Flagship Manager, Circular Economy - Loop Programme


Flagship Manager, Circular Economy - Loop Programme


Brussels, Paris, Utrecht, Bologna, Warsaw/Wrocław, Copenhagen

Division: Sustainable Production Systems (SPS)
Reports to: Director, Sustainable Production Systems
Start Date: ideally 01.01.2018
Apply by: 30 November 2017

Business Background

Climate-KIC is the EU’s largest public private partnership addressing climate change through innovation to build a low carbon economy.

We address climate change across four priority themes: urban areas, land use, production systems, climate metrics and finance. Education is at the heart of these themes to inspire and empower the next generation of climate leaders.

We run programmes for students, start-ups and innovators across Europe via centres in major cities, convening a community of the best people and organisations. Our approach starts with improving the way people live in cities. Our focus on industry creates the products required for a better living environment, and we look to optimise land use to produce the food people need.

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

Sustainable Production Systems (SPS)

SPS activities are focused around three cause-related programmes that are outcome-oriented, outlining clear targets to achieve the Climate-KIC long-term decarbonisation goals:

  1. The Well Below 2°C Pathway, a long-term transformative innovation programme focusing on industrial decarbonisation roadmaps towards science-based carbon neutrality.
  2. The Loop programme,a unique global innovation platform on circular economy, that aims to accelerate circularity of high-emissions material systems.
  3. The Re-industrialise programme,an innovation platform addressing industrial areas transition risks, ensuring that environmental progress is linked to a prosperous economic context.

Within the Loop and Re-industrialise programmes, SPS will launch in 2018 new Flagships that aggregate a broad ecosystem of stakeholders, anchored by Climate-KIC’s expert partners, to bring systemic change through transformational and disruptive innovation. The flagship model, proven over several years, is an important part of Climate-KIC’s overall strategy. Flagships are significant in their contributions to a sustainable future for Climate-KIC.

Role purpose

The Flagship under the Loop Programme - a unique global innovation platform on circular economy - will focus on closing the loop of key urban materials systems such as cement, plastics and steel by working on non-End of-Life solutions as well as dematerialisation of urban demand. This follows EU’s Waste Hierarchy strategy by prioritising and promoting waste prevention activities. The focus on earlier stages of the production and manufacturing value chains (upstream, design, production and use) is based on the premise that upstream and use phase innovations have a bigger impact towards a circular economy and represent a bigger transformative techno-economic opportunity. At the same time, dematerialization of demand would support reducing the quantity of materials required in society.

The Flagship Manager will establish in 2018 the flagship’s foundations, define its governance, strategy, multi-annual plan and financial sustainability business model in collaboration with the awarded Launch Consortium of Climate-KIC partners. Furthermore, the Flagship Manager will start building the project portfolio ensuring the development and selection of innovative projects with high climate and business impact and with clear strategic fit for SPS.

The job-holder is well connected to the Climate-KIC Geographies and the Partner Community, will co-create with them business oriented approaches needed to deploy innovations to market and will identify synergies between the different projects and initiatives of the Flagship and the Loop Programme to increase the impact of our investments.

This individual will ensure in collaboration with the SPS Communication Manager and SPS Developer Products and Services the valorisation and exploitation of the knowledge created through the Flagship project portfolio contributing to the defined self-sustainability objectives of the Flagship and making outcomes available in a broadly understandable way to the SPS team, the wider Climate-KIC community and the wider public through educational formats, case studies, positioning papers, European events or further knowledge contributions.

Core Responsibilities


  • Actively contribute and guide the Flagship team toward an aligned, compelling strategy to define a unique international role for the Flagship;
  • Contribute and steer the development of the multi-year strategic approach and the yearly input for the Loop Flagship to the Climate-KIC business plan;
  • Manage the Flagship Steering Committee toward strategic decisions, coordinate strategic reviews and regular update meetings.

Portfolio Management

  • Manage the coordination of flagship projects and activities, including:
    • Lead the Consortium toward the sourcing and evaluation of proposals for the projects and activities within the flagship that deliver the strategic objectives;
    • Evaluation based on pre-defined success criteria, KPI-based Performance Tracking, drafting of approval/rejection feedback for projects, preparation of decision papers for the Steering Committee;
    • Support most promising projects to scale and identify support activities needed;
    • Lead yearly Performance and Cost Reporting to our funder and future funders.
  • Strategic Development of Portfolio and Portfolio Growth analysis of synergies between projects, mapping of further opportunities based on internal partner community and identification of gaps for integration of external stakeholders and development of new activities.

Community Development

  • Lead and coordinate efforts to grow the flagship ecosystem and actively contribute to attract new internal and external stakeholders;
  • Capture and understand stakeholder needs and expectations; active stakeholder engagement and management including problem-solving and mediating if issues arise;
  • Collaborate with Innovation Leads in regional Climate-KIC centres to strengthen relationships and leverage expertise from partner community.

Business Development and Fundraising

  • Forge strategic partnership with international networks that bring complementary skills, outreach and new resources to the programme;
  • Research, identify and contact prospective donors to raise sponsorship, trust and grant money; organize campaigns or events that will lead to soliciting donations; maintain records of donor information and evaluate the success of fundraising activities;
  • Collaborate with Central Business Development team for preparing bids and pitches for major donors, European and international grant applications for public funds.

Knowledge Management and Dissemination

  • In collaboration with the SPS Communication Manager and the partner community ensure visibility of the Flagship internally and externally, positioning Climate-KIC at key European and International events, through organisation of workshops, conferences and speaker placements;
  • Collaborate with Education Theme and Communication Department to valorise project results and content for educational formats, case studies, positioning papers and strong success stories to pitch to potential new funders and new stakeholders.

Main Working Relationships

The Flagship Manager reports to the Theme Director and is part of the SPS team. The role cooperates with the Launch Consortium of Climate-KIC partners, the geographic teams and the SPS Portfolio Manager to develop a strong programme enabling Climate-KIC to create impact to mitigate climate change. In addition, the person collaborates with the Project Management Office and other Flagship Mangers to ensure consistency.

Profile and experience

  • Strong business expertise, ideally in or for industrial sectors with a proven track record of supporting successfully business model and technology innovation; circular economy and climate change knowledge a plus;
  • At least 7-10 years of experience in an international environment in portfolio management, business development, innovation management, sustainability or related experience in consulting;
  • Strong analytical skills to understand quickly a broad variety of technical sectors and identify innovation opportunities. Circular economy and climate change knowledge a plus;
  • Strong problem solving, interpersonal, and communication skills with the ability to work in a team-based organization with demonstrated experience in stakeholder management;
  • Capacity to represent Climate-KIC externally, and a demonstrated capacity to work at high level with business partners and key international organisations;
  • Ability to adapt to a changing environment and handle multiple priorities, strong organisational skills and attention to detail;
  • Motivation to build strong networks and ecosystems to position the Flagship, to take action against climate change;
  • Ideally brings an already existing network of relevant contacts at EU level in climate innovation and circular economy (e.g. industry partners, industry clusters, industry associations, policy organisations, civil society);
  • Excellent command of written and spoken English, excellent knowledge of MS Office.

Our offer

We offer a vibrant working environment in an inspiring community of climate innovators across more than 250 partner organisations in Europe. The post-holder will be based at the candidate’s preferred Climate-KIC location throughout Europe but travel within Europe is required for this position. This is a fixed-term (2 year) position. Starting date will be negotiated but should be latest 01.01.2018.

For more information, please contact recruitment@climate-kic.org.

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.

Please submit your CV (maximum 3 pages) and an application letter in English (maximum 2 pages) outlining your suitability for the role highlighting relevant experience to support your application.

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

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