Innovation Transportation & Local Government Program Manager

Palo Alto, CA | business and operations

Job Description

M.S./MBA or equivalent operational experience in a transportation or government service provider organization

PARC, a Xerox Company, is seeking a Transportation & Local Government Program Manager to manage research and commercialization activities conducted within the Xerox Innovation Group (XIG) for the Xerox transportation and local government businesses.  The business groups provide business process outsourcing and transaction processing services in the Transit, Tolling, Parking, and Municipal Government segments globally.  This position will be based in Palo Alto, CA, with matrix reporting to the XIG Services Research leadership.  Moderate to heavy travel is expected in order to work closely with business groups and their customers, and with the distributed worldwide research centers of XIG.

 

Responsibilities

  • Develop and execute a high-impact program innovation strategy and roadmap that are aligned with the long-term business strategies and product and/or service roadmaps of the Xerox transportation and local government businesses globally.
  • Manage a balanced portfolio of research projects in the program that span sustaining, disruptive, and transformational innovation to deliver technology and IP assets and new business options to the businesses.  The portfolio is distributed globally across Xerox’s Research Centers in the Americas, Europe, and Asia.
  • Advise and influence the business groups as they develop their strategies by bringing a strategic innovation perspective grounded in market/trends analysis and an understanding of new technologies, business models, and regulations impacting transportation and local government.
  • Support business groups in customer-facing innovation activities to identify new innovation opportunities and help Xerox differentiate from its competitors.  Assist the business groups in the development of Requests for Information (RFI) and Requests for Proposals (RFP) as they relate to innovation opportunities in the space.
  • Ensure the timely and orderly development, market testing, and transfer of XIG technologies to the business groups by working closely with project leads.
  • Monitor each project in the program and solve problems as they arise, and aggregate data for reporting and analysis purposes within XIG.

 

Requirements

  • 5+ years of operating experience in a transportation or government service provider organization, ideally in customer-facing business role.
  • Deep understanding of significant aspects of technologies, business models, and regulations relevant for transportation or government services.
  • Demonstrated effectiveness working both independently and in a team setting.
  • Excellent communications, interpersonal, and influence skills.
  • M.S./MBA or equivalent operational experience

 

Desired Experience

  • Understanding of agile development and lean innovation methodologies.
  • Working effectively in a globally distributed matrix organization.
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Benefits

We offer a very competitive salary package and full benefits (medical, dental, vision, life & disability insurance, 401K). PARC employees enjoy the use of onsite health & fitness center and collegial dining at our onsite cafeteria. The PARC campus is in a spacious modern building in close proximity to the resources and opportunities of Silicon Valley and benefits from nearby leading universities such as Stanford and Berkeley. It is also close to many amenities, top schools, and outdoor activities (see http://www.parc.com/about/culture.html). PARC provides a highly diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer (see http://www.parc.com/about/careers/).

About PARC

PARC, a Xerox company, is in the Business of Breakthroughs®. Practicing open innovation, we provide custom R&D services, technology, expertise, best practices, and intellectual property to Fortune 500 and Global 1000 companies, startups, and government agencies and partners. We create new business options, accelerate time to market, augment internal capabilities, and reduce risk for our clients.

Since its inception, PARC has pioneered many technology platforms – from the Ethernet and laser printing to the GUI and ubiquitous computing – and has enabled the creation of many industries. Incorporated as an independent, wholly owned subsidiary of Xerox in 2002, PARC today continues the research that enables breakthroughs for our clients' businesses.

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