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Ecosystem Principal

Req ID:  39006
Remote Position:  Yes
Country:  US
Line of Business:  VSP Vision Care
Division:  Information Technology

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

The Ecosystem Principal is responsible to support VSP’s strategy, execution, and engagement with relevant innovation ecosystems. They will actively engage with partners in the ecosystem, maintain a presence, build personal relationships, and manage interactions with ecosystem partners. This includes the management of specific ecosystem memberships, partnerships, and sponsorships for ongoing and event-based engagements. 

Essential Functions

Support innovation researchers in gathering information from the ecosystems to assess market opportunities and feasibility of innovation concepts

Support management of the budget for formal partnerships, ecosystem marketing events and related activities

Support the development of third-party engagement strategies within specific ecosystems that support the innovation strategy and priorities

Organize and facilitate interactive exchanges between start-ups, potential corporate partners, and academics in collaboration with innovation project teams and VSP stakeholders

Contribute to planning and prioritization discussions by providing insight into our emerging ecosystem community knowledge

Work with external partners to facilitate innovation events and demo days with VSP stakeholders across the enterprise and other corporate partners

Collaborate with cross-functional teams and incorporate inputs from the product, operations, and marketing to guide research efforts and inform evolving objectives

Manage workstream milestones, budgets, and deadlines efficiently, recognizing and accommodating interdependencies when relevant

Support and maintain enterprise database to document current and potential partner engagements

Support structuring and negotiating business agreements with ecosystem partners to advance innovations, including joint development agreements for Proofs of Concept/Proofs of Value (POC/POVs)

Communicate product requirements and needs to stakeholders in everyday verbal and written communication

Maintain a trusted relationship with internal and external stakeholders

Job Specifications

Typically has the following skills or abilities:

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university in a related field; or related experience. Advanced degree preferred

Minimum 8 years' experience in relevant topics including corporate or institutional venture capital, startup accelerator, innovation, product development and/or incubator settings

High proficiency in concept testing and validation, user research, or other related experimentation methodologies

Ability to create and develop strong relationships with senior leaders at start-ups, accelerators, and venture capital firms within an ecosystem

Experience structuring and implementing multi-party collaborative/joint development agreements


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 age, 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, Database, Behavioral Health, Substance Abuse, Venture Capital, Healthcare, Technology, Finance

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