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    Full-time Position
  • Background
    Finance and Economics
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  • Experience Required
    3 - 5 Years
  • Degree Required
    • Province
      Postcode 3521 in Utrecht
    • Date Posted
      November 19,2020
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    Senior Open Innovation Consultant

    Scouting, validating, introducing and onboarding innovative companies from all over the world. As Open Innovation Consultant you are responsible for accelerating innovation projects with the help of external partners that enter Rabobank’s innovation funnel and guide them to success.

    You will be the expert to facilitate partnerships between Rabobank and the start-ups, scale-ups and corporates so that our partners can onboard as smooth as possible. In addition, you start initiatives to improve the overall Open Innovation activities and are involved in strategic initiatives. Your goal is to assure we achieve our innovation targets by combining knowledge and expertise from outside the Rabobank with our own resources.

    Making a difference

    • Set-up partnerships for our business lines, creating, improving and applying standardized collaboration models and reporting structures, facilitating the transition to eco-system banking.

    • Manage and coordinate incoming innovation request from both external parties as our business lines.

    • Together with the team lead build, maintain and improve the overall (open) innovation governance activities.

    • Advice and guide the business how to setup successful pilots and manage partnerships.

    • Help set up external innovation campaigns, challenges and events to generate ideas and propositions that match our innovation strategy.

    • Identify and unblock impediments that hinder open innovation and implement improvement cycles.

    • Guide partners end-to-end throughout the organization, including assessment, contracting and integration.

    • Manage incoming innovation request from both external parties as our business lines.

    • Help spread the open innovation ideas internally.

    • Maintain open innovation partnerships with innovation related communities and accelerators such as Corporate Venturing Network, Startupbootcamp and X! Delft.

    With Each Other
    Collaboration is at the heart of everything we do. Within the Innovation Factory, we facilitate with the outside world (Universities, Tech companies, Startups and Scaleups) and train and educate Rabobank employees to strengthen the innovative culture and workforce power.

    The Innovation Factory team consists over 40 talented professionals. You will work closely with other innovation colleagues, our internal clients and innovation coaches, including:

    Gert Hans Berghuis, Lead of Innovation Factory: “Culture eats strategy for breakfast, as Peter Drucker said. So we aim for smart, open and energetic people with an innovation mindset. People who believe that collaboration is the way to more result.’

    Max Kranendijk, Lead Open Innovation: “We are on a mission to make Rabobank the 'to go to' bank for Innovation partnerships”

    With you

    You are a natural collaborative and open person who knows how to create a strong network and sustainable relationships. You have an analytical mindset that is result- and outcome driven and you have excellent communication and problem solving skills. In addition:

    • You have a minimum of 5 years innovation management experience in an international large corporate environment.

    • You have demonstrable experience in starting, managing and growing multiple successful corporate collaboration with start-ups, corporates as well as other players in the innovative ecosystem.

    • You are familiar with the landscape, the players, best practices and the pitfalls of Open Innovation.

    • You have a strong network outside Rabobank in the start-up and scale-up world and corporate partners, preferably in markets like Fintech and Agtech.

    • You understand the level playing of the different (involved) departments such as Legal, IT, Compliance, Risk and experience in managing cross functional teams.

    • You practice strong and experienced stakeholder management with C-level stakeholders.

    • You have affinity with innovation principles, building & improving governance and methodologies (Lean Startup, Design thinking) as well as financial sector trends.

    • You have experience with innovation campaigns like challenges, hackathons and setting up and managing partnership models.

    • Speaking and understanding the Dutch language is a plus.

    • Experience in working within the financial industry is a plus.

    • Experience in working in the Dutch commercial market is essential for successfully fulfilling this position.

    Growing a better world together

    You'll already be aware that Rabobank is a financial services provider for more than 8.5 million customers in 40 countries. But did you know that we aim to contribute to real change with our 'Growing a better world together' mission? We do so in countless ways, such as:

    • As part of a project with Humanitas, we help people who are experiencing financial difficulties in getting their household finances in order.

    • Together with Vluchtelingenwerk Nederland (the Dutch Council for Refugees), we help 1,500 refugees find a suitable job.


    We give you the space to innovate and initiate. We offer you numerous opportunities to grow and help you exceed your expectations, to do the right thing exceptionally well, and to therefore grow as a professional. In addition, with us (on the basis of a 36-hour working week), you can also expect:

    • Your salary scale is 10 between € 4.426,- and € 6.323,- per month;

    • a thirteenth month and holiday pay;

    • an Employee Benefit Budget. You decide how to spend this budget. This may include purchasing extra leave days, making extra pension contributions or even receiving a monthly cash payout;

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

    • a pension scheme, to which your contribution is only 5%.

    Let's meet

    Are you the person we're looking for? Are you ready to join Rabobank as an Senior Open Innovation Consultant and to make a difference to yourself, our customers and to society? We look forward to receiving your application for this vacancy.

    Good to know:

    • Apply via the “Apply now” button before the first of December. Please include your cv together with your motivation letter. Responses will be handled in accordance with our vacancy management policy.

    • The first round of interviews will take place on December 2,3 and 4. We would like to ask you to take this into account.

    • Max Kranendijk, Lead Open Innovation, would be happy to answer any questions about the content of the vacancy via

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    • The application process includes screening. Based on the screening procedures in place at Rabobank, we assess whether new staff are reliable enough to work at Rabobank.

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