Copernicus Programme Manager – London, Berlin, Amsterdam, Valencia, Warsaw, Vienna, Copenhagen

Operations and Education
Fixed term 1 year with potential to extend
18 Aug 2019
Operations and Education team
Competitive for Not for Profit Organisation
As soon as possible
London, Berlin, Amsterdam, Valencia, Warsaw, Vienna, Copenhagen


Business Background

EIT Climate-KIC is a knowledge and innovation community established in 2010 and funded by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a body of the European Union. Our purpose is to tackle climate change through innovation.
We are Europe’s largest public-private partnership with this purpose. At the heart of our endeavour is a pan-European community of innovators and changemakers eager to work on tough challenges, willing to engage in ambitious and unorthodox experiments, and committed to collective learning.

We bring together large and small companies, scientific institutions and universities, city authorities and other public bodies, start-ups, and students. With over 380 formal organisational partners from across 26 countries, we work together on innovation to mitigate climate change and to adapt to its unavoidable impacts. We are united by a commitment to direct the power of creativity and human ingenuity at climate change.

Our mission is to catalyse systemic change for climate action through innovation in areas of human activity that have a critical impact on greenhouse gas emissions – cities, lands, materials and finance – and to create climate-resilient communities. Our Theory of Change is focused on empowering people to change systems – through exploration, experimentation and demonstration – to enable viable alternatives at scale.

At the heart of our approach is ‘systems innovation as a service’ whereby we create a space for a portfolio of strategic innovation options and experiments, oriented around structural levers of change, designed with and for problem owners.
We act as a multi-sided platform, working across boundaries and across sectors, fostering innovation as a catalyst for transformation. We work together with problem owners, like city and regional governments, industry owners and directors, community organisations and policy makers, to orchestrate a portfolio approach to innovation interventions. We facilitate the creation of innovation consortia. We challenge and seek to enrich business model design. We offer tailored support for experimentation, implementation and scaling. We provide funding. We incubate very early stage ideation and pre-seed innovation with a view of contributing to systemic change. We place an emphasis on education as a driver of behavioural change through new skills and capabilities and on policy innovation. We run programmes for students, start-ups and innovators across Europe via centres in major cities and regions, convening a community of excellence in people and organisations.


Purpose of the role

Climate-KIC has successfully won four non-EIT projects from Copernicus. Three projects are currently being delivered until 2021 and one project was completed in Sept 2018. The projects focus on the outreach and up take of Copernicus data and services. Skills gaps filling measures and synergic partnerships are key factors to tackle the challenges of data access and use. Therefore, key actions are identified under an overall Copernicus Users Uptake strategy by Climate-KIC under its projects named EO4GEO, CopHub.AC and Our Space Our Future.

The Copernicus collaboration, through the Copernicus projects, is an opportunity for Climate-KIC to disseminate this good practice to a wider community and create synergies and brand visibility for the Copernicus ecosystem. It is an opportunity to combine the impactful education formats and outreach dissemination platforms of Climate-KIC, with the freely and openly available data from Copernicus and the stakeholders of Copernicus Academy.

Our vision spans and integrates the ‘innovation pyramid’, which brings together education, research, business, and government/society in order to address complex challenges and to deliver world-class solutions. We will leverage assets and networks in the stakeholder ecosystems through knowledge pyramid integration, create new and innovative application models and establish channels to reach out to the widest global audience.

This role will be responsible for managing the work stream of Climate-KIC’s Copernicus projects (EO4GEO, CopHub.AC and Our Space Our Future) which entails providing inputs and preparing deliverables for all the projects. The role will include implementation of the strategy of the initiative, project management, reporting and application of quality management throughout all projects activities. Additionally, the Copernicus Programme Manager will be responsible for developing contacts to partners and potential customers and explore and secure new funding opportunities.

As part of an EU-funded project, the role will also be responsible for developing an ecosystem around downstream application of Copernicus and Earth Observation data.


  • Coordinate different areas of the existing project with relevant stakeholders
  • Ensure working interfaces, communication and information sharing between these areas
  • Create project plan and ensure timely achievement of objectives and deliverables
  • Ensure monitoring, quality assurance, performance and reporting
  • Discuss with Director of Education about development of strategy and business model
  • Support communication of Copernicus projects within and outside Climate-KIC
  • Administer expert input into various work strands of the Copernicus projects
  • Support interactions with external stakeholder and partners, for example European Commission, various EIT KICs and corporate partners
  • Analyse and prioritise future funding opportunities for Copernicus related projects

Profile required

  • A relevant academic degree or qualification is essential
  • Relevant and extensive experience (3-5 years as an indicator) in project management preferably in the field of Earth Observation, Copernicus and other Space programmes
  • Management experience in international organisations from across business, public and academic sectors, in climate change or environment related areas.
  • Good understanding of Earth Observation, Copernicus and other Space programmes
  • Good understanding of European Commission funding and grants process
  • Experience of working in a highly dynamic, pan-European environment
  • Management experience in international projects, and the support to the development of ideas, new projects proposals, technology transfer agreements, business cases, new products and services.
  • Proven ability to operate at senior level with multidisciplinary/international teams
    Excellent project management skills including managing of complex structures (preferably with a recognised project management qualification)
  • Facilitation
  • Design thinking
  • Portfolio composition
  • Presentation skills
  • Diplomacy and negotiations
  • Teamwork and people management skills with a proven track record of people leadership
  • Ability to develop strong, long-term external relationships with diverse people
  • Strong collaborative approach
  • Fluency in English language combined with excellent written and verbal communication skills; knowledge of other European languages highly desirable.
  • Articulate and dynamic with highly developed interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate effectively, inspire and motivate people.
  • Highly adaptable, flexible and resilient: able to work effectively in ambiguity and complexity and to respond dynamically to change.
  • ‘At home’ working with an international team and in a multi-disciplinary context.
  • Curious, ambitious, respectful and fearless.
  • Ability to keep the big picture in mind while focusing on the basics of implementation.
  • Solutions focused, with a “can do” attitude.
  • A commitment to achieving social transformation in support of Climate-KIC’s mission.


  • Good understanding of labour market and future competencies required
  • Familiarity with European Policies in Earth Observation, Copernicus and other Space programmes
  • Understanding of national and regional contexts of post-graduate education

Additional information

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.

Receipt of your application will be acknowledged by email.

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.

NB/ This advertisement will be taken down from the website after the closing date so it is a good idea to copy and keep the text for reference to use should you be invited to interview.

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