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Incubation Lead

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We are the global technology company behind the world’s fastest payments processing network. We are a vehicle for commerce, a connection to financial systems for the previously excluded, a technology innovation lab, and the home of Priceless®. We ensure every employee has the opportunity to be a part of something bigger and to change lives.  We believe as our company grows, so should you. We believe in connecting everyone to endless, priceless possibilities.




Job Title


Incubation Lead



Mastercard Labs is Mastercard’s global Research and Development division, focused on the evolution of technological and consumer trends and the implication of these evolutions on the payments and commerce industry. Our tried, tested and proven methodologies enable us to generate new ideas from a variety of sources, and fast-track the best ideas from concept through prototype, pilot and into commercialization faster than ever before.

Reporting to the head of Mastercard Labs for Financial Inclusion, this role of Director – Incubation Lead, MEA will be responsible for executing on projects and engagements within Mastercard Labs related to Mastercard QR (MPQR) across the region and provide support to other strategic labs projects across SA and SSA.

Director, Incubation Lead – Labs, MEA
• The role will act as a Labs product lead for new initiatives in the space of MPQR enablement and might expand to supporting similar strategic initiatives across Labs in SSA/SA
• Be the coordinating point for Labs strategic projects on MPQR
• The day to day go to person for labs related activities in the space of MPQR enablement projects with a focus on SSA/SA pilot initiatives
• Identify pilot partners and support conceptualization
• Support building business case, business model canvas, concept and initial napkin frames
• Plan brainstorming and ideation sessions with pilot partners
• Support development of Labs prototype – working closely with R&D team in prototype definition and design etc.
• Lead preparation and provide oversight of pilot projects end to end coordinating with relevant stakeholders across labs, digital, market, MD, sales etc.
• Support digital product lead in taking product through PME process, acting the Labs product lead through concept, prototype and pilot phases
• Provide broader support across innovation management activities in MEA including facilitation of innovation management events including ideabox, take initiative, innovation express and driving client engagement through management and update of Innovation showcases in the region
• Role is located in Nairobi with expectation to spend 25% time in Dubai to ensure integration with regional teams

Specialist Experience

All About You
The successful candidates will possess the following skills and competencies:
• Understand Innovation Methodologies – basic appreciation for innovation methodologies such as design thinking and agile development
• Excellent communicator - able to host and engage with senior clients and represent Mastercard Innovation capabilities
• Technology Enthusiast - Ability to grasp and stay abreast with latest technology and application in the space of payments
• Collaborator: Proven ability to work across different teams and functions; spends focused energy processing information, gaining deeper insights into problems, themselves and others as a result
• Innovative: track record to ideating and brining new solutions to life in corporate or startup environment
• Curious: Open to learning and exploring new technologies, information and practices; interested in understanding how things work
• Flexible: Remains engaged during stressful situations brought on by ambiguity and conflict
• Commercially savvy: Has a strong sense of commercial value both for clients and for Mastercard and can create value propositions that translate between these

And will:
• Demonstrated experience in innovation
• Entrepreneurial, experience in a start-up and corporate environment
• Demonstrated experience in new payment technologies
• Demonstrated ability to link technology and multiple aspects of payments business, i.e., understand technology and apply it to business challenges
• Experience with Innovation methodologies such as design thinking
• Experience with UI/UX design, prototype and concept development
• High energy, can-do attitude, strong desire to succeed
• Analytical and strategic skills
• Ability to creatively and effectively link technology and business
• Ability to act effectively as an ambassador for Mastercard Labs with external stakeholders
• Bachelor’s degree, MBA (preferred)





Please note that all information in this job description is accurate at the time of posting. Please be aware that companies may change details and/or closing dates without notice.


Job Summary

  • Kenya
  • Finance
Job Type
  • Full-time
  • Negotiable
25 February 2019
Applications Deadline
13 April 2019

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