Saint-Gobain External Venturing Project Manager in Northborough, Massachusetts

NOVA External Ventures is the Saint-Gobain unit dedicated to developing strategic partnerships between the Group and start-up companies all over the world. The External Ventures team serves as a unique interface for start-ups to create and develop links with all the Group’s activities. NOVA is seeking an External Venturing Project Manager to continue to drive Saint-Gobain’s growth through exploration of external partnerships. In this role you will work with Saint-Gobain business leaders to advance innovation and grow business activities through identifying and engaging with start-up companies that align with the strategic focus of the business and/or the Group.

  • Build and grow Saint-Gobain’s network in the external innovation ecosystem, and represent Saint-Gobain at industry, investor and partner conferences Facilitates collaboration between targets and SG businessesUnderstand overall strategy within internal business units and translate those business objectives and strategies to identify opportunities aligned with current efforts

  • Ability to deal with high-visibility within the organization, especially with executive teams; potential impact on the business strategy

  • Ability to conduct due diligence, lead deal structure and negotiate contract with prospective start-up partners

  • Ability to travel up to 50%

  • Customer-focus – Demonstrated passion towards customer-centricity, both internal and external. The ability to identify solutions to articulated and unarticulated needs, and ensure clients’ needs are prioritized and met

  • Results-focus – Proven results-focus through leading projects and ventures from inception to completion. Ability to tactfully manage through roadblocks and competing priorities

  • Initiative, risk taking and innovation – Self-starter with a proven willingness to take and learn from risks, while also demonstrating the ability to find nuanced and innovative solutions to complex challenges.

  • Vision and strategy - Demonstrated leadership in cross-functional settings and influencing without authority.

  • Listening and communication - Written and oral communication skills across a broad range of levels and functions, including formal presentations of results.

  • Teamwork and network - Respectful communication and ability to collaborate in a global team environment required.

  • 5-10 years’ experience in diverse roles with increasing responsibility, both business and technical a plus, large multinational manufacturing / technology experience a plus

  • Ability to evaluate viability of technologies and business models

  • Advanced degree, MBA a plus

  • Ability to work collaboratively and diplomatically with external and internal constituents

  • Excellent communication skills and ability to interface with all levels in the organization

  • Strong listening skills and the ability to connect non-linear ideas and networks to identify value

  • Demonstrated leadership, academic performance and intellectual curiosity

Saint-Gobain provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. Saint-Gobain is an equal opportunity employer of individuals with disabilities and supports the hiring of veterans.