Program manager Business Creation

Munich, Germany
Industry Sector:
Food & Beverages
Type of contract:

Program manager Business Creation

← Back to listings

Job title:

Program manager Business

Creation European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) Food is a young and fast growing organisation focusing on entrepreneurship and innovation in the food sector. EIT Food is a start-up but has characteristics of a multinational and is operating in a European and international environment. It has 5 regional offices (Co-Location Centres or CLC) in Europe, each covering several EIT Food partners and partner countries. The members of the EIT Food community are world-class players in the international food domain.

Job Description:

The Programme Manager Business Creation will be responsible to facilitate and drive EIT Food’s Business Creation activities, which are executed by the EIT Food partners, on regional level (CLC) with a geographic focus and on pan-European level for an assigned Business Creation Segment.

Job and contract type:

Full-time and unlimited duration. Employment contract under the German labor law.

LOCATION: (S)he will be based at the Co-Location Centre Central in Munich (Freising), Germany. Occasional travel (up to 4-6 per month) within Europe can be expected.


For day-to-day operations you will report to the Director of the Co-Location Centre. Your functional reporting line according to the matrix organisation of EIT Food will be the Functional Director of Business Creation at EIT Food Headquarters.

Expected start date:

The expected starting date is 1st of June 2018, but is subjected to the candidate’s availibility.

Main Duties/Responsibilities:

You will execute tasks related the regional CLC level and pan-European tasks related to EIT Food. On pan-European level, for the assigned Business Creation segment “Acceleration / Scaling up”:

Under the leadership of the Director of Business Creation, contribute to the development of the Business Creation strategy to deliver on EIT Food’s Strategic Objectives o Drive the execution of the activities within the assigned segment “Acceleration / Scaling up”, such as the EIT Foof Accelerator Network

Lead the monitoring and reporting on the activities within the assigned segment o Identify and leverage new Business Creation opportunities in the assigned segment in line with the strategy

Facilitate and nurture the EIT Food network of partners as well as other collaboration opportunities

On regional level:

  • Act as primary regional contact for advice and support on Business Creation opportunities and priorities for EIT Food o Be the single point of contact for those interested in engaging with or exploring business creation opportunities through EIT Food
  • Act as single point of contact for all regional start-up related activities (acceleration of start-ups and scale-ups)
  • Create, expand and maintain a strong regional network to share good practices and to ensure maximum engagement o Promote EIT Food business creation opportunities through CLC EIT Food partners and by direct engagement in regional industry, knowledge exchange and start-up ecosystems

Support EIT Food’s Operations with:

  • Timely reporting on progress and on financial and performance matters of activities under responsibility
  • Contribute to the annual Business Plan and information and reporting and evaluation requests from EIT Food
  • Support putting together the Annual Report of EIT Food
  • Actively liaise with other EIT Food headquarters functions such as Operations, Education, Innovation and Communication
  • Actively connect with other Program Managers also on the regional level to ensure the effective and efficient delivery of the EIT Food Business Plan, especially with the RisingFoodStars Manager
  • Ensure other team members receive orientation, information and feedback
  • Actively connect with other Program Managers also on the regional level to ensure the effective and efficient delivery of the EIT Food Business Plan, especially with the Rising Food Stars Manager
  • Ensure other team members receive orientation, information and feedback



  • Master degree related to entrepreneurship, commerce, business management, OR other Master degree (preferably related to agri-food space) associated with a highlevel professional training in entrepreneurship / business / commerce
  • University or professional education related to agri-food sector is a clear plus
  • Knowledge of start-up business modelling methodologies, tools for new ventures creation, acceleration and scaling up methodologies and seed / early stage investment evaluation methodologies, confirmed by relevant experiences in technology or financial sector
  • Strong communication and representation skills
  • Fluency in English. German is a clear plus. Other European languages will be considered
  • Very good command of Microsoft Office


  • 5+ years of relevant working experience in start-ups or technology markets
  • Relevant experiences in working with start-up ecosystems
  • Personal experience in the creation/development of a start-up is a clear plus
  • Expertise and experience in the food sector is a clear plus
  • Established network of contacts with representatives of start-up community, seed and VC funds, financial institutions and entrepreneurship support organizations within the German / the Netherlands / Austria region is highly desirable
  • International exposure and experiences
  • Experience in preparing business plans is an asset
  • Experience in EU-funded project management (H2020 or similar) is an asset

Skills and behaviour

  • Solid business judgment, orientation for progress, practical application of technical solutions, broad, flexible and interdisciplinary thinking
  • Ability to work in a matrix-organisation
  • Strong sense of ownership with proven record of delivering results
  • Combining analytical thinking with creativity
  • Excellent verbal and written communication, presentation and persuasion skills
  • Proven ability to establish trust and good communication channels, including remote communication with international teams
  • Ability to interact and communicate effectively with individuals at all levels of the organization with tact and diplomacy, and with a high level of cultural sensitivity
  • Openness and proven ability to establish trust as well as the capacity for building alliances between industry, public sector, research, education and other stakeholders, including remote communication with international teams
  • Proactive, independent and trustworthy
  • Passion for continuous improvement
  • Respectful of timelines and deadlines and attention for detail
  • Active interest in the food sector
  • Ability to work both independently and in small (multi-national) teams
  • Organised, service-oriented and capable of multi-tasking
  • Can do attitude and willing and eager to learn and realise impact
  • Excellent emotional intelligence skills


  • Be considered a true expert in the concerned thematic domain
  • Build excellent relationships with partners fostering collaboration and creativity
  • Build and contribute to operational efficiency
  • Develop experience in cross-functional projects and activities
  • Assume responsibilities besides or beyond current job description


EIT Food offers a competitive salary package consisting of a monthly salary and benefits. Flexibility and the balance between work and private life are equally important.


EIT Food is an equal opportunity employer, offering each candidate matching the minimum obligatory qualifications and experiences an equal chance in employment and promotion procedures.

n your application please specify that you found out about this opportunity on
Veuillez indiquer dans votre candidature que vous avez consulté cette offre sur le site web

EIT Food

EIT food is a pan-European partnership, with a consumer-centred approach, to empower innovators, entrepreneurs and students to develop world-class solutions to societal challenges, accelerate innovation, create jobs and increase Europe’s competitiveness.

All EIT Food jobs