Nov 13, 2019

EARSC Project Officer

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The European Association of Remote Sensing Companies (EARSC) is a trade association based in Brussels. Primarily a membership focused organisation, EARSC has recently been successful in winning contracts to expand its activities to support the industry which it represents. Some of these contracts involve the development of digital tools to achieve these ends. In consequence we are now seeking a Project Officer to work in the core team.

About EARSC:

EARSC – the European Association of Remote Sensing Companies – is a non-profit trade association working on behalf of the geospatial information services industry in Europe; in particular the EO services sector which comprises companies generating information using satellite imagery. Established 27 years ago, today, EARSC has over 120 members from throughout Europe and is gaining wide recognition as a key actor in the sector.

Of particular importance is the European Union flagship programme, Copernicus. This is offering new opportunities to the sector to help develop a commercial market and new commercial services. EARSC plays a key role as an interlocutor between the industry and the public stakeholders responsible for driving the Copernicus programme.

As well as a lobbying role, EARSC’s main effort is focused on helping to open up and develop the market for the products and services which the companies offer. We seek to understand and develop close links with other sectors in Europe and internationally which are (potential) users of these products and services.

The Role:

The Project Officer will work in a small team out of our office in Brussels. Their duties will include leading or supporting EARSC projects specifically associated with supporting the promotion of the sector and especially EARSC members.

In addition to monitoring the progress and planning of projects, the project officer will need to prepare plans and reports on the promotion of EO services. They will work with industry and institutional stakeholders to gather and incorporate their views and to promote project activities. They will work with others in the EARSC secretariat to organise workshops and to prepare promotional material. The job will involve significant interaction with other organisations throughout Europe, will requires initiative and innovation as well as a blend of technical understanding and ‘soft’ skills.
EARSC has recently been successful in winning several grants under Horizon 2020 linked to helping companies develop, promoting pilot services based on earth observations and working with user organisations to develop a closer understanding of opportunities in various vertical sectors. The project officer will work on one or more of these projects with a level of responsibility commensurate with their experience.

The job will include a certain amount of travel mainly inside Europe with much activity being focused around Brussels and the European institutions which are strong influencers for our technology and its markets. The position will offer a variety of work and represents an excellent opportunity to gain valuable experience of working with EU bodies from an industry perspective. Suitable support will be given to the candidate by senior members of the team and there is significant possibility to shape the job to suit the skills of the person recruited.

Responsibilities:

The successful candidate’s responsibilities will include:
• Working with companies, applications developers and researchers to understand the services which are offered and help position them in the market.
• Support the “research to business” conveyor belt by guiding participants to required support.
• Promoting the value offered by these services towards potential users
• Prepare analyses on products & services, market sectors and prospects.
• Support the management of projects by monitoring progress relative to planning and budgets.

Qualifications:

• A relevant university degree plus several years of experience
• Business knowledge preferably with direct business experience ideally in the EO sector.
• Excellent level of spoken and written English. Other languages are an advantage

Further qualities:
• Evidence of creative thinking and innovation; ability to take initiatives
• An ability to network and build good working relationships
• Ability to perform research tasks using both Internet tools and other direct methods

Candidates are invited to submit their CV together with a letter of motivation to EARSC at info@earsc.org.