Financial Engineering Officer

Reference: FCH2JU/AD08/2016/03
Temporary Agent – AD08
The Fuel Cells and Hydrogen 2 Joint Undertaking (FCH 2 JU) is a unique public private partnership supporting research, technological development and demonstration (RTD) activities in fuel cell and hydrogen energy technologies in Europe. Its aim is to accelerate the market introduction of these technologies, realising their potential as an instrument in achieving a carbon-lean energy system.
Fuel cells, as an efficient conversion technology, and hydrogen, as a clean energy carrier, have a great potential to help fight carbon dioxide emissions, to reduce dependence on hydrocarbons and to contribute to economic growth. The objective of the FCH 2 JU is to bring these benefits to Europeans through a concentrated effort from all sectors.
The three members of the FCH 2 JU are the European Commission, fuel cell and hydrogen industries represented by the Industry Grouping (HYDROGEN EUROPE) and the research community represented by the Research Grouping (N.ERGHY).
The FCH JU was initially established by Council Regulation (EC) 521/2008 of 30.05.2008 for a period up to 31.12.2017 to implement part of the FP 7 programme. The FCH 2 JU was later established by Council Regulation (EC) 559/20141 of 6 May 2014 for a period up to 31.12.2024 taking over on-going tasks under FP 7 and implementing part of Horizon 2020 programme.
The FCH 2 JU supports
  • long-term and breakthrough-orientated research
  • research and technological development
  • demonstration
  • support actions, including pre-normative research
following open and competitive calls for project proposals under FP7 programme (calls 2008 to 2013) and under Horizon 2020 ( 2014-2020).
The FCH 2 JU office is located in Brussels, Belgium.
For further information please consult the following website:
The Financial Engineering Officer reports to the Head of Finance and Administration. He will also work closely with the Programme Unit team, as well as Hydrogen Europe and N.ERGHY. He is responsible for developing close interactions with various sources of additional financing, such as the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) Connecting Europe Facility (CEF), national and regional funding programmes, the European Innovation Institute (EIT) and other financing mechanisms (non-subsidy) which can specifically help to strengthen local, regional and national research and innovation capabilities in the area of Fuel Cells and Hydrogen and underpin smart specialisation efforts. This includes advice and support to prospective participants to FCH 2 JU calls for proposals in order to combine (cumulative or consecutive) funding from various programmes and optimize structured finance operations.
We are looking for a dynamic and proactive person with a strong entrepreneurial talent to identify and successfully propose and realize the funding /co-funding of FCH activities with additional sources of funding or financing, with a strong commitment to and interest in the FCH sector and with a high level of ability to perform tasks with minimum supervision.
He/she will:
  • Provide support for structuring complex projects, aiming in particular at identifying the most suitable funding and possible combination of various funding programmes
  • Work closely with private industry and research stakeholders to develop a compelling business plan and attract additional external investment for the commercialisation of FCH technologies
  • Analyse and disseminate information with regards to synergies between H 2020 and other EU, national or regional programmes
  • Develop links with other funding programmes (TEN-T/CEF, structural funds, national funds)
  • Develop links with EIB, aiming in particular at enabling and facilitating opportunities of the European Fund for Strategic Investment (EFSI) for funding investments in the FCH area
  • Stimulate dialogue and cooperation between the stakeholders involved in the management of these funding programmes
  • Analyse and follow-up on possibilities to coordinate funding with other Joint Undertakings’ programmes, in particular in the aeronautics & rail sectors
  • Develop the role of the FCH 2 JU as a “hub” or platform for information, advice, best practice examples, practical solutions with regards to synergies between funding opportunities
  • Follow-up on studies, facilitate the development/strengthening of coalitions of stakeholders to support the commercialisation of FCH technologies in the transport and energy sectors
  • Undertake additional tasks as required in the interest of the service.
Candidates will be considered for the selection phase on the basis of the following criteria to be fulfilled by the closing date for applications:
  •  Have a level of education which corresponds to completed university studies of at least 4 years attested by a diploma2 and, after having obtained the diploma, at least 9 years full-time of appropriate professional experience;
  • Have a level of education which corresponds to completed university studies of at least 3 years attested by a diploma and, after having obtained the diploma, at least 10 years full-time of appropriate professional experience;
  • Have a thorough knowledge of one of the official EU languages and a satisfactory knowledge (at least B2 level or equivalent) of another of these languages to the extent necessary for the performance of their duties (candidates are invited to specify in their CV any language certificates they have obtained which can demonstrate their language skills);
  • Be a national of a Member State of the European Union;
  • To be entitled to his or her full rights as a citizen;
  • To have fulfilled any obligations imposed by the applicable laws concerning military service;
  • Meet the character requirements for the duties involved;
  • To be physically fit to perform the duties linked to the post
  • Candidates selected on the basis of the above eligibility criteria will then be evaluated according to the following selection criteria:
  • Essential
  • At least five years of experience in organizing the financing of innovation/industrial projects: structuring complex projects combining funding from different subsidy programmes and/or banking finance (debt) and/or equity through venture capital funds, development banks etc.
  • Direct experience related to the financing of innovative technologies
  • Sound knowledge and experience in EU and/or national financing programmes for research, innovation and competitiveness gained either as project promoter or as staff member of these programmes.
  • Professional experience in working in a multicultural and multidisciplinary environment;
  • Excellent analytical and problem solving skills;
  • Sound business judgement skills;
  • Ability to establish and develop good inter-personal relations with a broad range of stakeholders in cross-cultural environments;
  • Excellent team spirit;
  • Excellent negotiation and networking skills;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English;Strong ability to use electronic office tools (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Internet, etc).
Only qualifications issued by EU Member State authorities and qualifications recognized as equivalent by the relevant EU Member State authorities will be accepted.
Before his/her appointment, the candidate shall be medically examined in line with the requirement of Article 12(2)(d) of the Conditions of employment of other servants of the European Union.
  • Knowledge of the FCH sector
  • Knowledge of the energy and/or transport sectors.
Failure to comply with the eligibility and essential selection criteria will result in a disqualification of the candidate concerned.
A Selection Committee, appointed by the Appointing Authority of the FCH 2 JU assesses / evaluates the applications in accordance with the eligibility and selection criteria outlined in the vacancy notice and establishes a short list of candidates invited for an interview and a written test.
The Selection Committee will interview the shortlisted candidates. These candidates will also sit a written test related to the field of the duties. Following this, the Selection Committee will establish a reserve list of suitable candidates to be approved by the Executive Director.
Candidates are reminded that the Selection Committee’s work is confidential. It is strictly forbidden for candidates to make direct or indirect contact with its members or to ask anybody to do so on their behalf.
The number of candidates invited for an interview will be limited to a maximum of 15.
The Executive Director may decide to interview the candidates before establishment of the reserve list and/or appointment.
The reserve list may be used in order to fulfil positions within the FCH 2 JU.
Candidates should note that inclusion on the reserve list does not guarantee recruitment. Recruitment will be based on availability of posts and budget.
The reserve list for this post will be valid until 31 December 2017 and may be extended at the discretion of the Appointing Authority of the FCH 2 JU.
The successful candidate will be appointed by as a temporary agent at grade AD 08, pursuant to Article 2 (f) of the Conditions of Employment of Other Servants of the European Union, for a period of three years.
The successful candidate will be asked to perform nine months of probationary period.
After an evaluation of the post holder’s performance, the contract may be renewed in accordance with the FCH 2 JU legal basis. The period of engagement will not in any case exceed the lifetime of the FCH 2 JU.
Remuneration will be based on the Union scale of salaries. Pay is subject to Union tax and other deductions laid down in the Staff Regulations. Remuneration is, however, exempt from any national taxation.
The successful candidate who is offered a contract of employment will be graded on entry into service in step 1 or step 2 of the relevant grade, according to the length of his/her professional experience. The indicative basic monthly salaries of AD 08 are:
  • Step 1: 6.502,76 €
  • Step 2: 6.776,01 €
The place of employment is Brussels, where the JU premises are located.
The working language is English.
For any further information on contractual and working conditions, please refer to the Staff Regulations of Officials and the Conditions of Employment of Other Servants of the European Union, which is available on the following web page:
The successful candidate will be required to make a declaration of commitment to act independently in the public interest and to make a declaration in relation to interests which might be considered prejudicial to his/her independence. Candidates must confirm their willingness to do so in their application.
The FCH 2 JU applies a policy of equal opportunity for men and women and accepts applications without distinction on grounds of sex, race, colour, ethnic or social origin, genetic characteristics, and language, religious, political or other convictions or opinions, financial situation, disability, age, sexual orientation, marital status or family situation.
For applications to be valid, candidates must submit an online application via the vacancies portal:
Candidates are requested to:
1. Complete the online application form - to access the right form, candidates should select the vacancy for which they wish to apply;
2. Upload a letter of motivation including details on your experience in financing projects;
3. Upload a Curriculum Vitae (CV), in the European CV format http://europass.cedefop.europa.eu).
For the letter of motivation and the CV, only Word documents (.doc or .docx) or PDF documents (.pdf) will be accepted. The maximum file size is 2 MB.
IMPORTANT: for each position, any new application made by a candidate with the same e-mail address will automatically erase and replace the previous application for that position.
The application will be rejected if the dossier is incomplete.
Candidates are advised to apply using an e-mail address that will remain valid for several months: candidates that will leave their job in the coming months are advised not to use their professional e-mail address.
Supporting documents (e.g. certified copies of degrees/diplomas, references, proof of experience, etc.) should not be sent at this point but must be submitted at a later stage as indicated below.
In order to facilitate the selection process, application documents as well as all communications to candidates concerning this vacancy will be in English.
Application forms sent by e-mail, fax or post will not be accepted.
Candidates are asked to report any potential change of contact details without delay, to the following e-mail address: applications@fch.europa.eu
Please remember to quote the reference of the vacancy for which you have applied in all correspondence: FCH2JU/AD08/2016/02
Candidates should assess and check before submitting their application whether they fulfil all the requirements as specified in the vacancy notice, particularly in terms of qualifications and relevant professional experience.
Should candidates be invited for an interview, in order for the application to be considered complete, they must bring with them on the day of interview originals or certified photocopies of the supporting documents for their education qualifications and employment (diplomas, working certificates, etc.). All documentary evidence of professional experience must indicate both start and end date of previous positions and the start date of the position held currently, full time or part time work has to be also indicated. Freelance or self-employed candidates must provide either a copy of the entry in the relevant trade register, or any official document (for example a tax revenue) showing clearly the length of the relevant professional experience
The FCH 2 JU has the right to disqualify candidates who fail to submit all the required documents on the date of interview.
Closing date for the submission is 5 June 2016, 23:59 (CET, Central European Time, Brussels).
Request for review
A candidate who feels that he/she has been treated incorrectly may ask to have his/her application reconsidered by sending, within 20 calendar days of the date of notification, a request for review via e-mail to: applications@fch.europa.eu. The candidate should quote the number of the selection procedure concerned and address the request to the Chairman of the Selection Committee.
The Selection Committee will reconsider the application and notify the candidate of its decision within 45 calendar days of receipt of the request.
Appeal procedures
If the candidate considers that he/she has been adversely affected by a particular decision, he/she can lodge a complaint under Article 90(2) of the Staff Regulations of Officials and the Conditions of employment of other servants of the European Union (CEOS), at the following address:
Executive Director
WA, TO 56-60
B-1049 Brussels
The complaint must be lodged within 3 months. The time limit for initiating this type of procedure (see the Staff Regulations as modified by Council Regulation No 723/2004 of 22 March 2004 published in the Official Journal of the European Union L 124 of 27 April 2004 – http://europa.eu/eur-lex) starts to run from the time the candidate is first informed of the outcome of the recruitment procedure).
If the complaint is rejected the candidate may bring a case under Article 270 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union and Article 91 of the Staff Regulations and the CEOS before:
The European Union Civil Service Tribunal
Postal Address:
L-2925 Luxembourg
The Appointing Authority does not have the power to amend the assessment decisions of the Selection Board. The Court has consistently held that the wide discretion enjoyed by Selection Committee is not subject to review by the Court unless rules which govern the proceedings of the Selection Committee have been infringed.
It is also possible to complain to the European Ombudsman pursuant to Article 228 (1) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union and in accordance with the conditions laid down in the Decision of the European Parliament of 9 March 1994 on the Staff Regulations and the general conditions governing the performance of the Ombudsman’s duties, published in the Official Journal of the European Union L 113 of 4 May 1994:
European Ombudsman
1 Avenue du Président Robert Schuman – CS 30403
F-67001 Strasbourg Cedex
Complaints made to the Ombudsman have no suspense effect on the period laid down in the Articles 90(2) and 91 of the Staff Regulations for lodging, respectively, a complaint or an appeal with the European Union Civil Service Tribunal under Article 270 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.
Data protection
The FCH 2 JU ensures that applicants’ personal data are processed in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 45/2001 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 December 2000 on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data by the Community institutions and bodies and on the free movement of such data (12.1.2001, OJ, L 8). Please note that FCH 2 JU will not return applications to applicants. This applies in particular to the confidentiality and security of such data.
For more explanations on data protection please see the annexed privacy statement.