Director. Directorate-General for Energy

Brussels (BE)
Competitive salary
15 May 2019
14 Jun 2019
COM/2019/10385 (2019/C 166 A/01)
Business Development, Strategy
Public Sector
Contract Type
Contract / Interim

Directorate-General for Energy
Publication of a vacancy for a Director function (grade AD14)
Directorate ENER.A ‘Energy Policy’ (Brussels)
(Article 29 (2) of the Staff Regulation)
(2019/C 166 A/01)

We are 
The Directorate-General for Energy (DG ENER) is responsible for developing and implementing European policies in the field of energy. The development and implementation of a coherent and sustainable energy policy is very high on the political agenda of the Commission and the EU. 
More particularly, DG ENER works towards ensuring secure, sustainable, competitive and affordable energy for all EU citizens. Its policies contribute to the decarbonisation of the European economy and help the EU meet its ambitious 2020 and 2030 energy and climate targets. To achieve these goals the DG is responsible for developing and implementing the Energy Union. 
The DG proposes implements and reviews policy under the Energy Union framework, focusing on five key dimensions: 

  1. Energy security, built on solidarity and trust between EU countries 
  2. A fully functional internal energy market 
  3. Energy efficiency as a contribution to moderation of energy demand C 166 A/2 EN Official Journal of the European Union 15.5.2019 
  4. Decarbonisation of the economy 
  5. Research, innovation and competitiveness 

This vacancy notice is to appoint a Director in Directorate A ‘Energy Policy’. The mission of this Directorate is: 

  • Developing and coordinating European energy policy, monitoring policy implementation of the Energy Union and the Clean Energy for All Europeans legislative package, in particular Governance of the Energy Union including National Energy and Climate Plans; 
  • Effective communication and information on energy policy issues with and to all stakeholders, in particular on the Clean Energy for all Europeans package; inter-institutional follow-up of energy policy initiatives and legislation; 
  • Steering and coordination of international relations and enlargement policy in the field of energy and overall coordination of European energy security strategy; 
  • Developing and assuring the economic and financial underpinning of EU energy policy, provision of economic data, modelling, creation of new or adjustment of existing financial instruments in the energy field, including the EU Investment Plan. 

Directorate A consists of 4 Units and with around 100 staff. 

We propose 
DG Energy proposes a position of a Director who will provide vision and guidance in the management of the activities of the Directorate A ‘Energy Policy’. 
This challenging and high-profile position comprises the following main responsibilities: 

  • General strategy and monitoring of energy policy; 
  • Leadership in the effective planning, coordination and implementation of the DG’s activities; 
  • Economic analysis of energy policy; 
  • Managing infringements; 
  • International relations and enlargement; 
  • Information and communication; 
  • Negotiation tasks at inter-institutional relations; 
  • Management of and representation in key relationships with external stakeholders; 
  • Management and representation of the Directorate-General in key relationships with other Commission departments and other European Union institutions; 
  • Management of financial and human resources; 
  • The Director will act as Authorising Officer by sub-delegation in accordance with the Commission financial rules and regulations. 

We look for 
The successful candidate will be an outstanding and dynamic professional who should fulfil the following criteria:

a) Management experience, and in particular: 

  • Proven success in a management position; 
  • Strong ability to manage and direct an administrative body from the strategic, organisational and internal management perspective; 
  • Understanding of the procedures for the planning, the execution and the monitoring of work that are applied in the European Commission.

b) Technical knowledge and experience, and in particular: 

  • Very good understanding and knowledge of the general Commission’s policies and orientations in the field of European energy policy; 
  • Very good political judgement and undertaking of a complex multinational environment; 
  • Very good knowledge of economic analysis and knowledge of better regulation principles; 
  • Very good knowledge of procurement and financial management; 
  • Ability to develop a clear strategic vision of the activities of the Directorate and a global view on DG ENERGY’s policy. 

c) Communication/negotiations and other skills, and in particular: 

  • Strong communication, interpersonal and negotiation skills, ability to lead discussions, communicate clearly, to represent the Commission and to establish good working relations with other institutions and with external stakeholders; 
  • A strategic mindset and a demonstrable drive to generate and implement new ideas; 
  • Excellent analytical skills and the ability to solve organisational and operational problems via a results-oriented approach. 

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 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 professional experience required below). 
  • Professional experience: candidates must have extensive postgraduate professional experience at a level to which the qualifications referred to above give admission. Some significant professional experience must be in the field of energy. 
  • Management experience: significant post-graduate professional experience must have been gained in a high-level management function (1) in a field relevant for this position. 
  • Languages: candidates must have a thorough knowledge of one of the official languages of the European Union (2) 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 for 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 (3)). 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. 

Closing date: The closing date for registration is 14 June 2019, following which registration is no longer possible.

For more information on how to apply, please click the apply button.

(1) In their curriculum vitae, candidates should clearly indicate for all years during which management experience has been acquired: (1) title and role of management positions held; (2) numbers of staff overseen in these positions; (3) the size of budgets managed; (4) numbers of hierarchical layers above and below; and (5) number of peers.



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