Head of Labs - Retail Product & Technology Innovation

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Location: Welwyn Garden City

United Kingdom

Apply by: 24/08/2018

Head of Labs - Retail Product & Technology Innovation

Welwyn Garden City

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As the leader of Tesco Labs, you are leading a multi-disciplinary team to create - using an intelligent combination of both internal & external resources - visions & prototypes for the future of retail and, by rapid experimentation,  identify and build new propositions for customers & colleagues that address key customer and business needs.


As Head of Labs, you will be accountable for:

- Detailed understanding of the latest advancements and trends in the technology space for retail
- Build a network of external partners allowing for cross-fertilization of new ideas from inside & outside of Tesco
- Partner with the Insight and Foresight team to share research and keep abreast of evolving consumer trends.
- Sustain great relationships w/ stakeholders in Tesco (across the group) to identify suitable problem spaces to focus on
& to assure ideas generated are well embedded into Tesco future plans
- Create bold and stretching visions that describe the future of retail (2-5years and 10 year +) 

- Drive a portfolio of innovation projects based on an appropriate Innovation Management Phasing Model
- Drive an end to end innovation process for generating ideas through to building and incubating an early stage product.
- Create hypotheses and experiments ensuring that every experiment has objectives and key results defined, including economic viability
- Define Objectives & Key Results Playbooks to document result and assure a proper handover to the receiving team 

 - Create and sustain the developer community using our APIs via the developer portal
 - Drive for open participation of idea-generators anywhere at TESCO through an appropriate framework
 - Create partnerships and sponsorship opportunities with academics, startups, VCs and tech suppliers.


Responsible for a team of 30 people (Researchers, Data scientists, Software engineers, UX designers, product managers & Open innovation / comms managers. I have a budget which allows me to work with 3rd parties, buy new tech and sponsor events

You will need

As Head of Labs you will be a:

-  Purpose-led Leader, driven to re-invent retail and make a lasting impact on Tesco and the retail sector overall.
- Motivating leader
- Passionate about technology & creating great experiences
- Product Led thinker and data driven in your approach
- Great networker & relationship builder.
- Innovative and future centric 
- Commercially savvy and opportunistic in thinking.

And have the following experience:

Tech / product development background with a track record in: 
- Leading innovation process 
- Creating new, unique propositions that are validated, realistic
- Leading multi-skilled technical teams
- Collaboration in a matrix organisation 
- Using data to drive decisions.
- An understanding of different development methods

Application process

Our office application process varies depending on the role and the level of experience needed.

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