Managing Director, Innovation and Technology

Date: Dec 6, 2018

Location: Saint Louis, MO, US, 63101

Company: Spire Inc.

Requisition Number 5781 
Location: 800 Market St,Saint Louis, Missouri, 63101
Position Type: Non Union 
Number Open: 1 

At Spire, we believe energy exists to help people. To enrich their lives, grow their businesses, advance their communities. It’s a simple idea, but one that’s at the heart of our business. We’re dedicated to understanding our customers’ needs and goals to better serve them today and tomorrow. That’s why we’re always looking for driven, collaborative people to join our team. Because we believe that offering our customers the best service means bringing together the best people.

We value safety, inclusion, and integrity. We connect to people, get the job done, and leave a memory and everything about our culture comes back to one thing: a handshake at the front door. We have 4 essential behaviors that show how the Spire culture comes to life:

Living Spire Behaviors

  • We Collaborate: We reach across boundaries to connect with each other and deliver on our promises. We put teamwork first, knowing that our collective energy makes us stronger.
  • We Care: We create good memories by treating people how we want to be treated: We are inclusive, respectful and kind. We actively create a caring culture that feels like a handshake at the front door.
  • We Advance: We are active learners who never stop looking for ways to innovate and improve ourselves, and our company. We embrace ongoing development and process improvement with passion and tenacity.
  • We Have Perspective: We strive to gain additional perspective about Spire’s business and the ever-changing energy industry. We know that every employee plays an important role in Spire’s success, and we give our best to better understand how to help move the company forward.


Spire is seeking a Director of innovation to define, design, execute, and achieve results in the areas of core, adjacent and transformative innovation at Spire.

Primary duties:

  • Maintains primary responsibility for setting innovation and technology strategy for the enterprise
  • Act as a visionary for business objectives both internally and externally
  • Lead a strategic ideation process to identify major focus areas to guide our efforts and investments, ensuring that the Innovation Portfolio delivers high value projects of strategic importance to Spire
  • Lead high-priority cross-functional innovation and business transformation projects to drive breakthrough levels of improvement in productivity, safety, customer experience, quality, and earnings
  • Participate in the company’s strategic planning process to define the vision and future state of innovation in the company
  • Develop and implement processes and tools to scan the external environment for opportunities. Proactively identify new and promising ideas, technologies, and methodologies that allow us to transform our operations and shared services teams in alignment with our strategy
  • Identify how changes in technology and the competitive environment will impact the strategic direction so that projects and plans can be executed to ensure we realize our vision
  • Develop and manage innovation idea generation so that Spire can access the best ideas possible to address our most important strategic imperatives while fully engaging our employees
  • Implement assessment processes and technologies that ensure that idea evaluation is comprehensive and data-driven, allowing for rapid decision making and ensuring that the best opportunities are added to our portfolio
  • Participate and coordinate with Spire’s project management and continuous improvement teams
  • Develop and implement new department processes and optimize existing processes to maximize value delivery from the Innovation Portfolio
  • Lead high impact, cross-functional innovation pilot and project teams of strategic importance. Ensure projects have detailed plans and that they deliver on their value proposition, timelines, and budget
  • Partner with business leaders to ensure projects are appropriately resourced. Work closely with business leaders to drive full adoption and integration into operations using change management to ensure business value is realized as it relates to innovation projects

Essential characteristics and behaviors:

  • Ability to lead by example in support of the Company’s essential characteristics and values
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the proven ability to build and establish rapport with a diverse array of people
  • Ability to work as part of a team and display a positive attitude for this dynamic environment
  • Personal organization, sense of urgency, adaptability and quality are key job categories associated with the position

Supervisory responsibilities:

  • will have supervisory responsibilities and lead a team of employees

Education and experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in business or related field
  • Master’s degree is preferred
  • 5-7 years of proven innovation experience
  • Experience with project management methodologies, Agile concepts and analytic tools experience
  • Experience with technology strategy development preferred

Certificates, licenses, registrations:

  • None

Work environment:

  • Work is performed in a shared, open-office environment
  • Requires work during nonstandard business hours
  • Requires moderate amount of travel

Spire accepts online applications through our career site at

Posting requirements: The above posting description is intended to describe the general nature of the level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each duty and responsibility satisfactorily. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

Spire, Inc., and its subsidiaries are Affirmative Action and Equal Employment Opportunity employer. 

We are committed to providing equal employment opportunity in all areas, including but not necessarily limited to, recruitment, selection, training, education, compensation, benefits, promotion, job transfer, upgrading, separation and recall regardless of the individual’s race, color, sex, age, religion, national origin, genetics, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, veteran status, and/or other protected categories under all Federal, State, and local laws. For more information, please view our Integrity and Inclusion pages of our career site.

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