(Junior) Project Manager Operations

EIT Food

(Junior) Project Manager Operations

(depending on the years of experience)

EIT Food

Leuven, Belgium

EIT Food:

EIT Food is a consortium of 50+ partners from leading businesses, research centres and universities across 13 countries that has been selected by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT, https://eit.europa.eu) as the Knowledge and Innovation Community (KIC) in the agrifood sector. As one of the largest publicly funded initiatives in the EU agrifood innovation space, the EIT Food KIC acts as a people-centric and resource-smart transformer of the European food system, driving consumer confidence and improving global health.

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 is engaging consumers in the change process, improve nutrition and making the food system more resource-efficient, secure, transparent and trusted. EIT Food has six strategic objectives: (1) Overcome low consumer trust, (2) Create consumer-valued food for healthier nutrition, (3) Build a consumer-centric connected food system, (4) Enhance sustainability, (5) Educate to engage, innovate and advance, and (6) Catalyse food entrepreneurship and innovation.

EIT Food is boosting the innovation skills and entrepreneurial spirit in the sector and we unlock the potential of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), which in turn accelerate innovation, create jobs, benefit businesses and increase Europe’s competitiveness. It aims to, amongst others: (1) Support the creation of 350 start-ups within seven years, (2) Train over 10 000 graduates via its EIT-labelled Master and other programmes over seven years, (3) Develop 290 new or improved products, services, processes and business models by 2024, and (4) Decrease greenhouse-gas emissions in the European food system by 40% by 2030.

The pan-European EIT Food KIC is headquartered in Belgium and its partnership brings together change makers in all relevant areas of the agrifood sector. EIT Food is well positioned to achieve the maximum impact on the challenges outlined above. The highly committed partnership conceives, develops, evaluates and adopts new market-oriented approaches to innovation. It is structured around five Co-Location Centres (CLCs), i.e. in Reading (CLC North-West with partners from the UK, Ireland and Iceland), Warsaw (CLC North-East with partners from Eastern Europe and Nordic countries), Madrid (CLC South with partners from Spain, Italy and Israel), Leuven (CLC West with partners from Belgium, France and Switzerland) and Munich (CLC Central with partners from Germany and The Netherlands).




Several times per year to different EIT Food locations across Europe.


The Project Manager Operations will report to the Chief Operations Officer (COO) of the EIT Food KIC as member of the Operations team.


  • Manage the amendment process of the Business Plan on an annual basis; including communicating with partners to process changes to project budgets and work plans;
  • Monitor the execution and performance of activities as outlined in the annual Business Plan;
  • Ensure the compliance of EIT Food projects with H2020 eligibility rules and support Partners with implementing these rules;
  • Proactively seek opportunities to improve and develop the KIC. Flag risks and propose mitigating actions;
  • Master EIT Food’s tailored IT infrastructures (Promise Suite).


  • Bachelor or Master degree in business management, economics, public administration, law, European Studies or equivalent domain;
  • Between 3-5 years of relevant working experience;
  • In-depth knowledge of the legal and financial framework of the EU’s Horizon 2020 Framework Programme for Research and Innovation is a must, including cost-eligibilty rules;
  • Experience in project management at EU level;
  • Knowledge of the EIT and KIC legal and procedural framework is an asset.


  • Fluent in English and ideally one other EU language;
  • Very good knowledge of Microsoft Office tools (including Word and Excel), good IT skills and willingness to adapt to new systems;
  • Process-oriented with attention to detail and respect for timelines and deadlines;
  • Service-oriented with a proven ability to establish trust and good communication channels, including remote communication with international teams and external stakeholders;
  • Flexible to work both independently and in small (multi-national) teams, in a fast- paced changing environment;
  • Independent and trustworthy, able to embrace remote interactions with an extended number of parties, including partners and the management of EIT Food;
  • Well organised and capable of multi-tasking;
  • Motivated to drive continuous improvement based on sound analysis;
  • A self-starter with a can-do attitude, and eager to learn and realise impact.


We offer a very competitive salary package based upon your personal experience and qualifications.

Flexibility and the balance between work and private life are equally important.

Tentative starting date: As soon as possible, in the course of April-May 2019.


Mail your CV and motivation letter in English, outlining how your skills and experience meeting the qualifications of the position to: work@eitfood.eu.

Deadline for submission: midnight CET on March 1, 2019.

EIT Food will only contact the candidates whose CV has been pre-selected.


Nele Cuypers (Office Manager) nele.cuypers@eitfood.eu, +32 (0)16 170 008

EIT Food values diversity and welcomes applications from all suitably qualitfied candidates regardless of age, gender, race, disability, sexual orientation, religion or ethnic background.

Don't forget to mention EuroBrussels when applying.

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