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Ideas Manager

  • Salary: Negotiable
  • Job type: Contract
  • Location: London
  • Sector: Engineering
  • Date posted: 08/03/2018
  • Job reference: J382970A

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Ideas Manager


Negotiable rates

6 months contract

Vivace's Ideas Engine is at the heart of our ability to proactively drive innovation on behalf of our clients. It is not a stand-alone activity but a core capability created through the effective collaboration of all functions within Vivace, using leading edge tools and flexible processes, to ensure the generation, evaluation and execution of ideas and allow us to understand the landscape in which we operate to build the capabilities to respond to opportunities arising in this landscape that create maximum impact.

The major components of the Ideas Engine are:

  • Campaign management: Understanding the customers strategic threats and opportunities and creating high value thematic competitions for our Accelerated Capability Environment (ACE) members.
  • Market Activation: Identifying technology and thought leaders across multiple domains, understanding their capabilities, products and services which may be of interest and engaging them within the ACE community.
  • Horizon Scanning: Building a knowledge base of 'what's hot and what's not' across the political, regulatory, legal, technology and societal domains.
  • Ideas Management: Driving our Ideas Spotlight tool in a way that engages industry and customers to capture, create and evaluate ideas from the consortium that creates an ideas pipeline that delivers high impact commissions for law enforcement beneficiaries; an essential part of the ACE value proposition.
  • Knowledge Management: Effective capture, analysis and dissemination of valuable information across Vivace and ACE to create a market leading knowledge capability thst supports innovation.

Key Interfaces:

The Ideas Manager will work closely with leads of the other Vivace functions to ensure that the ideas management process, the implementation of the Ideas Spotlight tool and our knowledge management capability support the other business functions that power the Ideas Engine. These functions are:

  • Commissioning: Responsible for project delivery of R&D commissions tasked by the client.
  • Market Activation: Responsible for engaging with the supplier community to obtain new ideas, share knowledge and provide capabilities, resources and investment.
  • Customer Activation: Responsibility for extending our client-base outside the current set and leading Campaigns on behalf of these customer.
  • On-boarding: responsible for ensuring that the individuals within the community are cleared, trained and informed through the Spotlight tool.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Drive the Ideas Spotlight process forward, building and maintaining the tempo of the ideas process. Making sure that blockers are identified and cleared to ensure a consistent flow of high quality ideas are available for consideration by our customer groups.
  • Lead the identification, selection and implementation of continuous improvement initiatives for the Ideas Spotlight and Knowledge Management tools, through consultation with all Ideas Engine stakeholders, that ensures a high-quality user experience is maintained across the user journey.
  • Lead the aggregation and analysis of our ideas to facilitate internal ideation activities that will enable us to 'connect the dots' between different ideas in Spotlight and different user needs to create new ideas that are greater than the sum of their parts
  • Act as a champion within Vivace for knowledge management and our knowledge management tools to effectively gather, collate and use knowledge gathered from across the ACE.
  • Act as the curator for all horizon scanning collateral generated by the ACE community.
  • Co-create effective knowledge management and training initiatives with the Knowledge Consultant, Innovation Manager and Communications team that ensure Vivace is a learning organisation.
  • Work with the Communications Team to keep stakeholders up to date on the capabilities and successes of the Ideas Engine e.g. new feature bulletins, key indicators such as the number of ideas submitted and progress of those ideas etc.


  • Highly collaborative team player with a 'can do' approach to getting the job done
  • Hands on experience of managing an ideas portal and the back office processes to create new, engaging and effective ways of bringing ideas into the portal
  • Comfortable working at board or ministerial level and able to engage and enthuse multiple stakeholder communities
  • Track record of creating engaging ideas competitions
  • Knowledge management skills
  • Experience of creating successful communities of interest
  • Pro-active with a great eye for detail
  • Experience of working in or with Agile teams
  • Excellent computer literacy. Some experience of basic programming would be advantageous
  • Good understanding of the cyber security domain and it's challenges, knowledge of CD/LI would be advantageous
  • Experience of working in a start-up environment would also be an advantage
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