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Director of Innovation

United States, Irvine
$135,000 - $160,000 per year
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At GF, we see our company as a forward-thinking leader in our field. Since 1802, we have been embracing innovations and sustainable solutions of the highest quality that add value to people’s lives around the globe.

Your tasks

As an Innovation and New Venture Leader, you will play a pivotal role in driving and overseeing the innovation initiatives and new business ventures within our organization. You will be responsible for identifying and capitalizing on emerging market trends, disruptive technologies, and customer needs to develop and execute strategies that foster growth, profitability, and competitive advantage. Your expertise in innovation management, business development, and strategic thinking will be key in successfully leading cross-functional teams and cultivating a culture of innovation within our global organization.

Key Responsibilities:

Strategic Planning and Execution:
o Develop and implement a comprehensive innovation strategy aligned with the organization's goals and objectives.
o Identify emerging market trends, technologies, and business opportunities to drive growth and expansion.
o Evaluate and prioritize potential new ventures and partnerships based on market analysis, competitive intelligence, and financial viability.
o Collaborate with key stakeholders to define project scope, objectives, and milestones, ensuring effective project execution.

Innovation Leadership:
o Foster a culture of innovation by promoting creativity, risk-taking, and cross-functional collaboration.
o Lead and inspire cross-functional teams to generate and develop innovative ideas, products, and services.
o Facilitate ideation sessions, design thinking workshops, and other innovation methodologies to encourage idea generation and problem-solving.
o Provide guidance and mentorship to team members, empowering them to embrace innovation and develop their skills.

Business Development:
o Identify and evaluate potential business opportunities, including partnerships, acquisitions, and new ventures.
o Conduct thorough market research, competitor analysis, and financial assessments to support business case development.
o Collaborate with internal and external stakeholders to negotiate and finalize business agreements and contracts.
o Monitor and track the performance of new ventures and initiatives, making adjustments as needed to ensure success.
• Project Management:
o Oversee the end-to-end project management process, ensuring projects are delivered on time, within budget, and meeting quality standards.
o Define project objectives, resource requirements, and key performance indicators (KPIs) to measure project success.
o Monitor project progress, identify risks and issues, and implement mitigation strategies as necessary.
o Prepare regular reports and presentations for senior leadership, highlighting project status, outcomes, and recommendations.

Team Leadership and People Management:
o Provide strong leadership to the reporting team, setting clear expectations, goals, and objectives.
o Foster a collaborative work environment, promoting open communication, knowledge sharing, and teamwork among team members.

Your profile

  • Bachelor's degree in Business Administration, Engineering, or a related field (Master's degree preferred).
  • Proven experience in innovation management, new venture development, or a similar role.
  • Strong business acumen and understanding of market dynamics, trends, and technologies.
  • Excellent leadership and team management skills, with the ability to motivate and inspire cross-functional teams.
  • Strategic thinker with a track record of translating vision into actionable plans and successful outcomes.
  • Exceptional project management skills, including planning, budgeting, and risk management.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving abilities, with the capability to make data-driven decisions.
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills, with the ability to engage and influence stakeholders at all levels.


Clear vision and purpose Clear vision and purpose
Clear vision and purpose "We are a sustainability and innovation leader providing superior customer value" is our vision and this is what guides us. Our purpose "becoming better every day - since 1802" is what inspires us in our daily work.
Sustainability and innovation focus Sustainability and innovation focus
Sustainability and innovation focus We have high sustainability and innovation goals. Let's work towards a sustainable future together.
Excellent learning tools Excellent learning tools
Excellent learning tools At GF we provide development opportunities for everyone. We offer global learning tools as well as trainings and specialized courses.
Great career opportunities Great career opportunities
Great career opportunities GF as a global acting company provides many opportunities regarding career growth. We also offer a dedicated talent management process (MyNextBigStep@GF) to boost your career.
Health care Health care
Health care GF offers a comprehensive health and welfare benefits plan including, medical, dental, vision, life insurance, short- and long-term disability, and 401k with generous company match.
Paid holidays Paid holidays
Paid holidays Paid time off include 12 paid days of company holidays.
Sport activities Sport activities
Sport activities We support the purchase of a fitness membership from the center of your choice with a subsidy.
Work perks discount Work perks discount
Work perks discount The discount program includes many different goods and services including appliances, electronics, theme parks, movies and more.

Your contact

Janet Gonzalez
HR Manager
9271 Jeronimo Road
92618 Irvine
United States
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Who we are

GF Piping Systems is the world's leading supplier of piping systems. We enable the safe and sustainable transport of fluids. Our business is driven by industry-leading sustainability levels, innovation through digital solutions and investment in a culture based on performance, learning and caring.