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Skanska Director - Innovation in Boston, Massachusetts

Director - Innovation

Location: Arlington, Virginia, United States

Post Date: 3 days ago

Requisition #: SKA000CQW

The Director - Innovation will work collaboratively with the national and regional management teams in advancing change management within Skanska USA Commercial Development (CDUS) by creating a culture of innovation through leadership, strategy, and direction for innovative solutions and improvements, including the development of new products, services, and processes in areas such as building design, safety, sustainability, user experience, and building operations. The Director will co-develop and help integrate ideas, methods, and tools to support and enable every person to innovate around a values-based, market approach. Further, the Director will seek to increase the value of the Skanska brand in all markets around innovation to foster a best-in-class approach toward sustainable development.

What You’ll Do:

  • Identify and share market trends and inspirational findings relating to innovative building technologies, helping regional teams with the focus on increasing CDUS’s ability to innovate in each of our markets.

  • Lead and influence innovation to develop and launch short- and long-term new product initiatives.

  • In collaboration with cross-functional teams, generate innovative product ideas that meet consumer needs while supporting the mission of the CDUS.

  • Systematically evaluate ideas to select high potential opportunities for further testing and/or feasibility analysis.

  • Establish tangible goals for increasing the innovation and differentiation in our development projects.

  • Collaborate with project teams and other members of the Strategic Services Team to support and evaluate project positioning.

  • Lead knowledge sharing sessions, setting agenda, and desired outcomes.

  • Develop briefs for all innovation projects and provide feedback on marketing and creative output to markets and strategic services team to ensure all activities cohesively supports brand/product strategy.

  • Create innovation workgroups to explore building technologies, practicalities, cost constraints, and marketing benefits.

  • Determine opportunities for collaboration within Skanska’s construction units and global business units

  • Collaborate and advise the regional and project teams with identifying, sourcing, interviewing, and selecting innovative products and solutions.

  • Sounding board for regional and project teams to collaborate on best solutions, innovation tactics, negotiating agreements, etc.

  • Support regional teams with budgeting for technology and tactics to be implemented in projects.

  • Represent CDUS at annual conferences in innovative development, etc.

Roles + Activities:

  • Innovation Culture:

  • Create a platform to foster and promote empowering innovation culture in everything we do inside of CDUS. The scope will include the way we work together, development approach, new markets, IT, and other identified areas.

  • Developing Staff Skills:

  • Identify and implement areas of training for staff and developing/applying measures to track improvements in innovation and the skills underpinning them.

  • Support best practices by scouting and standardizing market research methods for novel ideas and insights; strategic innovation; promoting open innovation; introducing group tools and processes that encourage creative thinking.

  • New Product and Service Initiatives:

  • Acting as a methodology expert and facilitator throughout CDUS, supporting them in ”raising the bar” of their aspirations.

  • Owning and allocating a yearly budget (seed funding) for ”risky” ideas, providing a space to nourish and protect new ideas.

  • New Markets:

  • analyzing trends and market disruptions and searching for emerging new market opportunities.

  • Establish partnerships and cooperative agreements with new stakeholders in key markets.

We’re Looking For:

  • Expertise in project development with a focus on differentiating our buildings through innovative solutions in design.

  • Demonstrated communications excellence including written communications, marketing, and presentation.

  • Demonstrated expertise in developing and implementing corporate Innovation programs.

  • Experience in training and providing education to internal and external stakeholders.

  • Market leadership in the area of Innovation (i.e. regular speaker, a leader at industry conferences).

  • Bachelor’s Degree and 7+ years of progressive leadership in the industry.

Core Competencies Include:

  • Business Planning and Budgeting

  • Project Management

  • Communications

  • Education & Training

  • Hiring

  • Lifecycle Analysis

  • Marketing

  • Scenario Planning and Back-Casting

  • Stakeholder Engagement

  • Process Mapping

  • Systems Thinking

  • Partnership Development and Management

  • Curiosity in observing and implementing new, innovative strategies and techniques.

Travel required – Minimum 25%; Regular periods 50%

Home Office Location: In one of the core Development Markets:

Boston, MA; Washington, DC; Houston, TX ; Seattle, WA; Los Angeles, CA

Developing Your Career at Skanska, You Will:

  • Contribute to a sustainable future improving the lives of people, communities, and companies;

  • Collaborate in an open culture where sound values and dedicated people come together for greater results;

  • Thrive in a people-driven international company with countless opportunities to learn and grow.

Skanska is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to status as a protected veteran or a qualified individual with a disability, or other protected status, such as race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age.

Skanska is one of the world’s leading construction and development companies. Skanska’s core operations in the U.S. include building construction, civil infrastructure and developing self-financed commercial properties. In 2020, construction in the U.S. generated $6.5 billion in revenue, and as a developer in the U.S., Skanska has invested a total of $2.8 billion in commercial and multi-family projects. With U.S. headquarters in New York City, Skanska has 29 offices with 7,600 employees nationwide. An industry-leading innovator in both safety and project execution, Skanska offers competitive solutions for traditional and complex assignments that build a more sustainable future for our customers and communities. Global revenue of parent company Skanska AB, headquartered in Stockholm and listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange, totaled approximately $17.2 billion in 2020

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Skanska USA Human Resources (“Skanska HR”) provides HR services to the Skanska business units within the U.S.A. including Skanska USA Civil Inc., Skanska USA Building Inc., Skanska USA Commercial Development Inc. and Skanska Infrastructure Development Inc. (collectively “Skanska USA”). As such, Skanska HR is the sole authorized representative of Skanska USA to execute any agreements with search firms, employment agencies or any employment vendor (“Vendor”). As a condition precedent to any entitlement for payment, a Vendor shall have both (1) Skanska USA Placement Agreement, and (2) an Engagement Job Order executed by an authorized Skanska HR representative. Absent the properly executed documents, Skanska HR shall have no obligation to make payment to the Vendor. Verbal or written communications from any employee of Skanska USA business units shall not be considered binding obligations. All resumes whether unsolicited or solicited shall be considered property of Skanska HR

Additional Information

  • Location: Arlington, Virginia, United States

  • Additional Locations:Boston, Massachusetts, United States; Seattle, Washington, United States; Los Angeles, California, United States; Houston, Texas, United States

  • Schedule: Full-time

  • Employee Status: Regular