COO EIT Urban Mobility

EIT Urban Mobility

COO EIT Urban Mobility

EIT Urban Mobility

Barcelona, Spain

EIT Knowledge and Innovation Communities bring together businesses (industry and SMEs), research centres and universities as partners, creating a favourable environment for creative thought and innovation to flourish, allowing innovative products and services to be developed in every area imaginable, including climate change, healthy living and active ageing, new companies to be started, and a new generation of entrepreneurs to be trained. They carry out a whole range of activities that cover the entire innovation chain – including training and education programmes, reinforcing the journey from research to the market, innovation projects as well as business incubators and accelerators. Innovation Communities have been conceived so that they are able to react in an effective and flexible way to new challenges and changing environments.

EIT Urban Mobility is a consortium of 48 partners from 15 countries dedicated to accelerating solutions that improve our collective use of urban spaces, while ensuring accessible, convenient, safe, efficient, sustainable and affordable multimodal mobility. EIT Urban Mobility’s objective is to rethink urban spaces, overcoming fragmentation by integrating all urban mobility players – including cities and citizens – and increasing social inclusion and equality.

Full-time position at EIT Urban Mobility HQ in Barcelona.

About the position

The Chief Operations Officer (COO) is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day administrative and operational functions of the EIT Urban Mobility. The COO reports directly to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and focuses on executing the organisation’s business plans, according to the established business model.

Key responsibilities

  • Together with the CEO and the entire Management team, the COO develops and 

    implements the organization’s strategy with focus being on the internal/organizational and business process development component;
  • Makes sure all reporting requirements (for EIT, Partner Network, Supervisory Board) are met on time by using resources effectively and efficiently;
  • Interface for/management of all Legal, HR, IT, Procurement, Infrastructure and other support processes;
  • Manages operational relationship with European Union institutions that impact work at EIT Urban Mobility;
  • Prepares and manages all Governance processes and deliverables;
  • Supports the process of making the organization financially sustainable and be an active member of the task force “Financial Sustainability”;
  • Co-ordination and overview of the annual business planning process and the management of the grant cycle, along with management of a team of project managers that are focused on Grant Cycle Management;
  • Ensures that the organization has sound and transparent financial and budgetary operations and management;
  • Further development and management/reporting of KPI’s, Balanced Scorecard and strategic achievements;
  • Responsible for continuous process and overall quality improvements;
  • Supports the Supervisory Board in preparation of the Partner Meetings and upon invitation be the Secretary of the Supervisory Board Meetings.

Candidate profile

  • Extensive experience working in a finance role with increasing levels of responsibility;
  • Strong experience of financial and management reporting;
  • Knowledge of accountancy software;
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, including ability to clearly communicate with members of the research staff;
  • An ability to remain calm under pressure, prioritise and deal with a high number of demands in a short space of time;
  • Excellent attention to detail;
  • Excellent command of spoken and written English; knowledge of Spanish and/or Catalan, a third language is an asset.


  • Experience of working within the urban mobility sector;
  • Experience working with EU institutions;
  • Strong commitment to sustainability;
  • Recognised accounting qualification;
  • Demonstrated understanding of the challenges of working with EU institutional clients;
  • Good understanding of national and cross-border VAT issues.

Appointment and salary

We offer a fulltime job with attractive salary and benefits. The aim is to ensure a permanent COO of EIT Urban Mobility in place by 30 June 2019.


The role location will be Barcelona (Spain), with regular travel to the CLCs, the 48 partners across 15 EU countries and other stakeholders. The COO will need to assure a minimum presence at the head office in Barcelona. Having a permanent residence in Spain is not a requirement.

Equal opportunities

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

Selection Committee

A Selection Committee will be appointed to carry out the evaluation of applications submitted. Please note that the Selection Committee´s internal proceedings are strictly confidential.

Protection of personal data

Applicants’ personal data are processed as required by Regulation (EC) No 45/2001 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 December 2000 on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data by the Community institutions and bodies and on the free movement of such data (Official Journal of the European Communities, L 8 of 12 January 2001). This applies in particular to the confidentiality and security of such data”.

Application procedure and deadline

Applications should consist of (i) a full curriculum vitae, (ii) a covering letter describing briefly how you meet the criteria outlined, your vision for the role and specific capabilities. Please send us your complete application via e-mail to: with subject “EIT Urban Mobility COO”.

Closing date is Mai 4, 2019. Interviews will be performed in Mai 2019.

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