Project Description

Ralf Zelders

Profile

“Seek first to understand, then to be understood.”

I am a tech savvy Value Additor skilled in solving business challenges in the areas of new business development, innovation, business design and organizational transformation. With 30+years of management experience in delivering impactful solutions in complex and dynamic environments for teams up to C-level management of large corporates. Connecting and building organizational competences to meet customer (unsought) needs with winning value propositions. I support and work with clients to focus, make choices and build their competences to thrive their innovation & market performance to grow and/or become more resilient. Quickly finding my way in new networks to create and capitalize on business opportunities

Energetic, down-to-earth, hands-on and focused on achieving results characterize me. I value independent thinking in combination with cross-functional and cross-domain team collaboration to reach results with impact. Working pragmatic, with teams from a ‘can do’ mentality mindset. Contributing to a higher purpose gives energy. Dedication to the assignment, putting things in motions, connecting team(s) on goals, keeping track on progress and getting things done define my way of working. Opinions and input of others I welcome. Actions are based on sound judgement of facts as well as on intuition. Environments with technical, design and sustainability challenges have my special interest. I am used to work on both strategic and operational level in a connected way.

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PERSONAL SKILLS
Analytical Thinking & Innovation
Active learning strategies
Complex Problem-Solving
Critical Thinking & Monitoring
Systems Analysis & Evaluation
Connecting on Collaboration
Result Driven
Pragmatic & Hands-on
LANGUAGES

Dutch (native)
English (fluent)
German (intermediate)
Danish (basic)

Ralf Zelders
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Employment History

2021 – 2021
Eindhoven Engine
Business Consultant to managing board (ad interim)
2021 – current
Connecting.Works
Independent Partner
2020 – 2021
Rabobank Regio Eindhoven
Program Manager Innovation & Business Transformation
2007 – 2019
Rabobank Group
Senior Program / Project Manager Strategy & Change
Lead Expertise Strategy & Transformation, Business Development & Innovation
2007 – 2015
ZIEL Business Support
Director & Co-founder
2003 – 2006
Rabobank Netherlands Retail
Head of Business Development
1999 – 2003
Rabobank Netherlands Retail
Head of Product Management & Innovation Lending products
1996 – 1999
Rabobank Netherlands Retail
Senior Project Manager Business Development & Innovation
1992 – 1996
Sandoz Nutrition
Senior Product Manager Sports Nutrition Benelux
1990 – 1992
Swedish Match
Marketing Manager Belgium
1988 – 1989
Swedish Match
Area Manager Export

Education

1999 – 2002
Erasmus University Rotterdam (MSc)
Business Management – Strategic Management (with distinction)
1984 – 1988
Fontys – HEAO Eindhoven (BCom)
Business Commerce – Commercial Economics

Certificates

2020
Insead
Design Thinking and Creativity for Business
2019
Prowareness Agile Acadamy
Professional Agile Manager – Certified
2018
Business Model You, LLC – Tim Clark
Business Model You Certified Coach
2017
APMG International
Agile Project Management Foundation
2016
StartUp Bootcamp – Innoleaps
Masterclass Innovation
2015
Cardiff University – Lean Competency System
Lean Greenbelt
2011
De Baak
Leergang Coaching
2008
Getronics PinkRoccade
Prince2 Practitioner
2007
De Baak
Emotioneel Intelligent Leiderschap
2007
Ampect Consultants
Communicate and WIn
2004
De Baak
Effectieve Persoonlijke Communicatie
2001
Brain Box
MediaTraining
2000
Assessment & Development Consult
Resultaatgericht Managen & Coachingsvaardigheden
1992
NIMA – SRM
NIMA-C
1991
NIMA – SRM
Reclame 1 – IAA certified