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National Grid Senior Innovation Director in Waltham, Massachusetts

About us National Grid is hiring a Senior Innovation Director position at oour office in Waltham, MA. At National Grid we are increasing the pace of our innovation cycle so we can deliver greater value to society, faster. To be successful in this challenge, we are looking at recruiting an entrepreneur to join our team. This role is specifically designed tostrategize, ideate, setup, track and support the delivery of a disruptive innovation programme across the National Grid group. This will include keeping up to date with changes in the energy, technology and entrepreneurship landscapes, developing innovation strategies and initiatives to address our decarbonisation ambition and delivering on them. Your key stakeholders will be National Grid existing Businesses as well as the wider innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem.You will lead a team of four Innovation managers and develop new initiatives from the very beginningof ideation and customer discoverythrough to business model validation. The activities will be truly entrepreneurial ranging from strategic work at the early stage to generating a pipeline of projects, to customer validation and job-to-be-done interviews, to developing financial business propositions, novel technical solutions and compelling pitches to the investor and start-up community. We are looking forentrepreneurial candidates comfortable working autonomously as well as in team settings. You will be a passionate leader that the team is enthusiastic to follow, obsessed about the decarbonisation of the energy industry and innovation ## Job Purpose Disruptive Innovation is about identifying and validating opportunities for new revenue streams or customer benefits that that do not exist today, but which if we leave for others to pursue could ultimately erode or disrupt present revenue streams across the Group. To be taken up by the CoE such opportunities must have clear and plausible economic, environmental and / or societal benefits which will be valued by both National Grid and our consumers. This role is specifically designed tomanage and deliver disruptive innovation across National Grid’s US regulated Business units, taking projects from ideation through to a validated business case for scale up. ## Key Accountabilities + Accountable for building compelling business cases to get your teams initiatives approved by the Venture Capital Investment Committee (VCIC) and passed Innovation Approval Meeting (IAM). + Leveraging your strong relationships, you will be accountable for delivering Horizon 3 innovation initiatives across the National Grid’s US regulated Business units. Taking projects from ideation through to a validated business case for scale up. + Accountable to source and deliver Innovation ideas into the pipeline + Manage a team of Innovation Managers. + Accountable for the managing the innovation process for your personal and teams’ initiatives. + Accountable for being a role model team member of the innovation team, ambassador to the wider business and externally. Leveraging your strong relationships, you will be accountable for delivering Horizon 3 innovation initiatives across the National Grid’s US regulated Business units. Taking projects from ideation through to a validated business case for scale up.Accountable to source and deliver Innovation ideas into the pipelineManage a team of Innovation Managers.Accountable for the managing the innovation process for your personal and teams’ initiatives.Accountable for being a role model team member of the innovation team, ambassador to the wider business and externally. Work with the Innovation group reporting function to improve consolidated reporting across NG group. ## Qualifications + Exhibit inspirational leadership, commercial, entrepreneurial, problem solving and creative skills. + Demonstrable experience of building new ventures. + Deep understanding of global energy emerging and current trends. + Experience of bringing compelling ideas to life from ideation to approval of business cases + Experience in managing teams + Strong understanding of innovation practices including Design Thinking across a wide range of industries and market segments + Experience in building strong working relationships across a diverse stakeholder base. + Excellent communication skills (written and verbal) that can transcend many levels of the organisation. Demonstrable experience of building new ventures.Deep understanding of global energy emerging and current trends.Experience of bringing compelling ideas to life from ideation to approval of business casesExperience in managing teamsStrong understanding of innovation practices including Design Thinking across a wide range of industries and market segmentsExperience in building strong working relationships across a diverse stakeholder base.Excellent communication skills (written and verbal) that can transcend many levels of the organisation. ## More Information National Grid is an equal opportunity employer that values a broad diversity of talent, knowledge, experience and expertise. We foster a culture of inclusion that drives employee engagement to deliver superior performance to the communities we serve. National Grid is proud to be an affirmative action employer. We encourage minorities, women, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans to join the National Grid team.
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