(E D A)

Vacancy notice
(Agency’s Temporary Staff)

Post: Director European Synergies and Innovation
Directorate/Unit: European Synergies And Innovation Directorate
Type of post : Temporary agent post
Grade : AD14
Management of staff: Yes
Location: Brussels
Indicative starting date: 1 May 2019
Level of Security Clearance: SECRET UE/EU SECRET

Closing date for applications 13 June 2018

The selection of candidates will follow the EDA Staff Recruitment Procedure. Candidates must apply for this post via the EDA website - vacancies. Please note that to make an EDA on-line application you will need to create your EDA profile using a valid e-mail address and a password.


The European Defence Agency was established on 12 July 2004, and is governed by Council Decision (CFSP) 2015/1835 defining the statute, seat and operational rules of the European Defence Agency.

The Agency has its headquarters in Brussels.

The main task of the EDA is to support the Council and the Member States in their effort to improve the Union's defence capabilities in the field of crisis management and to sustain the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) as it currently stands and as it develops in the future.

The Agency is structured into four directorates. Three operational directorates: Cooperation Planning & Support; Capability, Armaments & Technology; and European Synergies & Innovation and the Corporate Services Directorate.


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 European Synergies & Innovation Directorate promotes and supports Member States in innovative research and the development of key technologies, coordinates and promotes EDA actions in the area of dual-use research, and implements  the Preparatory Action for CSDP-related research. The directorate is also responsible for coordinating the Agency’s overall engagement with industry as well as strategic foresight and assessment. It also supports Member States in interfacing with wider EU policies that have implications for defence, such as energy, environment, and space.


The Director of European Synergies & Innovation (ESI) is directly accountable to the Chief Executive.

He/she is responsible for the following activities:

  • provide strategic vision, direction and leadership to achieve the Directorate’s mission, ensuring, with the support of Heads of Unit, coherence among the work and the programmes assigned to the Directorate;
  • lead and manage integrated teamwork in close cooperation with the other Agency Directorates and in relation with external partners;  
  • build solid cooperation relationships with the Member States and with the Council, Commission, EEAS and other external bodies, regarding the Preparatory Action for CSDP-related research, innovative research, market & industry policies energy & environment and space policy activities among others;
  • coordinate relations with Industry in the fields covered by his/her Directorate;
  • prepare measures for increasing cooperation and strengthening the European Defence Technological and Industrial Base and development of R&T collaborative activities;
  • lead, motivate and develop the competences and skills of the Directorate’s staff and evaluate their performance;
  • manage the Directorate’s budget, through sound planning and monitoring of the allocated resources;
  • take on additional tasks as required in the interest of the service.

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


a. Conditions for eligibility:

  • be a national of a Member State participating in the Agency;be entitled to his/her rights as a citizen; 
  • have fulfilled any obligations imposed on him/her by the laws concerning military service;
  • produce 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;
  • hold, or be in a position to obtain, 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.);
  • 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 one year when the normal period of university education is at least three years or be a graduate of a national or international Defence College.

b. Essential selection criteria:

(1) Professional

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

  • proven track record and extensive knowledge in the areas of responsibility set out above;
  • knowledge and experience of the European institutional framework, EU programmes and policies;
  • knowledge of and experience in defence and its international environment
  • a strong understanding of Defence R&T and defence industry;
  • understanding of the EDA’s main tasks and functions;
  • a track record of delivering successful business outcomes;
  • a proven track record in management and administration at senior level;
  • a very good knowledge of written and spoken English.

(2) Personal

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

  • ability to get the best out of team members, inspire and motivate them;
  • ability to apply strong liaison, negotiation and influencing skills within a complex organisation, and outside;
  • strong political savvy, advocacy and diplomacy skills;
  • excellent public speaking, presentation and chairing skills;
  • strong analytical skills;
  • ability to adapt to changing circumstances and to prioritise and organise tasks and resources;
  • genuine commitment to the Agency's objectives and the ability to communicate these;

 c. Desirable

The following will be considered an advantage:

  • experience in the management of multi-national teams.



The Director European Synergies and Innovation will be required to make a declaration of commitment to act independently in the Agency’s interest and to make a declaration in relation to interests that might be considered prejudicial to his/her independence.


The Director European Synergies and Innovation will be appointed by the Chief Executive.

Recruitment will be as a member of the temporary staff of the Agency for a four-year period (unless a shorter period is mutually agreed between the parties). Renewal is possible within the limits set out in the EDA Staff Regulations. The successful candidate will be recruited as AD14.

The pay for this position consists of a basic salary of xxx € supplemented with various allowances, including as applicable expatriation or family allowances. The successful candidate will be graded on entry into service according to the length of his/her professional experience. Salaries are exempted from national tax, instead an Agency tax at source is paid. For further information on working conditions please refer to:

Failure to obtain the requisite security clearance certificate before the expiration of the probationary period may be cause for termination of the contract.

Candidates are advised that part of the recruitment process includes medical analyses and physical check-up with an Agency’s Medical Adviser.

Applications are invited with a view to establishing a reserve list for the post of Director European Synergies and Innovation at the EDA. This list is valid until 31/12/2018, and may be extended by decision of the Chief Executive. During the validity of the reserve list, successful candidates may be offered a post in the EDA according to their competences in relation to the specific requirements of the vacant post.

Inclusion on the reserve list does not imply any entitlement of employment in the Agency.


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.


Candidates must submit their application electronically solely via the EDA website. Applications by any other means (hard copy or ordinary e-mail) will not be accepted. Applications must be submitted no later than midnight. Candidates are reminded that the on-line application system will not accept applications after midnight (Brussels time, GMT+1) on the date of the deadline.

When applying, candidates from Ministries of Defence or other governmental entities are encouraged to inform their national administration.

A selection panel will be appointed. Please note that the selection panel's internal proceedings are strictly confidential and that any contact with its members is forbidden.

Each application will be screened based on the requirements of the job profile stated in the vacancy notice. The most suitable applicants will be called for an interview and a written test.

If recruited, you will be requested to supply documentary evidence in support of the statements that you make for this application. Do not send any supporting or supplementary information until you have been asked to do so by the Agency.

Please note that once you have created your EDA profile, any correspondence regarding your application must be sent or received via your EDA profile.

For any prior enquiry, please refer to the FAQ (Frequently asked questions) section, or send an e-mail to


Please note that EDA will not return applications to candidates. The personal information EDA requests from candidates will be processed in line with Regulation (EC) N° 45/2001 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 December 2000 on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data by the Community institutions and bodies and on the free movement of such data. The purpose of processing personal data which candidates submit is to manage applications in view of possible pre-selection and recruitment at EDA.
More information on personal data protection in relation to selection and recruitment can be found on the EDA website: