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Head of FEED Unit



The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA),

based in Parma, Italy

is looking for its new


Head of Feed Unit

Managerial Position

(Temporary Agent – Grade AD 9)

The text of this call is available in all EU languages here


Please send us your application by no later than 29 May 2017

at midnight (local time), following the instructions in the ANNEX to the vacancy.




As an experienced manager you will coordinate the scientific work of the Feed Unit – with a staff of around 20 persons - and the EFSA Panel on Additives and Products or Substances used in Animal Feed, implementing the Unit’s work programme in line with EFSA’s strategy.

We are looking for an outstanding professional with experience in managing and coordinating scientific processes and projects and with strong people management skills, able to stimulate innovation and cooperation in a dynamic yet regulated scientific environment.

You will be joining the organisation at an exciting time, as momentum builds behind a number of high-profile changes aiming at implementing EFSA Strategy 2020.

The jobholder will report to the Head of the Scientific Evaluation of Regulated Products (REPRO) Department.


Your key responsibilities


• Manager of scientific projects and processes – Coordinate and oversee the scientific work of the unit and Panel on Additives and Products or Substances used in Animal Feed;


• Talent manager – Develop and retain the talent required to implement the Unit’s work programme in line with EFSA’s strategy;

• Strategic leader – Provide vision, direction and leadership to achieve the Unit’s mission;


• Trusted business adviser – Advise the Head of Department on the strategic planning of the department and the agency and help define the priorities in line with EFSA’s overall strategy and objectives;


• Partnership enabler – Fuel cooperation and enable partnership internally as well as with a wide range of international stakeholders and external organisations.


You will play an active role in an organisation that makes a difference to the lives of 500 million EU citizens.

EFSA employs approximately 450 staff members and its Scientific Committee and Panels engage highly qualified and independent scientific experts. Every position within EFSA plays an important part in creating an inspirational environment in which to work and develop.

Read more about EFSA Strategy 2020.


Life in Parma

Parma is a city of around 200.000 inhabitants with a historic centre, located in the Italian region of Emilia-Romagna. It is famous for its food, local wines and musical heritage. Its surrounding countryside includes a varied landscape with medieval castles, attractive villages and historic towns.  Parma is strategically located between the major Italian cities of Milan and Bologna, with it being possible to reach ski resorts, natural parks, the seaside and mountains all within a few hours. 

Salary and benefits

EFSA can offer the selected candidate a contract of 5 years with the possibility of renewal. 

The successful candidate will be recruited as Temporary Agent Grade AD 9 with the basic salary starting from € 7,600.25, subject to an annual review of remuneration provided for in Article 65(1) of the Staff Regulations.

In addition to the basic salary, EFSA offers a range of benefits:

  • Various allowances to which the successful jobholder may be entitled, such as a household allowance, expatriation allowance (16% of basic salary), dependent child allowance and education allowance. The salary is subject to a Community tax deducted at source and staff members are exempt from national taxation. 
  • A comprehensive welfare package including pension scheme, medical, accident and occupational disease insurance coverage, unemployment and invalidity allowance, and travel insurance.

Further information regarding rights, conditions of employment and benefits can be found at the following links: 

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Please note that the ANNEX represents an integral part of this vacancy notice and should be consulted before completing your online application form.

This established reserve list may be used for the recruitment of a similar position depending on the needs of EFSA, and will be valid until 31/12/2018 (the validity of the reserve list may be extended).




You must satisfy the following requirements on the closing date for submission of your application:


I.  Eligibility criteria


1. General requirements


• Be a national of a Member State of the European Union, Iceland or Norway;


• Enjoy full rights as a citizen;


• Have fulfilled any obligations imposed by laws concerning military service;


• Be physically fit to perform the duties linked to the post;[1]


• Have a thorough knowledge of one of the EU official languages and a satisfactory knowledge of another EU language;


• Meet the character requirements for the duties involved.


2. Qualifications


• A level of education which corresponds to completed university studies of at least four (4) years attested by a diploma in life sciences or a related discipline;




• A level of education which corresponds to completed university studies attested by a diploma in life sciences or a related discipline and appropriate professional experience of at least one (1) year when the normal period of university education is at least three (3) years.[2]


3. Experience


• At least twelve (12) years of proven professional experience [3] acquired after having obtained the qualifications mentioned in point 2 in positions corresponding to the nature of duties of the vacant post. Out of these twelve (12) years, at least two (2) years must have been gained in management functions (Head of Unit, Head of Sector, Team Leader or equivalent).


II. Selection criteria


1. Experience and knowledge


i. Proven experience in a managerial role (Head of Unit, Head of Sector, Team Leader or equivalent), preferably gained in a multicultural environment;


ii. Experience in managing and coordinating scientific activities in the area of public or environmental health, food or feed;


iii. Experience in facilitating and/or promoting scientific cooperation with a wide range of stakeholders;


iv. Knowledge of the EU regulatory framework in the area of food and/or feed safety is considered a plus;


v. A PhD in life science or a field related to food or feed safety is considered a plus.


2. Competencies


i. Excellent knowledge of both written and spoken English;

ii. Ability to turn strategy into delivery;


iii. Ability to manage and promote change as a creative, value-adding and innovative leader;


iv. Ability to get the best out of team members, inspire and motivate them;


v. Ability to focus on critical facts and coordinate multiple activities to achieve goals;


vi. Ability to apply strong communication, negotiation and influencing skills within a complex organisation.


In the event of inconsistency or discrepancy between the English version and any of the other linguistic versions of this publication, the English language version shall prevail.

[1] Before appointment, a successful candidate shall be medically examined by an institution’s medical officer in order that the European Food Safety Authority may be satisfied that he/she fulfills the requirement of article 28(e) of the Staff Regulations of the Officials of the European Communities.

[2] Only qualifications issued by EU Member State authorities and qualifications recognised as equivalent by the relevant EU Member State authorities will be accepted. In instances where diplomas are obtained from a non-EU State, EFSA may request the candidate to provide a relevant document of comparability issued by a recognised authority.

[3] Professional experience shall be taken into account from the date on which the person fulfills the minimum qualifications for engagement. Any given period may be counted only once (in order to be calculated as eligible, years of studies or professional experience to be taken into account shall not overlap with other periods of studies or professional experience). Professional activities pursued part-time will be calculated pro-rata on the basis of the certified percentage of full-time hours worked.
Remunerated PhDs acquired in a field relevant to the job description can be counted as professional experience subject to a limit of three years.

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