabilities to create competitive advantage.
- Champion our Design Thinking initiative and act as role model for customer centered innovation by motivating, inspiring and effectively influencing others.
- Execute innovation ideas and initiatives in collaboration with cross-functional innovation teams as well as with internal and external stakeholders.
Key Performance Factors
- Market & Customer Engagement - Drives innovative design thinking to develop products and features that are meaningfully unique in providing new solutions to customers.
- Front-End Innovation Dashboard - Provides leadership and vision to drive velocity for new product ideas for within the organization, including managing project velocity, critical uncertainties and milestones.
- Project Velocity – Manages organizational engagement & effectiveness to achieve development commitment schedules and budgets.
- Prioritization & Engagement - Collaborates with other thought leaders within the organization and with other stakeholders to set priorities and leverage resource requirements.
- Economic Impact - Demonstrates high degree of business acumen in balancing project economics, resources and critical uncertainties to maximize the economic impact of the innovation portfolio.
- You have a Bachelor Degree (or higher) in Human Science, Business, Engineering or related field.
- You have gained first practical experience in the area of User Experience (UX) and Design Thinking (e.g.: design agency with B2B customers, UX group of an industrial company or equivalent).
- You bring coaching, storytelling and empathic interviewing skills as well as a solid know-how of Design Thinking methods and tools.
- You have demonstrated front-end innovation experience and you are able to find the balance between strategic thinking and executional know-how.
- Ideally you have experience in UI/UX, Agile and or stage gate development.
- Your English and German language skills are on a high professional level.
- Your innovative out-of-the box thinking, collaborative customer-centric mindset and ability to teach others helps strengthen the creative muscle inside our company.
- Your willingness to travel rounds up your profile.
We offer a challenging position in an international environment where you can work in a creative and motivated team in order to influence our future products and services and shape the culture of GF.
If you are interested in this opportunity, we are looking forward to receiving your application (motivation letter, CV, references) via our online recruiting tool.