Head of Unit Information Superiority

Brussels, Belgium
Industry Sector:
International Public Sector
Type of contract:

Head of Unit Information Superiority

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Application closing date: 4 April 2018

The Agency’s Way of Working

The Agency is an “outward-facing” organisation, constantly interacting with its shareholders, the participating Member States, as well as with a wide range of stakeholders. It works in an integrated way, with multi-disciplinary teams representing all the Agency’s functional areas, to realise its objectives. Its business processes are flexible and oriented towards achieving results. Staff at all levels need to demonstrate the corresponding qualities of commitment, flexibility, innovation, and team-working; to work effectively with shareholders and stakeholder groups, formal and informal; and to operate without the need for detailed direction.

The Capability, Armament & Technology Directorate

The Capability, Armament & Technology directorate prepares the programmes of tomorrow by maximising synergies between capabilities, armaments and Research & Technology. The directorate brings together the Agency’s work in the areas of: Information Superiority (Communication & Information Systems, Surveillance & Reconnaissance, Space, Cyber Defence; Air (Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems, Air-to-Air Refuelling, airlift and aerial systems technologies); Land and Logistics (Counter-IED, armoured systems, camp protection and land systems technologies, land systems, ammunitions, medical support and deployability); Maritime (Maritime Surveillance, Mine Counter Measures and naval systems technologies); and the Joint domain (mobility, transport, medical and Ammunition). Particular attention is given to identifying future Critical Defence Technologies needed to support military capabilities.


The Head of Unit ‘Information Superiority’ is directly accountable to the Capability, Armament and Technology (CAT) Director for the functioning of this unit. He/she will be responsible for the following activities:

  • contribute to the further development of capabilities, including identifying, promoting and proposing collaborative projects within his area of responsibility;
  • develop the relevant planning in his/her area of responsibility to promote the coherence of the European capability landscape;
  • prepare strategies and policies for increasing cooperation and strengthening of defence R&T and the Technological/Industrial Base in his/her assigned area of responsibility, including to improve the linkage between capability development and the system-related R&T activities;
  • coordinate contributions of his/her assigned area of responsibility to sustain military interests within wider EU policies;
  • manage a team, in particular by taking care of improving relevant skills and knowledge, setting priorities to optimize the workload of the staff, managing duties, missions and absences;
  • interact with relevant stakeholders such as EU agencies/organisations, Member States and industry. Chair respective meetings with Member States and other stakeholders, such as the European Commission, the European External Action Service and represent EDA in meetings, conferences and seminars;
  • prepare and follow up the activity of the IDT ”Command and Inform” including chairing the meetings, in a cross-domain and cross-directorate approach, ensuring that organizational and administrative work of the IDT is completed to be used as preparatory work for Steering Boards;
  • ensure the coherence of activity within his/her Unit and maintain coordination with other Heads of Unit within the Agency so as to enable transversal work, share and harmonize best practices and monitor the coherence of activities within EDA;
  • supervise and coordinate the projects / research & technology studies / activities assigned to the Unit in terms of project management, contract and budget management, relevance of outsourced studies, assessment of pMS capabilities, moderation & organisation of relevant EDA forum threads;
  • oversee and moderate space-related, cyber-related and CIS-related activities of the Agency;
  • take on additional tasks as required in the interest of the service.

Duties may evolve depending on the development of the EDA’s structure and activities, and decisions of EDA management.

Qualifications and Experience Required

a. Conditions for eligibility


  • be a national of a Member State participating in the Agency;
  • be entitled to his/her full rights as a citizen;
  • have fulfilled any obligations imposed on him/her by the laws concerning military service;
  • produces the appropriate character references as to his/her suitability for the performance of his/her duties;
  • be physically fit to perform his/her duties;
  • have a thorough knowledge of one of the languages of the participating Member States and a satisfactory knowledge of another of these languages to the extent necessary to discharge his/her duties;
  • have a level of education which corresponds to completed university studies attested by a diploma when the normal period of university education is four years or more, or a level of education which corresponds to completed university studies attested by a diploma and appropriate professional experience of at least three years when the normal period of university education is at least three years, or be a graduate of a national or international Defence College;
  • have no personal interest (financial, family relationship, or other) which could be in conflict with disinterested discharge of his/her duties within the Agency;
  • hold a valid Personnel Security Clearance Certificate (national or EU PSC at SECRET UE/EU SECRET level). Personnel Security Clearance Certificate ‘ (PSCC) means a certificate issued by a competent authority establishing that an individual is security cleared and holds a valid national or EU PSC, and which shows the level of EUCI to which that individual may be granted access (CONFIDENTIEL UE/EU CONFIDENTIAL or above), the date of validity of the relevant PSC and the date of expiry of the certificate itself. Note that the necessary procedure for obtaining a PSCC can be initiated on request of the employer only, and not by the individual candidate.

b. Essential selection criteria

(1) Professional

The candidate will be required to demonstrate that he/she has:

  • a thorough understanding and at least 10 years professional experience in Command, Control and Information Capabilities and Systems:
    • including Information Collection (Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance), Information Transmission (such as Tactical Radio, Satellite Communications), Information Management, Information Protection (Cyber Security/Defence);
    • including space-related activities such as space-based earth observation;
    • including different materiel lifecycle phases (Requirements Definition, Research & Technology, Development, Fielding);
  • familiarity with the defence, European and international environment (e.g. NATO);
  • thorough understanding of capability development and the link to defence planning;
  • a thorough and proven international experience;
  • understanding of the EDA’s main tasks and functions;
  • the ability to work in and with complex organizational and procedural processes, identify and propose relevant change proposals;
  • proven ability in drafting and presenting conceptual papers;
  • a sound practical management experience;
  • a track record in delivering successful business outcomes;
  • a very good knowledge of written and spoken English;
  • experience in leading organizational and process change.

(2) Personal

All staff must be able to fit into the Agency’s way of working (see para. 2). Other attributes important for this post include:

  • genuine commitment to the Agency’s objectives;
  • excellent leadership and management skills, including chairing meetings;
  • ability to work in a team;
  • strong results-orientation and motivation;
  • flexibility and innovativeness;
  • strong conceptual, planning, compositional, interpersonal and analytical skills;
  • good communication skills.

(3) Desirable

The following would be considered an advantage:

  • a minimum of 15 years of professional experience acquired after the award of the qualification required.

The EDA is an equal opportunities employer and accepts applications without distinction on the grounds of age, race, political, philosophical or religious conviction, sex or sexual orientation and regardless of disabilities, marital status or family situation.

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