Assistant Manager, Corporate Innovation

Bengaluru, Karnataka, India | WeWork Labs | Full-time

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About us

WeWork is a global platform for creators, providing hundreds of thousands of members around the world with space, community and services that enable them to do what they love and create their life’s work. 

WeWork India, is run by the Indian real estate conglomerate, Embassy Group and commenced operations in 2017. Currently, it has over 62,000 members and 43 locations and six cities in India - Bengaluru, Mumbai, Gurugram, Noida, Hyderabad, and Pune. Its portfolio comprises small and medium enterprises, start-ups, large businesses, freelancers, etc. Our mission is empowering tomorrow’s world of work. 

Flexibility is paramount in today’s workforce and the WeWork India team is laser-focused on fuelling growth opportunities and fortifying its position as the leading flexible workspace brand with customisable and innovative solutions for all businesses. In October, WeWork India made its first investment in Bengaluru-based conferencing and collaboration platform, Zoapi. Founded in 2019, Zoapi is a unified conferencing and collaboration solution provider for enterprise companies, coworking spaces, and education centres.

WeWork India’s latest brand campaign ‘Great Inspires Great’, showcases the breadth of products at WeWork India which makes it the ideal end-to-end workspace solutions provider in a hybrid and flexible world. WeWork’s products include digital offerings like On-demand, All Access, Managed Office by WeWork, and its space as a service portfolio consisting of private offices, custom build offices, and conference rooms, among others.

WeWork India is the country’s leading flexible workspace provider that offers a personalised experience to different types of professionals with varied needs through its innovative and customised offerings. WeWork India is home to a community of diverse set of people – from innovators to visionaries to dreamers and go-getters, making it a space where people meet and inspire each other to achieve greater heights of success. You can learn more about our team and organisation here. Read more about our culture code to understand how we do things.

About WeWork Labs

WeWork Labs is the investment, innovation and acceleration arm of WeWork India. By enabling access to our workspaces, founder communities, investments and innovation lab, we work with early-stage startups and enterprises and to accelerate their growth journeys.  

About the role

We are looking for driven, entrepreneurial professionals with experience leading corporate innovation programs to join our team. If you have a proven track record of leading innovation initiatives, partnerships and working on multiple projects at once, this role is for you! 

Roles and Responsibilities

Corporate Innovation Business: WeWork Labs’ innovation management as a service for enterprises    

  • Source, negotiate and close deals with enterprise clients and large companies
  • Set up innovation labs, incubators or Centres of Excellence within our workspaces
  • Run long-term innovation programs for enterprise clients, ensuring their success and satisfaction

Internal Innovation Initiatives: WeWork India’s own innovation projects aimed at revenue growth, cost saving, process optimization or risk mitigation 

  • Own innovation project success across the lifecycle from ideation to revenue: business development, partnerships, customer interactions, beta/ proof-of-concept testing, product launch and revenue maximization 
  • Develop and execute strategies to unlock revenue opportunities, achieve cost efficiencies and mitigate risks
  • Collaborate with internal WeWork India stakeholders to identify and solve internal challenges
  • Lead cross-functional teams to drive internal innovation projects

Strategic Thinking and Execution: Drive results through collaboration 

  • Be a strategic problem-solver to the organization. Decode company-level objectives to identify innovation initiatives that are strategic for growth.
  • This cross-functional role is the linchpin between strategy and execution requiring cross functional collaboration to translate vision into action plans. 
  • Provide growth advisory and support to startups within the WeWork Labs ecosystem

Education and Desired Qualifications

  • 4-6 years of experience in an innovation-related role, particularly in working with startups and helping them grow
  • Proven experience in scaling revenue or leading product growth will be a plus 
  • Passion for data-driven action and monitoring project performance from initiation to completion against defined KPIs, making adjustments as needed 
  • Data driven individual with a passion for solving difficult challenges with sometimes fuzzy problem statements, with the ability to go deep on a vertical/ business, understand its nuances, including competition landscape, synergies, right to win, GTM.. 
  • Project management skills will be essential as you will develop detailed project plans, timelines, budgets, and resource allocation strategies. Conduct post-project evaluations to identify lessons learned and areas for improvement
  • Excellent oral and written skills to communicate complex issues and influence others internally and externally 
  • Ability to maintain and manage stakeholder relationships internally and externally 
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to build deep relationships with founders/CXOs/leadership 
  • Self-starter who can excel in a fast-paced and fluid environment

Equal Opportunity Employer

WeWork India is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for our employees and members. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.

We expect all employees to embody our values and all aspects of employment including the decisions to hire and promote, are based on merit, competence, performance and business needs.

Our total rewards philosophy is aimed at providing compensation that is competitive, performance linked and helps us attract and retain the talent we need to drive our business forward and serve our members. As part of WeWork India, our commitment to you is that  you’ll be surrounded by career opportunities in a culture that fosters collaboration, flexibility and inclusion.