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Senior Associate, Business Innovation

500 Startups
Nairobi, Kenya

Salary rangeConfidential | Contract type: Permanent

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Job Summary

As Senior Associate, Business Innovation you will be a key member of our ISLP delivery team, providing end-to-end support from partner selection through to pilot project delivery and donor reporting. Your work will be directed primarily by the Corporate Innovation Specialist, and also be supported by our full program delivery team and other 500 Startups staff.
Requirements
Must have
  • 4+ years professional experience, with significant innovation project experience in a corporate, startup, or consultancy role
  • Expertise in the unique opportunities and challenges facing Kenya’s corporate and startup ecosystems
  • Significant strategic analysis and reporting skills, demonstrated by a strong portfolio of work samples
  • Excellent writing, listening, and communication skills, always eager to craft the right message for every stakeholder and drive collaborative conversations forward
  • A quick learner comfortable with uncertainty and ready to help partners pioneer solutions to new challenges
  • Highly focused, self-driven and organized, with great attention to detail and the ability to manage shifting priorities
  • Enthusiastic team player who inspires and helps people around you become even better
  • Flexibility working across time zones

Responsibilities

Key Responsibilities
  • Provide end-to-end support from corporate engagement through to pilots and reporting
  • Support program leadership with partner discovery, outreach, evaluation, selection, and onboarding for a set of corporate and startup partners
  • Conduct market research and compilation of insights to identify startups
  • Assist in outreach to relevant startups and assist with necessary logistics
  • Lead the design and implementation of a set of Proof-of-Concept pilot projects with partners, in collaboration with the Corporate Innovation Specialist
  • Support program leadership with research briefs, meeting preparation, data visualization, and other business analysis tasks as required
  • Facilitate and manage day-of logistics for project development sessions with partners as required (e.g. workshops, demos, status reviews)
  • Prepare materials for meetings, workshops, and stakeholder reviews
  • Support development of quarterly and annual donor reports, in collaboration with the Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist
  • Support development of successful relationships across the team, key stakeholders, and other partners

Job Requirements

Required education: Bachelor's degree
Required relevant work experience: 5 years
Required languages: English (Spoken: fluent | Written: fluent)
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