American Electric Power Innovation & Technology Mgr in Columbus, Ohio

Title Innovation & Technology Mgr

Auto req ID 16357BR

Location Columbus, OH

Job Type Full-Time

Job Category Energy/Utilities

Relocation Yes

Job Description

Job Summary:

Can you imagine what an energy company of the future will look like? Does the thought of shaping the future of the energy business get you excited? We are seeking passionate candidates to help AEP transform the way we provide value to our customers. Working collaboratively with all AEP business units, operating companies, and support organizations we will promote, identify and deploy breakthrough solutions that will captivate the customers of tomorrow. Together, with our customers, we are redefining the future of energy and we will develop innovative solutions that power communities and improve lives.

This position will be responsible for executing the AEP innovation strategy, building a competency of agile innovation amongst the AEP team. You will manage the processes of innovation and technology including execution of the innovation framework, future strategy, ideation, incubation, commercialization, and tracking of technologies for future development/ investment. This position will report to the Director of Enterprise Innovation & Technology and will have leadership responsibilities over the Innovation and Technology Team. This position will require agile execution of strategies, providing a high degree of customer service and building strong internal and external relationships to deliver products, services, and business models that our customers will value.

This position will require an understanding of the current value streams of an energy utility, including generation, transmission, distribution and its support organizations. It will also require some knowledge of the regulatory process, how a regulated utility receives recovery for its investments and the deregulated business.

The successful candidate should have characteristics that include an intuition for technological advancement, a passion for inspiring others, the desire to create teams that will succeed, aspirations to deliver solutions that captivate, and a calling to serve the customer, community, and environment.


  1. Manage an enterprise innovation portfolio. Responsible for prioritizing the innovation portfolio and leading a cross-functional team through the innovation process of commercializing new offerings. Ensuring timely agile completion of multiple strategic initiatives occurring simultaneously.

  2. Manage execution and improvement of workflows within the innovation framework. Manage a team of entrepreneurs, technology experts, and external resources to continuously mature the innovation portfolio. Build and execute the innovation processes for future strategy, ideation, incubation, acceleration, commercialization and technology scouting/tracking. Create a system that rewards risk taking, learning and successful offering development.

  3. Assist business units in strategic and new product/ service initiatives. Assist business units in strategic and new product/ service initiatives. Support interdepartmental relationships including operating company and primary business segment leadership, to provide methodology expertise, facilitate innovation engagements across the corporation and support business unit leaders in “raising the bar” of their core business aspirations. Work with business unit leaders to validate products and services with our customers. Lead engagements for employees and external stakeholders that demonstrate the capabilities of technologies that will be used in the energy industry.

  4. Manage system to measure innovation portfolio. Use innovation appropriate key performance indicators (KPI) to mature the portfolio and bring value to the customer as well as the company. Establish project relevant KPIs that will signal success or failure. Manage process in a way that incentivizes and promotes learning, pivoting based on customer input and quickly terminating projects that aren’t efficiently producing value.

  5. Promote an enterprise culture of innovation. Inspire, lead, and influence business unit leaders, cross-functional teams, internal stakeholders and customers to build and maintain the organization's capability to innovate. Create and promote an Intrapreneurial spirit and mindset among all AEP employees.

  6. Execute innovation & technology best practices. Benchmarking, scouting and standardizing market research methods for novel ideas and insights; strategic innovation, promoting open innovation and introducing group tools and processes that encourage creative thinking and problem-solving.

  7. Manage resources. Resource allocation processes (portfolio, stage-gate, capex, budgeting) to take ideas from concept to reality.

  8. Ensure target zero in safety, health & environmental. Lead the work group and ensure that all innovation and technology applicable policies, procedures, and regulations are followed. Additionally, ensure that all activities are accomplished according to AEP written policy and procedure.

Minimum Requirements

Education: Bachelor's Degree; Graduate degree preferred.

Experience: Eight (8) years of relevant experience in one or a mixture of energy, technology, market strategy, entrepreneurship and/or business consulting. Experience with leading change and continuous improvement. management.

Required Travel: up to 20 %.

Requirements-Other: (Knowledge, skills abilities and qualifications)

  • Self-starter willing to be a hands-on member/manager of a cross-functional team.

  • Demonstrated ability to inspire employees and external stakeholders at all levels.

  • Ability to anticipate consumer needs coupled with strong skills of execution.

  • Comfort with ambiguity and making progress without always having next steps clearly defined.

  • Eight (8) years of relevant experience in one or a mixture of energy, technology, market strategy, entrepreneurship and/or business consulting.

  • Experience with leading change and continuous improvement management.

  • Bachelor's or graduate degree (pref.) in related field.

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