European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) Food is a young and fast growing organisation focusing on entrepreneurship and innovation in the food sector. EIT Food is a start-up but has characteristics of a multinational and is operating in a European and international environment. It has 5 regional offices (Co-Location Centres) in Europe, each covering several EIT Food partners and partner countries. You will be part of an international, dynamic and motivated team. The members of the EIT Food community are world-class players in the international food domain.
She or he will be based in the Co-Location Centre (CLC) North-East in Warsaw, Poland.
Business travel (up to 10 days per month) within Europe can be expected.
The CLC Director will report to the Supervisory Board of CLC (as the President of the management board of the EIT Food CLC North-East sp. z o.o.) and to the CEO of EIT Food as member of Extended Management Team (MT) of EIT Food.
The successful candidate will be expected to start working for CLC North-East from 1st August, 2018 and take over the duties from the interim CLC director at the same date.
EIT Food offers a competitive salary package consisting of a monthly salary, performance bonus and additional in-kind benefits, as well as holiday and insurance schemes.
Flexibility and the balance between work and private life are equally important.
EIT Food is an equal opportunity employer, offering each candidate matching the minimum obligatory qualifications and experiences an equal chance in employment and promotion procedures.
EIT Food is a consortium of over 50 partners from leading businesses, research centres and universities across 13 countries. It is a people-centric and resource-smart transformer of the European food system, driving consumer confidence and improved global health. 2017 is the start-up year of EIT Food. Though a start-up, EIT Food is operating in an international environment and has characteristics of a multinational.
EIT Food members have a strong belief that the food sector needs to be transformed and that this can only be achieved by reconnecting partners within the food sector and by giving the consumer a more central role. The main issues the food sector is facing are that it is complex, fragmented, slow to adopt new technologies, not attractive to new talent, and not resource efficient. An effective food sector is needed to address major societal issues and challenges: feeding 9-10 billion people in 2050; 3 billion overweight people; 2 billion undernourished people; more than 30% of food wasted.
EIT Food’s vision is to put Europe at the centre of a global revolution in food innovation and production, and its value in society. EIT Food will engage consumers in the change process, improve nutrition and make the food system more resource-efficient, secure, transparent and trusted. EIT Food has six strategic objectives:
EIT Food boosts the skills and entrepreneurial spirit in the sector and unlocks the potential of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), which in turn will accelerate innovation, create jobs, benefit businesses and increase Europe’s competitiveness.
The pan-European EIT Food KIC is headquartered in Belgium and its partnership brings together change-makers in all relevant sectors and fields. EIT Food is well positioned to achieve the maximum impact on the challenges outlined above. The highly committed partnership will conceive, develop, evaluate and adopt new market-oriented approaches to innovation.
It is structured around five Co-Location Centres (CLCs) established in Reading (with partners from the UK, Ireland and Iceland), Warsaw (with partners from Eastern Europe and Nordic countries), Madrid (with partners from Spain, Italy and Israel), Leuven (with partners from Belgium, France and Switzerland) and Munich (with partners from Germany and the Netherlands).
EIT Food is structured as a Belgian “international non-profit association” (“internationale vereniging zonder winstoogmerk – ivzw”) based in Leuven. The KIC has a Supervisory Board and a Management Team. CLC North-East is a limited liability company (EIT Food CLC North-East spółka z ograniczoną odpowiedzialnością) headquartered in Poland, and connects partners from Nordic region and Central and Eastern European countries. The partners that jointly established the CLC North-East are, from the business side, Maspex (PL), Raben (PL) and Valio (FI), from the academic side University of Helsinki (FI) and University of Warsaw (PL), and from reaseach organization side Institute of Animal Reproduction and Food Research PAS (PL) and Technical Research Centre of Finland VTT (FI). The CLC North-East is headquartered in Warsaw, Poland.
CLC North-East will contribute to the overall objectives of EIT Food by strong involvement of these highly complementary academic and business partners as well as by guaranteeing a broad outreach via its network partners. The CLC Nort-East offers a fertile environment to boost consumer-driven, game-changing innovation taking an integral value chain perspective.
Interested candidates are invited to send their CV and motivation letter (both in English) addressed to the Supervisory Board of the CLC North-East, c/o Justyna Kulawik-Dutkowska, e-mail: email@example.com before April 27th, 2018, 15:00 Central European Summer time. For additional questions, you could contact interim CLC Director Timo Haapalehto (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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Shortlisted candidates may be invited for an interview. Shortlisted candidates may be asked to prove their background, qualifications, skills and experiences by providing relevant documents.