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Bain & Company Inc Manager, Bain Innovation Exchange in San Francisco, California

Company Overview

Bain & Company is one of the world's leading management consulting firms, where bold thinking, inspired people and a passion for results come together for extraordinary impact. Bain helps transform the world's most important businesses into vigorous, agile organizations that anticipate the unpredictable, adapt rapidly to disruption and outcompete their opposition. We work with clients who do not hide from the future but want to define it, clients with high potential and high ambition, determined to adapt and become enduring winners.

Bain was founded in 1973 on the principle that consultants must measure their success in terms of their clients' financial results. Bain's clients have outperformed the stock market 4 to 1. With offices in all major cities, Bain has worked with over 4,000 major multinational and other corporations from every economic sector, in every region of the world. Bain was also recently ranked among Glassdoor’s Best Places to Work in 2019.

BIE Overview

Bain has been building out its corporate innovation capabilities and services through its Bain Innovation Exchange (BIE). The BIE is a global community of change-makers, entrepreneurs, futurists, venture capitalists and innovation experts who connect with one another to push the boundaries of digital transformation and innovation. The BIE provides a platform for start-ups, corporate business leaders, investors, and thought leaders to establish mutually beneficial relationships as they work to unlock the full value of emerging digital technologies.

As BIE expands and seeks to provide disruptive innovation services, we are seeking for people that are passionate about innovation, a fast pace environment and an entrepreneurial mindset to pursue new opportunities and build new businesses.

Position Summary

The BIE Ecosystem Manager will oversee all efforts to build and manage ecosystems partnerships with startups, venture capital firms, across the United States. The Ecosystem Manager leads the Ecosystem Pods, consisting of a Team leader and Specialists. Additionally, it will manage bespoke and larger program visits to various Bain offices across the US on leading industry and digital innovators. Finally, the BIE Ecosystem Manager will help design and bring new products to market that help our clients navigate innovation.


  • Build, manage and drive a vibrant ecosystem of partners (e.g., startups, VCs, etc.)

  • Play a top of funnel role in identifying startups and solutions that we may want to be working into not only our Digital solutions but also in our classic casework

  • Maintain relationships with the venture community as well as thought leaders and influencers that we may invite to our immersion sessions and/or ask to serve as experts in some of our casework

  • Manage the pods of Ecosystem teams, consisting of Ecosystem Team Leaders, Ecosystem Specialists, and Partnership leaders

  • Manage our Executive Digital Immersion sessions as well as our bespoke immersion and treks

  • Drive commercial development for BIE, together with other BIE Senior leadership or Bain Partners

  • Develop customized proposal materials according to specific client needs (e.g. context, trek agendas, areas to focus)

  • Serve cases in-loco with Bain teams, when BIE resources are required

  • Lead new product development and deployment efforts

  • Play a product development leader (product manager) role for BIE Ecosystem Services (Ecosystem Scans, Treks, Memberships, etc.)

  • Identify potential new offerings

  • Develop the ‘playbook’ for delivery and support of successful client delivery

  • Develop business cases and implementation plans for new product roll-out

  • Oversee product performance

  • Coordinate with BIE team members and Bain Partners to design transformational experiences for clients

  • Identify Bain Partners to participate in workshops and weigh-in on the agenda

  • Include the right Bain capabilities (e.g. ADAPT) to support workshops

  • Think holistically about sets of activities to make clients’ visits to the Bay Area a success for corporate clients as well as the ecosystem

  • Oversee hiring and management for AMERS BIE positions

  • Management includes positions: Ecosystem Team Leaders, Innovation Associates, Partnership Leads, Corporate Incubation Specialists, among others

  • Develop training processes for new personnel

  • Interview potential candidates

  • Manage creation of innovation tools, databases, and other projects as needed

  • Evolve architecture and use of our Salesforce platform

  • Identify other necessary tools for BIE tech stack

  • Play relevant role in developing new and proprietary tools


  • BA or equivalent undergraduate degree required with strong academic credentials; graduate degree would be a bonus

  • Ideal candidates will have 8+ years professional experience including at least two at venture capital firm, in corporate venture capital, a startup, corporate innovation,or in entrepreneurship

  • Strong interpersonal skills as you will be interfacing across many areas and levels of Bain

  • Experience working in a strategy consulting environment a plus (Bain alumni ideal)

  • Ability to maintain a structured working style in a dynamic and fast-paced environment

  • Experience managing teams of people across functional areas

  • Willingness to be flexible to meet the needs of the practice and case teams

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Strong presentation and facilitation skills – ability to communicate with senior business executives both in person and over the phone

  • Strong problem solving and analytical abilities

  • Extensive network in Bay Area and broader AMERS venture community

  • Digital and tech expertise either from venture capital or start-up experience

  • Experience in compelling events/workshops

External Job Title: Manager, Bain Innovation Exchange

ID: 2019-3818

Post: External Career Portal: 9/13/2019

External Company Name: Bain & Company Inc

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Street: 415 Mission Street