Ideation Manager, Product Innovation (Barcelona)

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Date: 17-Feb-2018


In the Product Innovation Team we’ve learnt that building meaningful innovation means being ready to do things differently.  


A multi-disciplinary team, we are charged with identifying the next significant area of opportunity for the business at a global scale. Once identified we rapidly build, test and scale products/services in market with a view to enhancing Telefónica’s already industry leading offering.


We are looking for candidates that are:

• Trailblazers: have the determination to pursue an original vision with conviction and creativity
• Adaptable: have the ability to be flexible and fluid in their approach to work is critical to success
• Open: always seeking work with collaboration with others
• Rigorous:  are relentlessly focused on doing their best possible job on whatever they are tasked with or have masterminded
• Ambitious: work-proud, and not easily defeated; always aiming higher in every new pursuit



The Ideation Manager role sits within Discovery, the team that looks to define “what next” for Product Innovation and Telefonica and works to translate the strategies and areas of opportunity into real, tangible products.


The role will include managing all aspects of ideation working with the Head of Business Innovation and the broader team to bring opportunity areas to life, find compelling ways in to solve big challenges and define how we create impactful new innovations.


The successful candidate will work within a multi-disciplinary team and will be tasked with leading the team’s efforts in coming up with new ideas from insight to ideation and the development of early working prototypes.


• To lead all aspects of the ideation process including:
- Helping craft the insights that frame the opportunity
- Shaping a future vision of the project that represents a significant opportunity for Telefónica (over €100M in value generation)
- Shaping a compelling value proposition that is good for our customers (B2B and B2C), our business and that has a technological differentiation
- Developing prototypes to help validate the idea
- Internal stakeholder management, up to a Director level
- Shaping customers insights projects that can test and validate hypotheses
- Potential to management of a team of technical/product internally or externally resources to implement defined prototype
- Budget management

• The successful candidate should also become the resident expert in the area of opportunity, with insight on why it is important to the customer, the business model(s) and the technology that can enable it
• The candidate will share findings with the wider Innovation team, and relevant business units within Telefonica and be ready to support other adjacent projects within the innovation funnel


• People management –  the successful candidate must be able to steer a team of high performing individuals (not direct reports) to deliver results
• Product management – the candidate must be able to manage end-to-end product delivery of an ideation process and the building of a prototype(s)
• Product Insight – the ideal candidate will be able to create compelling product propositions and have a vision in a fast-moving environment
• Project management – the Product Manager must be able to drive execution in a complex, global environment
• Entrepreneurial mind-set – the candidate must be able to use initiative and creativity to get things done
• Exceptional written, oral, interpersonal, and presentation skills and the ability to effectively interface with senior management and staff
• Ability to operate as an effective tactical as well as strategic thinker
• Highly driven and results focussed


Professional Experience

• At least 5 years experience in innovation, with expertise in distilling compelling insights

• Experience developing products/propositions from seed ideas



• Fluent Spanish (desirable) and English (must).

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