At Blue Shield of California we are parents, leader, students,
visionaries, heroes, and providers. Everyday we come together
striving to fulfill our mission, to ensure all Californians have
access to high-quality health care at a sustainably affordable
price. For more than 80 years, Blue Shield of California has been
dedicated to transforming health care by making it more accessible,
cost-effective, and customer-centric. We are a not-for-profit,
independent member of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association with
6,800 employees, more than $20 billion in annual revenue and 4.3
million members. The company has contributed more than $500 million
to Blue Shield of California Foundation since 2002 to have a
positive impact on California communities. Blue Shield of
California is headquartered in Oakland, California with 18
additional locations including Sacramento, Los Angeles, and San
Diego. We’re excited to share Blue Shield of California has
received awards and recognition for – LGBT diversity, quality
improvement, most influential women in corporate America, Bay
Area’s top companies in volunteering & giving, and one of the
world’s most ethical companies. Here at Blue Shield of California,
we’re striving to make a positive change across our industry and
the communities we live in – Join us!
As a nonprofit health plan, Blue Shield of California is guided
by our mission and values, which encourage innovation and focus our
efforts on transforming the current healthcare system into one that
is worthy of our family and friends. Blue Shield of California’s
Innovation team is an in-house team responsible for engaging
business leaders across the enterprise in developing and pursuing
innovation strategies that will help us further our mission. As
change agents, the Innovation team will not only help formulate
these strategies but will also engage with cross-functional teams
in their pursuit.
Reporting to the Chief Innovation Officer, the VP, Innovation
will help identify, analyze, evaluate, and champion strategies and
initiatives that will deliver growth and transformation for Blue
Shield of California. He/she will independently consult with
cross-functional teams of senior leaders to address and resolve key
strategic challenges and develop multi-year strategic visions and
roadmaps. The VP will be responsible for providing thought
leadership and structure for ambiguous business problems and/or new
opportunities. He/She will work with junior team members and
stakeholders across all levels and functions to translate
strategies into specific, results-driving initiatives. This will
also include evaluating changes needed to bring the vision to life,
including structure, incentives, processes, etc. The VP will also
provide support and monitor progress during implementation.
The VP will be responsible for partnering with cross-functional
teams. Since this VP will serve as a “change agent," experience
(and comfort) with coaching and influencing teams without formal
authority is important for success in this role. The VP will have
significant day-to-day exposure to business leaders internally
across the organization. As a result, the VP must have strong
communication and collaboration skills. Furthermore, the VP will
contribute to driving a culture of innovation by exploring trends,
innovations, and business opportunities that align with the
corporate strategy. He/She will be responsible for creating
Executive Committee-level updates to influence decisions about new
projects / initiatives and will have significant exposure to
business leaders across the organization. Since our Innovation team
operates like an internal consulting group, specific assignments
will vary over time.
The VP will manage high level responsibilities with his/her
peers and manage day-to-day initiatives for his/her direct reports.
He /She will be an integral partner to the Vice President of
Corporate Development when managing partnerships with large
businesses or early-stage companies. The VP will also be
responsible for steering committees, owning the adoption and
scaling of innovation capabilities, speaking at all-hands meetings
with C-suite executives, and implementing a multi-year Blue Shield
Innovation Roadmap with peers.
Work with Senior-level Executives across functions and channels
to develop near and long-term visions and roadmaps.
Apply human-centered innovation (Design Thinking) and other
innovation methods to all initiatives.
Provide thought leadership on structuring complex, ambiguous
business problems and provide fact-based, leading-edge thinking,
frameworks and business tools.
Lead projects and major innovation initiatives with
cross-functional stakeholders across levels without direct
reporting line for successful design and implementation.
Partner with analytics teams to design compelling analyses and
build business cases to inform strategic tradeoffs and
Deliver high-impact presentations for Senior-level Executive
audiences to influence action on strategic recommendations.
Interface with Executive Leadership Team Members and have the
gravitas to drive the conversation as a lead representative of
BSCA’s Innovation function.
Translate strategy into specific business initiatives and
develop tools to measure and evaluate them.
Co-lead process transformation and improvement of core processes
across the enterprise.
Partner with Corporate Development and work to improve the
organizations efforts around co-innovation, co-development and
strategic partnering to foster and create an environment of
innovation, both internally and externally. Design framework using
innovation principles and methodology to help the organization
learn how to better partner with external and early-stage
Ability to understand venture capital and investment as well as
represent BSCA on various boards when needed/required.
Through active partnership with Chief Innovation Officer, assist
in proactively surfacing the portfolio of strategic innovation
activities across the enterprise to ensure investment is balanced
across businesses, focus areas, risk and opportunity size. Help
support the business leaders with practices, processes, tools and
training to ensure successful execution of these initiatives.
Work with the Chief Innovation Officer and other leaders across
the organization to enhance the member experience by surfacing,
developing and testing capabilities, tools, models to uncover
desirability, viability and feasibility.
The Vice President, Innovation must be a well-rounded, seasoned
and strategic leader capable of effecting system-wide change
through influence and persuasion.
BA/BS Degree required, MBA or MA/MS preferred.
12 years of relevant work experience in Innovation and/or
Proven experience leading or assisting in the transformation of
an organization through the incubation and implementation of
Experience managing a high-performing team and developing less
experienced team members (with or without formal reporting
Excellent communication and facilitation skills (oral, written
Ability to understand, organize and communicate complex
information in an easily understandable format tailored to a
variety of audiences.
Ability to influence key decision-makers to challenge
conventional practices and instill an innovation mindset into
Change management experience/exposure and inspiring leadership
skills to help shift culture, accelerate results, and keep
employees motivated and engaged during the process.
High-energy, passionate, and proven track record of developing
and implementing strategies.
Executes following a “Teams Win” philosophy, fostering a
positive, collaborative environment.
Primary Location : United States of America-California-Oakland
Organization Schedule : Full-time
Job Posting : Sep 11, 2020, 6:56:14 PM
External hires must pass a background check/drug screen.
Qualified applicants with arrest records and/or conviction records
will be considered for employment in a manner consistent with
Federal, State and local laws, including but not limited to the San
Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance. All qualified applicants will
receive consideration for employment without regards to race,
color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender
identity, protected veteran status or disability status and any
other classification protected by Federal, State and local