Director New Business Ventures (m/f/d)

About us:

The Lufthansa Innovation Hub (LIH) – named „Germany’s Best Digital Lab“ – is the digital transformation spearhead of the world’s largest aviation corporation Lufthansa Group based in Berlin, Singapore and Shanghai.

The LIH discovers, evaluates and implements new technologies in the context of Travel & Mobility Tech with and for industry-leading airlines such as Lufthansa, Eurowings, SWISS and Austrian Airlines, the frequent flyer program Miles & More as well as other renowned Lufthansa Group entities.

Our growing team of tech, design, market intelligence, venture capital and digital transformation experts engages in ongoing trend and market research, holistically incubates digital ventures, fosters strategic partnerships with existing players as well as invests strategically across the travel and mobility chain.

Creating and capturing value for Lufthansa Group beyond its core business of flying, the unit works closely with aviation experts of Lufthansa Group as well as field-proven talent from the Travel & Mobility Tech ecosystem on a global scale.

Job summary:

The Director New Business Ventures (m/f) heads a team of venture developers and specialists to ideate and drive LIH ventures to success. The role is part of the LIH leadership team and co-responsible for the New Business capability. Lufthansa Innovation Hub’s New Business portfolio ranges from co-creation ventures with strategic partners from the travel & mobility tech ecosystem to greenfield company-building around the travel journey of tomorrow.

In this context you will lead a fast-moving and growing interdisciplinary team with strong startup, corporate and consulting background while directly reporting to the Managing Director of the Lufthansa Innovation Hub. Shaping the strategic direction of the New Business capability, you actively steer our venture portfolio and guide venture teams to successful exits. The role is based in our Berlin office.

Given an above-average degree of flexibility, team setup, technological bandwidth and budget we understand the Director New Business Ventures (m/f) as a senior entrepreneur acting on behalf of the Lufthansa Innovation Hub.

 

Responsibilities:

  • Create value and impact, both on a market level (by leading the development of valuable businesses) and on an internal level by consistently improving the LIH venturing approach as well as by developing (y)our team
  • Help venture teams identify opportunity spaces and guide them towards the most efficient exploitation of such spaces through best-practice idea generation, validation, MVP design, and scaling
  • Create an environment in which our venture teams can thrive by bringing and implementing best-practice structures and processes for the above-mentioned processes 
  • Co-lead the New Business team consisting of 25+ venture developers and specialists 
  • Engage in strategic business development with internal and external stakeholders to ramp up new ventures
  • Further professionalize the project management framework (including roles & responsibilities and processes)
  • Lift our venturing toolbox onto the next level focusing on product, design, business development and growth marketing
  • Define and constantly monitor suitable metrics and milestones
  • Balance the LIH venture portfolio in close collaboration with the other New Business directors
  • Guide and coach junior team members and peers and transfer know-how systematically across teams and individuals

 

Profile:

  • Outstanding entrepreneurial drive combining strategic vision with pragmatism and ability to implement
  • Strong background in state of the art digital tech, in-depth understanding tech opportunities and constraints
  • Experience in venture building context with proven leadership track record (e.g. Managing Director or Director position, division head, team lead)
  • Knowledge and substantial experience with venture building tools, frameworks, and corresponding processes
  • Credible understanding of major digital business models and the respective growth drivers
  • Data-beats-opinion attitude with strong analytical skills
  • Distinct travel & mobility affinity
  • Excellent presentation skills
  • Master’s degree in Technology Management, Computer Science, Natural Sciences, Business, Innovation, or equivalent
  • At least 5 years relevant work experience in the digital context
  • Fluent in English

Valuable additions:

  • Experience as startup founder
  • Fluent in German
  • Advanced degree with connection to role 
  • Direct or indirect (e.g. management consultancy) work experience in the corporate context
  • Professional touch points with travel (tech) and/or mobility

What we offer:

  • Be an essential member of a smart, hard-working and growing team developing solutions for the traveler of tomorrow together with one of the most iconic brands in aviation
  • Gain deep insights into the corporate world as well as the international Travel & Mobility Tech ecosystem
  • Work independently and entrepreneurial holistically owning budgets, workstreams and operational decision making
  • Utilize seasoned Lufthanseats and experienced tech talent
  • Experience a truly unique setting in the heart of the Berlin tech ecosystem
  • Competitive compensation with benefits

At LIH, we are super committed to fostering an environment that promotes diversity and inclusivity. We do not discriminate in employment on the basis of factors irrelevant to merit, qualifications or business need such as age, race, colour, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, medical status, or any other status covered by the relevant law in the areas where we operate.

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