Innovation Specialist - Sandton, South Africa - IDC

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Sandton, South Africa

1 month ago

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Job Description Objective**:

The Innovation Specialist will be a vital member of the Innovation and Continuous Improvement unit within the Corporate Strategy and Innovation department of the IDC.

The primary objective of this role is to drive a culture of continuous improvement throughout the organisation through the collaboration with the senior innovation specialists, by identifying opportunities, implementing initiatives, and measuring the effectiveness of improvement efforts.

The incumbent will be responsible for streamlining processes, enhancing operational efficiency, and promoting innovation within the unit, department and organisation.

Qualification and Experience KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE**- 5 years relevant experience in continuous improvement, process analysis, or related roles, preferably in a finance or development finance institution.

  • Solid understanding of continuous improvement methodologies such as Lean, Six Sigma, or Kaizen.
  • Experience with process mapping, value stream analysis, and root cause analysis techniques.
  • Proficiency in data analysis and reporting using tools such as Excel, Tableau, or Power BI.
  • Familiarity with project management principles and methodologies

Bachelor's degree in Business Administration, Industrial Engineering, or a related discipline.

Roles and Responsibilities Key Performance Areas**:

Process Analysis and Improvement:

  • Through the collaboration of the senior innovation specialists:
  • Identifying areas for process improvement and optimisation within the organisation.
  • Analysing existing processes, workflows, and procedures to identify bottlenecks, inefficiencies, and areas for enhancement.
  • Developing and implementing process improvement initiatives to enhance operational efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Monitoring and evaluating the impact of implemented improvements and make recommendations for further enhancements.

Change Management and Innovation:

  • Foster a culture of innovation and continuous improvement throughout the organisation.
  • Collaborate with crossfunctional teams to identify innovative solutions and best practices.
  • Support the implementation of change initiatives by providing guidance, training, and support to stakeholders.
  • Facilitate workshops, brainstorming sessions, and process improvement initiatives.

Performance Measurement and Reporting:

  • Working closely with the Innovation and Continuous Improvement data analyst:
  • Define key performance indicators (KPIs) and metrics to measure process performance and improvement.
  • Develop reporting mechanisms and dashboards to track and communicate progress.
  • Conduct data analysis and interpretation to identify trends, patterns, and insights related to process improvement initiatives.
  • Prepare reports and presentations to share findings and recommendations with stakeholders.

Stakeholder Engagement and Collaboration:

  • Collaborating with Corporate Strategy and Innovation department stakeholders to understand their process improvement needs and challenges.
  • Engaging with crossfunctional teams to gather insights, feedback, and suggestions for improvement.
  • Building and maintaining strong relationships with stakeholders to ensure effective implementation of improvement initiatives.
  • Providing training and support to teams on continuous improvement methodologies and tools.

Job Requirements TECHNICAL COMPETENCIES**- Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, with the ability to identify and resolve process-related issues.

  • Knowledge of process improvement methodologies and tools, such as Lean Six Sigma or Kaizen.
  • Ability to conduct data analysis and interpret findings to drive decisionmaking.
  • Proficiency in process mapping and analysis techniques.
  • Excellent knowledge of project management principles and methodologies.
  • Familiarity with data visualisation and reporting tools.


  • Strong attention to detail and accuracy in analysing processes and identifying improvement opportunities.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills to collaborate with stakeholders at all levels.
  • Change management mindset, with the ability to drive and support organisational change initiatives.
  • Proactive and selfmotivated approach to continuously seek opportunities for improvement.
  • Strong organisational and time management skills, with the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.

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