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Job Opportunity

VP, Integrated Marketplace

The Integrated Marketplace (the Marketplace) spurs and streamlines commercial adoption and scale up of innovative technology related to greenhouse gas reduction, increasing efficiency/productivity and ensuring safety. The Marketplace is led by Innovate BC and funded by the Province of British Columbia.  

Compensation: $169,000 to $175,000 per annum

About the Integrated Marketplace

The purpose of the Marketplace is to drive the adoption and scale up of innovation by aggregating demand through business alliances, and testing solutions at identified ‘test beds’ in the province. This model is intended to prove innovation at scale and secure domestic customers for innovation solution providers while de-risking the adoption of innovation for business.  

 

About the Opportunity

Reporting to the CEO, the VP, Integrated Marketplace (VP) is responsible for providing senior leadership and oversight to the Marketplace overall, including the test beds, business alliances, and innovation solution providers. The VP is required to demonstrate accomplished, senior-level decision-making, negotiation, influence, and leadership skills, and provide strategic and timely advice and communications to the parties within the Marketplace, the President and CEO of Innovate BC, and the Integrated Marketplace Steering Committee. The successful candidate will establish and maintain strategic relationships with senior business and industry executives, the network of innovation and tech companies, government, academia, and others who could have a positive impact on the Marketplace. The VP will exercise considerable judgment in addressing wide-ranging, high-profile and sensitive issues that could significantly impact the image and credibility of Innovate BC and the provincial government.   

 

Responsibilities

Operational Oversight / Improvement  

  • Provides a clear vision and strategic direction for the Marketplace that aligns with its overall objectives (adopting and scaling innovation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve productivity/efficiency, increase safety).  
  • Oversees the strategic direction of the Marketplace, working in close collaboration with the Integrated Marketplace Steering Committee.  
  • Develops and operationalizes Marketplace business structures and processes needed to achieve the goals and objectives of the Marketplace. 
  • Responsible for overall management of both the demand side (business alliance) and supply side (innovation solution providers) of the marketplace test beds. 
  • Contribute to the evaluation and development of operational strategy and performance by identifying trends and highlighting opportunities. 
  • Provide timely and effective issue resolution and escalation as needed.  

Business Development 

  • Leads the development of strategic partnerships to achieve the goals of the marketplace (i.e., the adoption and scale up of innovation by BC business).

  • Establishes and maintains stakeholder relations for the Marketplace overall and at identified test beds.

  • Leads advisory and consultation processes with internal and external stakeholders.

  • Oversees and communicates the corporate image to stakeholders, at trade shows, networking events, and through development of corporate collateral, press releases, internal communications and related activities. 

  • Attend stakeholder meetings to discuss new opportunities and assess customer satisfaction, and coordinate the effort required to maintain a high level of satisfaction. assist with the ongoing development of the business plan and assists with securing of financing for expansion as required. 

  • Establishes Marketplace targets and key performance indicators to demonstrate progress in achieving results.  

  • Directs human resources, budgets, facilities, agreements, corporate reporting and other parameters of program and service delivery.

  • Creates reporting templates, structures and processes to deliver on required reporting from funding entities. 

  • Directs and oversees communications related to the Marketplace and test bed projects. 
  • Oversees corporate services related to the Marketplace (e.g., procurement, legal, intellectual property, data governance and security, financial operating model, etc.).
  • Work with Innovate BC President and the Office of the Innovation Commissioner to:
    • Identify other sources of funding for the Marketplace,
    • Build a plan for financial self-sufficiency of test beds, 
    • Oversee the evaluation of applications for prospective pilot projects,
    • Establish process to release pilot project funding,  
    • Determine processes and methodology for evaluating pilot projects,  
    • Communicate the results of the pilot projects, 
    • Promote the Marketplace as a model for adoption and scale up of innovation,
    • Identify new opportunities (e.g., new opportunities for additional test beds, expanding the Marketplace to new sectors, etc.)  

People Management  

  • Contribute to the development and employee awareness of Innovate BC’s mission, values and goals. 
  • Leads, coaches and supervises staff including assignment of work, development and evaluation of performance plans, approval of leave, response to grievances and initiation of discipline processes. 
  • Directs the activities of the Marketplace team (i.e., Alliance Manager, Innovation Manager, etc.)
  • Creates reporting templates, structures and processes to deliver on required reporting from funding entities.  
  • Provide ongoing feedback, conduct annual performance evaluations for direct reports, and implement performance improvement plans as necessary. 
    • Participate in performance improvement initiatives. 
    • Hold staff rigorously accountable for achieving their objectives.  
  • Build and maintain a culture of people who take disciplined action and are willing to go above and beyond to fulfill their responsibilities. 
    • Design and deliver an agile organizational structure that enables the movement of people and resources quickly to adapt to new opportunities. 
  • Manage the internal and/or external resources and people necessary to turn an opportunity into a reality.
    • Provide direction, guidance and leadership to assigned departmental staff.  
  • Process and/or oversee the preparation and processing of contractor agreements and invoices.  
  • Evaluate and process leave requests for direct reports.   

 

Competencies

  • Ability to anticipate the implications and consequences of situations and taking appropriate action to be prepared for possible contingencies. 
  • A reputation for being proactive and a “sensible risk taker” with an intelligent point of view. 
  • Excellent interpersonal and team building skills. 
  • Energetic, enthusiastic, motivated, self-driven, diplomatic.
  • Ability to interact effectively and professionally with team, clients and partners.
  • Excellent written, verbal and presentation skills.
  • Ability to maintain composure in stressful situations.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Experienced in coordinating workloads to meet deadlines.
  • Excellent decision-making skills, and able to escalate response to situations when relevant.
  • Self-directed, independent worker.
  • Results oriented with personal responsibility for delivering on commitments.
  • Strongly proficient in Microsoft Office® applications. 

 

Qualifications

  • Knowledge and experienced in program and service delivery in the public sector. The broad complexity and scope of this position require managing multiple functions, stakeholders and interests. 
  •  Expertise in innovative new technologies as applied to decarbonization 
  • Deep knowledge of the BC tech ecosystem across the province
  • Familiar with the policies and legislation that pertain to Provincial agencies.
  • Post-secondary degree in business administration, commerce, science, engineering or related discipline and program administration experience OR equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • 10 + years of progressively responsible experience in a management capacity in the technology sector or related area in non-profit, private or public sectors. 
  • Experience in execution and financial management of a diverse organization with complex stakeholders.
  • Experience in organizational management with the ability to coach senior level staff to manage and develop high performance teams and develop and implement program strategies.
  • A solid understanding of federal and provincial government organizational structures and decision-making program design and financial processes.
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills; a persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent negotiation skills.
  • Action oriented, entrepreneurial, flexible and innovative approach to operational management. 

About Innovate BC

Innovate BC helps foster innovation in B.C. so that British Columbians in all regions of the province can benefit from a thriving, sustainable, and inclusive innovation economy. A Crown Agency of British Columbia, Innovate BC funds and delivers programs that support the growth of the B.C. economy by helping companies start and scale, train talent that meets labour market needs, and encourage technology development, commercialization, and adoption.  

Apply

E-mail your resume and cover letter only to  info@innovatebc.ca with the subject line “VP, Integrated Marketplace”.  

We thank all applicants in advance for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. 

DEADLINE: November 30, 2022 

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Candidates are required to be fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus as a condition of employment.  As such, applicants who receive a conditional offer of employment will be required to provide proof of full vaccination with a Health Canada approved vaccine prior to the commencement of employment. Innovate BC will consider requests for accommodation by applicants who cannot be fully vaccinated due to medical or other human rights protected grounds. 

Your application may contain personal information, which Innovate BC is collecting for the purpose of recruiting a successful candidate for this position and is authorized to do so under the Freedom of Information Act 26(c). If you have any questions about the collection of your personal information, please contact:

Dawn Wood, Director, Programs
900-1188 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, BC, V6E 4A2
dwood@innovatebc.ca
604.602.5203