Innovation Director for Haarslev Industries
We are looking for a tech savvy Innovation Director for Haarslev Industries with solid management experience within corporate change processes and innovation methods, processes and tools who possess an entrepreneurial and agile personality to sustain Haarslev Industries’ growth momentum and evolve the company to a customer focused, agile and industry shaping company.
About Haarslev Industries A/S
Haarslev Industries designs, manufactures, installs and maintains complete systems and equipment for the processing of fish, animal by-products, domestic and sewage waste, bio fuels and by-products from food and beverage manufacturing. Depending on the quality and source, ingredients can be used for fuel and animal consumption. Haarslev Industries’ solutions are energy effective, reliable and sustainable and offers the highest possible product quality and yield. Every day, all around the world. Haarslev Industries is a full-service provider and they create value for customers by developing, designing and supplying mechanical and thermal separation process technology.
Haarslev Industries is fast growing and has the ambition to substantially accelerate the increase in value created by its activities both to clients and to the company. Innovation will play a key role in the effort to evolve Haarslev Industries into a customer focused, agile and industry shaping company and the Innovation Director will lead this effort.
In this newly established function as Innovation Director for Haarslev Industries you will have the responsibility to lead the innovation management function, the innovation strategy development for the Group, innovation processes across the Group and the innovation Board including management of the overall innovation and product development portfolio.
The responsibility for the innovation management function includes both to lead and manage the Innovation Management team which consists of a Product Manager and a Product Development Group as well as to drive change processes to a customer focused, agile and industry shaping company. You will furthermore lead the innovation strategy development which includes the design and execution of long-term strategies build on acquired knowledge about customer needs, market and technology shifts, industry dynamics and company orthodoxies. In addition, you will be responsible for identifying gaps in Haarslev Industries’ product and project portfolio and initiate new products, services and projects. In the initiation of products, services and projects you are responsible for the successful engagement of both internal and external stakeholders and for communicating and arguing the cases to the top management with the overall strategies and objectives of the firm in mind. Besides the Innovation Director must ensure that innovation processes are implemented across the company which includes to adapt and develop tools, methods and processes to meet specific challenges, to design and lead training teams involved in innovation projects as well as to lead leadership training on process impact and objectives.
Furthermore, you will lead the Innovation Board (iBoard) which is the group responsible for designing a portfolio of initiatives that will renew the existing and create the future business for Haarslev Industries. Therefore, it is essential that you can manage the tension between existing and future businesses by balancing the portfolio on e.g. risk and rewards and that you can convey confidence based on qualitative data e.g. customer insight and to reduce risk by suggesting iterative experimentation instead of high cost development.
As Innovation Director you will report to the COO/CEO and be a part of the Extented Executive Team (EET).
You have 7+ years of experience from an international technical or engineering company where you have been involved in innovation and corporate change processes on a management level. Hence, in previous positions, you have demonstrated a strong track record of creating successful products and services, delivered strong positive customer response and growth and profitability for businesses. You have a strong understanding of the customer, the market and the competition and you possess the skills to inspire your teams and the broader organization in order to encourage them to deliver what they thought impossible. Moreover, you are inquisitive within the industry and the work of the organization and have a strong commercial awareness combined with a clear technical understanding.
As a person, you are ambitious, determined and truly passionate and inspired by your field of work. You possess excellent communication and presentation skills and you are honest, transparent and engaging in your communication. You are able to clearly communicate your ideas and visions to colleagues as well as to customers. You have the ability to act as a professional inspiration as you are curious and always seeking new information and industry insights that you can pass on to your colleagues and/or employees. You are extrovert, customer-oriented and motivated by results and growth. You have the passion and drive to challenge the status quo in order to bring the best possible solutions to life, and you have a desire to make a difference. Besides you are a good listener and you always strive to learn yourself. You have a good sense of business which enables you to e.g. identify key competence areas where external stakeholders can add value or to solicit and activate resources from across the organization. Finally, you are an empathic leader and a talented relation-builder who possesses the ability to listen and discuss, with the overarching strategies and goals in mind.
If you would like to know more about the job please contact Partner Jesper Christiansen on +45 2020 3736 or mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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