Innovation lead

We are Canada’s premier FinTech Engagement firm creating a stronger & more collaborative ecosystem. We are strategically poised to Ignite, Initiate, and Influence.

We provide Corporate Innovation strategies to some of Canada’s largest and most successful companies.

FinTech Growth Syndicate (FGS) is a business accelerator that accelerates sales, partnering and marketing strategies for new and growing FinTech companies and implements internal or external innovation strategies and projects for financial institutions and technology incumbents.

We are deeply connected to the FinTech community and stakeholders and help organizations find partners and build awareness within the FinTech ecosystem.

Join our team as our FGS Innovation Lead

We are excited to offer this opportunity to join a dynamic start up in the role of Innovation Lead.

Role Summary

Our ideal candidate has a passion for change, embraces new ideas and understands the need to constantly innovate a company’s products and services to meet rapidly changing customer needs. They will thrive on exploring the ”what’s possible” for our clients, and be resilient and collaborative in their approach to working with client teams who need to be brought along the innovation journey.  Product development will be a primary focus, as will strategy, process development and ongoing client development. As FGS is an “innovation accelerator” you also want to move fast, work hard and search for validation with customers of products that are desirable, feasible, and viable before spending their money to build anything.

Key Responsilbities:

  • Act as innovation lead that develops and manages products and concepts from inception to launch in the market for our clients

  • Works with clients to drive innovation methodology throughout the client’s organization

  • Manage multiple, simultaneous projects, providing product innovation oversight during all project phases including pre and post go-live

  • Create innovation sprint plans that leverage design thinking, lean start-up and agile development methods, that are aligned with the overall innovation program

  • Evaluates and maintains a breadth of knowledge of the full competitive landscape

  • Monitor and manage timelines/schedule to keep projects on track by prioritizing deliverables that deliver against business objectives and success metrics

  • Identify critical stakeholders and external partners to each innovation sprint and partner effectively with other departments as needed to implement strategies to proactively manage anticipated resistance

  • Build and implement a roadmap and corresponding communication strategy for each innovation product / concept in order to inform impacted stakeholders or obtain their buy-in

  • Work with internal business sponsors and Finance to develop business cases and corresponding P&Ls for each product being developed

  • Acts as the champion of the voice of the consumer in every aspect of the design or solution

  • Assess desirability, viability, and feasibility of specific innovation products

  • Partners with the FGS and Client teams to establish and socialize a model for evaluation criteria of innovation initiatives

  • Embraces creativity and vision as a member of the innovation team

Qualifications:

  • University degree in related field

  • 5-7 years’ experience and successful track record in corporate innovation roles, developing technology products and software

  • Proven business development, client relations and project leadership skills

  • Experience and knowledge of design thinking and agile development principles and methodologies

  • Prior experience in innovation or transformational roles across a diverse set of businesses would be considered an asset

  • Strong project management skills, demonstrated ability to structure and plan work to deliver the right results on time and on budget

  • Self-directed and comfortable working in ambiguous environments

  • Experience in leading cross-functional partners / indirect reports in team project-based work environment

  • Strong stakeholder management and relationship building skills; ability to cultivate and maintain effective working relationships at all levels of the organization and with third party resources

  • Experience and passion working in the financial services, FinTech and start-up space is required

CORE COMPETENCIES AND SKILLS:

  • Significant multi-disciplinary experience in areas such as technology, strategy, product development, and business development

  • High energy, proactive and influential leader

  • Strong collaboration skills with ability to influence others to a common deliverable and goal

  • Good business acumen

  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a cross-functional team

  • Flexible and adaptable, able to work in changing conditions

  • Strong problem solving skills, can identify issues and get to root cause very quickly

  • Ability to create and clearly articulate messages to a variety of audiences in both written and verbal format

  • Ability to work in a challenging, fast-paced, multi-tasked environment

  • Develop and maintain exceptional working relationships with multiple stakeholder groups

WORKING CONDITIONS:

  • This role is positioned in Toronto

  • Must have flexibility to travel within the region, across the country, or internationally for dedicated innovation sprints  

  • Start-up office environment with little structure, need to “wear multiple hats” and roll up your sleeves to “do” the work

Qualified applicants are invited to submit resume and cover letter, stating salary expectations by November 23, 2018.

We thank all applicants for their interest; we will contact only those applicants selected for further considerations. Please note that submissions will be reviewed on an ongoing basis, and therefore early submission is encouraged. FGS will be pleased to provide an accessible recruitment process to candidates invited to move forward in our process.

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