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Technology Roadmaps and Innovation Framework

Technology Roadmaps and Innovation Framework | Zedelgem . #permanentjob

CNH industrial . Zedelgem, Flanders, Belgium

CNH Industrial is a global capital goods company specialized in equipment and services for Agriculture and Construction. The Company operates commercially through its brand portfolio which includes Case IH, New Holland Agriculture, Steyr, CASE and New Holland Construction Equipment. Through its people and brands, CNH Industrial delivers power, technology and innovation to farmers, and builders all around the world. Each of its brands is a major international force in its specific sector. More information can be found on the corporate website:

Technology Roadmaps and Innovation Framework

Position summary:

This position is part of the CNHI’s “Advanced Technology and Innovation” activities and will report to the Advanced Technology and Innovation Vice President. Define a world class organization to develop and govern technology roadmaps and technical standards for AG and CE products, collaborating with an internal expert network and external industry experts (universities, startups, tech partners,..) Work closely together with the different product development teams in Technology, Digital, Agriculture and Construction to develop and approve longer term technology roadmaps for the different products and technologies. Establish the connections and support to manage Open Innovation activities globally, including the whole ecosystem (universities, start-ups, tech partners … ) aiming to accelerate collaboration and speed of technology introduction. Explore and leverage on opportunities for public funding. Work closely together with the Institutional Relations organization that manages Industry organizations that are the soundboard for the Governmental institutions and have the goal to support the decision making process of legislators in order to get suitable policies and regulatory frameworks (advocacy). Identify regulatory compliance experts to interpret and communicate current regulations and future regulatory changes to the Product Lines, Competency Centers and Segments. Define a CNHi strategy for industry workgroups participation and lead the CNHi coordination efforts with the internal experts. Develop technical standards that will become compulsory for product development, testing and homologation. Major global standards development industry groups: Abimaq, AEMP, ASABE, EATA, OECD, UNECE, AEF, AgGateway, CEN, ISO, OICA and SAE. Communication and open mindset are key to coordinate and motivate the teams to focus on different ways to innovate in an open innovation environment. This position will work directly with all CNH´s employees in the Technology group, but will impact with her/his work all other Segment and Function teams.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Work as technology and innovation system team member, developing functional and innovative processes and tools to address future customer needs.

  • Lead and coordinate the elaboration of technology roadmaps, developed with the Innovation, Technology, Digital, GPP and Brand teams.

  • Develop and promote an open innovation approach, leveraging on internal strength, while engaging the entire eco-system.

  • Review and understand technologies and trends that will influence medium and long term Innovation system and consequentely product plans.

  • Key enabler for a more radical innovation approach, using the 4 lenses concepts and an extensive amount of independent thinking, required to generate new ideas.

  • Estabilish a relationship / partnership with universities / start ups / tech centers and suppliers in order to scout the best solution to close gaps on the requirements / roadmaps already developed, and guarantee its development until implementation.

  • Update the Innovation Framework and Technology Roadmap management tools (dashboard, kpi-tool,…). Keep metrics to follow the improvement status and share best practices.

  • Help creating an innovation culture inside CNH by promoting new concepts as disruptiveness, collaboration, diversity, future vision. Conduct workshops, open Innovation meetings, hackatons … with multi functional teams. Share ideas for continuous improvements on innovation systems and best practices for the team. Transfer all the innovation systems and best practices to all CNHI teams involved with Innovation projects and support them. Coordinate the global Innovation Week and other innovation events to support cultural and technical transformation.

  • Competency and desire to become and stay expert in his/her domain of knowledge. Willing to travel to gain experience and assist the different teams in defining their technology roadmaps.

  • Estabilish a relationship/partnership with the major global Industry Standards Development Groups (ISDG). Conduct regular ISDG meetings and workshops with the internal stakeholders. Share best practices with all CNHI teams involved with ISD projects. Competency and desire to become and stay expert in this domain of knowledge.

  • Assure proper Product Line accountability and participation in the Industry Standard Development Groups. Map and check ISDG coverage and identify gaps to be addressed together with the Product Lines. Promote/support CNHi expert leading roles in national and international ISDGs. Assure key stakeholders on time decisions on major ISDG strategic issues / options. Define metrics to follow and monitor the Industry standard development process. Provide subject matter expertise using a repository for ISDG reporting and tracking. Update the ISDG management tools (dashboard, kpi-tool,…)

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Prior experience with any kind of work with Technology Roadmaps and Open Innovation processes. Prior experience with any kind of work with start ups and / or universities and suppliers. Have some experience in having negotiated or participated in partnerships/joint ventures/spin offs. Prior experience with any kind of work with Industry Standards Development Groups.

  • Strong Interpersonal Skills: A good listener with outstanding interpersonal qualities and a natural, effective consultative style. Someone who is sought out for their opinions and counsel and who can forge and maintain close relationships across the entire organization.

  • Results Driven: An energetic, resourceful and hands-on individual with a strong bias for action, someone who commits fully to stretch goals and who is dedicated to developing and delivering outstanding results.

  • Superior Intellect: A combination of analytic rigor, conceptual ability, creativity, mental flexibility and judgment. Someone who deals effectively with strategic issues, as well as the detailed tactical activity involved in driving high performance and has demonstrated capability in dealing with complexity and ambiguity.

  • Leadership and Executive Presence: Polished professional, poised executive presence and excellent presentation, interpersonal, and consultative skills. Building internal credibility quickly, with balanced competency in engineering and business acumen.

  • Natural Leader: An individual with strong leadership presence who works well within all levels of the organization and key external stake holders. Proven ability to effectively lead across a matrix leadership team.

  • Effective Team Player: A highly motivated team player that contributes to an atmosphere in which people work together, enthusiastically and effectively, in producing outstanding results. The ability to constructively reconcile differences in an open and positive manner while operating in a highly matrixed organization.

  • Very profound understanding of the agriculture and construction equipment products and technologies.


  • Bachelor’s and/or Master of Science in Engineering. PhD is preferred.

  • 12 + years of relevant experience, out of which, at least 5+ years leadership and management experience with a proven track record of managing technology teams and programs in diversified areas

  • Experience with project, program, or portfolio management with a focus on technology and innovation

  • Relevant experience in agriculture and construction equipment

  • Ability to mentor, create teams and collaborate

  • Ability to adjust strategy to enable cross-corporation partnerships

  • Ability to translate detailed technical information to relatable material for a broader audience

  • Comfort with ambiguity, and ability to thrive in a rapidly evolving internal corporate environment

  • Strong communications skills and the ability to coach others

  • Experience of leading organization of engineers in a global, matrix environment and building a strong accountable engineering team.

  • Ability in influencing and collaborating in order to maximize effectiveness in matrix organization

  • Excellent facilitation skills as well as strong strategic and operating skills.

  • Ability to work at a high pace and in an agile manner, thriving on a quickly-moving and ever-changing environment


  • Working at CNH Industrial is working in an environment where, partly due to its international character, numerous development opportunities are offered. The CNH Industrial Belgium site in Zedelgem employs more than 3,000 people. In that one location, a variety of departments are present, ranging from design - with an R&D center with more than 400 employees - over production to service and dealer training to all support departments.

  • CNH Industrial Belgium in Zedelgem is also located in a congestion-free area and is easily accessible.

  • We offer a very attractive salary package, with numerous fringe benefits, such as our bonus system, insurance, eco cheques, meal vouchers and no less than 20.5 working time reduction days on top of the statutory vacations (in full-time system).

  • Permanent contract

Are you as passionate as our people? Would you like to join a great team and help build the most innovative and largest agricultural machines on the market?!

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