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EIT Climate-KIC (Knowledge and Innovation Community) is Europe’s foremost climate innovation initiative. Our mission is to leverage the power of innovation to build a zero-carbon, climate-resilient, just, and inclusive society. Climate-KIC’s strategy, Transformation, in Time, responds to the need for a 1.5° aligned, systemic approach to reversing global warming and developing climate resilience, commensurate with the complexity, scale and requisite pace of response to the climate challenge.
Established in 2010 and headquartered in Amsterdam, we orchestrate a community of more than 400 organisations comprised of large corporations and SMEs, municipal and regional governments, universities and research institutes, as well as non-governmental organisations and uncommon actors. We are an organisation of circa 160 people. We operate out of 13 hubs across Europe and conduct activities in 39 countries globally. We have historically managed €80-100 million per year in grants, provided predominantly by our founder and core funder, the European Institute for Innovation and Technology (EIT). We are transitioning to a multi-funder model with the objective of maintaining a flow of funds of circa €100 million annually to our community and to problem owners to deliver impact.
We use a portfolio approach for developing and deploying innovation, entrepreneurship, education and community mobilisation to unlock structural change in systems where emissions are tough to reduce – cities, land-use, industry, and finance. We do so by combining activities and innovation outputs from applied research, learning and reskilling, start-up incubation, movement building and innovation ecosystem building. Over the last ten years we have supported more than 4,500 businesses, in over 50 countries, that have gone on to attract over €1.5 bln of capital and featured regularly in the Forbes 30 under 30 European list. Our education programmes have influenced the lives of over 45,000 people who have launched a movement building alumni community. In 2019, we launched Deep Demonstrations, a demand-led methodology for composing innovation portfolios across technology, policy, finance, social change, citizen engagement, and other relevant levers of change, in order to generate options and test transition pathways for place-based systems and value chains.
Our goals for 2027 are to ensure that 200,000 people across Europe are equipped with enhanced climate-relevant innovation and entrepreneurial skills; 10 million people benefit from improved resilience to the impacts of climate change; 50 cities, countries, regions and large scale businesses across Europe are achieving net-zero as a result of partnership with EIT Climate-KIC; 500 million tons of CO2 eq. emissions have been avoided cumulatively (approx. 1/10 annual EU production) and we have succeeded in leveraging €100 bln to scale-up innovations tackling climate change. Ultimately, we aim to become a leader in systemic innovation that contributes to a paradigm shift from a linear, industrial production system to a circular, regenerative model, leveraging the power of our unique community of innovators and inspiring change beyond it.
PURPOSE OF THE ROLE
The need for effective legal officers/paralegals has been identified as a key component of EIT Climate-KIC’s new organisational blueprint. The Legal Officer/Paralegal will act as key liaison and support for the Legal & Procurement Team and the commercial and delivery teams.
- Support in legal and compliance requirements and special projects including business planning and reporting, budgets (requisition raising and invoicing for law firm panel and others), insurance, IP/trademark portfolio and employment matters
- Support in drafting, negotiating and reviewing commercial terms and contracts
- Assist in driving EIT Climate-KIC’s compliance requirements
- Help develop and maintain standard processes and infrastructure including Legal Sharepoint, liaising with colleagues across all EIT Climate-KIC offices and building relationships and best practice
- Coordination of extensive law firm panel across global jurisdictions with external advisors
- Corporate work and other legal housekeeping
- Good legal and compliance capabilities and potential
- Commercial acumen and strong negotiation skills
- Showing initiative and getting things done, being proactive, delivery and solutions -focused, appreciation of business partnering approach
- Good project management, ability to drive through items important to the team and organisation, often in face of significant challenge
- Excellent technical drafting and analytical skills. Attention to detail
- Experience in EU or government funding, budget support, employment and/or managing an insurance portfolio will be greatly appreciated
KEY WORKING RELATIONSHIPS
- Legal & Procurement Team
- Finance Team
- Operations Team
- People Team
REQUIRED BACKGROUND & QUALIFICATIONS
- A law degree or legal experience (e.g. as a paralegal) however there is no requirement to be formally legally qualified or admitted as an advocate, solicitor or similar for this role
- International or cross-jursdictional exposure
- 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
- Ability to keep the big picture in mind while focusing on the basics of implementation and delivery
- Solutions focused, with a “can-do” attitude
- A commitment to achieving sustainability and social transformation in support of EIT Climate-KIC’s mission
Qualities, Personal Style, and Approach
- Ability to think widely and structure commercial and non-commercial deals from legal and compliance perspective and project manage to completion
- Trustworthiness, honesty and integrity as key personal attributes
- Ability to build and maintain effective working relationships across all levels of stakeholders – both internally and externally
- Mature and effective conflict management
Please note that candidates must have the right to work in the EU or UK prior to applying for the position.
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 full 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.
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