Our client is the EU’s largest public private partnership addressing climate change through innovation to build a zero carbon economy. We address climate change across four priority themes: urban transitions, sustainable land use, sustainable production systems, decision metrics and finance. Education is at the heart of these themes to inspire and empower the next generation of climate leaders.
Our client runs programmes for students, start-ups and innovators across Europe via centres in major cities, convening a community of the best people and organisations. Their approach starts with improving the way people live in cities. Their focus on industry creates the products required for a better living environment, and looks to optimise land use to produce the food people need.
Their mission is to bring together, inspire and empower a dynamic community in order to build a net-zero carbon economy and climate resilient society. By 2021 our client aims to be:
* A global leader in climate and sustainable innovation, recognised for delivering impact
* The trusted partner for all innovation actors, supply-side, demand-side and enablers
* The centre of excellence with the very best people to inspire and support climate leaders and innovators
* The compelling choice for funders looking to support climate innovation
The Director, Central and Eastern Europe, is accountable for building a strong climate innovation platform for leading academic, business and public organisations across the region in close alignment with the other European Climate-KIC entities. As part of our evolution to becoming financially self-sustainable, the Director will need to contribute actively to attract other sources of funding with possible local/regional relevance. Initially the role will involve co-designing the new “geography” with a working group and in close collaboration with the Executive Board (CEO, CFO and COO).
* Relevant and extensive management experience (10 years +) including personnel, budgeting and financial administration and project management experience from major academic and/or industrial undertakings. Experience from both private and public sector considered an advantage; * Administrative experience from EU innovation, education and/or entrepreneurship projects, preferably with integration of the “knowledge triangle”;
* Good understanding of European and CEE climate and environmental policies;
* Management experience from innovation projects including public private partnerships;
* Experience and ability to work with an international team and in a multidisciplinary context;
* * Experience and proven success of management skills in complex governance structures;
* * Strong personal network with contacts ideally from across the “knowledge triangle”
* * Fluency in English combined with excellent written and verbal communication skills; knowledge of at least one CEE language is highly desirable;