Financial Officer – Operational Finance

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23 Jan 2018

The Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA)

INEA is an Executive Agency established by the European Commission to implement parts of EU funding programmes for transport, energy and telecommunications. The Agency’s mission is to provide its stakeholders with expertise and high-level programme management, whilst promoting synergies among programmes, in order to benefit economic growth and EU citizens.

Two main programmes managed by INEA are:

  • The Connecting Europe Facility (CEF): a key EU funding instrument that supports the development of high-performing, sustainable and interconnected Trans-European Networks in the fields of transport, energy and telecommunications. In 2014-2020, INEA will be managing €27.4 billion of CEF funding for projects in these fields.
  • Horizon 2020: the EU’s €80 billion Research and Innovation programme for 2014-2020 that supports world-class science and technology as a driver of economic growth. INEA is managing parts of the programme for a total amount of €6.7 billion over seven years in the areas of transport and energy.

In the 2014-2020 period INEA is expected to manage over 2000 projects under both programmes. The Agency also manages a number of legacy projects from the 2007-2013 funding period under the TEN-T and Marco Polo programmes.

Working environment

INEA has a multinational team of over 250 people. The Agency’s staff includes specialists in project management, finance, engineering, legal affairs, and communication, covering the fields of transport, energy and telecommunications.

The number of INEA staff is expected to grow further over the coming years. The purpose of this publication is to set up a reserve list to cover these growing needs of the Agency.

INEA is based in Brussels and offers a friendly working environment, as well as social activities.

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Description of the job

The jobholder will be a financial officer who reports to the Head of Unit Operational Finance (R3). S/he will be part of a team of financial officers. S/he will be responsible for the administrative and financial tasks related to the preparation and implementation of grant agreements for the programmes managed by the Agency (Unit R3).

Main duties:

Financial tasks

  • As Financial Initiating Agent, prepare commitments, payments, forecasts of revenue and recovery orders on the Agency's operational budget lines ensuring that transactions are financially and procedurally correct.
  • Provide contractual and financial advice, in the first instance with regard to INEA projects implemented by the Agency.
  • Participate to the evaluation of proposals and notably the verification of the financial capacity of applicants.
  • Establish good working relationships and work with colleagues from the operational units throughout the financial process and positively contribute to effective team work.
  • Contribute to the preparation of the file for adoption of grant agreements with the selected beneficiaries.
  • Ensure the proper registration, maintenance and filing of documents.
  • Ensure strict implementation of the Financial Regulation and related procedures.
  • Contribute to horizontal tasks in line with the unit objectives.

Monitoring and reporting

  • Provide support to the financial monitoring and the reporting of the implementation of the grants.
  • Provide assistance for "on-the-spot" control visits and audit missions and to the implementation of the ex-post audit results.

Qualifications and experience required

A. Eligibility criteria

  • Be owner of a CAST in the grade for which you are applying* Or be registered in the EPSO/CAST/P/2017 in the grade for which you are applying
  • A post-secondary education attested by a diploma Or a secondary education attested by a diploma giving access to post-secondary education and appropriate professional experience of three years.
  • Thorough knowledge of one of the languages of the European Union and a satisfactory knowledge of another EU language to the extent necessary to perform his/her duties.

*Candidates must be included in the European Personnel Selection Office (EPSO) data base for contract agents in function group III in a field appropriate to the profile of the post and have successfully passed the EPSO selection tests for that function group.

Please note that candidates who are on a valid EPSO list published in 2010 (CAST2010) are eligible on the condition they have successfully passed the complementary tests (DB3), as an Annex to the selection procedure CAST2010.

The candidates concerned are invited to consult the letter they received from EPSO for further information.

In addition, in order to be eligible, a candidate must:

  • be a national of one of the Member States of the European Union;
  • be entitled to his/her full rights as citizen;
  • meet the appropriate character reference as to his/her suitability for the performance of his/her duties;
  • have fulfilled any obligations imposed by the applicable laws concerning military service, and;
  • be physically fit to perform the duties linked to the post.

B. Selection criteria


  •  At least two years of proven professional experience in the fields of either accounting, finance or audit;
  • Experience in financial management of projects;
  • Familiarity with the EU Financial Regulation;
  • Very good knowledge of English (written and spoken).


  • Experience as financial officer on operational budget lines within the European Institutions
  • Previous experience with financial management tool ABAC and/or Sygma
  • Education in the field of economics, accounting or finance;
  • Good command of other European Union languages, in particular German and/or French;
  • Very good analytical and problem-solving skills.

Personal qualities essential for the position (evaluated during the interview):

  • Good interpersonal and communication skills;
  • High degree of organisational skills and ability to work under pressure;
  • Proven ability to work as a team member.

The Agency will invite to the interview and test phase the best candidates, having already successfully passed an EPSO CAST competition or having successfully passed the EPSO CAST competition EPSO/CAST/P/2017 in the grade for which you are applying , with a maximum of 20 candidates invited to the interview.

Appointment and conditions of employment

The jobholder will be assigned on the basis of a shortlist proposed by the selection committee.

The jobholder will be recruited as contract staff, in function group III, pursuant to Article 3a of the new Conditions of Employment of Other Servants of the European Communities (CEOS).

The basic monthly salary within this function group will depend on the number of years of relevant professional experience at appropriate level (in function group III, either grade 8, grade 9 or grade 10).

The jobholder will serve a probation period of nine months.

The initial contract will be for a duration of 2 years and may be renewed.

The place of employment will be Brussels where the Agency has its activities.

For further information on the legal framework of contract agents, see the web site of the Directorate-General for Human Resources and Security (DG HR) on the internet at

Equal opportunities

The European Union institutions apply a policy of equal opportunities and accept applications without discrimination on the grounds of sex, race, colour, ethnic or social origin, genetic features, language, religion or belief, political or any other opinion, membership of a national minority, property, birth, disability, age or sexual orientation.

Application procedure

For applications to be valid, candidates must submit:

  • a detailed curriculum vitae, in EU CV format[1];
  • a letter of motivation, including his/her views on the proposed position (2 pages maximum);

Your EPSO candidate ID number must be mentioned in your CV and motivation letter.

Please note that the motivation letter forms an essential basis for the pre-selection decision.

Applications must only be sent through the recruitment online system.

Closing date: applications must be sent no later than 26th January 2018 midnight.

Supporting documents showing evidence of the provided information may be requested at a later stage. No document will be sent back to candidates.

Candidates are invited to apply in English, to facilitate the selection process.

In no circumstances should candidates approach the selection committee, either directly or indirectly concerning this recruitment. The authority habilitated to conclude contracts reserves the right to disqualify any candidate who disregards these instructions.

Selection procedure

A - Written test (30 min)

b) A case study in English designed to test:

  • your knowledge in the field of the profile,
  • your ability to understand, analyse and summarise,
  • your drafting ability.

This test will be marked out of 40 (pass mark: 20).

B – Oral test (30 min)

Interview with a selection board in English to assess:

  • your suitability to carry out the duties of a Financial Officer,
  • your specific knowledge and experience in the field of financial management,
  • your communication, inter-personal and problem-solving skills,
  • your general knowledge about the INEA and related policies,
  • your motivation and your ability to adjust to working as a Contractual Agent in a multicultural environment.

This test will be marked out of 100 (pass mark: 50).

Both the oral and written tests will be combined on a total of 140. Minimum mark: 84 out of 140.

Applicants receiving at least the minimum score (84 out 140), all tests combined, will be included in a reserve list of suitable candidates. Please note that inclusion in the reserve list does not guarantee recruitment.

Information to candidates

An acknowledgement of receipt will be sent to all candidates by email to confirm the reception of their application.

All candidates will be informed in due time about the status of their application, i.e. whether they are invited for the selection phase described above or not. These notifications will be sent via email only.

A candidate may request clarifications about the processing of his/her application by sending an email quoting the reference of the vacancy notice concerned, to the following address:

Appeal procedure

A candidate who estimates that a mistake was made in the assessment of his/her profile may ask to have it re-assessed by sending, within 15 calendar days of the date on the email notifying the rejection of his/her application, a request for review, quoting the number of the vacancy notice concerned to the Chairman of the Selection Committee to the following address:

The Selection Committee will re-examine the application and notify the candidate of its decision within 15 working days upon receipt of the request.

Data protection

The purpose of processing of the data submitted by candidates is to manage the applications in view of a possible pre-selection and recruitment at the INEA. The personal information requested from candidates will be processed in line with Regulation (EC) N°45/2001 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 December 2000 on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data by the European Union institutions and bodies and on the free movement of such data.

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