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Project Lead, New Production Technologies - Robotics and 3D Printing

Location: San Francisco
Job Code: 268
# of openings: 1


The World Economic Forum Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution (the “Center”) in San Francisco is looking for a Project Lead for a series of activities/projects on “Technology and Innovation for Production" which are part of the Forum’s System Initiative on “Shaping the Future of Production”.
Shaping the Future of Production is a major new initiative addressing all aspects of the way products are made: from design, to manufacturing, use, and re-use and exploring how rapidly emerging technologies, such as the internet of things, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, robotics and 3D printing, are creating new business models and transforming value chains and networks. The Initiative engages over 40 businesses, 20 governments around the world, and leading universities and civil society organisations.
The Project Lead will manage the System Initiative’s activities/projects which will be implemented out of San Francisco, and report to the Head of the “Shaping the Future of Production” System Initiative based in our headquarters in Geneva. The first activities to be launched will focus on robotics and 3D printing. The position is based in San Francisco.
Duties and Responsibilities
Take a leadership role in the following phases of the project:
  • Work with the Head of System Initiative to define the issue(s) and policy-related questions to be investigated on production from the new Center, set goals and establish clear evaluation criteria
  • Drive global survey and mapping of existing knowledge, policy approaches and public-private partnerships on production, particularly with small and medium sized businesses
  • Drive effective project delivery, integration and coordination, through a highly collaborative approach and effective resourcing, budgeting, project and process management, communication and reporting
  • Support and deliver the project review and approval of activities/projects by sponsors and project review committees
  • Drive the deployment and utilisation of existing Forum’s knowledge and digital tools (Transformation maps and digital interactive space) for the management of the communities involve in the activities/projects, and leverage data and digital objects for tracking progress
Depending on the activities/projects, the role will entail a combination of the above or more focus on certain responsibilities.
Qualifications and Skills
  • Masters (or higher) degree in Engineering, Public Policy, Business Administration or similar fields
  • Minimum 10 years’ experience in private or public sector, including working on relevant production, manufacturing or industrial policy related topics
  • Ability to design and drive medium to large-scale project design and delivery
  • Successful experience in engaging global leaders from the private and/or public sector
  • Ability to quickly develop a meaningful perspective on internal and external issues that have organisational impact
  • Strong leadership skills with the ability to manage and motivate high performing, virtual teams through volatility, uncertainty, complexity, risk and ambiguity
  • Excellent presentation and facilitation skills
  • Excellent verbal and written language skills in English; verbal proficiency in other languages would be an asset
  • Proficient with recent digital platforms and tools (e.g. Salesforce)

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