Strategic Innovation Director (P&C)

Purpose of Job

We are currently seeking talented Strategic Innovation Director for our San Antonio, TX (WestRidge South) facility.

Supports USAA's strategic objectives by researching and testing innovations related to strategically defined Property and Casualty (P&C) focus areas. These positions are accountable for determining the feasibility and viability of innovation concepts to include early stage research, ideation, design, incubation, prototyping, piloting and developing a business case.

Job Requirements

  • Conducts quality reviews and observes team members in the development and delivery of their work; delivers coaching and on the job training; leads team in resolution of project level challenges.
  • Identifies strategic business opportunities and exercises a disciplined thought process to evaluate the problem statement and possible solutions resulting in a work product which is a qualified concept with a formal recommendation to Strategy partners to pursue or not pursue.
  • Determines and launches the incubation approach through experiments to test assumed business value for new opportunities (technology, channel, etc...) which includes coordination with internal business partners and securing funding.
  • Assesses feasibility and viability by evaluating whether the concept is technically and legally possible, and within realm of affordability. Tests for market need and interest.
  • Develops business case and routes by consolidating results from feasibility and viability step and create final deliverable for Strategy partners to determine whether to proceed with the concept.
  • Serves as a consultant to executive management on innovation issues. Assists unit director with managing workloads and resource planning; Coordinates executive level communications.

Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree required. 4 additional years of related experience beyond the minimum required may be substituted in lieu of a degree.
  • 8 or more years of related experience and accountability for complex tasks and/or projects required.
  • Subject matter expert knowledge of the function/discipline and demonstrated application of knowledge, skills and abilities towards work products required.
  • Subject matter expert level of business acumen in the areas of the business operations, industry practices and emerging trends required.

*Qualifications may warrant placement in a different job level.*

When you apply for this position, you will be required to answer some initial questions. This will take approximately 5 minutes. Once you begin the questions you will not be able to finish them at a later time and you will not be able to change your responses.


  • Experience working in or knowledge of the personal lines auto insurance industry
  • Experience working with early stage technology companies and understanding of the “startup” ecosystem
  • Prior entrepreneurship experience
  • Demonstrated ability to work within a “grey” space and define a clear path forward
  • Demonstrated ability to inspire and lead cross functional teams for shared objectives
  • Demonstrated intellectual curiosity and desire to keep learning
  • Demonstrated ability to respectfully and effectively challenge status quo for superior results
  • Demonstrated ability to work well with teammates and promote a healthy and respectful work environment

The above description reflects the details considered necessary to describe the principal functions of the job and should not be construed as a detailed description of all the work requirements that may be performed in the job.

At USAA our employees enjoy one of the best benefits packages in the business, including a flexible business casual or casual dress environment, comprehensive medical, dental and vision plans, along with wellness and wealth building programs. Additionally, our career path planning and continuing education will assist you with your professional goals.

Relocation assistance is available for this position.

For Internal Candidates:

Must complete 12 months in current position (from date of hire or date of placement), or must have manager’s approval prior to posting.

Last day for internal candidates to apply to the opening is 12/04/18 by 11:59 pm CST time.