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Jacobs Innovation Manager - Denver, Boston, or New York City in Boston, Massachusetts

Your Impact:

Jacobs is a company like no other. Beyond If is our global program for instilling and sustaining our innovation culture and powering our shift from a services company to a company where solutions increasingly generate significant revenue. We seek to inspire innovative ideas, practice the discipline of innovation and lean start up and grow new business opportunities based on innovative outcomes. Beyond If showcases the best of who we are as innovators, creators and problem solvers. We educate, empower and equip people at every level of the organization to have the courage to challenge the status quo and work together to create outcomes that deliver value for our clients and society at large.

As the Innovation Manager, you’ll sit at the heart of our incubation and innovation work in the US. You’ll collaborate with both lines of business in the US to identify new ideas that could be part of Jacobs’ continued evolution and transformation. You’ll coach and support the idea owner to get proposal “investment ready” before starting the real work of steering, coaching, leading and driving the incubation team to bring the idea to reality, using our Beyond If Incubation pathway. Just like entrepreneurs bring teams together to grow real businesses, the you’ll bring internal teams together to grow real innovative solutions. The main focus of your role will be hands on incubation of strategic initiatives, whilst also coaching and teaching the others how to follow the Incubation pathway. This role is about hands on incubation and solution development, not strategy and planning.

As the Innovation Manager, you’ll:

  • Collaborate with the technical owner, business sponsor and product owner, drive and lead an incubation team to develop new innovative solutions following our Beyond If incubation pathway This will involve providing business strategy /commercial thinking / customer insight / incubation process advice to the team as it works. This will also involve a fair degree of overall project direction and leadership. You’ll drive each incubation project and be the north star guidance for the team.

  • Manage the financial aspects of the incubation process such as bidding for funding through our investment panels and then managing funding spend throughout the process.

  • Manage the stakeholders in the incubation process including senior members of the Lines of Business and corporate, always ensuring the relevant stakeholders are informed during the incubation process and that the solution fits with Line of Business priorities.

  • Provide a strong product management capability into the incubation teams and more generally provide product management advice to the business. • Partner with the sales and marketing team to launch the solution and drive early sales and adoption. Once the solution is established, you’ll work with the Line of Business to embed it into business as usual.

  • Provide advice and coaching to early stage idea teams to get them “investment ready” to incubate.

  • Provide advice and coaching to ideas that are being incubated within an operating unit. This may include periodic check in meetings or taking part in review panels

  • Provide advice and coaching on the overall Beyond IF Incubation Pathway to the Line of Businesses so that they understand the process and can follow it themselves.

  • Occasionally, support the idea capture and idea management process At Jacobs, we don’t settle – always looking beyond to raise the bar and deliver with excellence.

We apply our expertise and knowledge as we look to the future with great optimism and focus. We don’t settle until we give our best and know that we’re making a difference. 

*The position will be a mix of Remote and in-office in Boston, Denver, or New York City.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • Advanced experience in digital incubation, lean start up, product development, new solution creation, with hands on experience and skills in incubating real solutions.

  • Experience driving a team to incubate, teaching and coaching the strategy around lean start up

  • Experience with business development / product development process and some experience of lean start up agile process and knowledge of key issues and trends in digital Ideally, you’ll also have:

  • Experience or a background in Infrastructure /civil engineering

Jacobs is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, or medical conditions related to pregnancy, childbirth, or breastfeeding), age, medical condition, marital or domestic partner status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression and transgender status, mental disability or physical disability, genetic information, military or veteran status, citizenship, low-income status or any other status or characteristic protected by applicable law. Learn more about your rights under Federal EEO laws ( and supplemental language ( .

At Jacobs, we’re challenging today to reinvent tomorrow by solving the world’s most critical problems for thriving cities, resilient environments, mission-critical outcomes, operational advancement, scientific discovery and cutting-edge manufacturing, turning abstract ideas into realities that transform the world for good. With $13 billion in revenue and a talent force of more than 55,000, Jacobs provides a full spectrum of professional services including consulting, technical, scientific and project delivery for the government and private sector.