Manager, Innovation

Stanbic Bank Zambia

Standard Bank Group is a leading Africa-focused financial services group, and an innovative player on the global stage, that offers a variety of career-enhancing opportunities – plus the chance to work alongside some of the sector’s most talented, motivated professionals. Our clients range from individuals, to businesses of all sizes, high net worth families and large multinational corporates and institutions. We’re passionate about creating growth in Africa. Bringing true, meaningful value to our clients and the communities we serve and creating a real sense of purpose for you.

Job Description

Lead the innovation function within Stanbic Bank through cross-functional teams, leveraging partnerships and platforms to design, build, incubate, bring to scale and commercialise solutions for customer needs that may extend well beyond what is understood as the existing realm of banking, by ensuring the execution and building of innovations and new business models, including running pilots through fast-paced launches, adapting to client feedback, defining minimum viable business to meet client and bank strategy needs. Adopt frameworks that contribute to the operational success of businesses, considering risk exposure and appetite. Champion innovation practices to enable the growth of an innovation mindset, highlighting the value drivers of innovation. Develop and maintain a broad network of entrepreneurs, innovators, and investors to hone market understanding as well as create investment opportunities.


Minimum Qualifications
Type of Qualification: First Degree
Field of Study: Business Commerce
Type of Qualification: First Degree
Field of Study: Information Technology

Other Minimum Qualifications, certifications or professional memberships

The role requires a tertiary degree in Business Commerce or Information Technology as a minimum requirement.

Other Preferred Qualifications, certifications or professional memberships

A post graduate degree in Business Commerce, Finance & Accounting or Information Technology would be beneficial as it will add credibility for this role to influence strategy of Stanbic Bank Zambia to adopt innovation, ecosystems & partnerships.

Experience Required

Macro Generic
Minimum 5 years
The role requires a seasoned individual with a thorough understanding of the end-to-end Financial Value Chain with deep or specialised experience in multiple areas of the organisation. Proven track record of understanding end-to-end business processes creating the systemic nature of a large complex organisation. Proven experience in understanding the impact of strategic decisions on revenue and return for shareholders. Ecosystem experience is critical for this role.

The role requires an experienced, holistic professional with considerable business acumen and understanding of the organisation and industry, gained from a track record of 10+ years in advisory roles, who is capable of influencing leaders across the enterprise to drive change and foster transformation. Proven track record of the ability to influence the strategic direction of a company through innovation, ecosystems and partnerships.

Additional Information

Behavioral Competencies:

  • Adopting Practical Approaches
  • Challenging Ideas
  • Developing Expertise
  • Developing Strategies
  • Embracing Change
  • Exploring Possibilities
  • Generating Ideas
  • Interpreting Data
  • Making Decisions
  • Providing Insights
  • Seizing Opportunities
  • Team Working

Technical Competencies:

  • Change Management (HR)
  • Customer Understanding (Business Banking)
  • Financial Analysis
  • Knowledge Management
  • Operations Risk Management
  • Strategic Planning and Reporting

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