Innovation Lead

Product Management San Antonio, Texas


Description

“The role will be responsible for the creation of an Innovation program within Operations. The role will develop the structure, operating cadence, and evangelism of the program to the Operations team(s).  This is a senior level role that will interact with all parts of the business including leadership with the expectation that the ideas will originate from Operations but may have impacts across all parts of the business, including the creation of new product offerings.”

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITY: Ensures achievement of strategic objectives for a set of innovative program and products. Researches market trends, internal needs, and external pressures. Articulates results in the form of product requirements and programs structured to address the research.  Plays a proactive role in program and product planning ensures the work is differentiated in the marketplace and address the goal of making Rackspace a Great Place to Work. Develops content for internal marketing, communications, engineering, and training to ensure successful launch of internal innovation.  Works to develop an internal program/product offering around Innovation that all Rackers can rally behind, feel they are able to engage in, while delivering positive outcomes for our business and customers.  Where applicable will incubate the creation of new product offerings within Rackspace.

KNOWLEDGE/SKILLS/ABILITY: Invaluable knowledge of the following domains: IT and hosting industry plus product domain. Extensive understanding of business as it relates to the hosting industry (and other areas). Excellent knowledge of product development life cycle (relevant experience in all phases) and how products are developed at Rackspace. Understanding of how innovation can bring together disparate groups to achieve company goals.  Proven ability to manage portfolio of projects. Ability to balance team resource loads to meet commitments and optimize output. Ability to leverage external sources for approaches and methods to build an innovation program/product and measure the effectiveness.  Finally, ability to engage Rackers on multiple levels and through multiple channels to ensure appropriate communication and engagement.

JOB COMPLEXITY: Strategic- Very high, driver of innovation strategies within Rackspace. Tactical- lower contribution. Leads a virtual team of PMs, HR, communications, and PjMs to manage programs and products throughout the lifecycle. Creates strategic vision across multiple domains with longer time horizon and larger scope. Partners with business leaders to align the outcomes of innovation to the needs of Rackers and our Customers.

Rackers are fanatical about growth, innovation and collaboration. We are constantly striving to improve and better ourselves so that we can better support our clients. If you have a growth mindset and thrive under pressure, you are probably a great fit for our team!

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About Rackspace
We accelerate the value of the cloud during every phase of digital transformation. By managing apps, data, security and multiple clouds, we are the best choice to help customers get to the cloud, innovate with new technologies and maximize their IT investments. We have been honored by Fortune, Forbes, Glassdoor and others as one of the best places to work. Join us on our mission to build the world’s best technology services company.

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Rackers aren’t all alike. We look different. We think uniquely. We are from many places and our beliefs & backgrounds vary. But, being a Racker — a valued member of a winning team on an inspiring mission – is what connects us all. Rackers are encouraged to bring their whole self to work every day, as we know that unique perspectives fuel innovation and enable us to best serve our customers & communities around the globe. We welcome you to apply today and want you to know that we are committed to offering equal employment opportunity without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender reassignment or identity or expression, genetic information, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity status, military or veteran status, nationality, ethnic or national origin, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation, or any legally protected characteristic. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please let us know.