Project Manager

EIT Food

Project Manager

EIT Food

Heverlee, Belgium

EIT Food is looking for a qualified and highly motivated individual to work on an EU awarded project in the food sector (Fit4Food2030 initiative).


The position is 50% (half-time) and for the duration of the coordination action (3 years).


You will be housed in EIT Food Headquarter currently located on the campus of KU Leuven in Heverlee. If needed, you are able to travel to various meeting locations within Europe.


The Project Manager will report to the Chief Operations Officer (COO).


The expected starting date is January 2018.


  • You will work jointly with consortium members on the Fit4Food2030 initiative, specifically focusing on a work package led by EIT Food and ILSI to identify best cases for research & innovations globally and within the EU to develop recommendations for implementation actions in Food2030. The position is a staff level position reporting to the COO of EIT Food;
  • The work will involve information gathering by means of internet and library research as well as personal consultations to survey best cases in Food Systems public, private or collaborative public-private R&I activities. The information is to be provided in form of written reports. In addition, you will participate in the working and steering groups of the consortium, the expert panel meetings as well as the planned workshops both to provide critical input as well as aiding in the organization of these meetings. There will be extensive interactions with members of the European Commission, who are participating in the effort.


  • You have relevant working experience in the area of research and innovation in the food sector;
  • You have a graduate degree in Natural, Social or Economic Sciences;
  • You have demonstrated your ability to work collaboratively in multinational teams, contributing to the success of the team;
  • You have proven ability to work independently;
  • You have an excellent verbal and written communication skills;
  • You have a very good knowledge of English (both spoken and written);
  • You have experience with working in an international environment.


  • Familiarity with the legal and financial framework of the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme for Research and Innovation;
  • Academic degree or professional background related to the agri-food sector;
  • Experience in working with stakeholders in the European food sector.


EIT Food offers a competitive salary package.

Flexibility and the balance between work and private life are equally important.


EIT Food is an equal opportunity employer, offering each candidate matching the minimum obligatory qualifications and experiences an equal chance in employment and promotion procedures.


EIT Food is a consortium of over 50 partners from leading businesses, research centres and universities across 13 countries. It is a people-centric and resource-smart transformer of the European food system, driving consumer confidence and improved global health.

EIT Food members have a strong belief that the food sector needs to be transformed and that this can only be achieved by reconnecting partners within the food sector and by giving the consumer a more central role. The main issues the food sector is facing are that it is complex, fragmented, slow to adopt new technologies, not attractive to new talent, and not resource efficient. An effective food sector is needed to address major societal issues and challenges: feeding 9-10 billion people in 2050; 3 billion overweight people; 2 billion undernourished people; >30% of food wasted.

EIT Food’s vision is to put Europe at the centre of a global revolution in food innovation and production, and its value in society. EIT Food will engage consumers in the change process, improve nutrition and make the food system more resource-efficient, secure, transparent and trusted.

EIT Food has six strategic objectives:

  • Overcome low consumer trust: support Europeans in the transition towards a smart food system that is inclusive and trusted;
  • Create consumer valued food for healthier nutrition: enable individuals to make informed and affordable personal nutrition choices;
  • Build a consumer-centric connected food system: develop a digital food supply network with consumers and industry as equal partners;
  • Enhance sustainability: develop solutions to transform the traditional ‘produceusedispose’ model into a circular bio-economy;
  • Educate to engage, innovate and advance: Provide ‘food system’ skills for more than 10,000 students, entrepreneurs and professionals through advanced training programmes;
  • Catalyse food entrepreneurship and innovation: foster innovation at all stages of business creation.

EIT Food boosts the skills and entrepreneurial spirit in the sector and unlocks the potential of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), which in turn will accelerate innovation, create jobs, benefit businesses and increase Europe’s competitiveness.

The pan-European EIT Food KIC is headquartered in Belgium and its partnership brings together change-makers in all relevant sectors and fields. EIT Food is well positioned to achieve the maximum impact on the challenges outlined above. The highly committed partnership will conceive, develop, evaluate and adopt new market-oriented approaches to innovation.

EIT Food is structured as a Belgian “international non-profit association” (“internationale vereniging zonder winstoogmerk – ivzw”) based in Leuven. The KIC has a Supervisory Board and a Management Team.


On 14 February 2017 a consortium coordinated by the Athena Institute of the VU University Amsterdam with leading organisations in public and public-private research and innovation policy on food systems and nutritional security in Europe submitted a proposal to the European Commission (EC) in response to the SFS-18 call “Support to the development and implementation of FOOD 2030 – a European research and innovation policy framework for food and nutrition security”. The consortium includes in addition to EIT Food the European Technology Platform Food4Life, ILSI Europe, and the Joint Programming Initiatives HDHL, OCEANS and FACCE. The Fit4Food2030 initiative aims to support the development and implementation of the EC Food2030 initiative over the next three years carrying out a number of targeted work packages.


Interested candidates are asked to send their CV and motivation letter (both in English) in electronic format to before Friday 24 November 2017, 12 AM Brussels time.

Shortlisted candidates may be invited for an interview at EIT Food. They may be asked to proof their background, skills and experiences by providing relevant documents.

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