Program Lead, Ichiba (Startup Partner Portfolio)

Salary & Benefits: Competitive Plus Benefits

Department / Function: Innovation

Location: London

Job Advert Description:

The Role

As NTT DATA invests in a period of sustained growth, we are looking to hire a Programme Lead who can help build our capabilities in our New Ventures team globally.


The Opportunity

In this customer-facing role you will work closely with leads across Products, and Engineering; and interface to the strategic organization.  You will define, run, and evolve the Ichiba Portfolio, NV’s Startup Partner program (‘Ichiba’ is Japanese for ‘marketplace’). Ichiba’s innovative ‘Bento Box’ partner programme is designed to provide a ‘triple win’: successful commercial outcomes for; later stage, enterprise B2B startup / scaleup partners, NTT DATA UK and NTTDUK’s customers. You will lead this program, growing and improving on it as the overall New Ventures portfolio evolves.


The Person


  • Collaborate with Commercial Delivery to create standardised partner agreements
  • Creation and maintenance of start-up funnel (partner scouting, partner engagement, partner management)
  • Support our sales, consulting and delivery organisations with the identification of specific start-ups / partners to improve our propositions and the effectiveness of our delivery
  • Expand NTT DATA participation in London (and UK) start-up ecosystem, working with public and private bodies to build consortia
  • Lead and manage NTTT DATA’s Open Innovation Contest program in the UK (London and Edinburgh)

Key Competencies

  • Experience growing an organization from inception to growth stage
  • Extensive experience with project portfolio management
  • Experience with risk management and governance frameworks
  • Experience with OKRs at multiple organizational levels
  • Extensive startup experience, either as founder or mentor or both
  • Experience in product development lifecycle management
  • Business engagement – builds great relationships quickly with trust
  • Structured thinking – well organised and can build strong arguments and develop a concept for early stage idea to solution
  • Technical comfort – understanding of technology and business benefit
  • Demonstrated ability to manage to commercial targets and deliver both top and bottom line results


Join NTT DATA in the UK and you will be joining a growing company where you will be more than just another employee. With an entrepreneurial attitude you will have the opportunity to grow your career and stand out from the crowd. At NTT DATA we help develop innovative business and IT solutions for some of the most respected organisations in the public and private sectors. 

At NTT DATA we place great importance on the value of diversity. The powerful effect of being able to call on a diverse workforce and all the benefits that go with it are central to our culture. It's a core principle that no one should be discriminated against because of their differences, such as age, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity and expression, religion or sexual orientation. We believe that building an inclusive and diverse workplace is essential to our success; we want our people to feel comfortable, be themselves and, as a result thrive.

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