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Senior Director-Global Innovation, VSP Vision Care

Date:  Aug 10, 2019
Req ID:  33953
Division:  Information Technology

Rancho Cordova, CA, US, 95670

VSP Global is comprised of five complementary businesses that combine high-quality eye care insurance, high-fashion eyewear, customized lenses, ophthalmic technology and retail solutions, with employees in over 23 countries. No matter the role, we’re all focused on a singular mission: to help people see. Learn more by visiting

General Summary

Manage the processes to discover, create and mature ideas into commercial solutions that accelerate growth and performance throughout the enterprise. And, develops partnerships with industry influencers, start-ups, academics, businesses and financial partners to maximize the pace and value of innovation. Regularly interacts with business unit executives, business partners and strategic alliances to develop innovation capabilities, tools and processes within an environment of creativity, problem solving and design thinking.

Essential Functions

Leverage and develop innovative solutions to enhance business operations, expand markets, and drive sustainable growth


Work with business partners to assess and establish priorities for innovation, developing a curated portfolio of innovation initiatives


Collect and assess ideas within the organization and across a broad spectrum of industry sources to align and enable strategic capabilities and business performance; responsible for researching and evaluating innovation concepts in a disciplined manner to maintain pipeline of opportunities and apply tools and defined methodologies to prioritize them (including testing, qualifying, resources, funding etc.)


Oversee innovation programs that enhance overall customer experience as well as generate additional revenues, drive operational efficiency and grow market share


Assist in resource planning, cost estimation, budget development and cost control for innovation programs


Collaborate with Legal and Finance on matters of Intellectual Property protections and investment opportunities within the innovation portfolio


Interface with prospective commercial venturing partners, start ups and early stage companies and develop commercial engagements that foster innovation deliverables

Review and oversee updating of the various Innovation Portfolio processes and controls


Manage and develop team talent and performance through creativity, communication, and accountability

Job Specifications

Typically has the following skills or abilities:


Bachelor’s Degree in Information Systems, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, or related field


Fifteen years of management experience in information technology, healthcare, retail, consulting, and/or consumer product, similar roles or any combination of education and experience, which would provide an equivalent background


Five years of innovation experience


Experience around systems-thinking particularly around new technologies


Excellent interpersonal skills with ability to influence and collaborate among stakeholders


Strong presentation skills and executive presence


Experience managing local and remote teams


Experience in commercialization of innovation programs in diverse markets


Ability to lead at the enterprise level

Working Conditions / Physical Demands

The working environment is generally favorable lighting and temperature is adequate, and there are no hazardous or unpleasant conditions caused by noise, dust etc.


The above information in this description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.

VSP Global is an equal opportunity employer and gives consideration for employment to qualified applicants without regard to gender, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability or protected veteran status.  We maintain a drug-free workplace and perform pre-employment substance abuse testing.

Nearest Major Market: Sacramento

Job Segment: Ophthalmic, Manager, Consulting, Information Systems, Computer Science, Healthcare, Management, Technology

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