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Innovation Strategist / Business Designer

  • Munich
  • Munich

Can you create and navigate different strategies for innovation? Do you know how to connect the dots between business, engineering and design perspectives? Are you a creative problem-solver with a hands-on, entrepreneurial mindset? We want to hear from you!

Skills & Requirements

As an Innovation Strategist / Business Designer, you will be helping organisations make smart decisions around innovation. This requires diving deep into the opportunity space (research, analysis, mapping) and the solution space (designing strategies, prototyping and developing business models, validating their impact) of our clients in a variety of industries.

In practice, you may be evaluating business models for sustainable energy solutions; creating product strategies for industry leaders in logistics; or improving the way med-tech companies do continuous innovation as organisations.

For our clients you will be a trusted advisor and sparring partner. Internally at Futurice you will help further sharpen our capabilities in strategy and business model innovation, as well as spot opportunities for our key accounts in the sectors of mobility, energy and health.

Our approach to innovation strategy and business design:

At Futurice, innovation strategy is a team sport. The real magic happens when strategists, engineers and designers work together from day one.

• Hands-on
We don’t create impressive but unrealistic strategy presentations – we define hypotheses and run experiments to reality-check everything we do.

• Tech-enabled
Cutting-edge digital engineering is in our organizational DNA. And for us, “data-enabled” is not a buzzword but a real capability in everything we do.

• Agile
We are not married to any specific innovation or business design framework. We approach every new client challenge with green-field creativity.

Your key responsibilities will include

• Client work
Solving client challenges around innovation strategy and business models. Acting as an expert, sparring partner, problem-solver and trusted advisor.

• Project management
Scoping, framing and delivery of projects to ensure delighted clients, happy team members and a healthy bottom-line.

• Business development
Spotting and driving new opportunities with both current and prospective clients. Development of proposals and problem discovery workshops.

• Thought leadership
Developing points-of-view that help generate opportunities for new client work. In practice: speaking and writing publicly about your craft.

• Competence development
Sharpening our capabilities, tools and brand in Innovation Strategy and business design, together with other experts

We are looking for people with
Minimum 3 years experience in innovation strategy and business model innovation. We are more interested in your passion and skills than formal experience or certifications.

Ability to do quantitative and qualitative research to discover opportunities. Number-crunching is not the main focus, but being comfortable with data is expected.

Ability to identify and frame client challenges and transform those into proposals and project plans that can be executed

Knack for storytelling and taking senior stakeholders through a journey from plan to delivery and beyond

Excellent communication & facilitation skills

Working proficiency in English. German highly valued but not required

Industry experience in mobility, energy or health (optional)

Metaskills creativity in and passion for solving complex problems, resilience in sometimes tricky client environments, and self-confidence in on- and offline conversations

Why join Futurice?
We are very proud of our culture and our lean, flat company structure. It’s not by accident that we’ve been selected as the best place to work in Europe twice. We have four core values, which are also our promises to you as a new employee:

  1. Care
    We care about the problems we solve and about each other as human beings. We hire people who intuitively and by default help each other out. It’s a virtuous cycle that creates happy teams and happy clients.
  2. Trust
    At Futurice, trust doesn’t need to be earned, it’s given. This means that if you think something makes sense, you can go ahead and do it.
  3. Continuous improvement
    We want to help every Futurician get better at their craft every day. This happens through project-work, training and guided self-learning.
  4. Transparency
    We believe in being open about pretty much everything. No matter your career level, you can get involved in and informed about any topic company-wide.

What we can offer you
Flexible working hours
Some are night owls, others early birds! No one is equally productive 9 to 5 and we are fine with it.

Load your batteries
You will have 30 paid vacation days.

We consider individual needs
Choose the way you work best by selecting your own devices and tools.

Personal IT budget
It allows you to regularly update your work equipment

Remote work
You can work from anywhere outside Germany for up to four weeks each year.

Ultimate learning platform
Continuous learning is one of our core values, therefore you will be offered various learning opportunities in your daily work as well as internal learning events, training and meet-ups to share and enlarge your knowledge

Company pension scheme
You have the possibility to participate in a direct insurance company pension plan

Sports benefit
We want our Futuemployees to stay fit and healthy! Therefore Futurice sponsors your personal membership at Urban sports with a certain amount of the monthly costs.

Mobility budget
We support you financially for the commute from home to work with 30EUR per month.

Social Responsibility Program
Where you can give back to the community and receive sponsorship from Futurice for doing open-source projects in your free time.

Agile working environment
Short decision paths and low hierarchies

Regular feedback culture & retrospectives
We support you, to become a better version of yourself!

And last but not least - our Futurice specialities!

Work in another office for a week

Access to 3D printers, VR & AR gear and other cool emerging tech gadgets

Onboarding camp
Global get-together taking place in the woods of Finland for everyone who has joined Futurice recently

Besides our overall cultural and organisational model, here some specific Futurice perks:

Next steps
We would love to hear from you! Please share a few lines about yourself and why you would like to join Futurice as well as your up-to-date CV using the form below.

Come as you are
As an ultimate learning platform that empowers people to become a better version of themselves, we believe that diversity and inclusion are important to our company's success. We seek to recruit, develop and retain the most talented people from a diverse pool of candidates. We welcome applications from everyone, regardless of their race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, medical condition, or other non-merit factors - we care for each other!

About the company

Futurice is a new breed of innovation consultancy that has digital values at its core. We inject life into digital solutions by designing innovative mobile apps and online software – all with a focus on user experience and interaction. We believe that the winning recipe for digital projects is happy people, happy customers, and happy users. We are co-creating the future. Our work has meaning and makes an impact on society. By helping our clients thrive, we co-create a better future.

Founded in 2000 we are over 650-strong and growing. We are all about people. We trust each other and care about each other. We are open and honest. We empower and encourage each other. We are committed to helping you become a better version of you. We challenge each other to find a path of personal growth. We support each other as we learn and grow as people and professionals.

We are cultivating a diverse and proud community, and committed to building an inclusive environment where everyone can thrive and grow.

As an international company with Nordic roots, our HQ is in Helsinki and we have offices in Tampere, Stockholm, Berlin, Munich and Stuttgart. We come from all over the world. Our clients are international, as are the opportunities we provide. Our culture is built on a Nordic heritage of trust and transparency.

Irina Sirakova-Brumbarov | Contact Person

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