Innovation and Discovery Domain Leader

Spring, Texas, United States

Job Reference 1183690

Location Spring, Texas, United States

Industry Oil & Gas - Onshore Oil

Function Project Management

Job Type Contract

Date Added January 25, 2023

Our client, a major Oil and Gas company, is looking for a Innovation and Discovery Domain Leader to work on a 12-month contract in Spring, TX.
The Discovery Domain Leader is responsible for building a pipeline of opportunities to be pursued for a given Domain.  The Domain leader will also monitor and coach initiative development in Incubation and Acceleration. 
Additionally, the Discovery Domain Leader is expected to serve as a coach to the opportunity generators (the individuals with the expertise or resources to develop the ideas being pursued).

The main tasks for a Discovery Domain Leader include:
  • Exploring internally and externally to understand the business needs of the Company and the Companies customers, the societal trends and how they could impact the business, and the developing technologies and business models in the marketplace, academia, and industry both in current industry and adjacent industries. 
  • From the above exploration work, define and prioritize the problems and opportunities to be addressed.  Categorize the type of problem or opportunity to understand the resource types needed to address.
  • Screen opportunities for ability to address the problems, either directly or with modifications
  • Conceive of ways to address problems when there is not marketplace solution (a needed innovation)
  • Interface with the various organizations within ExxonMobil to learn needs, confirm value concepts and understand obstacles, and secure resources to pursue concepts.  Similarly, interface with external organizations.
  • Understanding and articulating the business concepts behind an opportunity highlighting the relevance to Global Projects.
  • Performing due diligence on opportunities through personal knowledge and vetting with key stakeholders.
  • Facilitating discussions with business leaders to ensure alignment.
  • Conceive of incubation pilots to verify the value of innovation or address possible negative aspects of the innovation
  • Coach people assigned to pursue the concept in what is needed to progress the concept.

A measure of success for this position includes the number of opportunities evaluated and moved into incubation, recognizing that there is an expectation that not all of the opportunities should progress forward.  The potential value of the opportunity is also a consideration in this metric.


  • BS or higher in an Engineering Discipline from an accredited four year institution with good academic standing
  • 10+ years’ experience in the Oil and Gas Industry in Major Capital Projects, ideally with broad exposure (multiple disciplines, numerous projects, through all stages of projects).  Project execution experience and commercial experience is desired.
  • Intellectual curiosity
    • Invests time and effort to be well read and informed on the latest technologies and industry trends
    • Strong mind capable of understanding and vetting ideas based on technical and business principles and then communicating to others new to the technology
  • Self-directed
    • Self-disciplined enough to allow intellectual curiosity to flourish within the bounds of the value proposition
    • “Can do” attitude – undeterred by obstacles and able to find solutions
    • Makes commitments and keeps them
  • Organizational and People Savvy
    • Strong established networks (in areas such as academia, Industry groups, and EPC companies) and willing to network in new environments
    • Familiar with organizational change management practices


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