As a Senior Strategist specialized in Open Innovation at Five by Five, your job first and foremost is this: make amazing things happen between startups and corporates.


You are our clients’ wingman for all things related to networked innovation. You will be producing research, program design and strategic recommendations. Then it’ll be about shaping the project vision to a fine point, collaborating with clients, team members and partners to transform your insights into “real-world” action.

You will be actively sourcing promising startups (outbound) as well as fielding pitches from founders (inbound) keen to partner with our clients. You will participate in building efficiencies internally to scale this work.

This position is also about contributing to thematic research and knowledge acquisition on these topics at the team-level. At Five by Five, we learn new things everyday from others, but especially from each other.

All strategists at Five by Five are also our frontline for business development. Part of this means proactively seeking out and building relationships with potential clients as well as articulating Five by Five: our expertise, our services and our culture.


You’re in the middle of a torrid love affair with the global startup ecosystem: You possess a straightforward understanding of both the present state and emerging trends in our markets of focus (Currently: fintech, retail and mobility). And you’ve got a huge rolodex of existing relationships with startups, VCs, accelerators and other nodes.

You are a problem-solver at heart (Read: superior analytical skills), but especially fluent in business and product strategy. The worlds of lean startup, product design and UX are far from foreign to you.

You’re an outstanding communicator, with a special talent for making the technical feel human. You love to write (Yes, even for fun) and are able to present in front of both technical and not-so-technical audiences. You can speak, write and swear in both English and French. (We might compromise on the French as long as you’re willing to keep learning.)

People from all walks of life genuinely like working with you. Because you possess sound business judgment, but also because you care.

You have a proven track record of creating and executing on partnership strategy, but are still willing to get your hands dirty with non-strategy work (this is still a start up).

We’re diploma-agnostic for this one, but you’ve got at least 4 years of relevant work experience under your belt. (Huge plus for previous experience in a B2B startup, accelerator or VC.)

Position based in Paris, France.

If you're interested in joining our team, shoot a short email to with “Senior Strategist, Open Innovation – Firstname LASTNAME” in the subject line with your CV attached and links to any previous work.