VC Lead @ Goodyear Ventures in Akron, OH

In this position you will lead the development of relevant innovation platforms, value propositions and business models to supply a continuous flow of highly differentiating product, process and/or service concepts that provide top line growth opportunities for Goodyear. Lead the development of minimum viable prototypes to test key assumptions in the development of value propositions and profit models. Support technology project leaders in developing new concepts. Develop vendors & partners to successfully use 3rd party resources and technology to enable new concepts and business model innovation

Primary Responsibilities

  • Lead project teams to develop business models for new revenue streams. Identify key unknows in the business model & perform “lean start-up” based experiments to learn about the unknowns
  • Lead project team to uncover user needs and potential opportunities; guide project team building minimum viable prototypes to validate new concepts & arrive at compelling value propositions for end users
  • Analyze profitability of businesses in incubation & recommend key actions to meet goals of incubated businesses
  • Manage business trials with Goodyear customers to demonstrate value created by the new concepts in real world settings & iterate towards the final solution
  • Consult technology project leaders on ways to accelerate market penetration by identifying the best ecosystem for new technologies & working with ecosystem partners to address key open questions 

Required Education And Experience

  • MBA/MS/MDes degree in engineering, marketing, economics & social sciences
  • PhD desired
  • 7+ years of experience in leading innovation in organizations or equivalent entrepreneurial experiences
  • Experience in exploiting new market opportunities either as an entrepreneur or within an organization
  • Experience in gathering funding for new ideas (angel, venture capital or corporate venture funds)
  • Experience in directly handling customers/users in one on one settings
  • Experience in handling highly uncertain & ambiguous projects
  • Experience with quick, highly interactive market experimentation, whether to gain user insight, validate new concepts or profit models
  • Lesser years of experience can be considered if PHD has been obtained 

Skills And Abilities

  • Strong cross functional leadership skills
  • Project management skills
  • Ability to translate customer needs to technology solutions by working with technology experts
  • Ability to take risks & model their impact on financials
  • Ability to structure & run quick experiments based on minimum viable prototypes
  • Strong communication skills
  • Ability to identify opportunities by making sense of complex systems 

Goodyear is one of the world’s largest tire companies. It employs about 64,000 people and manufactures its products in 47 facilities in 21 countries around the world. Its two Innovation Centers in Akron, Ohio and Colmar-Berg, Luxembourg strive to develop state-of-the-art products and services that set the technology and performance standard for the industry. For more information about Goodyear and its products, go to


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