Innovation Director
  31.07.2019 Nº: 101/2019

Sector públic


EIT Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs) bring together public authorities (municipalities), businesses (industry and SMEs), research centres and universities as partners, creating a favourable environment for creative thought and innovation to flourish, allowing innovative products and services to be developed in every area imaginable, including climate change, healthy living and active ageing, new companies to be started, and a new generation of entrepreneurs to be trained. They carry out a whole range of activities that cover the entire innovation chain – including training and education programmes, reinforcing the journey from research to the market, innovation projects as well as business incubators and accelerators. Innovation Communities have been conceived so that they are able to react in an effective and flexible way to new challenges and changing environments.

EIT Urban Mobility is an Innovation Community funded by the EU and is currently consisting of 90 partners from 15 countries dedicated to accelerating solutions that improve our collective use of urban spaces, while ensuring accessible, convenient, safe, efficient, sustainable and affordable multimodal mobility. EIT Urban Mobility’s objective is to rethink urban spaces, overcoming fragmentation by integrating all urban mobility players – including cities and citizens – and increasing social inclusion and equality.


The Innovation Director is responsible for the development and execution of the EIT Urban Mobility’s innovation strategy. He leads, coordinates, and monitors EIT Urban Mobility’s Innovation Programme that drives research, piloting and testing of integrated mobility solutions.

Senior Leadership Responsibilities:

§  Work as part of the Management Team responsible for EIT Urban Mobility.

§  With the CEO and other members of the Management Team, develop the business plan and strategic framework

§  Manage innovation budget, define, coordinate, monitor, and optimize innovation activities.

§  Management of KIC innovation staff.

§  Constantly seek new ways to improve the EIT Urban Mobility value proposition and to generate new revenue streams.

§  Lead the strategic portfolio management.


Innovation Leadership Responsibilities:

§  Prepare and coordinate Innovation project funding calls, including the definition of selection criteria and an appropriate evaluation and monitoring systems.

§  Advise the CEO in the presentation and selection process.

§  Set-up the EIT Urban Mobility’s innovation strategy, designed to support the EIT Urban Mobility's mission of accelerating the transition towards sustainable mobility for liveable urban spaces.

§  Drive the exploitation and deployment of innovation project results.

§  Manage the EIT Urban Mobility innovation portfolio.

§  Liaise with EU and national research, technology and innovation programs to align strategic agendas and develop collaboration and co-funding opportunities.

§  Work closely with the Business Creation Director to establish and coordinate EIT Urban Mobility’s innovation and business creation activities.

§  Ensure the extended knowledge triangle integration (Cities, Business, Research, Education) in all projects.

§  Lead the development of innovation functions across EIT Urban Mobility.


De 5 a 10 anys



Senior Management Experience:

§  Industry FIELD: Mobility or related Industry Association



Offer Requirements:

§  REQUIRED EDUCATION LEVEL: Business, Administration or Engineering master’s degree or equivalent.

§  REQUIRED LANGUAGES: ENGLISH: Excellent. Other EU languages are a plus.


Candidate profile:

§  Deep expertise in Mobility and strong track record of strategic/innovation leadership in the Mobility sector

§  Experience of delivering large scale, multi sector innovation activities, including administration and development of funding support and appropriate monitoring systems

§  Demonstrable experience of working at senior level, including strategic planning across one or more complex organisational initiatives

§  Capability, ability and fluency in working with academic, industry and city partners

§  Experience with management of activities and relations in the Knowledge Triangle (Education, Business and Research & Technology) and building bridges between the Knowledge Triangle and cities

§  Understand the platform economy and its benefits for the Knowledge Triangle and Cities

§  Demonstrable experience of portfolio management

§  Deep understanding of technology transfer and commercialisation of research, including product/service development, IP and licensing, and venture capital.

§  Strong track record of providing strategic and operational leadership for the delivery of innovation activities.

§  Strong track record of maintaining a partnership approach and working in a matrix organization.

§  Very well-developed communication, management and negotiation skills.

§  Expertise in the development of systems/facilities to support innovation activities, including fund development and administration. 

Additional Info

Appointment and salary

We offer a fulltime job with attractive salary and benefits. The aim is to ensure a permanent Innovation Director of EIT Urban Mobility in place by 31 December 2019.


The role location will be Barcelona (Spain), with regular travel to the Innovation Hubs, partners and other stakeholders. Regular presence in Barcelona is required (50%), but relocation is not a must.

Equal opportunities

EIT Urban Mobility values diversity and welcomes applications from all suitably qualified candidates regardless of age, gender, race, disability, sexual orientation, religion or ethnic background.


Selection Committee

A Selection Committee will be appointed to carry out the evaluation of applications submitted. Please note that the Selection Committee´s internal proceedings are strictly confidential.

Protection of personal data

Applicants’ personal data are processed as required by Regulation (EC) No 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 (Official Journal of the European Communities, L 8 of 12 January 2001). This applies in particular to the confidentiality and security of such data”.



Application procedure and deadline

Applications should consist of:

1) A full curriculum vitae

2) A motivation letter describing briefly how you meet the criteria described, your vision for the role and specific capabilities. Please, especially outline your experience in large scale innovation activities across complex organizations, your experience in technology transfer and commercialization of research, as well as your experience in managing activities across industry, research, and academia.

Please send us your complete application via e-mail to: to: with subject “EIT Urban Mobility - Innovation Director”, until 8th September 2019.



Jornada laboral

Jornada completa


Més de 75.000 € b/a