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Innovation consultant for European R&D projects


Are you looking for a new challenge? Do you have a passion for science and new technologies and are you looking for a company where people count?

We are looking for a person to prepare and manage European R&D&I projects for companies, technology centres and universities.

Don’t miss the opportunity! Thanks to your talent and attitude in Zabala Innovation you will develop your professional career.

    • Brussels

    • Hybrid

    • Permanent contract

What we offer?

  • Prepare the technical proposals for Horizon Europe, Life, Innovation fund or other EU programmes. As part of a team, you align the project idea with the European priorities, define the concept, find and manage partners and write the proposal (both the technical aspects and those related to the impact of the project and its future commercial exploitation).
  • Support the coordination of EU technology and innovation platforms’ activities and moderate experts’ groups. You will get to know the main initiatives, technologies, roadmaps, projects, and key actors at European level, ideally in your area of technical specialisation.
  • Support the project coordinator and the partners in the management of the European projects.
  • Advise and helping position Zabala Innovation’s clients in EU funding programmes to increase their participation in EU projects in line with their priorities.
  • Participate into EU events in the European quarter and will travel to attend events/meetings related to EU projects.
  • You will work in a multidisciplinary team, with a young, innovative, close, enriching and challenging environment.
    • We offer flexible start and finish times within a defined framework, and on Fridays we work a continuous working day.

    • Enjoy your free time during the longest days of the year with a continuous working day between June and September.

    • We are committed to a mixed model. You can telework part of your working day and in any case, you will always be able to come to the office.

    • We believe in the professional development of people, so we are committed to your training.

What we do ask for?

What do we consider necessary?
  • Previous experience in preparing collaborative European projects in Horizon Europe and/or LIFE, Innovation Fund or other European programmes.
  • Having acted as secretariat and/or moderator of working groups, ideally in the context of the SET-Plan.
  • Track-record of European projects and service contract management. Strong familiarity with essential elements of a EU project (grant agreement, consortium agreement, reporting, amendments, WP leadership etc).
  • Expertise in at least one field related to energy, environment, sustainability, security or AI.
  • Proven client-oriented attitude or previous consulting experience.
  • Fluency in English.
  • The selected candidate will have to be based in Brussels or nearby.
What we expect from you
  • Attitude to work in a team, communication skills and self-management skills.
  • Passion for science and new technologies
  • A taste for organised and well-done work, you enjoy working in a team and at the same time autonomously.
  • A flair for writing, with freshness, clarity, and personality.
  • And most important of all, we value your attitude, willingness to learn and take responsibility.
And even better if…
  • Experience in managing an EU Technology and Innovation Platforms.
  • Bachelor’s/Master’s degree in a science or engineering field.
  • Previous experience in R&D project management, in any sector.
  • Experience with Belgian R&D funding ecosystem.
  • You have a PhD.
  • You speak French, German, Dutch, Spanish or other languages.

Working at Zabala Innovation

We have a team of experts in different areas, essential to understand each innovation project: energy, biochemistry, aerospace, environment, health, security, social challenges, digitalisation, industry, and a long etcetera. In Brussels we have:

  • An open-ended, Belgian contract with a competitive salary package plus bonus, lunch vouchers, hospitalisation insurance and so on.
  • An awesome group of +20 colleagues in Brussels, in a office located at the centre of European quarter.
  • Trainings: we believe in the professional development of people. You will have access to a wide range of trainings.
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