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Climate-KIC

Head, Entrepreneurship

Climate-KIC

Paris, Brussels, Copenhagen, Utrecht, Berlin, Zurich

Division: Entrepreneurship
Reports to: CEO
Contract: Open-ended
Salary: Competitive
Start Date: ASAP
Apply by: 8 October 2017

Business Background

Climate-KIC is the EU’s largest public-private partnership addressing climate change through innovation, comprising of over 250 leading partners from business, academia, the public sector and NGOs. Our ambition is to contribute to creating a prosperous, inclusive, climate resilient society with a circular, zero-carbon economy.

We focus on levers of systemic change and a selection of priority areas where innovation is most needed to achieve deep decarbonisation (fossil fuels) and effective adaptation. We act as a platform to catalyse cross-sectoral, transformational change through innovation. This entails providing funding, composition of innovation consortia, working together with our partners to take a portfolio approach to innovation options, enrichment of business model design and tailored support for experimentation, implementation and scaling as well as incubation of very early stage ideation and pre-seed innovation.

In order to make ourselves accessible to key actors and ‘problem owners’, we work along four priority themes: urban transitions, sustainable land use, sustainable production systems, and decision metrics and climate finance. In all four area, we place a focus on entrepreneurship and innovation design, education in leadership, governance, new skills and capabilities and a commitment to 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.

We balance strategic innovation, aimed at driving systemic change, with a significant portfolio of bottom-up innovation – e.g. through our start-up accelerators – in order to learn, evaluate and continuously adjust our efforts to impact climate change. Ultimately, we aim to become a leader in systemic innovation that contributes to a paradigm shift from a linear, industrial metabolism to a circular, regenerative model, leveraging the power of our unique community of innovators and inspiring change beyond it.

Climate-KIC is supported by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a body of the European Union.

Climate-KIC’s Start-Up Accelerator

Climate-KIC runs Europe’s largest ideation, incubation, and acceleration program for climate-relevant start-ups. In 2016, we incubated more than 250 business ideas across 23 European countries through our own staff and through program delivery partners. We offer financial support, coaching and mentoring, and communications services and leverage our community to connect start-ups with strategic partners, first customers, and early-stage investors. The most compelling start-ups are invited to join our innovation consortia, working with world-leading actors from the private, public, and academic sectors on transforming the world's economic and social systems.

Purpose of the Role

Reporting to the CEO, the Head, Entrepreneurship, is responsible for delivering climate and economic impact through start-up programmes. As part of this, the job-holder ensures that the start-up programme contributes to Climate-KIC’s wider value proposition to both its community and – more broadly – to society. S/he will manage a small central programme management team and work closely with geography and theme directors to ensure a consistent, high performing, “best-in-class” programme.

Key Responsibilities

Provides strategic direction for the start-up programme

  • Formulate Theory of Change for climate/economic impact through start-ups;
  • Define/refine the methodology for each service element;
  • Set the priorities for the portfolio strategy in terms of types of organisation, sectors/themes;
  • Determine which markets to serve and how to serve them.

Leads and orchestrates the delivery of the start-up programme in the Climate-KIC geographies and partner community

  • Responsible for the Entrepreneurship section of the Business Plan including budget definition, KAVA setting and allocation of resources;
  • Coordinates the implementation of the programme through the geography teams and partner community;
  • Monitors performance of the programme and takes steps to address under-performance;
  • Ensures timely reporting and knowledge sharing between themes, geographies and partners.

Sets the standards for quality assurance

  • Works with the Monitoring and evaluation (M & E) team to establish success measures;
  • Supports the M & E team in the measurement of programme impact;
  • Builds consistency of the start-up “product” across the geographies and community.

Develops the Service offering for the programme

  • Develops the Climate-KIC Accelerator “brand”;
  • Benchmarks with comparable programmes to ensure that the programme is “best-in-class”;
  • Identify and develop strategic partnerships to help us in programme delivery.

Financial self-sustainability

  • Partner with the Business Development team to secure financial self-sustainability and pre-finance;
  • Explore different business models that could assist financial self-sustainability;
  • Review value exchange on a regular basis between Climate-KIC and grant recipients (start-ups).

Manage key stakeholder relationships to ensure that the programme has high visibility and garners support

  • Represents start-up programmes internally – ET, EBC and SB as well as geographies and themes;
  • Promote start-up programmes to EIT, other funders, Climate-KIC partners and the wider public.

Team Leadership

  • Sets the goals and manages the performance and development of direct reports.

Key Working Relationships

  • CEO, Climate-KIC;
  • COO, Climate-KIC;
  • CFO, Climate-KIC;
  • Director, Communications and Marketing;
  • Geography and Theme Directors;
  • Staff reporting directly into the function;
  • Geography and Theme teams;
  • EIT;
  • Internal and external stakeholders in key eco-systems.

Person Specification

Qualifications

  • Relevant academic degree or qualification.

Experience

  • Solid management experience (10 years as an indicator) including personnel, budgeting and financial administration;
  • Experience of managing start-up programmes and developing incubator models;
  • Management experience from EU innovation, education and/or entrepreneurship projects, preferably with integration of the “knowledge triangle”;
  • Management experience from innovation projects including public private partnerships.

Skills

  • Experience and ability to work with an international team and in a multidisciplinary context;
  • Ability to Unpack and simplify program implementation in a complex Matrix organization;
  • Ensure that the organisation understands the priorities, feels supported and values coordination;
  • Act as a convenor and facilitator to bring key stakeholders together from our organisation and deliver outcomes;
  • Articulate and dynamic with highly developed interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Fluency in English language combined with excellent written and verbal communication skills; knowledge of other European languages highly desirable;
  • Innovative thinking and the confidence to encourage creativity in others;
  • Excellent influencing and negotiating skills, and the ability to develop effective long-term relationships with internal and external stakeholders.

Qualities

  • Entrepreneurial and committed to the mission;
  • Articulate and dynamic with highly developed interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Highly adaptable and resilient;
  • Excellent influencing and negotiating skills;
  • Ability to develop effective long-term relationships with internal and external stakeholders;
  • Ability to keep the big picture in mind while focussing on the basics of implementation.

Application Process

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

Your application should consist of a full curriculum vitae and a covering letter describing briefly how your profile, skills and experience meet the criteria outlined in the person specification, and outlining your interest in and vision for the role and when you would be available to start a new contract.

Please send your full application to recruitment@climate-kic.org.

http://www.climate-kic.org/about/careers/

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