European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) Food is a young and fast growing organisation focusing on entrepreneurship and innovation in the food sector. EIT Food is a start-up but has characteristics of a multinational and is operating in a European and international environment. It has 5 regional offices (Co-Location Centres) in Europe, each covering several EIT Food partners and partner countries. The position is about communication and social media intern of EIT Food. You will be part of an international, dynamic and motivated team. The members of the EIT Food community are world-class players in the international food domain.
EIT Food is a consortium of over 50 partners from leading businesses, research centres and universities across 13 countries. It is a people-centric and resource-smart transformer of the European food system, driving consumer confidence and improved global health. 2017 is the start-up year of EIT Food. Though a start-up, EIT Food is operating in an international environment and has characteristics of a multinational.
EIT Food members have a strong belief that the food sector needs to be transformed and that this can only be achieved by reconnecting partners within the food sector and by giving the consumer a more central role. The main issues the food sector is facing are that it is complex, fragmented, slow to adopt new technologies, not attractive to new talent, and not resource efficient. An effective food sector is needed to address major societal issues and challenges: feeding 9-10 billion people in 2050; 3 billion overweight people; 2 billion undernourished people; more than 30% of food wasted.
EIT Food’s vision is to put Europe at the centre of a global revolution in food innovation and production, and its value in society. EIT Food will engage consumers in the change process, improve nutrition and make the food system more resource-efficient, secure, transparent and trusted. EIT Food has six strategic objectives:
– Overcome low consumer trust: support Europeans in the transition towards a smart food system that is inclusive and trusted;
– Create consumer valued food for healthier nutrition: enable individuals to make informed and affordable personal nutrition choices;
– Build a consumer-centric connected food system: develop a digital food supply network with consumers and industry as equal partners;
– Enhance sustainability: develop solutions to transform the traditional ‘produceuse-dispose’ model into a circular bio-economy;
– Educate to engage, innovate and advance: Provide ‘food system’ skills for more than 10,000 students, entrepreneurs and professionals through advanced training programmes.
– Catalyse food entrepreneurship and innovation: foster innovation at all stages of business creation.
EIT Food boosts the skills and entrepreneurial spirit in the sector and unlocks the potential of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), which in turn will accelerate innovation, create jobs, benefit businesses and increase Europe’s competitiveness.
The pan-European EIT Food KIC is headquartered in Belgium and its partnership brings together change-makers in all relevant sectors and fields. EIT Food is well positioned to achieve the maximum impact on the challenges outlined above. The highly committed partnership will conceive, develop, evaluate and adopt new market-oriented approaches to innovation.
It is structured around five Co-Location Centres (CLCs) established in Reading (with partners from the UK, Ireland and Iceland), Warsaw (with partners from Eastern Europe and Nordic countries), Madrid (with partners from Spain, Italy and Israel), Leuven (with partners from Belgium, France and Switzerland) and Munich (with partners from Germany and the Netherlands).
EIT Food is structured as a Belgian “international non-profit association” (“internationale vereniging zonder winstoogmerk – ivzw”) based in Leuven. The KIC has a Supervisory Board and a Management Team. CLC North-East is a limited liability company (“spółka z ograniczoną odpowiedzialnością”) headquartered in Poland, and connects partners from Nordic region and Central and Eastern European countries, including Maspex Wadowice Group, Valio, VTT, Polish Academy of Sciences University of Helsinki and University of Warsaw.
Part time (at least ½ FTE) or full time and limited duration (up to 6 moths).
– Establishing and maintaining relations with key stakeholders, especially via e-mail, phone and social media (including LinkedIn)
– Cooperating with EIT Food partners and EIT Food Hubs (subcontracted organisations, acting as contact points for stakeholders in RIS countries)
– Cooperating with other KICs and EIT to leverage their existing contacts within the innovation community and learn from good practices
– Preparing reports on relevant EIT Food activities for EIT Food management and EIT, in particular analysing the impacts of EIT Food activities
-Bachelor degree or professional training related to entrepreneurship, innovation management and business management
-University or professional education related to agri-food sector is a clear plus
-Knowledge of the use of social media, building and maintaining network relations, especially via LinkedIn platform
-Very good command of Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint
-Minimum 1 year of relevant working experience related to communication and social media development
-Experience in preparing in English information, news and articles used in social media
-Knowledge of EIT and agri-food industry is an asset
-Fluent English (both spoken and written)
-Strong sense of ownership with proven record of delivering results
-Combining analytical thinking with creativity
-Excellent verbal and written communication, presentation and persuasion skills
-Efficient meetings management and organization, and facilitation of groups in workshops or conference formats
-Proactive, independent and trustworthy
-Ability to interact and communicate effectively with individuals at all levels of the organization with tact and diplomacy, and with a high level of cultural sensitivity
-Passion for continuous improvement
-Respectful of timelines and deadlines and attention for detail
-Ability to work both independently and in small (multi-national) teams
-Organised, proactive, service-oriented and capable of multi-tasking
-Can-do attitude and willing and eager to learn and realise impact
-Excellent emotional intelligence skills
DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES AND PERFORMANCE GOALS:
-Be considered a specialist in the concerned thematic domain
-Build excellent relationships with partners fostering collaboration and creativity
-Build and contribute to operational efficiency
-Develop experience in cross-functional projects and activities
-Assume responsibilities besides or beyond current intern description
EIT FOOD OFFER:
EIT Food offers a competitive salary package consisting of a monthly salary and additional in-kind benefits. Flexibility and the balance between work and private life are equally important.
EIT Food is an equal opportunity employer, offering each candidate matching the minimum obligatory qualifications and experiences an equal chance in employment and promotion procedures.
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