Climate-KIC is the EU’s largest public private partnership addressing climate change through innovation to build a net zero-emissions economy.
We aim to transform whole systems through innovation to build resilience and decarbonize at a fast-enough rate to reach the 1.5° target and a net-zero emissions Europe. Climate-KIC has refocused its strategy around systems transformation to reach impact at scale. Our approach is based on building an active and diverse community of organisations all working together; a careful analysis of the key levers at play across different systems (e.g. cities, land use, industry, and finance); and finally, a commitment to experimentation and rapid prototyping (to become the fastest learning organisation in the area of climate).
To achieve this plan, Climate-KIC needs talents from multiple areas of expertise and backgrounds able to bring a wide range of perspectives into the organisation. We are looking for individuals comfortable with change and keen to experiment on our own organisation first – by testing new ways of working, deep collaboration, new ways of learning and gathering business intelligence.
Our people are effectively our first ambassadors and our primary community – we expect them to role model deep collaboration across teams, countries, and organisations.
Purpose of the role
CEE Design Lead: Experiments will be responsible for exploring the innovation area and building relations with local innovation ecosystems, allowing for the development of experiments supporting local innovation in priority areas.
- Explore the local innovation scene in CEE in all the areas relevant to the priority goals, including social innovation.
- Explore approaches such as: lead user innovation, positive deviance, asset mapping, big data for innovation mapping, and augmented ethnography
- Test the patterns and solutions that will be useful to the entire Climate-KIC organisation in the future .
- Build and manage relations with local innovators in the region, as well as different stakeholders who can enable and/or profit from the development of local solutions to climate challenges
- Create synergies between local projects and the start-up portfolio in priority thematic areas
- Work closely with the Innovation, Education and Entrepreneurship Leads and the local team to engage the partner network in the different programmes which sit within the Climate-KIC innovation framework
- Conceptualize jointly with local teams on new ideation formats to engage the partner network
- University degree (masters or PhD) in relevant field
- More than 5 years of experience in relevant context, ideally in innovation
- Profound knowledge of and interest in the area of innovation,
- Strong ability to identify non-standard solutions, thinking out-of-the-box as well as connecting diversified information into systems and patterns
- Great networking skills
- Experience of working at the interface between public and private sector will be an asset
- Good understanding of the interaction between research, education and business desired
- Strong ability to reconcile differing expectations, objectives and requirements of multiple organisations and stakeholder to create collaborative solutions
- Familiarity with the skills and knowledge needs of organizations working on climate change adaptation and mitigation
- Experience and ability to work in an international team and in multidisciplinary context
- Fluent in Polish and English, additional CEE language will be a strong asset.
Please note that candidates must have the right to work in the EU prior to applying for the position. The successful candidate will normally be based at the nearest EIT Climate-KIC office to where they are currently living.
Our application and recruitment process
Climate-KIC values diversity and welcomes applications from all suitably qualified candidates regardless of age, gender, race, disability, sexual orientation, religion or ethnic background.
Your application should be written in English and consist of:
- a full curriculum vitae
- a covering letter describing briefly how your profile, skills and experience meet the criteria outlined in the person specification, and outlining your interest in and vision for the role.
- your current salary
- where you saw this role advertised.
Please send your full application using the “apply now” button above. You should state your name followed by the role for which you are applying for in the subject line of the email. The deadline for receipt of applications is 23.59 GMT on the date published on the job advert.
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Your application will be reviewed on or around the closing date for the vacancy for which you have applied. If your application is shortlisted for interview, you will be contacted directly by Climate-KIC.
Candidates invited to a first interview, will be notified of the outcome and informed about next stages if they are successful.
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