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Innovation Strategist / Business Designer (m/f/x) - Berlin - full-time // part-time

  • Berlin
  • Berlin

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:

  • Collaborative 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.

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

  • Flexible working hours Some are night owls, others early birds – you can work whenever you’re most productive. Also part-time working (e.g. 80%) is possible.
  • Futurice Hybrid Work Model Depending on your assignments you can work from home or in the office
  • Personal IT budget Free choice of laptop, phone, tablet, headphones and other work-gear
  • Company pension scheme Opt-in for an additional, improved pension plan
  • Sports benefit We want our people to stay fit and healthy! Futurice sponsors your personal membership at Urban Sports Club
  • Social responsibility program You can give back to the community and receive sponsorship from Futurice for doing open-source projects in your free time.
  • FutuHike work in another office for a week
  • FutuLabs access to 3D printers, VR & AR gear and other cool emerging tech stuff

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!

Not a perfect fit? We are also looking for:
Client Relationship Developer (m/f/x)
Agile Transformation Consultant (m/f/x)

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, Oslo, 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.

Katharina Schütte | Contact Person

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