Head of Unit - Human Capital
- Strategic and thought leadership
- Business partnering
- Organizational and talent development
- Integrated competency management
- Workforce planning/Strategic Sourcing/Talent selection/Succession planning
- Change management
- Staff engagement
- Staff support and administration
The Head of Unit reports to the Head of the Business Services Department.
- Provide strategic and operational advice to the Head of Department in the development, implementation, and evaluation of policies, practices and procedures in HR matters in line with EFSA's overall strategy and objectives;
- Steer the delivery of comprehensive HR services - Ensure clear coordination, communication and implementation of the Unit roadmap in line with EFSA's strategy, providing people with vision, direction and leadership;
- Source, develop and deploy competencies (internal staff and external scientific expertise), engaging and aligning people to EFSA’s mission and culture;
- Lead and implement effective sourcing strategies in cooperation with the operational departments in order to make expertise and knowledge available to EFSA;
- Influence, facilitate and lead organizational change and development initiatives leveraging best practice in human resources expertise and change management strategies;
- Coach and supervise Unit staff, ensuring cross-unit cooperation and coordination - Build capability across the HR function, helping to complete the transformation of HR from a transactional and process-oriented function to a strategic business partner;
- Review working practices to ensure optimisation of resources and deliver continuous improvement/innovation to reduce costs and increase quality;
- Act as Authorising Officer for the delegated budget lines: ensure optimum deployment of the Unit's resources and sound financial planning and management by defining budget needs, preparing forecasts and monitoring budget execution in consultation with Team Leaders.
EFSA employs around 500 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.
EFSA’s standards and values are driven by ethics and integrity and all staff is expected to act in a manner consistent with its principles, including fairness, transparency and impartiality in work practices and conduct towards other people.
As an EFSA staff member, you will have the chance to make a difference to European food safety working in an international and dynamic environment. You will also be able to participate in several valuable networking opportunities across Europe.
Furthermore, you will be joining EFSA at an exciting time as we are implementing the Transparency Regulation: EFSA expanded its mandate and will grow considerably over the next few years.
To find out more about EFSA, visit us at www.efsa.europa.eu.
- 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.
- Wide range of leaves (e.g. annual leave, parental leave, public holidays) and flexible working hours. Besides working in EFSA’s modern headquarter located in the heart of Parma, staff members are also offered the possibility to telework up to 50% of working time.
- 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:
In case you do not fulfil all the eligibility criteria, your application will not be taken into consideration.
i. Proven experience of at least five (5) years in leading, coaching, motivating teams and driving high performance (as Head of Unit, Head of Sector, Team Leader or equivalent), preferably gained in an international/multicultural environment;
ii. Demonstrated experience in translating organizational strategies into actionable HR roadmaps and objectives, and ensuring successful implementation;
iii. Experience in designing, implementing and coordinating talent management strategies, policies and activities, staying abreast of industry and organisational trends;
iv. Experience in change management and business transformation (including digital transformation and process reengineering/leaning), promoting change as a critical-thinking and innovative leader;
v. Knowledge of the EU administrative and financial procedures and ability to manage budgetary resources and a wide range of workforce and contractual modalities;
vi. Experience in designing and implementing knowledge management strategies is considered an asset.
i. Deal with ambiguity: Able to work constructively within unexpected and unpredictable situations and show resilience and composure, even in difficult or adverse circumstances; able to decide and act without having the total picture; accept constructive feedback in a positive manner;
ii. Demonstrate political savvy and strategic agility: Look beyond the current situation and visualise what the future can bring with a keen sense for arising opportunities and good understanding of how and when to best pursue them; able to think in a creative and innovative way; negotiate well with those inside or outside the organisation; possess strong business acumen;
iii. Focus on stakeholder needs: Committed to meet the expectations and requirements of internal and external stakeholders; establish and maintain effective partnering relationships with stakeholders and gain their trust and respect;
iv. Plan and measure for results: Set ambitious goals that exceed the targets and create plans to achieve them; ensure an efficient and responsible planning and management of resources; coordinate multiple activities to achieve goals;
v. Work with others: Work confidently within a group and contribute to achieve the common goals, understanding own role and how it supports the team and the organisation; able to network, cooperate, listen actively, manage conflicts and motivate colleagues;
vi. Lead and develop a team: Lead, supervise and develop a group of people, in order to meet the expected results within a given timeline and considering the foreseen resources; inspire and motivate team members to achieve high performance and drive engagement.