Associate Director - Innovation & Skills

European Apparel and Textile Confederation (EURATEX)
  • Location
    Brussels, Belgium
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
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  • Posted
    Nov 13

Position description

EURATEX - the European Apparel and Textile Confederation - works to achieve a favourable environment within the European Union for design, development, manufacture and marketing of textile and clothing products. Through its membership, it represents 160.000 European companies with a combined turnover of €162 bln. Working together with EU institutions and other European and international stakeholders, EURATEX focuses on clear priorities: an ambitious industrial policy, effective research, innovation and skills development, free and fair trade, and sustainable supply chains ( Investment in research and innovation, and the upskilling of the industrial workforce are essential for the ongoing transformation of this industry into a sustainable, digitally enabled high added value provider of innovative products and services, covering a broad range of end markets - from fashion and interiors, to healthcare, sports, personal protection, transport, construction, energy or agriculture.

We are looking to hire an experienced and highly motivated Associate Director to lead a small team of policy and project officers in the Innovation and Skills department. In this role you will actively engage with our members, EU policy makers and other external stakeholders. You will closely collaborate with the European Textile Technology Platform (Textile ETP) and you will oversee EURATEX’s project acquisition and implementation in these areas.

Your main responsibilities include:

  • Developing and implementing a coherent advocacy strategy for research, innovation and skills policy in view of creating a favourable regulatory and EU funding environment for the textile and clothing sector;
  • Monitoring, analysing and timely conveying to EURATEX members major EU innovation and skills policy developments with impact on the textile and clothing sector, with a specific focus on the HORIZON EUROPE & ERASMUS+ programmes as well as major EU policy initiatives such as the EU Textile Strategy or the Pact for Skills;
  • Leading sector position papers with technical input from the Textile ETP, coordinating with other industries on joint statements, delivering public presentations;
  • Representing EURATEX in different EU and international policy for a such as EC/EP organised events and working groups;
  • Overseeing the acquisition, planning and implementation of strategic EU projects in the domains of innovation and skills;
  • Management of the Innovation & Skills team incl. goal setting, performance assessment, resource management, day-to-day work planning & follow-up, problem solving;
  • Engage in strategy development and implementation with EURATEX’s DG and Executives of other departments;
  • Plan and implement policy and project communication and dissemination activities, in close collaboration with EURATEX’s Communications Manager.

To succeed as our Innovation and Skills Executive, you should be a self-starter, able to think and work independently and creatively, be reliable in planning and implementing your tasks, able to listen, give and take feedback and constructive criticism independent of hierarchy, be open and supportive towards colleagues and members, be committed to and accountable for the quality of you work, while not being afraid to ask for help.


  • Team player practicing supportive leadership, cultivating a climate of openness, accountability curiosity, learning and development;
  • Ability to set and clearly communicate goals, objectives and timelines;
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, incl. cross-cultural sensitivity;
  • Ability to prioritise workload, be proactive and problem-solving;
  • Excellent command of written and spoken English with further major EU languages being a plus;
  • Fast learner with an eye to constant improvement of processes and outcomes;
  • Good general communication and networking skills;
  • Good time management, organisational and problem-solving skills;
  • Flexible person, a real team-player.


Master degree level in science, technology, management or political science or equivalent professional experience.

Required experience:

  • At least 5 years of professional experience of either research/innovation or skills/education related EU policies and programmes is a must; knowledge of both domains is a distinct advantage;
  • Experience working with/in EU institutions or industrial associations is a plus;
  • Experience in EU project acquisition and management;
  • Experience in team management;
  • A passion for technology, innovation and creativity in textile or related sectors are a strong plus.

We offer you:

  • A full-time position with ample opportunities to learn and grow;
  • A dynamic international work environment in a modern work place in the heart of the Brussels EU quarter;
  • A competitive compensation package adapted to the level of skills and professional experience.

As Associate Director - Innovation & Skills you will report to the Director General. The position is full-time Brussels-based starting ideally in January 2021.

Application instructions

To apply, please send a short but precise and meaningful motivation pitch by email accompanied by your CV until 27 November 2020. Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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