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1 JOB VACANCY AT EIT FOOD JOB TITLE: Content Writer, CLC North West (Reading, UK) 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. The members of the EIT Food community are worldclass players in the international food domain. JOB DESCRIPTION: EIT Food is in need of a talented Content Writer to create compelling internal and external articles, press releases, blog posts, white papers, partner communication and web copy. In addition a portion of this role will be to support the CLC director in selected regional communication tasks. We re looking for someone who will help us improve our written communication and drive more value through our content. The ideal candidate should have a proven track record of producing pieces that increase engagement and interaction. This position requires a high level of creativity, as well as the ability to use data-driven insights to write better material. The successful candidate should also be detail-oriented and committed to meeting tight deadlines. Preference will be given to those with a strong writing portfolio, bachelor s degree and relevant work experience. JOB AND CONTRACT TYPE: 0.5 FTE and unlimited duration. LOCATION: She or he will be based at the EIT Food Co-Location Centre (CLC) North West (Reading, UK). Occasional travel 10-20% of time) within Europe can be expected. MANAGER/SUPERVISOR: 1

2 For day-to-day operations you will report to the Director of CLC North West as you will be an employee of EIT Food CLC North West Ltd. Your functional reporting line (according to the matrix organisation of EIT Food) will be the Functional Director of Communication at EIT Food Headquarters. EXPECTED START DATE: The expected starting date is in the first quarter, depending on the availability of the selected candidate. MAIN DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES: You will execute pan-european communication tasks related to EIT Food and at regional CLC level On pan-european level your focus will be on: Regularly produce various content types, including , internal and external articles/newsletters, press releases, blogs and white papers Pitch articles to relevant third-party platforms Edit content produced by other members of the team Collaborate with other departments to create innovative content ideas. Proactively harvest, manage and maintain content for the complete range of communications channels of EIT Food Coordinate and compose success stories across from the different pillars. Identify opportunities to promote EIT Food s activities. Actively liaise with other EIT Food headquarter functions such as Innovation, Business Creation, Education, Finance, Operations, and Communication. Actively connect with Program Managers from Innovation, Business Creation, Education and Communication to ensure the effective and efficient delivery of the EIT Food Business Plan. Work closely with the the other members of the communication team. Support on ad hoc basis in other areas of communication when required. On regional level: Tactical support in regional communication activities of CLC North West, in cooperation with the CLC office manager. 2

3 KEY SKILLS AND EXPERIENCES: Qualifications Bachelor s degree in English, Journalism or related field Experience At least five years of proven experience writing for a consumer and B2B audience Proficiency across MS Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, Project, PowerPoint). Knowledge of the Agri-Food sector or EIT will be a plus. Skills and behaviour Native English speaker Excellent writing skills, as well as the ability to communicate and collaborate effectively The ability to consistently meet tight deadlines Team player, organised; proactive, and service-oriented Ability to work in a matrix-organisation, ability to work both independently and in small (multi-national) teams Can do attitude, strong sense of ownership and delivering results No 9 to 5 mentality and able to manage your time effectively Highly results-driven, customer-centric, collaborative, confident Able 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 Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously in a fast-paced environment, set priorities Strong attention to detail Active interest in the food sector DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES AND PERFORMANCE GOALS: Work on pan-european communication initiatives Develop experience in cross-functional projects and activities Assume responsibilities besides or beyond current job description EIT FOOD OFFER: 3

4 EIT Food offers a competitive salary package consisting of a monthly salary and additional inkind benefits, as well as holiday and insurance schemes aligned with UK labour law standards. Flexibility and the balance between work and private life are equally important. EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES: 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. DESCRIPTION OF EIT FOOD: The website of EIT Food is 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 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 produceusedispose model into a circular bio-economy; 4

5 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. APPLICATION: Interested candidates are asked to send their CV and motivation letter in English in electronic format to before February 2 nd Please write in subject line of your application to the position of content writer CLC North West. Shortlisted candidates may be invited for an interview. Shortlisted candidates may be asked to prove their background, qualifications, skills and experiences by providing relevant documents. Selected candidates for an interview will be asked to show some of their previous work (e.g. articles, whitepapers, etc). UK Government Right to Work checks must be completed satisfactorily before the start of employment. 5

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