HD Innovation Hub - Head of operations and Innovation


About the job:


Would you like to be part of an innovative, friendly team working together to build Africa’s largest start-up ecosystem? We’re looking for experienced Head of Operations and Innovation for the following Regions: West Africa, East Africa and North Africa. Reporting to the Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer, you will be responsible for implementing our growth strategy for the continent.


As the Head of Operations and Innovation, you will be responsible for driving the growth and innovation strategy of HD Afrika iHUB in your respective region. Specialising in helping corporations accelerate growth and creating new value propositions through effective corporate-start-up engagements and/or partnerships. The position entails sourcing and partnering with new corporate clients to develop their innovation strategies as well as the recruitment and scaling of start-ups through our incubation and acceleration programs.



We’re looking for a driven individual, with experience of rapidly building, coaching and developing teams across multiple countries, ideally in a rapid scale up environment. We don’t just want to build teams, we want to maximise teams and drive rapid growth to take full advantage of the opportunities presented by COVID 19 and the new AfCFTA agreement. Our ultimate goal is to plant seeds that will position the African continent as a capable and global competitor, post the pandemic.


You’ll need to be an outstanding networker, a seasoned leader with deep understanding of the start-up ecosystem and a sharp eye for innovation.  


Overseeing countries in your respective region i.e. West, East or North Africa.


Developing regional go to market strategies and overseeing their deployment and execution.


Recruit, Train and Coach Africa’s next generation of unicorns.


Help design and run market suitable accelerator programs.


Achieve growth and hit targets for your respective region.


Identify emerging markets and market shifts while being fully aware of new products and competition status.


Must have:


  1. BS/MS degree in Business Administration, Innovation, Entrepreneurial studies or related.


  1. Experience in allocating resources and setting up teams, shaping a long-term capability.


  1. Experience of managing teams, or working in/with markets in Africa


  1. Proven capability to lead and deliver fast and significant growth, through people


  1. Managing the process and monitoring the progress of the various ongoing initiatives


  1. Building out innovation capabilities and transferring them into the corporate culture to impact the broader organization.


  1. Excellent communication skills in English


  1. Relentless drive to achieve results, strong willed and self-motivated.


  1. Experience working in a very quick moving well-funded start-up or scaleup would be advantageous


  1. Proven ability to manage teams in several diverse countries, from different cultures


  1. Accustomed to fast paced scale up environments, thriving on the challenge to get things done quickly and deliver results


  1. Command of agile project management approaches


  1. Expert knowledge of technical environments and design/development frameworks.

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