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EY Associate Director, Innovation in Toronto, Ontario

Associate Director, Innovation

Core Business Services

Requisition # TOR004QQ

Post Date Mar 29, 2021

At EY, we’re dedicated to helping organizations solve their toughest challenges and realize their greatest ambitions – from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies – and the work we do is as varied as they are.

Through our four service lines – Assurance, Consulting, Strategy and Transactions, and Tax – we help our clients capitalize on transformation opportunities. In a fast-changing world, we give them the support they need to be effective today and create long-term value for tomorrow.

Our purpose is Building a better working world. The insights and quality services we provide help build trust and confidence in the capital markets and economies the world over.

The opportunity

As a key leader of EY Canada’s innovation program you will have the opportunity to shape and drive a highly strategic initiative that identifies, develops and pilots new innovations while strengthening the organization’s overall innovation capability.

Our innovation program:

  • Proactively mobilizes our people, clients, and ecosystem partners to help solve for business challenges across industries and functions

  • Leverages insights on emerging trends, ecosystem scouting and design-thinking based methodology to help identify and develop new value generating opportunities

  • Brings a structured approach for idea development from seed concept and prototyping to business plan to pilot launch

  • Coordinates synergies across ideas/initiatives that may otherwise be developed in silos

  • Drives innovation centrally while simultaneously enabling and supporting innovation programs and initiatives throughout the organization

As part of EY’s global network of innovation we draw on expertise from across the world to design and deliver impactful results.

Your key responsibilities

  • Work directly with the Head of Innovation and the executive steering committee to continually shape and refine the innovation program based on strategic priorities, ensure alignment with scorecard objectives and demonstrate results

  • Work with executive business sponsors from across our sectors and service lines to continually build and manage a portfolio of innovation that ensures a healthy pipeline of concepts sourced from across the organization

  • Lead teams of business stakeholders in building out all aspects of a business plan including unique value proposition definition, market sizing and revenue potential, solution blueprints, cost estimates, delivery models, risks and mitigations, and go-to-market plans

  • Orchestrate client, external partner and internal stakeholder involvement in innovation including concept validation and evaluation, co-design activities, prototyping and pilot execution

  • Support business sponsors in preparation for the executive investment committee

  • Oversee the continuous refinement of the methodology and assets for the end-to-end innovation operating model, which is leveraged by the program, the broader organization as well as with our clients

  • Establish a network of business sponsors in order to scale our innovation operating model, reinforce a culture of innovation and drive systematic outcomes across the organization

  • Design and execute strategic initiatives with ecosystem partners including start-ups, accelerators, FinTech organizations, clients and/or other external partners to enhance our innovation program and/or build new capabilities

In addition to playing a leadership role in the EY Canada Innovation program, you will also contribute to our EY Canada wavespace team:

  • Our wavespace team works closely with our clients on some of their most strategic endeavours. EY wavespace represents a new and different way of creating collaborative experiences (virtually enabled) for people from EY, our clients and beyond to get together and embark on end to end journeys of discovery, idea generation and innovation agenda building. In wavespace we apply proven design-thinking based processes and techniques to inspire human ingenuity, reflect on different perspectives and build meaningful outcomes.

  • Through our global wavespace network we draw on expertise from across the world to deliver exceptional and insightful experiences.

  • As part of your role you will help in the design, development and execution of wavespace experiences. This includes collaborating with account teams and clients to articulate meaningful opportunities for exploration and then co-designing immersive and interactive agendas to explore the art of the possible, generate and prioritize new areas of focus, and drive alignment towards actionable next steps. You will work with the broader wavespace team to facilitate high-impact sessions with executive stakeholders.

Learn more about EY wavespace here:

In general, you will be expected to

  • Bring structure to ambiguous situations and articulate complex concepts with clarity

  • Be well versed in digital trends and disruption affecting our clients’ business landscape

  • Have strong executive presence

  • Be well versed in design thinking and lean start up techniques and principles

  • Have experience in business plan and business case development

  • Manage multiple teams and initiatives simultaneously

  • Demonstrate innovativeness and a passion for seeking out new possibilities

  • Demonstrate excellent communication skills, ability to integrate into new teams and rapidly establish credibility with executives

  • Devise practical approaches to solving complex problems and drive alignment towards insightful solutions.

  • Have strong project management skills, be delivery focused / detail oriented

  • Demonstrate confidence in working with executive stakeholders

  • Promote collaboration and coach others as necessary to create high-performing teams

  • Deliver exceptional and high-quality outcomes

  • Coach and build innovation methodology and facilitation skills in others

To qualify for the role, you should have

  • 10-15+ years of management consulting or equivalent business transformation or strategy experience

  • MBA or relevant master’s degree preferred

What we look for

Aside from the world-class professional services that we deliver to leading companies, what makes us unique is our fun, transparent, highly entrepreneurial and collaborative culture. We work hard, play hard and love what we do together. Day in and day out, we know we can count on one another. If you think everything we’ve said so far sounds great, then we look forward to hearing from you!

What working at EY offers

At EY, our Total Rewards package supports our commitment to creating a leading people culture - built on high-performance teaming - where everyone can achieve their potential and contribute to building a better working world for our people, our clients and our communities. Its one of the many reasons we repeatedly win awards for being a great place to work.

We offer a competitive compensation package where you’ll be rewarded based on your performance and recognized for the value you bring to our business. In addition, our Total Rewards package allows you decide which benefits are right for you and which ones help you create a solid foundation for your future. Our Total Rewards package includes a comprehensive medical, prescription drug and dental coverage, a defined contribution pension plan, a great vacation policy plus firm paid days that allow you to enjoy longer long weekends throughout the year, statutory holidays and paid personal days (based on province of residence), and a range of exciting programs and benefits designed to support your physical, financial and social well-being. Plus, we offer:

  • Support and coaching from some of the most engaging colleagues in the industry

  • Learning opportunities to develop new skills and progress your career

  • The freedom and flexibility to handle your role in a way that’s right for you

About EY

As a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services, we’re using the finance products, expertise and systems we’ve developed to build a better working world. That starts with a culture that believes in giving you the training, opportunities and creative freedom to make things better. Whenever you join, however long you stay, the exceptional EY experience lasts a lifetime. Recognized as one of Canadas top employers, EY continually strives to be a great place to work and with a commitment to hiring and developing the most passionate people, we’ll make our ambition to be the best employer by 2020 a reality.

If you can confidently demonstrate that you meet the criteria above, please contact us as soon as possible.

Make your mark. Apply today.

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