050649-Director, Innovation Strategy

AIE San Francisco Position 

Innovation Strategist  

Capgemini is a global leader in innovation and a pioneer in the creation of the concept of “Applied Innovation”. The Applied Innovation Exchange (AIE) was built from the ground up to be the foundational infrastructure, discipline, ecosystem needed to help our clients become proficient at innovation. 

The AIE San Francisco is Capgemini’s flagship innovation asset. At the AIE we help our clients to navigate their most challenging business and technology issues. We immerse our clients into the world of innovation, new ways of working, modern architectures, and emerging technologies. We challenge and coach them to uncover opportunities to become more proficient applied innovators. We are a small team, obsessed with having an impact on our clients, our firm, our talent, and our partners. 

The AIE SF is part of Capgemini’s Chief Innovation Office. The CINO office works to assure world-class innovation infrastructure is developed, scaled, and embedded into how Capgemini sells, delivers and services our clients. 

The Role: 

The Innovation Strategist is a critical role for the San Francisco Applied Innovation Exchange team. This role is responsible for directly engaging Senior level leaders from Capgemini, clients, and partners, with the purpose of guiding innovation initiatives to tangible business outcomes; for the client, Capgemini, and our innovation ecosystem partners. This person will work in a team focused on the delivery of world class client experiences and impacting key Capgemini stakeholders. As such, the candidate for this role must be both an engaging innovation thought leader and an always-curious innovation practitioner. The Innovation Strategist will report to the AIE SF Leader/VP. 

The AIE is not for everyone. It is a demanding environment, often with high degrees of ambiguity, tight deadlines, and high expectations. It is also extremely rewarding – we routinely engage the biggest and best companies in the world, and the top players in Silicon Valley. 


Service Delivery of the AIE Service Catalog 

Key AIE offerings include Discover Workshops and Sustained Innovation. Discover Workshops directly engage clients, partners, and Capgemini leaders. They focus on leveraging a proven AIE discipline and methodology to help clients navigate and apply innovation to their most significant challenges, connected to new customer experience, operational excellence and business model transformation. Leveraging the Bay Area innovation ecosystem and applying emerging technologies, are key components in our delivery. Sustained Innovation provides a program framework for continuous and transformational innovation. This role will manage all aspects of Discover workshops and Sustained Innovation program management. 

The AIE SF has a robust service catalog, which would include offerings like Ecosystem Scans, Innovation as a Service, Residency, Innovation Coaching. This role will be responsible for the delivery of these offerings, working with the full AIE SF team. 

Stakeholder Impact 

Capgemini is a matrixed organization, with a diverse set of internal stakeholders. The AIE also engages deeply with external stakeholders, such as partners, academia, venture capital, and startups. It is essential that the AIE work to drive impact to the many stakeholders it serves. This will come in many forms. Examples include: 

  • Assuring account teams are conditioned to leverage applied innovation models in their accounts 
  • Assuring AIE offerings are embedded into client delivery 
  • Large client proposals / deals are supported and include innovation 
  • External constituents understand the role AIE plays and they gain value from direct client engagement 
  • Coordinating with the global AIE network to advance new thought leadership & offerings. 

Leadership and Culture 

The AIE SF is a very demanding organization and requires strong leaders who are obsessed with the development and cultivation of a high performing team and culture. A critical aspect of this role will be to embody the type of expertise that fosters high levels of trust, communication, impact, excellence, and fun. 


  • Bachelor’s Degree and 7+ years of experience 
  • Strong analytical abilities in order to evaluate an organization's business opportunities and help guide innovation initiatives to tangible outcomes 
  • Excellent communication, presentation, and workshop facilitation skills 
  • Experienced innovation practitioner, well oriented in conceptual solution architecture and emerging technologies 
  • Experience in working in cross-functional teams and innovation initiatives will be beneficial 
  • Experience in Design Thinking, Business Model Canvas, Lean Canvas, Agile Ways of Working… applied in large organizations 
  • Comfort with ambiguity and rapidly changing environment 
  • Experience in the Bay Area, including an existing network 

Capgemini is an Equal Opportunity Employer encouraging diversity in the workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, national origin, gender identity/expression, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, genetics, veteran status, marital status or any other characteristic protected by law.

This is a general description of the Duties, Responsibilities and Qualifications required for this position. Physical, mental, sensory or environmental demands may be referenced in an attempt to communicate the manner in which this position traditionally is performed. Whenever necessary to provide individuals with disabilities an equal employment opportunity, Capgemini will consider reasonable accommodations that might involve varying job requirements and/or changing the way this job is performed, provided that such accommodations do not pose an undue hardship.

Click the following link for more information on your rights as an Applicant – http://www.capgemini.com/resources/equal-employment-opportunity-is-the-law 


About Capgemini

Capgemini is a global leader in consulting, digital transformation, technology and engineering services. The Group is at the forefront of innovation to address the entire breadth of clients’ opportunities in the evolving world of cloud, digital and platforms. Building on its strong 50-year+ heritage and deep industry-specific expertise, Capgemini enables organizations to realize their business ambitions through an array of services from strategy to operations. Capgemini is driven by the conviction that the business value of technology comes from and through people. Today, it is a multicultural company of 270,000 team members in almost 50 countries. With Altran, the Group reported 2019 combined revenues of €17billion.

Visit us at www.capgemini.com. People matter, results count.



Posted on:

January 15, 2021

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Education level:

Bachelor's Degree (±16 years)

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