Open position: Head of the Eureka Secretariat

We are looking for a new boss!

Company background/culture

Eureka is a European inter-governmental initiative which aims to raise the productivity and competitiveness of Europe’s industries and national economies in the global market by supporting market-oriented R&D&I projects by industry, research centres and universities across all technological sectors.

The Eureka-network includes over 45 countries in Europe and beyond, who share similar goals and have national funding available to support organisations who are eligible to apply to Eureka’s programmes and instruments. Its membership includes the European Union. Eureka is chaired by one of the full member countries on an annual, rotating basis.

Key responsibilities

The Eureka Network is supported by the Eureka Secretariat (ESE) which provides administrative and programme support to the Chair, governing bodies and participating countries.
Eureka is seeking a first-rate individual to lead the Eureka Secretariat, to develop its services and to support the Chair and the network at an operational level.
The Eureka Secretariat is in Brussels with a diverse team of around 35 staff members, including several seconded experts from Eureka member countries and the European Commission. The Eureka Secretariat:

  • Supports the Eureka Chair and Network activities and facilitates the communication between the different components of the Network,
  • Implements and supports the Eureka programmes and instruments: Eurostars, Eureka Clusters, Investment Readiness Programme, Network projects, Globalstars and the INNOWWIDE Coordination and Support Action, and
  • ensures the effectiveness and transparency of Eureka and the Association/Secretariat activities
  • Supports the Eureka members and associated countries to develop the future role of Eureka.
  • Daily management of the Eureka Association (and its Secretariat) (people management, business plan, programmes, budget, etc.).
  • The Head of the Eureka Secretariat, under the instruction of the governing bodies of Eureka, is entrusted with:
    • Assisting the Eureka Chair in preparing and implementing its Annual Programme,
    • Keeping contact with participating countries and the European Commission to ensure the effective delivery of Eureka programmes and instruments,
    • The implementation of the Eureka programmes, notably those supporting innovative SMEs.

Professional experience/qualifications

  • A university degree, preferably in a business administration or innovation related discipline.
  • At least 10 years’ professional experience in business, industry and/or public administration, several years of which are at an international level.
  • At least 5 years’ senior management experience.
  • Dealing with national/multilateral/European R&D&I issues and/or running research and development programs.
  • Developing and changing organisations.
  • Working with industrial R&D&I.

Language skills

High level of fluency in English (written and oral), the main working language of the organisation is a must. Good level in French (written and oral), as all the Association documents are in French. Fluency in other European languages will be considered as an advantage.

Competencies required

The successful candidate should display the highest standards of ethical conduct and behaviour consistent with the Eureka values of integrity, impartiality and discretion. They must also demonstrate:

  • Proven change management skills,
  • Organisational skills,
  • Sound knowledge of the operation of national/European R&D&I policies and programmes and multilateral innovation activities,
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication skills and presentation abilities,
  • Service and team oriented, and
  • Proven experience in managing a large team.

Employment conditions

Due to the nature of the role, this is a full-time position that would not be suitable for job-sharing or working part time. It is offered under Belgian employment legislation and tax regime.
The place of work is Brussels, Belgium. The Head of ESE will mainly be based in the Brussels office. However, the job requires a significant amount of time to travel.
Taking into account the scope of responsibilities, the level or remuneration will be in line with that of a comparable high-level position.
Eureka’s policies reflect the belief that inclusion and diversity drives business growth. All applications will be treated in line with our policy of respect, equal opportunities and non-discrimination.

Application process

For further information on the application procedure please contact:

Anne-Sophie Guislain
Research Associate – Technology Practice EMEA
Korn Ferry
Phone: +32490441029

Please send your signed application in English, including a detailed CV and cover letter in pdf file format, by e-mail to the following dedicated e-mail address:
The deadline for receiving submissions is 12:00 (noon) CET on 1st of October 2020. Applications received after the given deadline may be disregarded.
Supporting documents (e.g. certified copies of degrees/diplomas, references, proof of experience, etc.) should be available on request but should not be submitted with the application. Interviews with a shortlist of 5-7 selected candidates will be held in Brussels (or virtually if necessary) in autumn 2020. The selected candidate is expected to start his/her work in early 2021.