IT Innovation Leader - Sandy Springs, GA

IT Innovation Leader - Sandy Springs, GA

1000 Abernathy Rd, NE
Atlanta, Georgia, 30328
United States

IT Innovation Leader Role


WestRock (NYSE: WRK) partners with our customers to provide differentiated paper and packaging solutions that help them win in the marketplace. WestRock’s 50,000 team members support customers around the world from more than 320 operating and business locations spanning North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Australia. Learn more at  


Technology Organization

Our Technology organization is transforming how we work at WestRock. We align with our businesses to deliver innovative solutions that:  

  • address specific business challenges, integrate processes, and create great experiences

  • connect our work to shared goals that propel Westrock forward in the Digital Age

  • imagine how technology can advance the way we work by using disruptive technology

We are looking for forward thinking technologists that can accelerate our focus areas such as building stronger foundational technology capabilities, reducing complexity, employing digital transformation concepts, and leveraging disruptive technology.  

The opportunity:

  • In this role you will be charged with developing, driving and managing the Technology Innovation Program.

  • You will work across the enterprise to identify opportunities where technology can add value, contribute to process improvement and result in cost savings.

  • In this opportunity you will serve as the evangelist for the tech innovation program.


How you will impact WestRock

  • Innovation Portfolio Delivery

    • Drive the implementation and ongoing execution of the innovation program framework, including the innovation portfolio strategy, the end-to-end lifecycle of an idea from creation through scaling, the funding model, portfolio governance, and performance monitoring to gauge the health of the innovation portfolio and individual projects

    • Be responsible and provide oversight for the selection, funding, and execution of innovation projects 

    • Foster and drive expansion of the innovation eco-system through relationships with academic institutions, start-ups, venture capitalists, accelerators, vendors, and others

  • Innovative Mindset and Behavior

    • Lead the execution of the strategy to embed innovative thinking and ways of working throughout the organization and its business partners

    • Drive the development and roll-out of innovative behavioral training and other innovation learning opportunities across the Information Technology organization

    • Lead innovation communication and stakeholder engagement events and activities, such as hackathons and ideation contests

    • Collaborate to design and implement programs and initiatives that support innovators throughout the organization  

  • Innovation Program Execution & Oversight

    • Support the usage and continuous improvement of physical and virtual innovation environments and tools

    • Manage innovation projects’ financial, COE budget and innovation portfolio performance

    • Coach and support innovation teams, product owners and sponsors throughout the delivery of the innovative solution

What you need to succeed


Education and Experience Requirements


  • Bachelor’s degree in business or technology or equivalent experience

  • 8+ years program leadership, innovation, strategy and/or consulting experience

  • Cross-functional team leadership and facilitation experience



  • Master’s degree in business or technology or equivalent experience

  • Work experience that spans start-ups and large corporate environments

  • Prior responsibility for building an innovation culture

  • Technology experience

  • Venture capital and entrepreneurial experience

  • Passion for the practice of innovation

  • Strong analytical, strategic, project management, decision-making and problem-solving skills; organized and capable of managing a fast-paced environment with multi-disciplinary teams and third-party vendors

  • Critical, creative, and strategic thinking capability

  • Extensive experience communicating effectively across all levels of the organization.

  • Ability to understand business and technology environments and challenges

  • Ability to lead and execute in a test and learn, rapid iteration environment

  • Strong interpersonal skills, including ability to influence change without direct authority

  • Patience, perseverance, and resourcefulness, including the ability to think past current constraints and influence others to gain buy-in and alignment

  • Ability to measure, evaluate and act on financial and operational results

  • Strong desire and innate ability to collaborate, with a natural curiosity and growth mindset

  • Ability to lead a group through a design thinking approach

  • Exceptional communication, negotiation, conflict management, problem solving, influencing and decision-making skills.

  • Expert knowledge of stakeholder management, risk management and organizational change management.

  • Proven track record of quickly earning trust, inspiring teams, developing resources, setting direction, and delivering results.

  • Advanced MS Office skills.

What we offer

  • Corporate culture based on integrity, respect, accountability and excellence.

  • Comprehensive training with numerous learning and development opportunities.

  • An attractive salary reflecting skills, competencies and potential.

  • A career with a global packaging company where Sustainability, Safety and Inclusion are business drivers and foundational elements of the daily work.

  • WestRock Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to creating and maintaining a diverse workforce: Minorities/Females/ Disabled/Veterans.




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