Innovation Expert (f/m/d)

  • Stelleninserat
  • Arbeitgeber

PALFINGER stands for most innovative, reliable and economic lifting solutions for both the land and maritime sector. To strengthen our PALFINGER 21st team we are looking for a

PALFINGER 21st Innovation Expert (f/m/d)

PALFINGER 21st (P21st) as the corporate incubator stands for new core competences, new approaches, new products, services and business models. We are constantly focusing on innovation in order to significantly enhance, complement or substitute existing products and value chains. We build up strategic value by accessing new technologies and business models for our future products. We believe in collaboration, the inclusion of global networks and the investment into global innovation to get access to radical and disruptive innovations.
The position holder is part of the PALF 21st Problem-Solution Fit team and contributes to the implementation and development of the corporate incubator with his expertise, skills and interaction with the Strategy and Innovation Engine The INNOVATION EXPERT works together with the Head of Open Innovation and supports the development and implementation of the problem solution fit framework and implements relevant tools and ways of working for this area of responsibility. As a team member you support the engagement process with the global start-up ecosystem, drive projects and initiatives and support execution of program within the open innovation framework and the idea creation process. You keep a transparent overview of initiatives in the early innovation funnel and drive related actions and initiatives by yourself. If you have a keen interest in Open Innovation and Ideation, want to be part of an amazing team and are an empathetic, motivated, target oriented, creative personality it's definitively YOU we are looking for.


Support of the engagement program with global start-up eco system

  • Facilitation of parts of the global engagement plan with start-up eco system
  • Driving specific scouting initiatives

Execution of Open Innovation program

  • Executing open innovation projects and supporting innovation initiatives
  • Supporting the Building of the PALFINGER internal O/I network and connects with Business Units and development organizations
  • Providing information to disseminate and communicate externally and internally

Supporting generation of ideas and exploration of concepts for problem-solution fit

  • Content creation for the problem-solution fit innovation funnel
  • Driving idea creation, exploration, screening and prioritization projects in areas of innovation
  • Managing projects and initiatives for specific use cases or identified focus areas

PALFINGER Innovation Network engagement

  • Moderation and design of Innovation workshops
  • Coordination and contribution to ideation and concept generation activities

Support of Head of Open Innovation

  • Supporting the design and the implementation of Innovation Programs
  • Co creation and co development of O/I framework
  • Issuing structured progress reporting of use cases and follow-up of initiatives


  • University degree in a technical or economical field with broad technology knowledge, specialization in the field of Innovation Mgt, Business Model or Open Innovation a plus
  • Relevant experience and proof points in successfully managing Front end Innovation Projects and collaboration with start-ups with min. 3 years of prior working experience
  • Relevant expert application knowledge in innovation methods and tools
  • Nice to have existing network both in the start-up community and to Innovation Hubs
  • Well organized and structured person with hands on implementation and project management skills, (project management certification a plus)
  • Highly motivated self-starter and entrepreneurial spirit who rather asks for forgiveness than permission
  • Flexible personality, operates well in intercultural environment, who is able to build bridges
  • Can deal with the tension between start-up speed of action and corporate process orientation
  • Strong communicator, knows who to translate and disseminate complex issues
  • Enjoys and has fun working in an creative and innovative team


  • Cooperation in an interdisciplinary team
  • Good-life-balance thanks to flexible working hours and freedom to organize your work
  • Performance-related compensation and attractive incentive schemes
  • Career planning and development opportunites
  • Management development programmes
  • Personal and professional competence
  • Opportunity to gain international experience
  • Voluntary fringe benefits provided by our company health management scheme PALfit


  • Location Vienna

Minimum gross salary according to Austrian metal industry collective agreement is 39.662,42 per year. We are willing to overpay according to training and qualification. We are looking forward to your informative application including salary expectations and a possible entry date. Would you please e-mail it to:

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