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External Innovation Programs Manager

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Job Details
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Company Name
Kelly Services
Physical Address

Wilmington, DE 19806
Job Description

Kelly Services has an outstanding opportunity as an External Innovation Programs Manager in Wilmington, DE.

The External Innovation Programs Manager is primarily accountable for design and execution of highly-effective engagements with the external innovation ecosystem

+ Must be able to travel 25% of time; travel mainly between Sunnyvale, CA and Wilmington, DE

+ Candidate can live in / around either town

+ Potential temp to hire if candidate delivers strong performance


+ Modeling Company core values and setting the highest standards through behaviors and actions which set an example internally and with customers

+ Assisting in alignment of ecosystem engagement activity with business unit strategies by maintaining lists of business priorities to identify and connect relevant startups, investors, and corporate partners

+ Conducting preliminary searches using tools like Pitchbook to answer requests for information and to proactively identify potential collaboration targets

+ Identifying appropriate internal stakeholders and coordinate their participation in accelerator selection days, deal flow sessions, pitch days, and other opportunities to vet potential startup partners

+ Maintaining a repository of information on relevant startups, including notes from meetings, pitch decks, technical decks, and other startup materials

+ Organizing the pipeline of potential external innovation partnerships and following up with stakeholders within the business units to keep up-to-date records on progress through pipeline

+ Working with external innovation ecosystem partners (including accelerators, venture funds, corporate venture organizations, and innovation hubs) to identify opportunities to connect with startups and other potential partners and managing outreach and scheduling for these events

+ Synthesizing trends and market-back insights from online tools and external innovation ecosystem partners to share with stakeholders in the business units

+ Facilitating education on how to collaborate with the external innovation ecosystem through preparation of communication materials, organization of training sessions, and other learning channels

+ Organizing the pipeline of potential external innovation partnerships, maintaining a catalog of opportunities, and coordinating engagement across stakeholders

+ Preparing reports on external innovation activity for dissemination to leadership and other key stakeholders

+ Structuring scalable processes to support the expansion of external innovation efforts to a wider range of stakeholders within the business units, including vetting and implementing new tools and processes to improve efficiency

+ Managing requests for external collaboration and partnership that are directed to the CTO’s office and working closely with the CTO to organize appropriate responses and engagements


+ Bachelor’s degree

+ Someone who has professional organization experience developing relationships and business opportunities for its members; Someone who worked at a start-up; Someone who worked with start-ups to develop relationships and opportunities would be good options

+ Comfortable being in front of a lot of people

+ Experience with external innovation and startups and/or knowledge of the startup ecosystem

+ Experience in market/customer facing positions

+ 2-3 years of program management experience

+ Strong organizational/planning skills

+ Excellent interpersonal skills a must, this person is developing relationships

Important information: This position is recruited for by a remote Kelly office, not your local Kelly branch. To be considered for this position, you must apply now to submit your resume. If you have questions about the position, you may contact the recruiter recruiting for this position (Matt Baldwin: ).

Why Kelly ® ?

Kelly puts you in charge of your career, with access to cutting edge projects and technologies in industry leading organizations. Top companies throughout the world have trusted Kelly as a premier source of engineering talent and services since 1965. And engineering job seekers know Kelly as a firm with an unmatched reputation for quality, integrity and professionalism. Whether you seek the variety and flexibility of working on short term project engagements, or prefer contract-to-hire or direct hire placement with our clients, apply with Kelly to explore opportunities that suit your specific professional interests.

AboutKelly Services ®

As a workforce advocate for over 70 years, we are proud to directly employ nearly 500,000 people around the world and have a role in connecting thousands more with work through our global network of talent suppliers and partners. Revenue in 2017 was $5.4 billion. Visit and connect with us on Facebook , LinkedIn and Twitter .

Kelly Services is an equal opportunity employer including, but not limited to, Minorities, Females, Individuals with Disabilities, Protected Veterans, Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and is committed to employing a diverse workforce. Equal Employment Opportunity is The Law.

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