Global Head Digital Innovation


The Netherlands



Arcadis is the leading global Design & Consultancy firm for natural and built assets. Applying our deep market sector insights and collective design, consultancy, engineering, project and management services, we work in partnership with our clients to deliver exceptional and sustainable outcomes throughout the lifecycle of their natural and built assets. We are 27,000 people active in over 70 countries that generate more than 3.4 billion in revenues. We support UN-Habitat with knowledge and expertise to improve the quality of life in rapidly growing cities around the world.


The Executive Board has earmarked Digital as a corporate priority in the 2017-2019 strategy). Digital will significantly determine the competitiveness of Arcadis in the future. We will therefore step up our management focus and investments in this space. To that effect, a small core team will be brought together to further define our digital agenda and establish areas of client led priorities that we will focus on and invest in.


Reporting lines:

Chief Digital Officer (CDO)


Job Description:

The Global Head Digital Innovation is responsible for leading the digital innovation of Arcadis by continuously exploring new possibilities offered by internal and external innovative technologies and business models, by matching them with client needs and by accelerating market introduction of ideas with highest commercial potential.


Key activities:


·        Develop a holistic and forward looking view of the relevant technology space for Arcadis and understand the level playing field in order to have robust external references to assess market attractiveness and competitive position of new business ideas or value propositions;

·        Connect with relevant formal and informal innovation networks and players to stay in touch with the latest trends and position Arcadis as a source of thought leadership and a credible partner for digital innovation in the natural and built asset space;

·        Develop a deep understanding of Arcadis client needs, most pressing business issues in the natural and built asset space, and strive to match them with new (or new applications of) technologies and business models;

·        Develop and evolve clear innovation themes to stimulate and focus generation of new ideas in the most promising intersections between client needs and digital technologies & business models;

·        Build powerful coalitions with key stakeholders in Regions, Business Lines and Client Developments to ensure full buy-in and strong commitment to success;

·        Build and motivate a network of Arcadis innovation champions / intrapreneurs that can take the lead in creating and testing minimum viable products with clients to create proofs of concept;

·        Coach, inspire and challenge innovation champions to improve outcomes and strengthen Arcadis digital innovation capabilities and leadership;

·        Develop investment governance and manage innovation pipeline stage gates from idea origination to incubation, acceleration and finally scale up by systematically eliminating technical and commercial risk and by accelerating market entry.




The candidate should have a Master degree and at least 10+ years of professional experience with a specific track record in successfully managing innovation pipeline and/or corporate venturing, ideally at the intersection of natural & built assets and technology/digital:


·        Passionate about the digital transformation of the natural & built asset space in which Arcadis plays;

·        Proven leadership capabilities in start-up / high growth environment;

·        Good fit with Arcadis culture and values;

·        Broad and strategic perspective on the global technology landscape and the way it can be leveraged in the natural & built asset space, able to create Arcadis digital technology road map and articulate powerful innovation themes;

·        Innovative and creative, lateral thinker obsessed by client needs able to find new ways of combining technologies and business models to create more value for clients and Arcadis;

·        Experience in corporate venturing and/or (digital) incubators both from a governance / stage gate management and coaching / capability building perspectives, excellent at developing sound business cases;

·        Ability to inspire colleagues, clients and potential partners with new ideas and discipline combined with pragmatism to implement them rapidly;

·        Existing relationships with innovation networks and world leading technology, intrinsic understanding of the level playing field;

·        Strong facilitation and leadership skills: bringing multiple stakeholders from broad backgrounds and positions together towards defined outcomes;

·        Ability to develop a plan and approach to strategic problems - communicating and mobilizing teams to deliver against the plan;

·        Self-starter, high energy, can work independently and remotely and comfortable with ambiguity;

·        Communication and relationship skills, ability to engage with a broad range of international stakeholders;

·        Ability to collaborate at various levels within and outside Arcadis Digital team to be successful;

·        Ability to work in a global matrix organization and to deal with different cultures worldwide;

·        Proactive, practical, entrepreneurial, open-minded, flexible and creative;

·        Excellent command of English, both spoken and written.

·        Given the international spread of the business a certain level of flexibility in working hours is important.


Main working contacts:

·        Chief Digital Officer (CDO);

·        Core/extended Digital teams;

·        CIO and his/her team;

·        Client Development, Business Lines and Regions


The ideal candidate:

Talented, passionate and high energy senior leader with a blend of technology/digital savviness and built & natural asset industry knowledge.


What we offer?

We offer a dynamic challenging job with international focus in a pleasant working climate, attention to education and a competitive remuneration package reflecting the seniority of the role.






Information/ Application:

Guy van Moppes


Tel: +31 627061871


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