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 or CLC) in Europe, each covering several EIT Food partners and partner countries. The members of the EIT Food community are world-class players in the international food domain.
The Programme Manager Business Creation will be responsible to facilitate and drive EIT Food’s Business Creation activities, which are executed by the EIT Food partners, on regional level (CLC) with a geographic focus and on pan-European level for an assigned Business Creation Segment.
Full-time and unlimited duration. Employment contract under the Belgian labor law.
Our Programme Manager roles are offered on a permanent basis, with a high degree of flexibility in working arrangements. While the head office for the region is based in Leuven, Belgium, regular travel is expected within the region (Belgium, France, Switzerland).
For day-to-day operations you will report to the Director of the Co-Location Centre. Your functional reporting line according to the matrix organisation of EIT Food will be the Functional Director of Business Creation at EIT Food Headquarters.
The expected starting date is 1st of June 2018, but is subjected to the candidate’s availibility.
On pan-European level, for the assigned Business Creation segment “Access to Finance”:
On regional level:
EIT Food offers a competitive salary package consisting of a monthly salary and additional inkind benefits. Besides, attractive holiday and insurance schemes are offered as well.
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.
The website of EIT Food is https://www.eitfood.eu.
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.
Interested candidates are asked to send their CV and motivation letter in English in electronic format to CLCWest@eitfood.eu before May 7th 2018 (18h00 CET). Please state in the description line of the email your name and “Application to the position of project manager for business creation – CLC West”.
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.