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Principal Innovation Engineer

Job Description and Requirements

Job Description:

  • Promote the innovation culture
  • Develop and implement plans to support and grow the Innovation Program
  • Participate in the design and Implement Technical Innovation Audit and identify the gaps.
  • Implementation of corrective actions and implement initiatives to close such gaps.
  • Responsible of initiative implementations from idea to launch. Including initiative scope definition, communication material design, stakeholder’s alignment, platform and framework design and implementation.
  • Responsible and accountable for the success of the initiatives. Promote initiatives between engineering teams.
  • Participate in the open innovation initiatives through partnership with universities, research centres, suppliers, industry partners and start-up community. With a main focus to scout for opportunities which participates in increasing Valeo’s overall competitiveness.
  • Responsible for achieving innovation program KPIs and ensure that targets are met.
  • Support R&D initiatives to enhance VIAS overall competitive through dollar value ROI.
  • Help VIAS engineers to generate process/product innovation ideas of relevance to Valeo and guide them through incubation
  • Responsible of the execution of the operational plan, increase employee engagement to the program, ensure the quality ideation session, improve idea quality & ROI, and focus more on technology related innovation
  • Oversee the patent and ensure its requirements are included in the innovation plan to increase the number of patents coming from Egypt.
  • Execute the Innovation Program and the day-to-day operations of the space.
  • Conduct internal workshops (ideation sessions, business model design and fast prototyping, user centric design) workshops, events and activities within the program’s lifetime.
  • Handle relationships with strategic partners and alliances of the Innovation Program.
  • Handle internal and external events organized and sponsored by the Innovation Program.
  • Conduct business development activities to promote the generated ideas to different internal business groups to guarantee that the business impact has been achieved through the conversion of those ideas into products, patents and road maps.

Job Qualifications: 

Education/ Training:

  • Masters degree in Design, Innovation, Strategic Foresight, technology management or other related field is a plus
  • B.Cs., in Engineering, Computer Science, Technology Management or relevant discipline is a must

Professional Experience:

  • Preferred at least 5 years of relevant experience.
  • Innovation professional, with tested expertise in design thinking and/or service design, user centred design, fast prototyping. Possess extensive experience in innovation management.
  • Experienced in developing and leading business strategy, leading and facilitating multidisciplinary teams Ideally having experience and knowledge in the automotive sector and/or software and/or electronics and/or general technology sector
  • Start-up and entrepreneurship experiences are welcomed

Other Specifications:

  • Knowledgeable and passionate about human centred design, with a technology savvy mindset
  • Committed to staying current with new tools and methods to advance your work and be innovative
  • Solid relationship building skills and multi-stakeholders alignment capabilities
  • Solid presentation and public speaking skills
  • Solid mentorship and coaching skills
  • Excellent teamwork capabilities and natural leadership skills
  • Experience in workshops and training courses design and conduction is of great value
  • Master in influence without authority techniques.
  • Exposure to start-ups and/or venture capital and/or government technology and entrepreneurship support bodies and/or academia community and/or automotive industry sector is a plus
  • Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously and work effectively in a fast-paced, deadline driven environment with rapidly changing priorities
  • Solid planning, analytical and critical thinking skills and good technical/project management skills is a must