Division: Sustainable Production Systems (SPS)
Reports to: Director, Sustainable Production Systems
Start Date: ideally 01.01.2018
Apply by: 30 November 2017
Climate-KIC is the EU’s largest public private partnership addressing climate change through innovation to build a low carbon economy.
We address climate change across four priority themes: urban areas, land use, production systems, climate metrics and finance. Education is at the heart of these themes to inspire and empower the next generation of climate leaders.
We run programmes for students, start-ups and innovators across Europe via centres in major cities, convening a community of the best people and organisations. Our approach starts with improving the way people live in cities. Our focus on industry creates the products required for a better living environment, and we look to optimise land use to produce the food people need.
Climate-KIC is supported by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a body of the European Union.
SPS activities are focused around three cause-related programmes that are outcome-oriented, outlining clear targets to achieve the Climate-KIC long-term decarbonisation goals:
Within the Loop and Re-industrialise programmes, SPS will launch in 2018 new Flagships that aggregate a broad ecosystem of stakeholders, anchored by Climate-KIC’s expert partners, to bring systemic change through transformational and disruptive innovation. The flagship model, proven over several years, is an important part of Climate-KIC’s overall strategy. Flagships are significant in their contributions to a sustainable future for Climate-KIC.
The Flagship under the Loop Programme - a unique global innovation platform on circular economy - will focus on closing the loop of key urban materials systems such as cement, plastics and steel by working on non-End of-Life solutions as well as dematerialisation of urban demand. This follows EU’s Waste Hierarchy strategy by prioritising and promoting waste prevention activities. The focus on earlier stages of the production and manufacturing value chains (upstream, design, production and use) is based on the premise that upstream and use phase innovations have a bigger impact towards a circular economy and represent a bigger transformative techno-economic opportunity. At the same time, dematerialization of demand would support reducing the quantity of materials required in society.
The Flagship Manager will establish in 2018 the flagship’s foundations, define its governance, strategy, multi-annual plan and financial sustainability business model in collaboration with the awarded Launch Consortium of Climate-KIC partners. Furthermore, the Flagship Manager will start building the project portfolio ensuring the development and selection of innovative projects with high climate and business impact and with clear strategic fit for SPS.
The job-holder is well connected to the Climate-KIC Geographies and the Partner Community, will co-create with them business oriented approaches needed to deploy innovations to market and will identify synergies between the different projects and initiatives of the Flagship and the Loop Programme to increase the impact of our investments.
This individual will ensure in collaboration with the SPS Communication Manager and SPS Developer Products and Services the valorisation and exploitation of the knowledge created through the Flagship project portfolio contributing to the defined self-sustainability objectives of the Flagship and making outcomes available in a broadly understandable way to the SPS team, the wider Climate-KIC community and the wider public through educational formats, case studies, positioning papers, European events or further knowledge contributions.
The Flagship Manager reports to the Theme Director and is part of the SPS team. The role cooperates with the Launch Consortium of Climate-KIC partners, the geographic teams and the SPS Portfolio Manager to develop a strong programme enabling Climate-KIC to create impact to mitigate climate change. In addition, the person collaborates with the Project Management Office and other Flagship Mangers to ensure consistency.
We offer a vibrant working environment in an inspiring community of climate innovators across more than 250 partner organisations in Europe. The post-holder will be based at the candidate’s preferred Climate-KIC location throughout Europe but travel within Europe is required for this position. This is a fixed-term (2 year) position. Starting date will be negotiated but should be latest 01.01.2018.
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