Responsibilities and missions
The Unit Manager is responsible for the overall strategy definition and implementation, management, coordination and performance of the RDI activities of the Unit in line with the overall departmental strategy.
She / he will have to define the Unit’s multi-year strategic roadmap and ensure its effective implementation within the Unit.
The Unit Manager reports directly to the Director the ERIN Department and works in close collaboration with her / his team of Group Leaders to further develop the Unit and strengthen the impact of its research outcomes on society.
The Unit Manager shall create and maintain a harmonious work environment, fostering a constant generation of ideas and innovative research avenues geared towards finding solutions.
She / he will stimulate with her / his managers good collaboration and team work amongst employees, managers, and finding relevant synergies with other research groups / partners including industrial ones.
She / he shall also instill a good equilibrium of resources and skills within the teams; ensuring their good guidance by the Group Leaders and enabling teams to work together to the highest possible standards.
Finally, she / he will support the efficient pooling of human and material resources within the Unit.
Strategy definition and implementation
Define and propose - in collaboration with the teams- a RDI strategy for the Unit, aligned with the department’s strategy and with LIST missions as an RTO
Translate the approved strategy through the drafting and implementation of :
a short, mid and long-term business plan for the Unit
an ambitious multi-year research programme and an appropriate funding plan
a valorization strategy of scientific knowledge and technologies geared towards the industrial and / or public sector
Ensure the implementation of the business plan at all levels of the Unit
Develop and maintain a pipeline of innovative products and services, transferable to the private and public sectors
Represent and promote the RDI Unit externally in line with the Department’s communication strategy
Develop relevant external collaborations, partnerships and networks
Lead and stimulate a team of experienced managers; work with them to create a stimulating and motivating work environment within the Unit
Be hierarchically responsible for the Unit and assume the operational responsibility of the Unit’s human resources (support managers, set challenging objectives together, advise managers within the Unit in their career development, be a decisive actor in the Unit’s salary review process, etc.)
Appraise Group Leaders, promote personal development and cooperation amongst teams. Ensure that personal development plans are effectively implemented in teams
Work closely with Group Leaders, involve them and rely on them to meet the Unit’s challenges. Animate the unit’s dynamic
Be an inspirational leader by living up to highest standards in research and innovation, people and resources management
Initiate collaborations with other research streams; in this context, identify and develop the relevant synergies
Ensure the financial follow-up of the Unit’s performances
Make sure that portfolios of associated projects and activities related to the Unit are properly managed
Propose and implement Capex investments
Be responsible for the overall scientific and technological outcome of the Unit
Represent the Unit, promote its staff and sponsor their achievements internally and externally
Besides these priority responsibilities and missions, the Unit Manager may continue to build her / his scientific and technological knowledge and directly contribute to projects relying on his / her high level of expertise.
Skills / Qualifications
Hold a PhD degree in biotechnologies, bioengineering, bioprocessing or a related field of biotechnologies and green chemistry, respectively a degree in life sciences with a specialization in biotechnologies or environmental applications
Have at least 10 years of relevant professional experience in environmental and / or industrial biotechnologies, within a competitive or industrial RDI environment
Have a sound and proven knowledge and comprehension of both the industrial and academic domains, have strong experience in building relationships with industries and the advocacy of institutional interests.
Previous experience in a RTO is an asset
Have strong team management experience, especially in an RDI environment
Have proven experience in the acquisition and management of collaborative projects with industry and competitive European projects
Demonstrate proven experience as a Principal Investigator in the acquisition and implementation of multi-year RDI and product development projects
Demonstrate strong experience in developing innovative products, tools and services and bringing new technological solutions, processes or biobased products to the market
Have a proven high-level scientific and technological track record related to one of the value chains of the Unit she / he leads
Possess a sound experience in valorizing scientific and technological results (contract research, patents, licences)
Have an excellent command of English
Good knowledge of at least one of the official languages of the country (French, German or Luxembourgish)