5G Innovation Lab Lead – Rogers

At Rogers, we connect Canadians to a world of possibilities and the memorable moments that matter most in their lives. Every day we wake up with one purpose in mind. To bring loved ones together from across the globe. To connect people to each other and the world around them. To help an entrepreneur realize their dream. A sports fan celebrate a special moment.

Because we believe connections unite us, possibilities fuel us, and moments define us.

As we grow our team, the well-being of our team members remains our top priority. To ensure the health and safety of our team members, including those in the recruitment process, our team members are working from home, and are equipped to do so safely and efficiently.

The Role
We’re looking for someone to lead our 5G Innovation lab (5G Create Lab). We want a user centric strategic thinker who is comfortable defining a vision with a measurable strategy for achieve that vision. You and your team will help ensure Rogers is building meaningful products & services by partnering with internal teams and help to prepare those teams to own, maintain and continuously improve the products/services we deliver with them.
We’re also looking to engage in the Canadian ecosystem and make connections with startups and scaleups to partner and build collaboratively. You’ll be accelerating the adoption of 5G across various business units and our technology teams across Canada.
Key Accountabilities:
Build a pipeline of innovation: Identify, assess, prioritize and recommend innovative use cases
Align stakeholders under a defined strategy
Coordinate test & learn activities, evaluating PoCs to determine areas of improvement and adoption
Collaborate with local ecosystem, to drive thought leadership and partnership in advancing the use cases
Creative with the ability to design innovation prototypes
Business-savvy, you understand how all the pieces of a business connect and affect each other
Promote user-centred design and guide technological change at Rogers
Recruit, hire, nurture and lead diverse product teams
Does this sound like you?
Ownership and bias to action – dig in and get started, takes action and what need to be done rather than waiting to be told what to do.
Persistence and leadership/championing – relentless; able to lead team through fail/learn cycles; motivates team to be fearless and stare down obstacles and the unknown; best idea wins (IE no ego and no hierarchy to good ideas)
Curiosity and exploratory/creative – questioning and probing; visioning; experimentation
Learning and teaching – able to separate signal from noise; to synthesize, combine, apply, and share/educate insights
Customer-centered – process for understanding customer problems; experience designing and testing solutions (design thinking)
Communication with purpose – able to clearly articulate both the WHAT and the WHY; able to translate between lab and corporate language
Partnership approach – experience in, or working with, startups; familiarity with IP management
Challenger – able to effectively challenge the organization, including senior executives
Lean and agile mindset and skill sets – practiced capacity for experimentation, validation, and execution with speed
Growth mindset – demonstrates, and recognizes in others, that failure is an opportunity to learn
What we are looking for:
Have a mix of both corporate and entrepreneurial experience
Set and continuously improve a high-performing, inclusive, team-first development culture and foster team leaders who will do the same
You’re a decisive leader who knows how to motivate cross-functional teams to build the right thing
Able to communicate technical concepts to anyone
Able to work with anyone from any department, present ideas to board members and mentor co-ops
Someone with a deep understanding of networks and how objects can connect to each other
Collaborate with partners, both internally and externally
Learn from failure and work in the unknown
Achieve results.
Design Thinking and Prototyping experience
Understanding of emerging network technologies (5G, Edge Computing, IoT, AI/ML)
Masters Degree an asset
Experience with the innovation process (Lean Startup, etc) and a history of delivering on outcomes
Some product management/design experience would be an asset

As a condition of hire, all new employees will be required to provide proof of vaccinations against COVID 19. Any request for an exception under Human Rights legislation must be supported by evidence to be considered by Rogers on a case by case basis.

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Schedule: Full time
Shift: Day
Length of Contract: Not Applicable (Regular Position)
Work Location: 1 Mount Pleasant (083), Toronto, ON
Travel Requirements: Up to 25%
Posting Category/Function: Technology & Engineering
Requisition ID: 250991

Together, we’ll make more possible, and these six shared values guide and define our work:
Our people are at the heart of our success
Our customers come first. They inspire everything we do
We do what’s right, each and every day
We believe in the power of new ideas
We work as one team, with one vision
We give back to our communities and protect our environment

What makes us different makes us stronger. Rogers has a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion. Everyone who applies for a job will be considered. We recognize the business value in creating a workplace where each team member has the tools to reach their full potential. At Rogers, we value the insights and innovation that diverse teams bring to work. We work with our candidates with disabilities throughout the recruitment process to ensure that they have what they need to be at their best. Please reach out to our recruiters and hiring managers to begin a conversation about how we can ensure that you deliver your best work. You matter to us! For any questions, please visit the Rogers FAQ.

Posting Notes: Digital & Technology
Location: Kitchener, ON, CA Toronto, ON, CA

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