Head of Open Innovation Platform


Kapelle-op-den-Bos, BE

Mission and Key objectives

The mission of the Open Innovation platform is to develop a disruptive approach to Etex innovation, in alignment with its sustainability ambition and sense of purpose. The job holder will shape the culture and processes required for open innovation to succeed at Etex.

Key objectives :

The key objectives of the OIP are:

- to oversee and manage a portfolio of innovation initiatives
- to set-up appropriate tools & processes to connect with externals innovators & capture disruptive ideas 
- to propose investment in disruptive technologies for Etex, under the review of a dedicated investment committee
- to encourage and support the development of relevant collaboration between outside innovators & Etex businesses
to coordinate all cross-functional activities and collaborate with leaders in varied areas:
* develop a high-performance atmosphere and to foster an open-innovation culture in the organization
* ensure to exercise decision-making and independent judgment while being aligned all stakeholders

As head of the  innovation platform, you will coordinate with your team (1-2 persons at start) the development of these activities


Roles and Responsibilities

1. Develop open -innovation acculturation through communication, business appropriation, web platform, …
2. Develop appropriate open innovation networks, to access disruption opportunities & ensure continuous flow of ideas and organize initial evaluation process
3. Perform appropriate due diligence for targeted investment & submit proposal to the OIP investment committee
4 Management  portfolio of start-up investment

5 Propose collaboration opportunities to the business & support the set-up and follow up


Required Experience

Minimum education: Bachelor degree in business or technological related matters

Minimum experience within the field of expertise/management: >10 years of experience in similar position, or relevant business experience in construction sector

Language skills: English, another language is a plus





Etex Values

Connect and Care
Passion for Excellence
Pioneer to Lead


  • Ability to communicate & federate organization
  • Ability work and organize project in a matrix environment
  • Strong negotiation skills
  • Entrepreneurial mindsetWillingness to take the first steps to change and to inspire others to follow

Functional Knowledge and Skills

  • Strong business knowledge of construction markets dynamics and trends,
  • Experienced in leading innovation projects, strong project management skills
  • Experience with company and business valuation is a plus
  • Familiar with new technology incubation process and start-up environment is a plus
  • Experienced with market/customers needs identification
  • Finance acumen