Grade on recruitment: G15/1
Three posts/Likely to arise
EPO Munich (DE)/The Hague (NL)
The European Patent Office (EPO) - the executive body of the European Patent Organisation - is the second-largest intergovernmental organisation in Europe, with 7 000 staff from over 30 countries. As the patent office for Europe, it supports innovation, competitiveness and economic growth across Europe through a commitment to high-quality and efficient services delivered under the European Patent Convention. The EPO has a self-financed annual budget of more than EUR 2bn, mainly funded by user fees, and manages a reserve fund of almost EUR 7bn for pensions and other social security liabilities.
A hugely successful organisation for over 30 years, the EPO has recently implemented a number of key reforms to strengthen its position in the patent world and improve its sustainability for the future.
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Each COO will be responsible for between 1 300 and 1 800 staff and for managing and overseeing the operational activities of the relevant principal directorate.
The COOs will be part of EPO senior management and will play a key role in the implementation of EPO strategy. They will take operational responsibility for the entire end-to-end patent grant process in their principal directorate, including substantive and formalities activities, and will ensure the quantity, quality and timeliness of the different products delivered.
Each of the COOs will report direct to the President. In turn, they will have as direct reports a principal director, who will act as a deputy, and around 25 directors in charge of directorates composed of 60 or more patent examiners and several support staff located in Munich, The Hague and Berlin (depending on the technical area).
The three main principal directorates are integrated into the Directorate General covering the entire patent grant process, including quality management and user relations, directed and co-ordinated by a Vice-President.
The broad range of activities requires a thorough understanding of IP and patents and the EPO's institutional context, political priorities and strategic direction. The position also requires substantial management experience and special leadership qualities to guide and motivate the managers and staff being supervised.
The EPO is therefore seeking experienced senior managers, highly committed to the missions and goals of the EPO, to help achieve the EPO's strategic and operational objectives. The ideal candidates will have:
The ideal candidates will also have
It would be an advantage to have exercised effective leadership in strategy, policymaking and operations in a patent-related field.
Salary and benefits
The EPO offers competitive salaries, an excellent social package, and varied work in a modern international environment. The net (basic) monthly salary* for this vacancy starts at EUR 13 227.65 (Munich) or EUR 13 546.66 (The Hague). A yearly functional allowance of up to two months' (basic) salary may be awarded. In addition, depending on their personal circumstances, EPO staff may be entitled to relocation benefits and various allowances (e.g. household, dependants, childcare, education, expatriation, installation).
* after deduction of the EPO internal tax and before deduction of staff contributions to the social-security and pension schemes.
Duration of the contract
The contract will be for the duration of five years with possibility of extension.
Process and timeline
The successful candidate will be selected on the basis of qualifications, supplemented as appropriate by interviews, tests and/or a personality questionnaire.
The one-day assessment centre is scheduled to take place in week 22, with the interviews following in week 23 or 24. The interviews will take place in Munich.
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