Growth and Innovation Lead Ref: ZR
Supporting and enabling innovative growth across company businesses in Africa by acting as an advisor to these projects and by building and managing the tools and capabilities to support them. These initiatives will typically be enabled by external partnerships and/or technology use in selling mainly insurance products to clients across Africa.
Permanent Cape Town based, open to all South Africans with the relevant experience
Providing & enabling direct support to innovative growth projects
Providing advisory support to businesses as they innovate, and to help them in working with partner organisations and technology companies
Coaching and acting as a soundboard for innovation project teams across the business
Supporting negotiations and contracting with partners and suppliers
Assessing the quality of innovation proposals, rating potential technology and other partners, identifying risk factors in new initiatives
Acting as a central point of support & control for innovative growth
Tracking and analysing the performance of innovation initiatives, and using this information to inform decisions at a local and group level.
Securing and defending budgets for the right initiatives, and motivating for head office support for initiatives, engaging with colleagues at a senior level
Proactively finding and initiating new growth projects by recognising patterns or repeatable models across countries.
Finding and connecting the right resources from the group or outside to fill gaps in the capabilities needed for projects.
Monitoring and studying insurance and financial services innovation globally for context and inspiration, and to recognise trends
Curating and improving the organisation’s innovation methods
Acting as curator of the innovation framework and toolkit, and continually enhancing this supporting material, both through the experience of the businesses as they innovate, and through creating new and improving existing aspects of the framework as required.
Identifying, articulating and communicating lessons learned from the experience of the teams worked with across Africa. Communication may be in presentation form, written, or person-to-person.
Qualifications, Experience and Skills
Degree or Diploma with 10 to 12 years related experience
Appropriate Business related degree with 10 years’ relevant experience
Work in a consulting or advisory role, dealing with EXCO level clients
Work in insurance, ideally with experience across several countries in Africa
Experience in innovating, creating new business models and/or value propositions
Managing a portfolio of projects across different locations
Ability to work with staff up to CEO level across the continent
Strategic and analytical thinker, able to spot patterns and trends across different contexts
Familiarity with innovation and start-up models
Expertise in business model design and innovation
Understanding of insurance in emerging markets