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Head of Corporate Innovation

Company: Ingevity
Location: North Charleston
Posted on: February 22, 2021

Job Description:

Bold. Energetic. Ingenious.Genuine. These qualities best describe employees who work for Ingevity. We believe it takes extraordinary people to create extraordinary results.-- At Ingevity, we harness the bold spirit, innate curiosity and remarkable ingenuity of our people to develop innovations that purify, protect and enhance the world around us. Our products enable oil to flow better, crops to grow fuller, roads last longer, and ensure that the air we all breathe is cleaner. Already a leader in markets in which we compete, we leverage our deep technical expertise and knowledge of our customers' industries to turn complex challenges into powerful possibilities and value-added solutions. We prize creativity and imagination and we're always looking for a better, smarter way of doing things.--
-- We know it takes the right people with the right attitude to achieve the improbable. People who understand that there is no challenge too big and no contribution too small. People with the ability to solve and the commitment to stay the course. People who work together to create meaningful impact and exponential results, for our customers and the world around us. Our people are our most valued asset, and the foundation of our success. Interested? We thought you might be, and we're so glad! How you will impact Ingevity: We are looking for a Head of Corporate Innovation to work within Ingevity's newly created growth office. Reporting to the Chief Growth and Innovation Officer, this individual will identify and take advantage of market, industry, and economic trends to launch new business opportunities for Ingevity. This individual will serve as the 'tip of the spear' in the company's efforts to evaluate emerging technologies to serve as pillars for commercialization, corporate differentiation, and exponential growth. Leveraging their deep technical expertise, the Head of Corporate Innovation should present thoughtful points of view on new chemistries and materials and direct resource allocation and investment for new opportunities.-- Independent from the business segments, the Head of Corporate Innovation will manage a team of technology scouts, project leaders, and analysts to build new business platforms for Ingevity. We expect the Ingevity's innovation investment will be -70% external, requiring an interest and ability to network and collaborate with other companies and institutions. The Head of Corporate Innovation will interact with the growth team and business segments to manage the corporate innovation portfolio. The Head of Corporate Innovation will review, advise, and approve innovation projects through a stage-gate process.

  • Transform Ingevity's business structure to position the company for growth by developing new chemical and material platforms
  • Design and build the platforms through partnerships, technology licensing, and acquisitions
  • Identify and develop partner for strategic relationships, university partnerships, venture capital, and research institutions
  • Identify, evaluate, and deliver potential acquisition and alliance partners in line with the long-term corporate strategy
  • Collaborate with, improve, and accelerate the execution of business segment innovation projects What you need to succeed:
    • PhD in Chemistry or Engineering is preferred; additionally, an MBA is helpful.
    • 7-10 years of innovation, business development and/or research experience
    • Experience in acquisitions and/or integration
    • Must have strong level of comfort in front of and experience working directly with executive and board-level committees.--
    • High ambiguity tolerance and interest in developing adjacent businesses
    • Excellent communication and presentation skills.
    • Strong commercial, strategic, and marketing mindset and toolbox.
    • Proven ability to take projects from idea to commercial success.
    • Strong listening, technical learning ability and dot connector.
    • Cross-functional relationship skills.
    • Resilient, resourceful, optimistic and energetic.
    • Ability to travel: Up to 50% (domestic and potential for international) Ingevity is an Equal Opportunity Employer, Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled. Recruiting Agencies: Ingevity does not accept unsolicited resumes and therefore, will not be responsible for any fees associated with unsolicited resumes.-- Posted 22 Days Ago Full time R0000705 About Us Ingevity provides specialty chemicals, high-performance carbon materials and engineered polymers that purify, protect, and enhance the world around us. Through a team of talented and experienced people, Ingevity develops, manufactures, and brings to market products and processes that help customers solve complex problems. These products are used in a variety of demanding applications, including asphalt paving, oil exploration and production, agrochemicals, adhesives, lubricants, publication inks, coatings, elastomers, bio-plastics and automotive components that reduce gasoline vapor emissions. Headquartered in North Charleston, South Carolina, Ingevity operates from 25 locations around the world and employs approximately 1,750 people. The company is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: NGVT). For more information visit www.ingevity.com . Ingevity--is committed to being an Equal opportunity employer. We are committed to respecting your data privacy, to further understand how Ingevity uses your data, please visit our website at https:/www.ingevity.com/legal-privacy/

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