London, Farringdon
23 (Entain)
About The Role

Entain Group is one of the world's largest listed sports betting and gaming groups and a FTSE 50 company with a market cap of £8.5Bn. The Group operates through a global family of 30+ brands serving tens of millions of customers, with 20+ offices across five continents.

Entain has recently announced an ambitious strategy to expand its activities into broader interactive entertainment through a combination of M&A and innovation activity. As a part of this, we have recently launched our global innovation programme - Ennovate - backed by a significant investment. Ennovate will focus on developing new customer experiences and commercial models and help deliver on Entain's overall vision.

Reporting to the Chief Innovation Officer and supported by a small team, Head of Innovation Programmes will be a key member of the Innovation leadership team, with responsibility for managing internal and external programmes designed to enhance and accelerate our innovation agenda. This will encompass our global accelerator and incubator activities, as well as our internal innovation programmes. As an important subset of this activity, the role-holder will also be responsible for establishing and executing a comprehensive startup engagement strategy and ensuring effective interaction between our startup partners and the core Entain business.

In short, you will be in the thick of it as we turbocharge our mission to redefine the world of interactive gaming and entertainment.

What you'll be doing:

  • Managing all aspects of externally-facing innovation programmes including, but not limited to:
  • Calendar of activity
  • Focus areas
  • Promotional activity
  • Budgets
  • Operations/execution
  • External partnerships
  • Managing an effective internal innovation programme
  • Overseeing our global engagement activity with the startup ecosystem
  • Establishing and managing relationships with key internal stakeholders, ensuring all startup partnerships are effectively executed and adequately supported by the business
  • Establishing and managing an effective internal and external comms strategy to support the above

What we need from you:

Must have:

  • Extensive and demonstrable experience in managing successful incubator and/or accelerator programme(s);
  • Experience in managing open innovation activities;
  • Experience of leading/managing distributed team(s);
  • Exceptional communication skills;
  • Gravitas and confidence to work with (and, when necessary, constructively challenge) senior stakeholders;

Nice to have, but not essential:

  • Experience with running internal innovation programmes
  • Knowledge/experience of the entertainment space

What we can offer you:

  • Culture – We were once a start-up and still have that growth mindset (despite our size). Our industry is renowned for the speed it operates at, and the incredible pace of innovation. Our values include winning together, being bold, exciting customers and driving innovation.
  • Development – Both personal and professional development are important to us. Everyone gets 2 paid days to focus on development, along with subscriptions to learning resources like cross knowledge, linkedin learning and our own learning room. Monthly Empower talks from inspirational leaders from outside the industry.
  • Wellbeing – Our employee assistance program offers free advice on everything from work advice, relationship advice, legal information, and financial advice. Everyone gets a free subscription to the unmind (mental wellbeing) app. Counselling session are available through EAP. We have a monthly schedule of wellbeing sessions and talks with each office having wellbeing champions and coordinators.
  • Flexible benefits package - Annual bonus, employee share scheme, private medical, life assurance, income protection, matching pension contributions, enhanced vacation package, discounted gym membership and cycle to work scheme, with the ability to flex your benefits package to suit your needs
  • Offices - Newly refurbished offices, with chillout spaces and modern facilities
  • Social - Fantastic programme of free social activities, from our summer parties and Friday night drinks, we've got you covered.
  • Sports - We're as passionate about sports as you are, if you can name a sport, we've probably got a company team.
  • Hybrid Working – We offer 2 days a week working from home

What the process looks like:

  • Apply and your CV will be reviewed by one of our Talent Acquisition Partners
  • Phone screening call with our Tech & Product TA Team Lead John Blake
  • 30 minute online assessment
  • Introductory chat with our Chief Innovation Officer
  • A couple of formal interviews with our Senior Leadership Team

About Entain

We may sit on the FTSE100, but for millions of customers worldwide, we’re the brands they hold in their hands – and heart. As the home of household names like Ladbrokes, Foxy and PartyPoker, to name just a few, we elevate lives with moments of excitement. And right now we’re elevating ourselves above the competition. We’re leading the industry in bold new directions - and it’s our diverse and talented team who are making this possible. Believe us, the best is yet to come. For our customers. For our future. For your career.

DEI and Wellbeing @ Entain

At Entain we do what’s right. It’s one of our core values. Which is why we’re taking the lead when it comes to creating a diverse, equal and inclusive future - for our people, our industry and our society. We’ve created a culture where everyone can feel psychologically safe, included and heard. Where being accepted for who you are is a given. Here, we celebrate our individual differences, and make sure everyone feels supported, respected, and empowered to thrive – and that starts from the moment you apply to join us.

Life @ Entain

We’re a team who love to play, and win, together. We love building bonds between our people, and we love to build your career up too. Join us, and we won’t just be your employer, we’ll be your biggest cheerleader. We’ll give you the power to lead the conversation on your learning and career goals from day one, and then get behind you with all the support you need to take your career – and our business – to new heights.