Director (M/F) AD 12

Helsinki, Uusimaa (FI)
11590,57 € (Basic monthly salary in step 1)
12 Nov 2020
02 Dec 2020
Contract Type

1. The Job

We are looking for an enthusiastic, dynamic and highly skilled Director who is experienced in the fundamental management responsibilities (such as financial and people management), is capable of working at senior and Board level, is resilient in challenging situations, and is firm, yet flexible, in adapting to ambiguity and change. The Director we are looking for also has broad experience relevant to chemicals management, involving the use of scientific advice in a policy context. It is envisaged that the Director can be recruited in different areas, such as Hazard Assessment, Prioritisation and Integration, etc. S/he understands the business of the Agency, possesses necessary vision and communicates it clearly, is open to different points of view and engages others in the forming of the vision. The expectation is that the Director will play a key role in adapting the Agency to the foreseeable strategic changes, driven by existing and new EU policies and challenges. The Director, reporting to the Executive Director, will be a member of ECHA’s senior management team, responsible for ensuring the effective overall management of the Agency, and will be responsible for managing and providing leadership to one of the Directorates and coordinating the achievement of its objectives within the framework of the overall strategic planning of the Agency. In particular, s/he will:

- Ensure vision and strategy for the tasks and processes within the remit of the Directorate, in alignment with the Agency’s strategy and policies, the (multi)annual planning, corporate identity, stakeholder engagement, overall governance and decision-making;

- Liaise and maintain relations with the European Institutions (Commission, Parliament, Council and Court of Auditors) and other European Agencies on matters related to ECHA’s competency;

- As a member of the senior management team of the Agency, ensure seamless cooperation and communication with other Directors and Directorates; promote customer orientation both towards internal and external stakeholders of the Directorate;

- Ensure that the human, financial and corporate services resources of the Directorate are used in the most effective and efficient way to promote cost awareness and efficiency development initiatives across the Agency;

- Lead the staff of the Directorate to ensure performance through setting clear objectives and determining priorities within the overall strategic planning framework of the Agency;

- Manage the resourcing of the Directorate through planning, organisation, performance parameters, flexible deployment, prioritisation, capable balancing of opportunities and constraints;

- Determine the staffing requirements of the Directorate, participate in the selection of personnel and ensure sound and continuous professional development including learning activities, knowledge sharing and mobility of staff;

- Ensure the achievement of the Directorate’s objectives according to required deadlines and quality standards, and monitor, evaluate and regularly report on progress;

- Ensure sound financial management, in accordance with the financial regulation of the Agency, coordinate budget forecasting and monitoring of budget execution, and ensure timely procurement of necessary services, in accordance with public procurement procedures;

- Determine the working procedures of the Directorate, in line with the Agency’s Quality Management System and, in coordination with the Executive Director, the delegation of responsibilities within it and their compliance;

- Handle external requests for information relevant to the work of the Directorate, including requests from other European Institutions, European Commission services, International Bodies, Member States and the general public.

2. Minimum Qualifications

a. Successful completion of a full course of university studies attested by a degree, where the normal duration of university education is four (4) years or more.


b. Successful completion of a full course of university studies attested by a degree, where the normal duration of university education is three (3) years and at least one (1) year of relevant professional experience.

Only qualifications issued by EU Member State authorities or EEA authorities and qualifications recognized as equivalent by the relevant EU or EEA Member State authorities will be accepted.

3. Professional Experience

To qualify for this profile, you must have at the closing date for applications a total professional experience of at least fifteen (15) years acquired after achieving the minimum requirements stated out in 2.2 a) and b).

Of your total professional experience, at least seven (7) years must be in a field, or fields, relevant to the job; additionally, at least five (5) years must be in a management role (Head of Unit or equivalent, or higher).

4. Selection criteria

If you meet the eligibility criteria set out in section 2, you will be assessed on the basis of the following selection criteria. The candidates who are judged to be the most suitable
on the basis of the selection criteria will be invited to the next stage of the selection process.

- Your academic and professional qualifications and their relevance to the main areas of work listed in section 1;

- Your professional experience: the range of fields covered; the type, length and level of work done and its relevance to the areas of work listed in section 1;

- Your experience in managing large, multidisciplinary teams in the public or private sector.

The following will be considered as assets:

- Work experience in leading and managing organisational change;

- Work experience gained in a similar multicultural environment; preference will be given to work experience abroad;

- Management experience in the field of regulatory chemicals management.

The academic and professional qualifications, professional experience and knowledge and experience considered as an asset must be described as precisely as possible in your application.

5. How to Apply

You can submit your application and find more information (complete vacancy notice and application form) by following the 'Apply' button below. ECHA is an equal opportunity organisation committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture, as the diversity of ECHA’s staff is essential to the Agency's success. The deadline to fill in the application form is 2 December 2020 at noon 12:00, Helsinki time (11:00 a.m. CET).