International Project Manager for Early Warning Europe

15 December 2017

Do you see yourself at the forefront of a pan-European cooperation providing assistance to companies in distress? Are you enterprising and ambitious, yet also highly systematic? If so, we are offering you a unique opportunity to play a pivotal role in promoting the right conditions and opportunities for companies in distress at international level as a project manager for Early Warning Europe.

You will be responsible for project management at Early Warning Europe (www.earlywarningeurope.eu) implemented by the EU's COSME programme and 15 European partners across seven countries. In Denmark, the project is based on 10 years of positive experiences of a targeted initiative aimed at companies in distress www.earlywarning.dk). Business Development Centre Central Denmark leads the Danish Early Warning initiative and has been since the start in 2007.

The EU's Early Warning Europe project was implemented in December 2016, and has been made possible thanks to funding from the EU's COSME programme for an initiative running through until 30 November 2019 with the aim of developing and training local organisations in relation to Early Warning in four countries: Greece, Italy, Poland and Spain. Business Development Centre Central Denmark leads the EU project.

The goals of the project are:

  • To collate, formalise and further develop best practice together with a number of the European partners;
  • To advise and train the new countries in establishing local Early Warning organisations in Poland, Spain, Italy and Greece;
  • To develop methods and document results in order that these can subsequently be distributed to many European countries.

The project manager’s duties
The project manager position will specifically cover the following key tasks:

Project management and control in relation to the performance contract with the funding provider (EASME);
Contract management in relation to the project's partners; 
Preparation, implementation and follow-up with respect to the requisite procedure descriptions;
Reporting to the funding authorities and other stakeholders;
Provision of documentation, e.g. for evaluation purposes and general follow-up;
Collation and dissemination of knowledge (including best practice, analyses, outcome evaluations and methods, etc.;
Continuous development and operationalisation of activities within the framework of the initiative together with management, colleagues, consortium partners and external partners in both Denmark and the EU.

As project manager for Early Warning Europe, you will be a pivotal key person, which is why your professional background and project management experience must be robust. You will be part of a team of committed colleagues in Business Development Centre Central Denmark who are working with Early Warning Europe and/or Early Warning Denmark.

In terms of organisation, you will be employed by Business Development Centre Central Denmark and report to director Erik Krarup, and will otherwise work with the Early Warning Europe Steering Group, which consists of representatives from the project's 15 partners. Extensive European travel must be anticipated. Salary to be agreed.

The job is time-limited and expires on November 30, 2019.

Qualifications
Key criteria for the right candidate for the position:

  • Experience of project management and administration in relation to EU funds;
  • International experience and knowledge of cooperation with foreign partners;
  • Willingness to travel extensively in Europe;
  • Thorough knowledge of management and control of major project activities being implemented together with numerous international partners;
  • Higher education (commercial/financial);
  • Preferably a knowledge of national and international public business services and a veneration for making a difference in relation to companies in distress;
  • A good command of English.

Excellent teamwork skills and networking would be advantageous personal characteristics, and applicants should also be committed, outgoing, result-oriented and have the ability to make a difference through the opportunities presented by the initiative. Finally, it is important that you thrive in the role of project manager and can positively instil respect among partners and stakeholders.

Deadline for receipt of applications
12 noon on Monday 8 January 2018.

Interviews are expected to be held during w/c 15 January 2018.

Appointment
As soon as possible.

Application
Send your application marked "International Project Manager Early Warning Europe" to ek@vhmidtjylland.dk. Applications must be in English to enable partners to contribute.

Applications should include information on education, previous employment, qualifications and references, etc.

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