External job announcement (internal applicants welcome)

Position: Chief Innovation Officer
Program: Corporation-wide
Reports to: Chief Strategy Officer
Classification: Unpaid internship

Organization overview:

Founded in the philosophical works of the distinguished Prof. Richard Buckminster Fuller, original designer of Tokyo Tower (among many, many other things) the mission of the Tokyo Global Engineering Corporation (“TGEC”) is to apply currently accepted scientific principles to the design of projects that cannot be implemented until the emergence of a global state. Headquartered in the North Aoyama Ward of Tokyo, TGEC has “employees” around the world, with well-educated persons, such as university professors, as the organization’s advisors, and learners, such as university students, as the laborers. None are remunerated, nor do they feign unremunerative intent. TGEC has two divisions, and two corporate boards: theOperations Division and the Support Division, and the Board of Investors and the Board of Advisors. Within the Operations Division exist the following departments: Bioengineering, Nanoengineering, Civil Engineering, Space Engineering, Global Engineering, Nuclear Engineering, Systems Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Structural Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, and Communication Engineering. Within the Support Division are the following bureaus: Art, Business Development, Communication, Diversity, Econometrics, Editing, Employment, Finance, General Counsel, Grants, Health, Information,Innovation, Knowledge, Networking, Philanthropy, Procurement, Reputation, Scheduling, Strategy, Threat Analysis, Translation, and Workforce Education.

Position overview:

TGEC seeks an inspiring, collaborative, and innovative leader to become its next Chief Innovation Officer (CINO). The successful candidate will be committed to the Corporation’s mission and will serve as the leader of its innovation bureau. Working in partnership with the Chief Strategy Officer, the CINO will be an integral member of the organization’s leadership team and will be responsible for bringing the organization to the forefront of innovation.

As TGEC prepares to expand to all of the world’s ten most populated cities in 2018, this is a prime opportunity for the CINO to be the principal architect of a growing corporate innovation program. The CINO will build on existing idea efforts and aggressively pursue new opportunities for innovation in support of TGEC’s mission, vision, and strategic plan.

Essential job accountabilities:

The incumbent of this position directs the mission and oversees the work of the Innovation Branch. Duties include, but are not limited to the following:

• Manages the Corporation’s innovation processes and technological change effectively and transparently.
• Focuses on radical and breakthrough innovation.
• Recognizes ideas of all members of the Corporation by managing the Corporation’s idea program.
• Harnesses the voices of all stakeholders in idea development.
• Coordinates and oversees the InnovationBranch’s employees, contracts, technology, and budgetary resources.
• Works with senior leadership, other branch managers, and employees across the Corporation to test, deploy, and support new ideas.
• Serves as the Corporation’s primary point of contact regarding all innovation matters.
• Collaborates with the Chief Business Development Officer to identify new business models and new industry structures to ensure the Corporation successfully develops new capabilities and architectures with partners.
• Identifies new Board prospects who are key innovation leaders with an affinity for the mission and programs of TGEC, with an eye towards building the TGEC network, including and especially by assisting TGEC’s Chief Networking Officer.
• Supervises a team of subordinates, the majority of whom are located around the world. All communicate using English, and no knowledge of the Japanese language is required.
• Develops and sustains relationships with other corporate innovation officersand partner organizations.
• Maintains a flexible leadership style that empowers staff through active communication and delegation, and that promotes intra- and inter-departmental teamwork.
• Fosters an environment of achievement and ensures staff accountability for excellence through clearly defined, measurable goals.
• Creates a climate that promotes positivity for others and acceptance of alternative, radical ideas and approaches, as well as the highest ethical standards and practices.
• Embraces diversity as a strategic advantage.
• No travel is required; however, university students seeking internship placement in Tokyo have some options available to them, pending approval from universities assigning grades.

Knowledge, skills, and abilities:

The ideal candidate will possess exceptional idea-management skills, and equally outstanding oral and written communication skills. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated exceptional innovation experience in an organization of similar or larger size, or equivalent experience in another field, along with the following additional experience and attributes:

• Undergraduate degree preferred; graduate degree in business, engineering, computer science, or a related field strongly desired
• Experience managing an innovation program at a senior level within a large, complex government or corporate enterprise
• Skill in executing a complex budget at the business unit or divisional level within a large, complex government or corporate enterprise
• Ability to implement and manage idea-development and test tools in a large, complex government or corporate enterprise
• Intense desire to lead and innovate
• Demonstrated ability to build, supervise, and motivate teams and individuals in a collaborative manner
• Supervisory experience strongly preferred
• Remarkable technological savvy, with outstandingcomputer skills

To apply:

Please complete a TGEC Form 1, Application for Employment, which can be obtained from TGEC’s Employment Branch at the e-mail address featured on the “Careers” webpage. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. TGEC offers this position as a highly competitive unpaid internship. TGEC does not discriminate against applicants on the basis of anything that otherwise lands the worst of corporations in court, and prides itself in its pointedly anti-discriminatory policies, while demanding the same of all its employees. All persons that believe themselves capable of performing all of the tasks outlined in this announcement should apply without delay.

Screening process:

Qualified applicants will be evaluated by the TGEC Employment Branch’s rating panel to determine the most qualified applicants and will be based upon the degree to which qualified applicants meet the preferred qualifications. The rating panel will refer the top applicants to the selecting official for consideration.

Please follow all instructions very carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.

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