The European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA) was created in 1981 on the occasion of the first European Council held in Maastricht and is supported by the EU Member States and the European Commission. Its core mission is to provide a mix of deep insights and practical knowledge about EU policies, to all professionals related to EU public affairs, with the key objective of further improving their skills and capabilities for efficient management of the policies. In addition to the Maastricht based headquarters, EIPA has a centre in Luxembourg: the European Centre for Judges and Lawyers (ECJL).

EIPA’s position as Europe’s leading Institute for public administration needs a modern organisation, demanding investments in staff and business development in order to meet the requirements of tomorrow. In addition to the services for the member states, EIPA’s portfolio of paid activities needs to be further developed.

In view of these developments EIPA is looking for a fulltime:


Business Unit Director – Public Administration Expert


The position

As the Business Unit Director you will be responsible for the development of new markets and programmes, the acquisition of new opportunities, and the delivery of teaching, research and consulting activities. You will contribute to and support EIPA’s strategic objectives and projects as a member of the Management Team. Reporting directly to the Director-General, you will lead an experienced, international team of around 10 staff members and ensure that services are provided at the highest standards to EIPA’s clients and stakeholders by taking account of developments in the European public sector area. For this role EIPA also expects the new BU director, as a member of the scientific/experts team s/he will be leading, to develop her/his own portfolio of teaching, research, and consulting activities, next to her/his management role.

The main tasks and responsibilities are:

  • analysing the public administration market and identifying new opportunities;
  • establishing and managing professional networks;
  • creating, maintaining and developing partnerships and effective working relationships within EIPA and with external partners across Europe and further;
  • assessing client and stakeholder needs;
  • identifying and developing new, high quality products and services, and allocating the required resources;
  • supervising and contributing to the acquisition of new projects;
  • managing and ensuring the alignment of the product and customers portfolio with the Institute’s goals;
  • providing people management (including supervising and evaluating staff) and professional guidance to the team;
  • ensuring good cooperation of the work of the Unit with other units and departments;
  • representing EIPA at stakeholder events and relevant forums;
  • contributing to the strategic steering of EIPA;
  • contributing actively to the budgeting process and reporting to management on sales trend and budget achievement.

Your profile

As an experienced business or public sector manager, you combine excellent managerial and communication skills, innovative ideas and a vision to lead EIPA’s business development, with in-depth knowledge of the European Public Sector, and in particular expertise in the area of Public Administration Innovation and Reform.

Job requirements


  • Master degree in a field relevant to this position (Economics, Political Science, Public Management, or other);
  • At least 10 years of relevant professional experience;
  • At least 5 years of leadership and management experience, and demonstrated ability to motivate and manage an international team;
  • Lecturing experience as well as experience in carrying out comparative studies, and/or delivering consulting projects;
  • Proven business development experience in an international environment;
  • Knowledge of EU public affairs and proven knowledge or experience in the area of European Public Administration Innovation and Reform in particular.
  • Strong communication, representation, promotion, networking and negotiation skills;
  • At ease with distant teaching and more generally speaking with new digital technologies, including the ability to become a ambassador of these technologies within a European Public Administration context;
  • Excellent knowledge of English, both spoken and written (CEFR level: C1 or above).



  • MBA or Doctoral degree in a relevant field;
  • Knowledge of additional languages of the European Union.


EIPA offers

a challenging and interesting position as part of the Management Team in an international and multicultural environment. You will work highly autonomously, with a lot of freedom to determine your own activities and projects. At the same time, you will have the opportunity to broaden your knowledge on Europe and extend your (European) network.




SectorEuropean Public Administration Innovation and Reform