JOB POSTING: Research Officer - EU Project Manager


Research Officer – EU Project Manager

CEMA - European Agricultural Machinery Industry Association




Job Title: Research Officer - EU Project Manager

  • Job Category: Full Time – extended maternity leave replacement (July – December 2018)
  • Location: Brussels
  • Travel Required: Occasionally to meetings abroad
  • Level/Salary Range: Negotiable depending on experience
  • Position Type: 5 days per week – 6 months limited duration contract
  • Posting Expires: 6 months
  • Applications accepted by: Jérôme Bandry, Secretary General, CEMA
  • Contact e-mail:

CEMA ( is the European trade association representing the views and interests of the agricultural machinery industry in Brussels. 


Job Description 

CEMA is looking for a full-time Research Officer-EU Project Manager, starting on 1 July 2018, to primarily manage  CEMA’s participation in EU research projects and to assist in the day-to-day running of the association. One month of handover is planned with CEMA’s Research Officer, who then goes on maternity leave until January 2019.


Main tasks

For the research work, support will be provided on H2020 projects and more specifically on: 

  • coordination, implementation & administration of granted projects
  • liaison with members on their involvement/contribution to projects / calls
  • regular reporting as required during the different phases of projects

In addition, there will be assistance in the day-to-day running and management of the association including: 

  • research and support in developing common industry positions on relevant European topics
  • internal liaison with the membership (e.g. organization and follow up of meetings)
  • implementation of CEMA’s communications strategy (regular publications, website, social media)


Language requirements 

  • An excellent level of written and spoken English
  • Additional European languages are a plus


Profile - Experience & qualifications 

  • Previous experience with Horizon 2020 and EU grants management
  • Interest/prior expertise in agriculture, Precision/Smart Farming, Agricultural Machinery, Circular Economy is a plus
  • Prior working experience in the EU arena and/or trade associations is a plus
  • Graduate in engineering or similar technical background with professional experience in the engineering industry / related organisations / Research is a plus
  • Ability to independently work, but consensus oriented
  • Capability and assertiveness to manage working groups
  • Flexibility in working time and allocation of time for CEMA work
  • Willingness to travel for meetings within Europe and from time to time outside Europe

Organizational integration

  • To be based in Brussels
  • Most of the work is done from the CEMA office in Brussels


Ideally, we are looking for an energetic and ambitious professional with proven communications skills who is looking for a career enhancing move within the European arena. You will need to be dynamic, diplomatic, with the willingness to develop an in-depth understanding of the industry/research issues at hand. You will need to be proactive and well-organized in your dealings with the capacity to work in a team. 


** Based on the qualifications and results of the applicants, the position may extend into a permanent technical officer position, reporting to CEMA’s Technical Director.

Candidates should email their CV and motivational letter by 14 June 2018 to: 


Interviews will be held in Brussels on a rolling basis. CEMA highly encourages early applications.