Head of New Ventures Lab (m/f)

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Head of New Ventures Lab (m/f)

in Wien

HOERBIGER is active throughout the world in the energy sector, the process industry, the automotive industry, the mechanical engineering sector, in safety engineering, and in the electrical industry. In 2019, its 6,700 employees achieved sales of 1.149 billion euros in 123 locations across 47 countries. Our products and services are used in reciprocating compressors, gas flow control units, vehicle transmissions, rotating union, explosion protection, gas-powered engines, and in automobile hydraulics.
Since 1895, it has been our ambition to deliver excellence for our customers. As a result, we create an environment which allows our employees to develop their full potential and demonstrate initiative: people and success go hand in hand at HOERBIGER.

The Head of New Ventures Lab is responsible to develop new digital business solutions/models in line with the group strategy and the SBU strategy. The main purpose of the role is to continuously do customer centric research, synthesize, ideate, incubate and commercialize a new offering. And finally enable the Regional Units to sell those globally.

Main tasks of the role

  • Business development: Establish Market, Customer & Competitive Intelligence by customer centric research
  • Development of new business models: Game changing offerings and business models combining customer needs, digitalization & technology
  • Digital transformation: Digital strategy to develop and enable digital customer relationship, digital products & services, digital processes
  • Expand customer portals / App landscape to set the standard in customer touchpoints (customer to product incl. repair) - providing additional value
  • Manage New Venture Lab: develop, launch & engrain new offerings into organization

Individual tasks

  • Lead and grow organizational structure of new venture lab together with market segment & region leads:
    - the indian software arm of the new venture lab in Pune
    - the Vienna new venture lab and
    - the product owners in the market segments & regions for our digital offerings
  • Establish a network of collaboration with external partners (UX / UI companies, Software development)
  • Expand our high-performance teams with a focus on ownership, culture and values
  • Focus on execution and flow


  • Background in the field of Innovation / Business / Strategy Management
  • Background in / understanding of software development process (agile, scrum, …)
  • Interest in / understanding of mechanical engineering / technology
  • Understanding of Sales & Marketing preferable
  • More than 5 years of professional experience in digital ventures / strategy / business development
  • Understanding Oil & Gas industry (Up-, Mid- and Downstream)
  • Understanding of / willingness to learn about reciprocating compressors and their impact on customer applications and processes
  • Excellent understanding of customer needs and key stakeholders (ability for active listening)
  • Innovation / digital and new technology mindset
  • Willingness to show extreme ownership
  • Leadership experience
  • Strong communication skills to guide and enable the New Venture Lab Team as well as our global organisation
  • Excellent teambuilding skills
  • MS Office
  • English, German

We offer

  • An international, friendly, and dynamic team
  • A health-promoting work environment
  • Challenging and varied tasks and responsibilities
  • Various development opportunities
  • A gross annual salary based on wage structure agreements starting at EUR 4.000 with respect to individual qualifications and experience
  • Many other benefits (flexible working hours, canteen, etc.)


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