Company: EUROCONTROL – Supporting European Aviation
Location: Brussel



Your team

Within the Network Management Directorate, the Network Manager keeps the network operating as smoothly and efficiently as possible, working closely to support industry actors by providing services, functions, deliverables and training. The Network Manger delivers ATM performance for the pan-European network in the areas of safety, capacity, environment/flight efficiency and cost-effectiveness.

We are looking for a Chief Technology Officer (CTO) to provide sound leadership in all technical aspects of the Network Manager (NM) activities and in supporting IT solutions and IT services used in the Agency (excluding our Upper Area Control Centre in Maastricht, NL) and by stakeholders. S/He will address areas such as architecture, software development, ICT infrastructure, and technical operations. S/he will cooperate with staff, stakeholders and customers to ensure that NM technologies meet stakeholder requirements. The CTO will manage large ICT teams (up to 300 staff including contractors) in an international context together with large sourcing deals (above 100 M€ multi-year) and important ICT transformations. S/he will be accountable for major ICT programs with CAPEX above 100 M€. The CTO has to be well-versed in current technological trends and familiar with a variety of business or organisational concepts.

The CTO reports directly to the Director Network Management.

Your role

Your role will be to:

  • propose a vision on how technology will be used in line with the business objectives for safety, quality, security, redundancy and availability;
  • manage the technology organisation and lead organisational transformation;
  • manage operational and non-operational technical services to meet the requirements of different stakeholders;
  • ensure that the technological resources meet short and long-term needs;
  • create timelines for development and deployment of all technological services;
  • act as a coach and a mentor to staff reporting to him/her;
  • maintain a stakeholder-focused outlook and to ensure the timely delivery of programs;
  • manage the technology budgets and timeframes;
  • manage the sourcing strategy for the technological pillar;
  • optimise the technology organisation in close cooperation with other Agency bodies;
  • stay on top of technology trends (e.g. Big Data, AI, Machine Learning) and developments (e.g. Cloud Services);
  • ensure that all technology practices adhere to regulatory standards;
  • perform any other task in line with the main purpose of the job.

Required qualifications, experience & competencies

  • Completed university studies of 4 years in a relevant domain, e.g. Master’s degree in Computer Science, Engineering or related field;
  • In addition to the above, a minimum of 18 years’ relevant professional experience, including 15 years in management or strategic activities;
  • Internal candidates should check on the intranet to see what level of in-house experience is considered equivalent to educational qualifications where appropriate;
  • Experience in leading major ICT transformation programs;
  • Knowledge and experience of various organisational models such as collaborative or team-centric models would be an advantage;
  • Advanced technological skill set and demonstrated history of working in technology;
  • Extensive industry knowledge with an eye towards the future;
  • Vision: Proposes the Agency vision for IT technology;
  • Strategic focus: Develops business/service strategy in line with Agency’s strategy;
  • Leadership: Adopts a modern leadership style, is a people manager, team builder and team player;
  • Communication: Strong communication and negotiation skills;
  • Problem solving: Takes into account the bigger picture and considers impact of solutions;
  • Ability to work in a multinational and multicultural environment;
  • Professional conduct in line with the corporate behaviours of the Agency, i.e. result-driven, readiness to change, customer focus, integrity and team-player approach;
  • The working languages of the Agency are English and French. Thorough knowledge (oral/written) of one of the working languages of the Agency and satisfactory knowledge of the other language.

Useful information

  • Applications will be accepted from nationals of EUROCONTROL Member States only. At the closing date of the notice of competition, internal candidates must have completed their probationary period.
  • This is an appointment for a determined period of 5 Year(s). It could be extended up to a maximum of 9 years or converted into an undetermined contract. Before being established in the post, the external candidate will be requested to provide certified copies of his/her degrees and successfully serve a probationary period of 9 months.
  • Internal candidates appointed to an established post or for an undetermined period: If successful, the staff member will be appointed under the conditions set out above, while maintaining the previous terms of employment regarding his/her appointment (whether for an undetermined period or to an established post). At the end of the period of employment as mentioned above, if the assignment to this post is not extended or its duties do not become of a lasting nature, the staff member will, in accordance with the service regulations, be transferred to another post corresponding to his/her last type of post, grade and function group.
  • Internal candidates appointed for determined period: If successful, the person will continue his/her current type of appointment if compliant with duration limits laid down in Annex Xb of the Staff Regulations/General Conditions of Employment.
  • This post entails management activities. Established staff members will therefore have to serve a probationary period of 9 months. This period may be shortened to 6 months if the successful candidate is appointed following a competition preceded by a previous temporary assignment to the post for which s/he was selected.
  • The successful candidate shall be appointed at the grade in the function group and to the type of post indicated in the vacancy notice, or, if a group of grades has been published, in principle at the basic grade.
  • In case of reserve list: Suitable candidates, however not selected to fill the post, will be placed on a reserve list for similar functions. The period of validity of reserve list is 1 year from the approval of the selection board’s recommendations.
  • Information on salary and benefits can be found on the web page:
  • EUROCONTROL is committed to non-discrimination and equal opportunities. In the event of equal merit, preference may be given to the applicant from to the under-represented diversity characteristics in order to complement diversity of teams and rebalance the workforce.
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