Afreximbank: Assistant Manager Strategy & Innovation – Innovation Lab – Cairo, Egypt

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Posted 8 months ago

Reference No. CEBLR6

CA Global Headhunters has been retained by the Afreximbank based in Cairo, Egypt to recruit for this position. For more information on the Afreximbank please visit their website Should you meet the minimum requirements and wish to apply for the position please apply directly to CA Global Headhunters.


Reference Number: CEBLR6



  • The role is expected to help the Bank to achieve its mission “stimulating a consistent expansion of and diversification of African trade so as to rapidly increase Africa’s share of global trade, while operating as a first class, profit oriented, socially responsible financial institution and a centre of excellence in African trade matters
  • Assist to manage the innovation lab, including all project activities and ensuring deadlines are met, and resources are appropriately allocated
  • Work closely with key stakeholders to identify and prioritise innovation opportunities that align with the business strategy
  • Support the development of new products, services, and processes through ideation, prototyping, testing, and validation
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams, including technology, marketing, legal, and risk, to ensure successful concept and product delivery
  • Establish and manage partnerships with external innovation ecosystem partners, including universities, startups, accelerators, and venture capitalists
  • Stay up-to-date on emerging technology and innovation trends and identify opportunities for the business to leverage new developments
  • Support the implementation of company-wide innovation & idea sourcing programmes, eg hackathons, ideas boards etc
  • Identify and prioritise use cases & solutions for internal & external stakeholders
  • Design a product roadmap – vision, requirements, execution plan & timelines etc to guide development
  • Support the Design and launch of an incubator programme for target start-ups and early-stage entrepreneurs focusing on the innovation lab’s priority areas
  • Work with Director of Strategy and Innovation to define the business and operating model of the incubation programme, accelerator programme, innovation challenges including selection criteria for start-ups, and in collaboration with other stakeholders
  • Develop and coordinate content and methodologies with providers and academia for the incubator programme, accelerator programme and innovation challenges
  • Develop a communication and engagement plan to drive cultural awareness about the Lab’s values among employees
  • Facilitate regular workshops and co-creation sessions for the Bank’s employees(teams) using the Lab’s assets and tools
  • Proactively build and curate content on emerging innovation themes to present in the lab and other client forums
  • Produce regular organisational updates on Lab project progress, learnings and milestones that communicate tangible and intangible value created by the Lab
  • Developing and building relationships with crucial FinTech partners and identifying possible FinTech partnerships Stakeholder management across all FinTech vendors, including onboarding of new FinTech partners
  • Assisting to institute strong idea discovery capabilities with greater emphasis on greenfield and/ or transformational innovation
  • Incubate and accelerate the delivery of innovative trade and trade-related products, platforms, services, solutions and ventures
  • Create reusable and scalable data and analytics assets
  • Supporting a platform for fostering innovation by startups and the wider tech ecosystem in Africa
  • Managing a dedicated space and resources for the Bank’s employees to spark innovation and creativity
  • Assisting the Head, Innovation and Product Development to run an effective Lab operating model to ensure sustainability
  • Any other duties as may be assigned by Senior Management


Requirements: Qualification and Skill

  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in innovation, technology, or product management, preferably in a financial institution or related industry
  • Bachelor's degree in a related field (business, technology, engineering, or innovation management) and a post graduate degree is a must
  • Proven track record of successfully managing cross-functional teams to deliver projects on time and within budget
  • Strong knowledge of innovation methodologies, including design thinking, lean startup, and agile development
  • Strong knowledge of ecosystem strategy and open innovation
  • Experience with hypothesis development, prototyping and testing new products and services, including user research and feedback analysis
  • Excellent communication and collaboration skills, with the ability to work effectively with stakeholders at all levels of the organisation
  • Strong project/program management skills to successfully manage multiple concurrent work streams
  • Experience evaluating a technology landscape, preferably within banking, Fintechs and consulting
  • Passion for technology, futurist view and intellectual curiosity Familiarity with financial services, including trade finance, payments, banking, lending, preferred
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English Knowledge of the Bank's other working languages is an added advantage (French, Arabic and Portuguese)

Contractual information:

  • Permanent
  • Willing and able to relocate to Egypt for the opportunity
  • Suitably qualified candidates are encouraged to apply


If you wish to apply for the position, please send your CV to Caleb Ebrahim at


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Caleb Ebrahim

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