Chief Executive Officer
Leuven, BelgiumApply Now
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Primary Practice Group: Industry Research and Development
Salary & Benefits: Competitive - commensurate with experience
Closing Date: 06/10/2023
Formal Interview Date: Tuesday, 21st & Wednesday, 22nd November 2023
EIT Food is Europe’s leading food innovation initiative. We are active in the agri-food sector and inspire, coordinate and fund a network of world-class partners to transform the food system to improve the health of citizens and the environment. Supported by the EU, our main task is to transform the European food system to achieve net zero GHG emissions by 2050 by using our unique ecosystem of large argi-food multinationals, SMEs, University and R&D Institutions partners to work together within the major agri-food value chains as orchestrator and funder. We create connections right across the food system that stimulate new ideas and innovations to drive change: between startups and corporates; between food entrepreneurs and investors; between consumers and industry; between research and action; between ideas and reality; between present and future.
As its current CEO is going to retire at the end of this year, EIT Food is seeking to appoint the next Chief Executive Officer to lead the organisation in realising its mission. The CEO will be responsible for the overall vision, strategy, governance and operations of the organisations. The CEO will also represent EIT food internationally and support the development of a strong EIT Food culture and brand. The CEO will be appointed and accountable to the Supervisory Board of EIT Food.
This is an outstanding opportunity to shape and advance the future of EIT Food. The ideal candidate will be a dynamic and inspirational strategic leader with a demonstrable track record of building, managing and mentoring high-performing teams. Candidates for the post will have a solid scientific understanding and commercial acumen, with a strong legacy in networking with C-suite executives in the agri-food business sector, ideally within the EU. They will have strong advocacy skills and proven ambassadorial skills to engage with funders, industry and other international stakeholders.
EIT Food will be supported in this appointment process by the executive search firm Perrett Laver. Perrett Laver will support the search committee in the discharge of its duties, both to assist in the assessment of candidates against the requirements for the role, and to identify the widest possible field of qualified candidates.
Applications should comprise a full curriculum vitae along with a covering letter of application addressing the role and person specification.
Applications can be uploaded via Perrett Laver’s website at: https://candidates.perrettlaver.com/vacancies quoting reference 6787.
The closing date for applications is Friday 6th October 2023 at 12:00 CET.
Applications will be considered by the selection committee in October and shortlisted candidates will be invited to first screening interviews in the last two weeks of October. A shortlist will be decided in November and the shortlisted candidates will be invited to 2 rounds of interviews. Selection of and negotiations with the preferred candidate and final on-site visits will take place thereafter.
EIT Food is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive work environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We believe that diversity and equity in our workforce enriches our organization and enhances our ability to provide innovative solutions. We are an open culture where everyone is supported to fulfill their potential. We see inclusivity of talent as the basis of our success and the diversity of perspectives and people as a highly valued outcome. EIT Food provides equal opportunities to all employees and applicants regardless of gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, age, neurodiversity, functional impairment, citizenship or any other aspect which makes them unique.
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