Director (m/f/d)

Eurostat 5<y Senior Level  Brussel, Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest, Belgium 22 Jun 2020

Job Description

Eurostat seeks

Director (m/f/d)

We are

Eurostat is a Directorate-General of the European Commission. It provides the European Union with a high quality statistical information service, serving the European Institutions, Member States, financial markets, the business community, citizens, researchers and media.

Eurostat is in charge of coordinating and strengthening the governance of the European Statistical System (ESS) with the objective of providing easy access to all users of timely, reliable and comparable statistics at EU level. It is responsible for proposing all EU statistical legislation. Eurostat also cooperates with international organisations in the field of official statistics and supports countries outside EU in the improvement of their statistical systems.

Directorate E ‘Sectoral and regional statistics’ comprises 5 Units and around 120 staff (permanent and non-permanent) and manages a budget of around EUR 12,5 million. It covers a broad area of agricultural, environmental, transport and energy statistics as well as statistics on sustainable development and European regions.

The Offices of Eurostat are located in Luxembourg.

We propose

The challenging and high-profile position of Sectoral and regional statistics Director in Eurostat comprises the following main responsibilities:

  • Leadership and strategic management in a broad range of domains — agricultural, environmental, transport and energy statistics as well as statistics on sustainable development and European regions;
  • Leadership and strategic management in dissemination and communication of statistics and data, produced by the Directorate;
  • Representation of the Directorate in key relationships with the other Commission departments, other European Union institutions, national statistical authorities, and international organisations;
  • Management of human and financial resources.

The Director will act as Authorizing Officer by sub-delegation in accordance with the Commission financial rules and regulations.

We look for (selection criteria)

The successful candidate should have:

  • Management experience, and in particular:
    • a strong ability to manage and lead an administrative body both at strategic and management level;
    • proven success in a management position, involving management of human and financial resources;
    • understanding of the planning, the execution and the monitoring of the work in Eurostat within the procedures that are applied in the European Commission;
    • excellent capacity to lead and motivate a large team of multinational and multi-sectoral composition;

The candidate will be part of the management team of the Directorate-General. In this context, solid experience of working in a management team is an advantage.

  • Technical knowledge and experience, and in particular:
    • a good knowledge of Commission priorities and relevant EU policies in the area of sustainable development, agriculture, fisheries, forestry, regional development, energy, transport and environment;
    • a thorough understanding of the development, production and use of European statistics and functioning of the ESS;
    • a solid background in economics or statistics would be an advantage.
  • Communication/negotiations and other skills, and in particular:
    • strong communication, interpersonal, networking and negotiating skills, enabling the candidate to lead discussions, communicate clearly, act effectively to represent the Commission and establish good working relations with other European and non-European institutions;
    • excellent analytical skills and the ability to solve organisational and operational problems via a results-oriented approach;
    • sound judgement and a demonstrable drive to innovate, generate and implement new ideas;
    • an acute and sharp sense of judgement in politically sensitive issues

Candidates must (eligibility requirements)

Candidates will only be considered for the selection phase on the basis of the following formal requirements to be fulfilled by the deadline for applications:

  • Nationality: Candidates must be a citizen of one of the EU Member States of the European Union.
  • University degree or diploma: Candidates must have:
    • Either a level of education which corresponds to completed university studies attested by a diploma when the normal period of university education is 4 years or more:
  • Nationality: Candidates must be a citizen of one of the EU Member States of the European Union.
  • University degree or diploma: Candidates must have:
    • Either a level of education which corresponds to completed university studies attested by a diploma when the normal period of university education is 4 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 1 year when the normal period of university education is at least 3 years (this one year’s professional experience cannot be included in the postgraduate experience required below).
  • Professional experience: candidates must have at least 15 years postgraduate professional experience at a level to which the qualifications referred to above give admission. At least 5 years of that professional experience must be in the field of statistics or related areas.
  • Management experience: at least 5 years of the post-graduate professional experience must have been gained in a high–level management function in a field relevant for this position.
  • Languages: Candidates must have a thorough knowledge of one of the official languages of the European Union and a satisfactory knowledge of another of these official languages. Selection panels will verify during the interview(s) whether candidates comply with the requirement of a satisfactory knowledge of another official EU language. This may include (part of) the interview being conducted in this other language.
  • Age limit: Candidates must not have reached regular retirement age, which of officials of the European Union is defined as being the end of the month in which the person reaches the age of 66 years (see Article 52 lit (a) of the Staff Regulations).

In addition, candidates have to have fulfilled any obligations imposed by law concerning military service; produce appropriate character references as to their suitability for the performance of their duties and be physically fit to perform their duties.

Selection and appointment

The European Commission will select and appoint the Director according to its selection and recruitment procedures (see: Document on Senior Officials Policy).

As part of this selection procedure, the European Commission sets up a pre-selection panel. This panel analyses all applications, proceeds with a first eligibility verification and identifies candidates having the best profile in view of the selection criteria mentioned above, and who may be invited for an interview with the pre-selection panel.

Following these interviews, the pre-selection panel draws up its conclusions and proposes a list of candidates for further interviews with the European Consultative Committee on Appointments (CCA). The CCA, taking into consideration the conclusions of the pre-selection panel, will decide on the candidates to be invited for an interview.

Candidates who are called for an interview with the CCA participate in a full-day management assessment centre run by external recruitment consultants, unless they have already been evaluated trough an assessment centre organised at the request of the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Human Resources and Security for a type of post at the same level as the one they are currently applying for during the two years preceding the date of the interview with the CCA. Taking account of the results of the interview and the report of the assessment centre, the CCA establishes a shortlist of candidates it considers suitable to exercise the function of Director.

Candidates on the CCA shortlist will be interviewed by the Member of the Commission responsible for Eurostat.

Following these interviews, the European Commission takes the appointment decision.

For functional reasons and in order to complete the selection procedure as quickly as possible in the interest of the candidates as well as that of the institution, the selection procedure will be carried out in English and/or French only.

Application procedure

Before submitting your application, you should carefully check whether you meet all eligibility requirements (‘Candidates must’), particularly concerning the types of diploma, professional experience as well as linguistic capacity required. Failure to meet any of the eligibility requirements means an automatic exclusion from the selection procedure.

If you want to apply, you must register via the internet on the following website and follow the instructions concerning the various stages of the procedure:

You must have a valid email address. This will be used to identify your registration as well as to remain in contact with you during the different stages of the procedure. Therefore, please keep the European Commission informed about any change in your email address.

To complete your application, you need to upload a CV in PDF format and to fill out, online, a letter of motivation (maximum 8 000 characters). Your CV and your letter of motivation may be submitted in any of the official languages of the European Union.

Once you have finished your online registration, you will receive an electronic mail confirming that your application has been registered. If you do not receive a confirmation mail, your application has not been registered!

Please note that it is not possible to monitor the progress of your application on-line. You will be contacted directly by the European Commission regarding the status of your application.

If you require more information and/or encounter technical problems, please send an email to:

Closing date

The closing date for registration is 8 July 2020, 12.00 noon Brussels time, following which registration is no longer possible.

It is your responsibility to complete your online registration in time. We strongly advise you not to wait until the last few days before applying, since heavy internet traffic or a fault with your internet connection could lead to the online registration being terminated before you complete it, thereby obliging you to repeat the whole process. Once the deadline for the submission of registrations has passed, you will no longer be able to introduce any data. Late registrations are not accepted.

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