About EIT Food
EIT Food is a Knowledge and Innovation Community (KIC) established by the European Institute for Innovation & Technology (EIT), an EU body set up in 2008 to drive innovation and entrepreneurship across Europe.
EIT Food’s mission is to transform how food is produced and valued by European society, solving the biggest innovation challenges through trusted industry, education and research partners working with informed and engaged citizens.
EIT Food is Europe’s leading food innovation ecosystem, working to make the food system more sustainable, healthy and trusted. The members of the EIT Food community are world-class players in the international food domain: over 100 partners from leading businesses, start-ups, research centres, universities and non-governmental organisations from over 18 countries.
EIT Food’s vision is a world where everybody can access and enjoy sustainable, safe and healthy food, with trust and fairness from farm to fork. EIT Food engages consumers in the change process, improve nutrition and make the food system more resource-efficient, secure, transparent and trusted.
EIT Food has 6 strategic objectives:
- Overcome low consumer trust- supporting European citizens in the transition towards a smart food system that is inclusive and reassuring
- Create consumer-valued food for healthier nutrition - enabling individuals to make informed and affordable personal nutrition choices
- Build a consumer-centric connected food system - developing a digital food supply network with consumers and industry as equal partners
- Enhance sustainability through resource stewardship - developing solutions to transform the traditional ‘produce-use-dispose’ model into a circular bio-economy
- Educate to engage, innovate and advance- providing ‘food system’ skills for students, entrepreneurs and professionals through advanced training programmes
- Catalyse food entrepreneurship and innovation- fostering innovation at all stages of business creation
EIT Food is headquartered in Leuven, Belgium, with 5 regional offices across Europe and has a staff of over 75 professionals.
EIT Food Partners are members of EIT Food IVZW, an international association registered under Belgium law whose membership is curated to provide a maximum diversity in competences, excellence, and complementarity. Senior leaders of these EIT Food Partners are invested in the success of EIT Food and they endorse and facilitate the active participation of their organisations in EIT Food programmes.
The Association´s governance structure is separated between executive (Management Board), and governance (Partner Assembly and Supervisory Board) in line with good governance principles
Role of Supervisory Board Members
The Supervisory Board has a strategic and non-operational governance role for the Association and the KIC.
The Supervisory Board is elected by the Partner Assembly of the Partners and is composed of minimum eight (8) and maximum thirteen (13) Supervisory Board members. At any time, there will be minimum three (3) independent Supervisory Board Members, including the Chairperson, with complementary competences. The Association aims for a gender balance, geographical diversity and representativeness in the composition of the Supervisory Board.
Members of the Supervisory Board work with the CEO and COO in ensuring activities of EIT Food are aligned with the strategic objectives and priorities of the EIT Food ecosystem and provide strategic guidance to increase the impact and reach of EIT Food.
Members of the Supervisory Board are appointed for three (3) years, renewable one time, by the Partner Assembly. The Supervisory Board meets at least four times a year virtually or face to face for board meetings. The Supervisory Board may also take written resolutions.
The Supervisory Board meets in principle up to 5 times per year for a day, in Belgium. Supervisory Board meetings could occasionally take place in another location in Europe or via Videoconference (current model).
Criteria for Independent Supervisory Board Members
Independent Supervisory Board members shall have special expertise to support the Association’s objectives.
Independent Supervisory Board members may not have been employed in a management function by or rendered managerial services to the Association during a period of six months before the start of their mandate.
Independent Supervisory Board members may not have been employed in a management function by or rendered managerial services to a Core Partner of the Association during a period of six months before the start of their mandate.
Independent Supervisory Board members may not have a spouse, partner or second-degree relatives who is member of the Management Board of the Association.
Independent Supervisory Board members may not have had any significant business dealings with the Association during a period of six months before the start of their mandate.
Ideal Profile for Independent Supervisory Board Members
EIT Food is looking for a new member to join its Supervisory Board and keen to receive applications from successful candidates meeting the above criteria and following requirements:
- Track record in top leadership positions at the agri-food sector, European investors community, industrial associations, public bodies and authorities, non-governmental organisations, or higher educational institutions
- Previous engagement and experience working on EU initiatives on research and innovation in areas relating to food, nutrition, environment, and health.
- Highly committed to the vision and mission of EIT Food
- Well established contacts with high-level decision makers and business leaders in Europe
- Excellent communication skills and preparedness to become a forceful ambassador for EIT Food
- Previous board experience
To apply for this position, please submit your CV and cover letter by clicking on the CV Warehouse link of our website no later than Friday, 9th October 2020.
Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs) are designed as pan-European partnerships that bring together business, research centres and universities with the aim to tackle major societal challenges in areas with high innovation potential. For more information, please visit www. https://www.eitfood.eu and www.eit.europe.eu.