Current Opportunities

InnoCentive: Principal, Challenge Design and Development

Are you interested in innovation and crowdsourcing? Inspired by the ability of structured challenges and diverse, multi-disciplinary approaches to find solutions to problems and drive innovation more effectively than classical approaches? Join InnoCentive, the world’s pioneer in Challenge Driven Innovation and crowdsourcing.

The Principal, Challenge Design and Development is responsible for helping clients achieve maximal value from InnoCentive’s Challenge Driven Innovation and crowdsourcing services. A key responsibility is driving Challenge posting volumes by providing pre- and post-sales Challenge consultation with InnoCentive clients. The position is extremely rewarding for technically trained individuals with superior communication, presentation, facilitation, and project management skills.  The successful candidate will join a team of scientists in the Client Services Department of InnoCentive, reporting to the Director of Client Services.

This position is based in London, UK.

Primary responsibilities:

  • Development, writing and administration of Challenges including research, consultation of experts, writing reports, and drafting and proofing of all prize design elements
  • Guiding and consulting clients regarding technical aspects of Challenges
  • Formulating Challenges from initial problem template to the final Challenge Statement
  • Facilitating Solver questions to drive quality Solver submissions
  • Design and execution of creative thinking workshops
  • Deliver on-site, webinar, and teleconference presentations/facilitations which may include best practices of Challenge Driven Innovation, as well as Challenge brainstorming and prioritization for InnoCentive’s client organizational leaders
  • Engaging with innovation communities


  • Ph.D. or Master’s degree (Ph.D. preferred) in a scientific or engineering discipline. Preferably with a focus in physical sciences, mechanical engineering, manufacturing, materials, or electronics
  • 2+ years post-academic work experience in a research or external-facing position
  • Superb group presentation skills – professional, dynamic, and poised with senior-level audiences
  • Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills

Personal attributes:

  • Self-motivated
  • Entrepreneurial
  • Optimistic
  • Collaborative
  • Personable
  • Effective at multi-tasking
  • Excited to explore new disciplines

Additional Beneficial Experience:

  • Direct experience interacting with clients/customers
  • Formal project/program management experience
  • SQL
  • Google Analytics
  • Language skills beyond English

Travel Requirements:

  • Up to 25%

The Position:

This position is available on a full-time basis and based in our London office. We offer a comprehensive and competitive benefits package and encourage you to visit our website at: Start date is 01 July 2019.

Please send a copy of your CV and a one-page cover letter outlining why we are best suited to work together to by 15 June 2019. InnoCentive is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We may only contact shortlisted applicants. We may appoint before the closing date.