Director - Open Innovation

Amsterdam, Netherlands
06 May 2022
22 Jul 2022
Full Time
About PVH Corp.
PVH is one of the most admired fashion and lifestyle companies in the world. We power brands that drive fashion forward - for good. Our brand portfolio includes the iconicCALVIN KLEIN and TOMMY HILFIGER brands.We market a variety of goods under these and other nationally and internationally known owned and licensed brands. PVH has over 40,000 associates operating in over 40 countries and $9.9 billion in annual revenues. That's the Power of Us. That's the Power of PVH.

We are looking for a high-potential and ambitious professional to take on the role of Director Open Innovation. In this role, working closely with the VP Innovation and broader innovation team, you will envision the future of fashion-technology. Your focus in this role will be to build deep connection and collaboration with start-up and scale-ups to drive value chain innovation moving from pilots to scaled solutions and concepts. You will do this using lean start up and design thinking methodologies, adopting a data driven and experiment focused way of working with the customer's perspective as key/leading. You will deliver quality that exceeds expectations, always taking a results and data driven approach.

You will not only lead, coach, and develop a high performing team of innovation managers, but also set, own, and drive the open innovation strategy and roadmap. Your responsibility will span all elements of developing and deploying successful relationships with external partners, and maximising the value of these for PVH. You will excel in collaborating with different stakeholders across PVH to build strong alignment and deliver against innovation north stars, role modelling best practice innovation techniques and approaches acquired through learnt experiences.

You have direct experience in building and scaling digital products in a large corporate and/or start up environment, and are adept at simplifying complexity, developing scalable propositions, and putting the customer at the heart of your work. You can balance managing your time between visioning and execution, shifting gears as necessary, to work across the end-to-end open innovation process. Your average day in this role will be varied and dynamic.

Key Responsibilities:
  • Define and execute open innovation strategy
  • Strong internal stakeholder management to secure managerial backing of a long-term initiatives, and ensure access to necessary resources required for execution
  • Establish close connections between innovation and the business, ensuring deep understanding of roadmaps and needs of key stakeholders
  • Responsible for defining the right governance system and process for how we engage the business and prioritise problems, opportunities, and resourcing
  • Build roadmap of relevant disruptive and long term technologies impacting our business and industry
  • Be an entrepreneur within the business and guide our stakeholders through the landscape of innovation leveraging your expertise
  • Think of new concepts and how to solve prioritized problems, with clear measures of success and customer value
  • Assist the team in prioritizing work and ensuring the delivery of outcomes meets business and customer needs
  • Build on existing and establish new partnerships with accelerators, incubators, and academia
  • Participate in and lead activities such as workshops, stakeholder interviews, business intelligence gathering, and creative brainstorms
  • Bring the right conclusions together and, where appropriate, build strategic recommendations on path to scale

The Ideal Candidate
  • Have at least 8 years working in strategy and innovation
  • Natural leader and strong conceptual thinker, easily inspiring and influencing others
  • Demonstrated ability in defining and executing innovation strategy and start-up and partner led collaboration aligned to business strategic goals
  • You bring a strong network and experience working with known accelerators and start up incubators
  • Proven track record in leading cross functional strategic initiatives and building visions for the future that secure buy in from key stakeholders
  • Strong execution ability - from vision through to launch with experience in quantifying opportunities for ambiguous and innovative new solutions
  • Deep experience designing, validating, executing and scaling new digital products and services that have added significant and measurable value to an organization
  • You are a future thinker with a relentless focus on customers and are curious about new technology and the trends shaping human behaviour and broader society
  • You understand and are familiar working with innovation methodologies such as (but not limited to) Lean Start-up, design thinking, and Customer Development, and are pragmatic in your application of them
  • You are not afraid to challenge the status quo and challenge senior stakeholders with a strong and informed point of view, constantly asking 'what if' questions
  • You have worked in a high performance environment and set high quality standards through your own work
  • Are both creative and analytical
  • Are a fast learner and not afraid to make mistakes
  • Are able to execute at speed while keeping the big picture in mind
  • Able to build strong relationships with senior stakeholders and executive leaders
  • Have fun doing what you do
What You Can Expect From Us
  • A company culture that fosters development, offering training and learning opportunities through our very own PVH University
  • An international environment which respects diversity, equality, and individuality
  • A monthly Covid home- office budget
  • A smart work program that empowers our associates to work from home in the Netherlands, within a flexible schedule
  • A beautiful state-of-the-art Campus awaiting you upon our return to the office

PVH Europe and our brands, TOMMY HILFIGER and CALVIN KLEIN, are committed to fostering an inclusive and diverse community of associates with a strong sense of belonging. We believe we are bettered by all forms of diversity, and take pride in working with top talent from every walk of life and corner of the world. In the spirit of inclusivity, qualified applicants will be considered without regard to age, ethnicity, ability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, nationality, race, religion or sexual orientation.

COVID-19 and Working at PVH

As we continue to navigate the impact of COVID-19 and look ahead to shaping our new ways of working, the health, safety and well-being of our associates remains our #1 priority. This means all of our teams, including HR, work a bit differently*. Our Recruiting process is conducted remotely, primarily via phone and video calls. New hires will be welcomed through an adapted, at-home onboarding program. Equipment will be delivered safely to your front doors.