Head of Policies and Operations Division

European Investment Bank - Brussels
Permanent contract +2

The EIB, the European Union's bank, is seeking to recruit for its Secretariat General, at its EIB Permanent Representative in Brussels (BXL OFF), a Head of Policies and Operations Division*. This is a full-time position at grade 7.

Applicants will receive initial feedback in November.

The appointment is for a term of up to four years.

The EIB offers fixed-term contracts of up to a maximum of 6 years, according to business needs, with a possibility to convert to a permanent contract, subject to organisational requirements and individual performance.

  • Division as from 1st November 2022

As Head of Division, you will manage and steer the activities of the Policies and Operations Division, monitoring the lending policy formulation and related decision-making process at EU level, connecting the evolutions of EU Policy making with the relevant services of the Bank, ensuring a proactive dialogue and interactions with key counterparts in EU institutions, advising on the EIB’s advocacy strategy vis-à-vis EU institutions and influencing the EU legislative and political process in line with the EIB mandate and missions . You will need to build and rely on strong positive working relations both within the EIB group and within EU institutions as well as within Member States’ Permanent Representations. You will contribute in this context to ensure that the preparation of EIB operational lending policies and initiatives are aligned with EU priorities and you will accompany the negotiation and implementation of mandates and joint initiatives with the European Commission; in close cooperation and consultation with the relevant EIB Group Services.

You will be in charge of setting-up the work-plan of the Division, leading, coordinating and guiding a team of skilled professionals to work on lending policy formulation and gathering intelligence about new EU initiatives and about the position of Member States and Members of the European Parliament on key files for the EIB Group. You will enhance and facilitate institutional relations and strengthen the positioning of the EIB within the EU institutional architecture.

You should note that the responsibilities of the role may be adapted in line with the evolving business needs

Operating Network

You will report to the Head of the Office of the Permanent Representative in Brussels, and work regularly with senior representatives of the different Directorates and Departments within the EIB Group, as well as offices of Management Committee members. As Head of Division you will oversee and manage the work of the Division, and will co-operate and co-ordinate where relevant with the Head of Institutional and Regulatory Division. This position demands an important level of interaction with EIB senior stakeholders and key external partners.

It requires excellent negotiation and communication skills, as well as strong competencies in managing, leading and motivating staff.

  • Co-ordinate, plan and supervise the activities of the Division and ensure that staff have the right competencies, objectives and motivation to deliver results;
  • Ensure the satisfactory performance of the staff in the division and keep track on the performance of the team members throughout the year,
  • Lead the Division’s work to monitor and anticipate on the EU initiatives and legislative proposals and to design an effective advocacy strategy,
  • Build and develop new partnerships with key EIB Group stakeholders and serve in support to the Head of the Office of the Permanent Representative in Brussels in a high profile external meetings,
  • Represent –when required - the EIB Group in operational meetings with EU institutions, strengthening the positioning of the EIB and showcasing its role in support of EU policy priorities;
  • Contribute to the preparation and implementation of EU mandates;
  • Support the promotion of the role of the EIB Group as the EU Bank in close cooperation with the Communication Department,
  • Actively promote teamwork and collaboration within the Division and in the Office of the Permanent Representative in Brussels, ensuring learning and knowledge sharing;
  • Ensure a close collaboration of your team with other parts of SG Directorate;
  • Take full responsibility for the overall quality of the Division's output in line with the standards set at DG level and provide feedback related to this output to the individual team members;
  • Manage and ensure that Division members provide adequate brief back to Headquarters on the impact of EU policies on EIB group operations;
  • Manage and ensure that adequate brief is given to relevant services in the position of EU institutions and policy developments, providing advice on operational policy related matters;
  • Guide the preparation of EIB advocacy strategy and position vis-à-vis EU institutions and key stakeholders;
  • Lead approaches to contribute proactively to EU operational policy development processes, taking into account EIB strategy, interests and experience
  • Represent the EIB Group when/where appropriate, promoting actively the interests and requirements of the Bank, notably in negotiations on new initiatives, instruments or mandates, in close cooperation with the relevant EIB Group services
  • Ensure that regular follow-up on the work of relevant external instruments committees, council committees as well as operational committees implementing blending instruments is provided by the Division, attending as appropriate;
  • Manage and maintain an influential network of relevant contacts in EU institutions and other relevant organisations;
  • Ensure that the Division has regular follow-up and on the evolution of operational policy development dossiers;
  • Contribute to EIB group operational policy development, and participate in the appropriated working groups.
  • University degree (post -graduate level) in Political Science, Law, Economics or Finance (or other relevant field);
  • Relevant professional experience of at least 10 years, preferably gained in international or governmental organisations or in a financial institution;
  • Very good knowledge of the EU economy, EU institutional and political frameworks and policies;
  • Strong working familiarity with the EU institutions and with EU policy-making processes, preferably gained from substantive work experience in the EU institutions or in a Member State’s permanent representation to the EU;
  • Strong political judgement and partnership skills, with the ability to cultivate and maintain strong high-level networks of relations both inside and outside the EIB;
  • Excellent influencing and persuading skills working with senior level internal and external key players;
  • Good knowledge of the EIB Group’s business activities and policies and of the external EIB framework and collaboration with other International Financial Institutions (IFIs);
  • Experience in dealing with sensitive and complex issues;
  • Experience in managing and coaching people in an organisation working in an international context and with experience in change management;
  • Excellent knowledge of English and good command of French(*). Working knowledge of other EU languages would be an advantage.

Find out more about EIB core and managerial competencies here

(*) There may be certain flexibility on this requirement, but limited to particularly suitable candidates who may not yet be proficient in French. If selected, such candidates will be hired on the condition that they build up rapidly knowledge of French and accept that their future career in the EIB may be subject to the attainment of sufficient proficiency in both of the Bank's working languages.

We are an equal opportunities employer, who believes that diversity is good for our people and our business. We encourage all suitably qualified and eligible candidates to apply regardless of their gender identity/expression, age, racial, ethnic and cultural background, religion and beliefs, sexual orientation/identity, disability or neurodiversity.

Applicants with specific needs are encouraged to request reasonable accommodations at any stage during the recruitment process. Please contact the EIB Recruitment team [email protected] who will ensure that your request is handled.

By applying for this position you acknowledge the importance of maintaining the security and integrity of the Information of the EIB Group. In case of selection for the position you agree to comply with all measures (policies, controls, document classification and management) implemented by the EIB Group to prevent unauthorized disclosure of any information or any damage to the EIB Group reputation.

Deadline for applications: 25th October 2022.


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