Resources and Support Director / AD 12 to AD 14 (EASA/AD/2019/005)

Cologne, Germany
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Resources and Support Director / AD 12 to AD 14 (EASA/AD/2019/005)

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Contract Type: Temporary staff

Location: Cologne, Germany

Deadline: 08/07/19

Vacancy Type: Inter-Agency

As Resources and Support Director, you will provide vision, strategic direction and leadership to the directorate’s management driving the efficient execution of the Agency’s mission and strategy. You will establish strategic priorities and objectives for the directorate’s management, being responsible for the overall capacity, capability and competence of the Directorate, aiming to ensure cost effectiveness, efficiency, and sound management of the functions. As a member of the EASA Executive Committee, reporting to the Executive Director, you will be involved in the Agency’s strategic decision making process. You will advise on effective strategy implementation, sharing your expertise to optimise the performance of the organisation. You will attend the EASA Governance meetings. With the members of your Management Team, you will promote a business partnering approach, encouraging staff engagement and development, building trust, using open and transparent communication, providing clear directions and supporting implementation.

Your main accountabilities will be to:

  • Further develop and continuously improve the resources and support function by providing professional, efficient, customer oriented solutions and expert advice for internal and external stakeholders to function effectively, while ensuring EASA’overall compliance with its administrative, financial and legal framework, including:
  1. Finance and Procurement: ensure the efficient functioning of the Agency in line with sound financial management principles, aiming to establish digital delivery of services;
  2. Human Resources: sponsor and promote state-of-the-art HR practices and processes in line with anticipated business needs, aiming to increase organisational efficiency particularly in the areas of strategic workforce planning, talent acquisition, staff development, reward and recognition and personnel administration;
  3. IT: align IT governance with strategic business planning and established IT architecture to support the Agency’s digitalisation roadmap;
  4. Corporate services: provide a friendly and well-functioning work environment and modern conference and travel solutions to EASA staff and visitors;
  5. Applicant Services: provide modern digital solutions and high level support to EASA certification projects (Fees & Charges related activities), while developing and maintaining successful commercial relations with the EASA applicants;
  • Lead the planning, allocation and prioritisation of human and financial resources in the Directorate, ensuring business continuity in line with the Agency’s strategic objectives;
  • Promote cross-directorate cooperation and knowledge-sharing, a culture of innovation, agile working methods and successful change management;
  • Liaise with the Agency’s partners and stakeholders, in particular the relevant EU Institutions (European Commission, Court of Auditors, other EU Agencies etc.).

Once it has been confirmed that your application complies with the eligibility criteria listed in the Annex, you will be assessed against the essential criteria and advantageous criteria listed below:

Essential criteria:

  • University degree in the field of Business Administration, Economics or Finance or other relevant subjects giving a similar background, demonstrating the ability to work in the function;
  • At least 15 years of proven professional experience in the domain of business administration / financial management / Human Resources and/or management of business support functions;
  • At least 6 years of managerial experience at senior level with proven capacity to successfully lead teams of professionals and manage resources;
  • Proven experience in managing organisational changes, using change management techniques and modern human resources management concepts;
  • Proven experience in dealing with complex financial matters and budget management;
  • Proven experience in the field of public service / administration, providing sound knowledge of the associated legal and / or financial frameworks and processes;
  • Excellent command of both written and spoken English.

Advantageous criteria: 

  • Proven management experience in a multicultural environment;
  • Professional experience in technical environments, ideally in the aviation sector;
  • Professional experience with the EU Staff Regulations and / or Financial regulations and related General Implementing Provisions or similar legal or financial frameworks;
  • Strong project management skills;
  • Proven experience of consultation with actors of social dialogue;
  • Good knowledge of French and/or German.

Candidates invited to the interview and test phase will be assessed against the following behavioural competencies:

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