Come work with us! Two vacancies at EIT Headquarters

Come work with us! Two vacancies at EIT Headquarters

The EIT is hiring a Chief Operating Officer and a Head of Innovation Communities Unit.

Chief Operating Officer

The Chief Operating Officer (COO) will manage EIT operations of the EIT Headquarters (HQ) in Budapest, backing and supporting the EIT Director in achievement of the EIT overall objectives and annual work program. As part of the management team and as a member of middle management staff, the jobholder will be responsible for aligning operational activities across core business units of the EIT. The jobholder will be accountable and report to the EIT Director. The COO will support and back the Director when required in overseeing the EIT overall plan of core operations. In the absence of the Director, the Chief Operating Officer may be asked to replace the Director in his absence and receive a delegation for certain activities.
Under the supervision of the Director, the COO will drive operations and processes necessary to shape the EIT’s current and future partnerships with KICs.

In particular, the tasks of the Chief Operating Officer will include the following:

Planning

  • Managing and controlling the planning and execution of the EIT’s core operational activities in compliance with the Single Programming Document;
  • Prepare a draft Annual Report and the annual budget for the timely submission by the Director to the Governing Board through the Executive Committee;
  • Assist the Director in supporting the Governing Board and the Executive Committee in their work by bringing to their attention the EIT’s strategic needs.

Coordination

  • Oversee the core operational activities of the EIT to implement the EIT budget and deploy the necessary financial and human resources;
  • Oversee in an efficient and effective manner the internal processes necessary to select new KICs and supervise operations of existing KICs;
  • Oversee the activities of operational units of the EIT, in particular the units for Innovation Communities and Strategy and Impact;
  • Oversee activities necessary to secure compliance with internal control standards in general and risk management assessments connected to grants and procurements in particular;
  • Contribute to the financial and operational management in the area of responsibility, including procurements, implementation of contracts, payments and reporting;
  • Foster cohesion and alignment across EIT Units and services;
  • Deputising the Director in his absence.

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Head of Innovation Communities

The Head of Unit Innovation Communities (IC) will manage the Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs) partnerships operations. The jobholder will support the Chief Operating Officer (COO) and EIT Director in achieving the EIT’s overall objectives and implementing the Annual Work Programme. As such, the jobholder will play a key role in building a cohesive IC unit, cooperating closely with other units in the EIT. The jobholder will be accountable and report to the COO.

The Head of Unit Innovation Communities will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the IC, including in particular:

  • Manage a team of around 20 staff;
  • Support the COO in the areas under the responsibility of IC Unit;
  • Prepare and implement the Annual Work Programme and annual budget in the area of IC Unit;
  • Ensure the sound management of grants allocated to the Knowledge and Innovation Communities in terms of planning, reporting and monitoring;
  • Ensure the simplification agenda is effectively implemented;
  • Ensure that the grant assurance strategy is further developed and effectively implemented through adequate checks, audits and supervision;
  • Contribute to the financial and operational management in the area of responsibility, including procurements, implementation of contracts, payments and reporting;
  • Regarding KIC operational activities and grant management in particular:

               - Assess grant management needs and introduce continuous improvements and good practices;

                - Foster performance monitoring and cost reporting on simplified grant management to the KICs;

                - Ensure effective planning of risks and management of the ex-ante and ex-post control function;

                - Support the monitoring of KICs’ outputs and ensuring EIT added value beyond grant support;

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