Jun 25, 2019

EARSC Job Vacancy: Secretary General

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EARSC Job Vacancy: Secretary General

Due to the semi-retirement of the current post-holder, EARSC is seeking to appoint a new secretary general.

Based in Brussels the job is full-time, offering candidates a high-profile role representing the growing Earth Observation (EO) services sector. Over the last few years, the Association has developed radically such that today, it has an annual turnover of around €1m and a staff of 10 persons. This has been achieved whilst maintaining the character of the Association as a membership-based organisation which supports and does not compete with its member companies.

EARSC represents its 120 member companies with a core goal to grow the sector by opening up new market opportunities for companies. ¬This activity is supported by various tools and analyses which are developed for the members and stakeholders. More details can be found on the EARSC web-site.

The candidate must have a solid understanding of the European EO Services sector from several years’ experience within the sector. They will be expected to engage with senior stakeholders around Europe in a proactive and dynamic manner. Reporting to the EARSC Board of Directors, they will have full day to day responsibility for running the Association. The key responsibilities are to:

• Promote the Association and especially the members which it represents
• Advocate industry positions towards stakeholders in the European institutions.
• Organise and run the day-to-day operations of the EARSC secretariat.
• Report to and respond to the EARSC board of directors.
• Organise key events which contribute towards the goals of the Association and its members.
• Form consensus positions on behalf of the membership and defend these positions publicly

Competencies and Skills:
• Networking in the EO services community: with members and prospective members; institutional stakeholders (EC, ESA, Copernicus entrusted entities etc); other industry bodies (Eurospace, ESOA, Eurisy, Earsel etc); and international partners (GEO, CEOS, AARSE, etc).
• Experience in managing a team
• More than 15 years’ experience in the Earth Observation business
• Excellent written and oral communication skills in English; other languages are a plus.
• Good knowledge of the EU & ESA space programmes and policies
• Good awareness of financial, contractual and legal aspects of business management

The deadline for expressions of interest from candidates is 15th August 2019. Interviews will be held in September. The selected candidate should be prepared to take up the post from 1st January 2020.

Applications including a CV and a letter of motivation should be sent to info[at]earsc.org