Chief Information Officer

European Union Aviation Safety Agency
  • Location
    Cologne, Germany
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
  • Posted
    Nov 13

Position description

Type of Selection: Internal and External
Contract Type: Temporary agent
Grade: AD11
Deadline for application: 14/12/2023 at 23:59 CET
Experience Level: Managerial
Approx. number of candidates on reserve list: 5
Compensation (€): 11,439.71 - 11,920.42

EASA is the leading aviation authority in Europe. A career at EASA means contributing to our vision for an ever safer and greener civil aviation. As an EASA employee, you will be making a difference to the lives of about 500 million fellow Europeans: this is our shared purpose and it could be yours, too. From our headquarters in Cologne, Germany, you will work with top experts in a multicultural work environment. Diversity and Inclusion are part of our DNA and innovation is at the heart of what we do. We ensure that aviation is safe in all phases: beginning with the certification of the aircraft to the rules for the air operation and crew. For more information about the Agency please consult our website and take a look at our organisation structure. Are you interested to contribute to our mission? Then see below what it takes to accomplish the role.

We are an equal opportunities employer, committed to diversity and non-discrimination. To further enhance the diversity of our workforce, we particularly encourage applications from female candidates.


Digital transformation is a strategic enabler for EASA. The Agency’s main asset is its knowledge. Knowledge is the combination of human expertise and information creating insight. Digitalisation uses modern technology to offer new ways of achieving business goals.

Leading the function, the Chief Information Officer (CIO) is responsible for digital transformation and IT service delivery. This includes designing and implementing data management programmes and technological systems to improve stakeholder experience and streamline business operations. The CIO leads a transversal team of IT professionals and external service providers. As a member of the Executive Committee and part of the EASA management team, the CIO reports to the Executive Director.


Generic Accountabilities:

  • Collaborate and communicate with Directors and Directorates;
  • Lead department resources and ensure performance;
  • Promote cross-directorate collaboration and innovation;
  • Foster an inclusive and diverse workforce, promoting equal opportunities, and valuing diversity;
  • Encourage staff engagement and promote open communication;
  • Lead by example in line with EASA values.

Job Specific Accountabilities:

  • Implement digitalisation strategy aligned with business priorities;
  • Deliver innovative vision, strategies, and concrete solutions by anticipating disruption, leveraging the latest technologies, modern architectures, and service delivery models;
  • Manage IT strategy, partnerships, and cooperation;
  • Lead transversal digitalisation and IT teams;
  • Ensure sound IT sourcing and financial planning;
  • Address IT security, business continuity, and sourcing risks;
  • Develop staffing and competence requirements, promoting a culture of continuous improvement, innovation and learning;
  • Liaise with aviation partners, EU Institutions, and stakeholders.

Selection will be based on the following skills and competencies:

The competences and skills listed below are critical to perform the job, but candidates who do not meet all of them will not automatically be excluded.


  • Extensive experience in IT management, governance, project/service delivery, planning/financial management;
  • Proven experience in leading digital transformation in complex stakeholder environment;
  • Experience in leading programs/portfolios/projects both in traditional and agile context (ideally supported by a certificate);
  • Understands IT’s potential to transform business and deliver for business priorities;
  • Knowledge of business program/stakeholder management in multicultural environment.


  • Change Management;
  • Resource Management;
  • Strategy development and planning;
  • IT Technology Development;
  • Information Management;
  • Programme Management;
  • Cybersecurity.


  • Communication;
  • Flexibility & Change Adaptability;
  • Guiding Staff;
  • Engaging Staff;
  • Managing Ambiguity;
  • Stakeholder Orientation.


To be admitted to the selection process you must meet the following criteria:

  • Thorough knowledge of English (at least level C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) and a satisfactory knowledge of another official language of the European Union (at least level B2) [1];
  • Be a national of a Member State of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland;
  • Completed university studies of at least 4 years in the in the areas of information technologies or computer science, business studies, or other relevant subjects in scope of the profile. After obtaining the degree, at least 15 years of proven professional experience in the field of Digitalisation, or IT leadership/management, or other related domains. Alternatively, completion of at least 3 years of university studies as above, followed by at least 16 years of relevant professional experience;
  • At least 5 years of recent managerial experience with proven capacity to successfully lead cross-functional teams and represent IT at senior/board level.

* This vacancy is open as well to Temporary Agents (2f) employed at EASA, in the grade bracket AD 8 - AD 14 (for AD 8 seniority of at least 2 years on the grade is required). Mother tongue English speakers will be expected to demonstrate knowledge of a second EU language. English oral and written skills will be assessed throughout the assessment phase.

Conditions of Employment

Contract: 5 years contract as Temporary Agent 2 (f) with possibility of extension (for an indefinite period)
Working hours: 40 hrs per week (on a full-time working pattern)
Salary: Depending on work experience. Additional allowances depending on personal situation.

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