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    • Date Posted
      July 11,2022
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    Lead Innovation Factory

    Facilitating Rabobank’s corporate innovation initiatives with a great team, playing a key role in taking open innovation to the next level, increasing the quality of our innovation process and ensuring we bring relevant innovations to the market faster. You strengthen and execute upon our innovation strategy by leading Rabobank’s Innovation Factory.

    As Lead of the Innovation Factory, you can make a difference by creating an inspiring context for innovation and by delivering in depth knowledge to further improve our innovation practice. You use your extensive experience in (corporate) innovation to further define the process of bringing successful innovations quicker to the market. Your team will support and train innovators throughout the business line on initiatives like Carbon Bank, Datakeeper, Embedded Lending and dozens more.

    Facts & Figures

    • 9.5 million customers around the world

    • 40 hours a week

    • 35 innovation professionals


    • Lead a team of around 35 innovation professionals with 4 direct reports;

    • Hire external agencies to staff venture teams;

    • Assess ventures as a member of stage-gate committees and Venture Boards;

    • Create a sandbox environment for innovation;

    • Help further optimize the innovation funnel process, and facilitate scaling and adoption;

    • Be a sparring partner for senior stakeholders on how to get innovation going;

    Together we achieve more than alone

    Collaboration is at the heart of everything we do. Within SD&I (Strategy, Design & Innovation), part of the Chief Innovation and Technology Office (CITO), the Innovation Factory (more in this blog: Innovation Factory. Sounds good, what is it? - Careers at Rabobank) is a group of 35 talented professionals who facilitate and accelerate innovation with research, coaching, education and execution power. We help accelerate innovation for Rabobank’s business lines, we partner and execute innovation with the outside world (Universities, Tech companies, Start-ups and Scale-ups) and train & educate Rabobank employees to strengthen the innovative culture and workforce power. You can read more about innovation within Rabobank here (in Dutch).

    “It’s as a great team of entrepreneurial and creative people and I am proud of the vibrant innovation culture we’ve built. Everyone is passionate about contributing to the Growing A Better World Together mission of Rabobank and working together with our business lines to create a solid future for the bank, our clients and our planet.” Gert Hans Berghuis, current Lead of the Innovation Factory

    Working together is the way we work; as one passionate team at Rabobank. Talking of Rabobank: We are a Dutch bank that operates in 38 countries for over 9,5000,000 customers. Together with these customers, our members and partners we stand side by side to create a world in which everyone has access to enough healthy food. In the Netherlands we work to create a country in which people are happy with how they live, work and do business.

    You and your talent
    Lean startup-style, customer focus, outside-in thinking, a hands-on mentality and very strong conceptual and strategic capabilities at senior executive level are essential for the role of the Lead of the Innovation Factory. As a leader at Rabobank, you take responsibility, facilitate and inspire, actively seek internal and external collaboration and make the difference for the community. In addition, it’s important that you recognize yourself in everything in the checklist below:

    • Academic work- and thinking level;

    • 10+ years of managerial experience of leading successful and impactful innovations within a corporate context;

    • Inspirational leader with experience in setting up an innovation culture, way of working and leading change;

    • Very strong in the field of people management and stakeholder management at the senior management level;

    • Extensive experience with innovation methods such as Lean Startup, Design Thinking and Growth Hacking;

    • Ability to think financial, business and operating models through;

    • The ability to think conceptually and strategically while effectively translating this thinking into actions and results;

    • Experience in software (MVP/product) development, technical skills, building micro services, etc.

    • Understanding and speaking the Dutch and English language is a must have and needed to successfully fill this position

    • Being experienced in a Corporate innovation setting,

    And preferably:

    • Knowledge of the fintech industry and key developments;

    • Working experience in a highly regulated (finance, pharma etc) environment;

    • Having a broad understanding of banking products, Food & Agri, sustainability practices and risk management.

    This is what we offer you

    • Subject to experience up to € 12.404,45 gross per month

    • a personal budget that you can spend on activities related to your personal development and career;

    This is selection of the terms of employment for a Lead Innovation Factory based on a 40 hour working week. This vacancy is for 40 hours per week. You can find all our terms of employment on

    You and the job application process
    Reply to the vacancy for Lead Innovation Factory at Rabobank before 20 July 2022.

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    • Any questions about working at Rabobank and the process? Contact Bart de Kort, Recruiter via

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