Chief Executive Officer

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Expiration Date

06 Apr 2017

The Organisation

EIT Food was recently created by a consortium of 50 leading businesses, research centres and universities across 13 EU countries, with the aim to put Europe at the centre of transformation in food innovation and production with a central role for the consumer. For that purpose, it will, amongst others, support the creation of start-ups, develop new products and services and train students. It is funded by EIT (European Institute of Innovation and Technology), an independent EU body and the consortium members, with a budget of €1.5 billion, spread over 7 years.

EIT Food will have its head office near Brussels and will also have co-location centres in London, Madrid, Munich and Warsaw. It will have a permanent staff of around 35 people.

Key Responsibilities

The CEO will:

  • Launch and develop EIT Food, involving all members and EIT.
  • Build and manage the team.
  • Establish effective channels of coordination, communication and reporting within the organisation and with EIT.
  • Be the spokesperson of EIT Food towards external parties.
  • Report to EIT Food’s Supervisory Board.

The Profile

Candidates should fulfill following criteria:

  • Have shown at least 10 years of a successful leadership at senior level in a corporate environment or academic setting.
  • Have knowledge and experience in technology or innovation functions in the agro/food sector.
  • Have a successful track record in building organisations, businesses and multi-party consortia.
  • Be multicultural and be fluent in English.
  • Have at least a Master’s degree.


If you are interested in this position, you can send your motivation letter and CV to EIT Food’s advisors, Egon Zehnder, Att. Joost Maes, avenue Franklin Roosevelt 14, 1050 Brussels or to The closing date for all applications is March 31, 2017






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