Innovation Manager

Are you the perfect match regarding digital transformation, who is brimming with ideas and transforms them into concrete achievements that change customers’ lives in a sustainable way?

ACA Group wants to strengthen its positioning in the market as an innovative player in the field of digital transformation. Therefore we are looking for a colleague who is eager to focus on the discovery of innovative products and services, test them in the market and successfully develop and implement them. In doing so, you can cope with setbacks, obstacles to overcome, or long lasting processes of trial and error. 

If so, you are the Innovation Manager which we are looking for: a pioneer in shaping innovative IT projects for ACA!


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Your role at ACA

Our new Innovation Manager will oversee a broad spectrum of tasks:

  • You support the CIO in the translation of the vision and strategy (with regard to products and services for digital innovation within ACA) in a workable roadmap aiming at strengthening the ACA innovation “offering” in the market; you promote the ACA vision and strategy internally and externally.
  • You spot and explore new trends and innovative/disruptive technologies, you consider how to use them as leverage to create added value for the customer.
  • In partnership with the MarCom team, you drive innovation focused marketing, pre-sales and sales actions.
  • As an innovation evangelist and facilitator you organize and lead workshops and sounding boards to work out innovative opportunities and make them tangible; you initiate proof-of-concept actions to test validity within a well defined timeframe; you convince customers to think about new paradigms that can lead to a competitive advantage.
  • You take a project and/or program management role and manage (the portfolio of) diverse projects, including monitoring budgets, resources, milestones, etc.; you work closely together with the technical champions and apply the agile methodology with regard to the project follow-up; you ensure the solution/progression is in line with the strategic objectives (i.e. the innovation framework).
  • You ensure an effective and correct decision making, e.g. by funneling the ideas, and an efficient allocation of budgets.
  • You collect the necessary information to submit subsidy (grant) applications (bv. Vlaio, etc.).
  • As a people manager you bring together the required mix of competencies in order to shape the projects, in line with the innovation objectives, and attract external expertise; you support our internal network of innovation coaches; you gradually build a strong team that aims for maximal quality for the customer.
  • Within ACA you strengthen a culture of innovation in the various business units who are open to new ideas, constructive criticism and challenge, taking risks, and experimenting.
  • You will work closely together with the Chief Innovation Officer (CIO) and will report directly to the CEO. 

Do you have what it takes?

Hard skills

  • The most important check-in-the-box: innovation is in your blood and is your second nature!
  • You understand how an organization functions, what keeps it awake and how you can help with the technological applications of ACA.
  • You are positive about new ideas and opportunities and manage to translate these into real, tangible projects.

You master project and program management skills (planning, communication, stakeholder management) so that you can organize work efficiently, follow up on the progress and report to the several parties involved.

Soft skills

  • You are a focused and targeting communicator who informs or involves all stakeholders properly and correctly.
  • You have a natural ability to motivate team members with your innovation story, get things moving and support them where needed.
  • You are good at estimating organizational risk-aversion towards innovation and integrate this information/indication in your approach and style in order to maximize potential success. 

You are process and results driven: at your watch, an idea doesn’t just remain an idea but leads to the definition and development of a concrete project.

Our application process

From candidate to colleague: this framework will give you a general idea of the different steps in our interview process.

Fill in the application form
We will take a look at your CV, and the responsible recruiter will contact you ASAP. To get to know each other and your skills better, we’ll give you a call.
Interview time
If the phone call went well for both of us, we’ll invite you to an interview with a technical colleague to dive deeper into your resume.
We’ll make you an offer
If the interview went well, we’ll make you an offer!
Welcome to the team
Yay! You’re officially part of the ACA team now. We’re looking forward to working together!

What's working at ACA like?

    Innovative work environment
    You will work with the newest tech & tools, in an innovative environment with flexible hours and working-from-home arrangement.
    Customized salary package
    An attractive salary, a company car*, meal vouchers, expense allowance, MacBook Pro and more.
    * ACA wants to contribute as much as possible to a sustainable environment. The expansion of an exclusively electric vehicle fleet is an important factor. We want 98% of our vehicle fleet to be electric by 2025!
    Learn & grow
    On-the-job coaching and mentoring gives you the opportunity to grow professionally and personally at ACA. You have a personal evolution plan with a budget for technical and professional training and many opportunities to learn. Knowledge sharing is central in everything we do, that is why we founded the Internal ACAdemy: our internal & external center for knowledge sharing.
  • We’ve got your back
    We provide an elaborated health and insurance plan to cover your needs. It’s our priority to keep our employees as happy as possible. We do this by providing a good work-life balance, providing the right tools, and so on.
  • Our unique company culture
    You’ll be part of a passionate and hardworking team that is proud of their realizations. ACA is a place with teamwork, openness, knowledge sharing and peer recognition as key values.
  • Employee centricity
    We are a team-driven company that knows how to contribute and make fun in a professional environment. Because a great and motivated team is only possible if you can also relax together. That’s why we provide plenty of opportunities both inside and outside the office and organize an awesome ACA-weekend every year!

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Hanne Palmans
Hanne Palmans
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