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David Flynn
David Flynn

Innovation & Product Development

Melbourne, Australia

  • Focus: Contributions are valued by peers
  • Accountability: Thoroughly contributes in all areas
  • Sense of Urgency: Consistently responds in a timely fashion
  • Team: Frequently supports and responds to peers
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Level: LEVEL 01

12 month points: 8 ptsView details

Lifetime points: 8 pts

skills
Innovation Management
Strategic Planning
Start-ups
Innovative Thinking
PROFILE

Summary

INNOVATION & PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT
Product design engineering of Fibre Optic Forensic electro-mechanical device with R&D team to create a benchmark in fibre optic forensics. Led the design, prototyping & manufacturing of a new CSI device. Product won $52M in pre-orders & is now sold to 30 Countries.

CONTINUOUS PRODUCT IMPROVEMENT
Emergence of low-cost competitors deteriorated market share. Analysed market, facilitated cross functional brainstorming with stakeholders, identified customer values, enhanced design proposition & design engineering. Surpassed $50M revenue target over 2 years.

RESEARCH & STANDARDS
Battery e-waste caused frequent child injury. Consulted experts, researched behaviour, safety standards & best practices, established design roadmap, set up prototyping, authored IP strategy, launched product testing for approval. Mitigated injury risk by 80% over 12 months.

PROJECT MANAGEMENT
Excessive product costs threatened business sustainability. Created design audit process, defined system & process measures, identified speed to market roadblocks, managed automation designs. Boosted output & cut production costs by 45% annually.

DISRUPTIVE TECHNOLOGY
Developing countries lack financial services uptake due to poor card security. Managed the design of an IR security device for the World Bank. Obtained innovation grant, secured funding for prototyping & completed testing for development. Raised transaction security from 91% to 99.8%.

MARKET DEVELOPMENT
Headed a pioneering interactive consumer testing start-up, launched 5 licensed software & service partnerships, generated $200K revenue over 6 months, brokered partnerships, reduced service delivery cost by 50% saving $150K. Grew sales from zero to a revenue stream over $1M in first year.

Experience

Design Manager

Strategic Connections Group, Australia

May 2017 - Present

Design and engineering leader for major public transport projects.

innovation Consultant

Flynn Design

September 2013 - Present

Strategic planning centered on creative product development and project management.
Designed child resistant packaging; reduced injury risk by 80%; enabled $5M in commercialization.
o Brokered partnership between 2 leading international design firms; generated $3M in project revenue.
o Engineered financial services terminal for World Bank; boosted transaction security from 91% to 99.8%.
o Coordinated preparation and pursuit of innovation grant; secured $50K in product development funding.
o Authored design strategy for leisureware products; achieved record sales of $200K in the 1st 30 days.

Head of Design

Willow Ware Australia Pty Ltd

October 2009 - September 2013

Oversaw $50M innovation pipeline. Responsible for strategic planning, R&D, IP management, product development, manufacturing management, project management, market launches and brand management.

o Orchestrated design audit methodology; improved automation by 50%, saved $2.5M over 12 months.
o Planned and launched new leisureware product portfolio; generated $15M revenue over a 2-year period.
o Spearheaded design strategy to revamp 20 existing products, grew incremental sales by $10M over 5 years.
o Championed rapid prototyping; reduced average time-to-market by 3 weeks, saved $1.5M per launch.
o Instituted offshore tooling; achieved 10% production savings of $300K across a range of projects.

ACTIVITY