Job Title: Entrepreneurship Grant Manager
Reports to: Programmes Operations Lead
Start Date: ASAP
Apply by: 16 August 2019
EIT Climate-KIC is a knowledge and innovation community established in 2010 and funded by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a body of the European Union. Our purpose is to tackle climate change through innovation.
We are Europe’s largest public-private partnership with this purpose. At the heart of our endeavour is a pan-European community of innovators and changemakers eager to work on tough challenges, willing to engage in ambitious and unorthodox experiments, and committed to collective learning. We bring together large and small companies, scientific institutions and universities, city authorities and other public bodies, start-ups, and students. With over 380 formal organisational partners from across 26 countries, we work together on innovation to mitigate climate change and to adapt to its unavoidable impacts. We are united by a commitment to direct the power of creativity and human ingenuity at climate change.
Our mission is to catalyse systemic change for climate action through innovation in areas of human activity that have a critical impact on greenhouse gas emissions - cities, lands, materials and finance - and to create climate-resilient communities. Our Theory of Change is focused on empowering people to change systems - through exploration, experimentation and demonstration - to enable viable alternatives at scale.
At the heart of our approach is ‘systems innovation as a service’ whereby we create a space for a portfolio of strategic innovation options and experiments, oriented around structural levers of change, designed with and for problem owners.
We act as a multi-sided platform, working across boundaries and across sectors, fostering innovation as a catalyst for transformation. We work together with problem owners, like city and regional governments, industry owners and directors, community organisations and policy makers, to orchestrate a portfolio approach to innovation interventions. We facilitate the creation of innovation consortia. We challenge and seek to enrich business model design. We offer tailored support for experimentation, implementation and scaling. We provide funding. We incubate very early stage ideation and pre-seed innovation with a view of contributing to systemic change. We place an emphasis on education as a driver of behavioural change through new skills and capabilities and on policy innovation. We run programmes for students, start-ups and innovators across Europe via centres in major cities and regions, convening a community of excellence in people and organisations.
PURPOSE OF THE ROLE
We are looking for a talented and experienced Grant Manager to manage and administer the funding related to our Entrepreneurship programmes. EIT Climate-KIC is primarily funded by the European Institute for Innovation and Technology (EIT), which operates under the European Horizon 2020 framework programme. In our Entrepreneurship section we deliver European-wide entrepreneurship programmes together with our community members. You will be responsible for managing all the operational aspects of the annual grant-cycle and ensuring activities comply with the funding requirements.
You will gain a deep understanding and work to optimise the funding of our Entrepreneurship programmes through professional grant management. While working with Operations your focus will be managing the grant, which currently represents €10M-15m on an annual basis, and working on a day-to-day basis with the Entrepreneurship team.
The ability to work effectively in a complex adaptive system is essential for this role. You will need to bring an agile, emotionally intelligent approach to team-work and have a positive can-do attitude. The characteristics of EIT Climate-KIC as a network and as a partnership necessitate fostering a culture of open feedback, empowerment and distributed leadership in a context of significant diversity. With the team, you will be responsible for developing and supporting collaboration across geographic boundaries, industry boundaries, thematic and disciplinary boundaries, and across organisational structures and cultural differences.
EIT and Horizon 2020
Main Working Relationships
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