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Venture Specialist Job

DATE: Jun 16, 2022

LOCATION: Remote, Remote, United States

Company: Armstrong World Industries

​Primary location: Remote
Relocation offered: No 

Salary range: $56,000-$110,000 (based on years of experience and range of skills; salary may be adjusted based on geographic location) 
Employment status: Full-Time 
Travel: 10% 
Non-compete: No 

Location: Work from home position located in Remote , Remote 


Ready to bring your whole self, the sparkly, driven, unique, imperfect and wonderful parts of you to a team that is striving to do the same? Seeking an opportunity where your perspective matters and you are empowered to care about the perspectives of your fellow teammates? Passionate about solving unique and complex problems with real world impact? Good, because we’re looking for you to join us in the capacity of Venture Specialist!


This is a mid‐level+, growth‐oriented position for a Venture Specialist working within the Arktura Ventures innovation portfolio team. Seeking a skilled collaborator to help drive the facilitation and design of new product initiatives; making sense of user needs and market opportunities in order to deliver designs/ features that address those needs and can translate these learnings into a delightful customer experience. We are looking for an innovator who thrives in the engagement of both clients and internal partners, can easily map patterns and is driven to bust through complexity in all facets. These qualities serve the greater interest of developing intelligent products and creative business models that result in breakthrough solutions that may invent or disrupt our industry.



Essential Job Functions and Responsibilities:

  • Demonstrates working knowledge of HCD and Lean/Agile methodologies and performs key activities using these methodologies and respective tools
  • Conducts research and analysis of complex problem spaces leveraging primary & secondary research, and turns research into user centered insights, problems and solutions
  • Actively participates (and may lead) discussions, working sessions, user interviews, SME interviews and workshops through active planning, collaboration, strong questioning, action items, and sharing knowledge.
  • Through user exploration and testing cycles, gather requirements, generate shared understanding, work through tradeoffs, produce ideas, and deliver optimal solutions
  • Collaborates and communicates effectively using modern suite of available tools
  • Comfort and demonstrated ability to design effective experiments, gather data/signals, and utilize learnings to iterate and evolve the product and business model
  • Demonstrate the ability to partner with various stakeholders and business partner groups
  • Embodies the mindset of an innovator e.g. curiosity, tenacity, collaboration, flexibility, creativity, comfort with ambiguity, problem solving
  • Develops storyline for project planning, testing cycles/results, and product evolution
  • Prepares and delivers effective and compelling presentations for governance board
  • Build trust through exemplifying embedded user‐centered product design to the organization
  • Continuously learn through self‐study, engagement with the innovation community, and professional development opportunities (e.g. books, workshops, conferences, certifications)
  • Occasional travel required.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Wildly inquisitive, scrappy, can‐do team‐player who is willing to learn, teach, grow and communicate what they see. Someone who is willing to get to the right questions to help find the right problems and help bring the team along on this journey.
  • A self‐guided, strategic thinker with the ability to build and execute innovative products, combined with tactical ability to execute simultaneously against multiple competing priorities
  • Strong communication, active listening, critical thinking, and presentation skills
  • Passionate about people, experiences, industry trends, events
  • Possesses a blend of user centric and commercial lens that can be applied to produce desirable solutions with viable business results
  • Ability to work and manage projects independently; is also hungry for feedback (providing and receiving)
  • Experience working with teams comprised of a variety of skills (customer development, experience design, software development, marketing, project management, education, ops)
  • Can demonstrate comfort with ambiguity and change, and introduce strong thinking, planning, and activities to identify the best solutions.
  • Work autonomously, anticipate issues & challenges, propose solutions prior to being prompted
  • Can confidently plan and follow well‐established approaches to solve problems
  • Can demonstrate knowledge and application of one or more design competencies e.g. user research, content strategy, information architecture, interaction design, user interface design, visual design, usability testing, etc.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office packages and sufficient knowledge of business communication tools.


Education, Training and Experience:

  • 5+ years in a product or project leadership role preferred with oversight of multiple concurrent initiatives and teams of direct and indirect reports, open to different types of products/projects


  • 5+ years of work experience, working in an innovation role – at an innovation consulting firm, a design firm and/or within a corporate innovation team
  • Prior experience working in Startup/Incubator environment, Product Teams, Digital Agencies (Design Think/Agile), Corporate Innovation, and/or Strategy Consulting preferred
  • Bachelor's degree in Design, Business, Computer Science, Information Systems, Engineering, Architecture or equivalent,
  • We’re open to non‐linear and non‐traditional career paths as well, if you have a compelling series of experiences that you think apply to this type of role, we’d love to hear it!


By joining us, you'll have the opportunity to make the most of your potential. Alongside a competitive remuneration package, you will receive:

  • A benefits package including medical, dental, prescription drug, life insurance, 401k match, long term disability coverage, vacation and sick time.
  • Personal development to grow your career with us based on your strengths and interests.
  • A predominantly work‐from‐home/remote working experience. We intend to gather several times each year for the events and ideation sprints that require it, but we value work‐life balance and have been successful in a remote capacity thus far.
  • A working culture that balances individual achievement with teamwork and collaboration. We draw on each other's strengths and allow for different work styles to build engagement and satisfaction to deliver results.


About Arktura Ventures:
At Arktura Ventures we believe in a built environment that is both responsible and intelligent; we seek to empower ideas and teams that believe it is imperative to think big, work smart and act now. 


Born from Armstrong World Industries and Arktura, Arktura Ventures was founded to develop novel materials, products, and technologies within and for the built environment. Driven by a future‐minded team and powered by over 160 years of customer confidence, Arktura Ventures operates at the intersection of intuition and experience. 


While the depth of our curiosity leads us into areas of white‐space development, our guts tell us viscerally that our innovations must be impact‐focused. Most importantly, we recognize that the where and the what are only possible through people ‐it is the unconventional and collaborative make‐up of our teams that will allow us to succeed within these spaces. We’re building Arktura Ventures to be a place where interesting people and interesting ideas collide. We believe that through these collisions, the world can be a better place and that it is our responsibility to help lead that change.

Are you ready to join the team?

Our Commitment:
Arktura Ventures is committed to engaging a diverse, purpose‐driven workforce. As part of our dedication to diversity, Arktura Ventures and AWI is committed to Equal Employment Opportunity and all qualified applicants receive consideration for employment without regard for race, sex, color, national origin, ethnicity, gender, protected veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or religion.

We are also committed to providing reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in our job application procedures. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, you may contact us at by email at and let us know the nature of your request and your contact information. Requests for accommodation will be evaluated on a case‐by‐case basis. Please note that only inquiries concerning a request for reasonable accommodation will be responded to from this email address.

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