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R&I Business Development Manager

About us

We believe in making and shaping a competitive digital Europe that is inclusive, fair, and sustainable and aim at global impact through European innovation fueled by entrepreneurial talent and digital technology.

We embody the future of innovation by mobilizing a pan-European multi-stakeholder open-innovation ecosystem of top European corporations, SMEs, startups, universities, and research institutes, where students, researchers, engineers, business developers and investors address the technology, talent, skills, business and capital needs of digital entrepreneurship.

We build the next generation of digital ventures, digital products and services, and breed digital entrepreneurial talent, helping business and entrepreneurs to be at the frontier of digital innovation by providing them with technology, talent, and growth support.

The Acceleration and Growth business unit of EIT Digital is a pan-European team responsible for supporting entrepreneurs, startups and scaleups with training, mentoring, market access, matchmaking, funding and fundraising. They also manage and support the startup equity portfolio of EIT Digital, increasing their value and making sure they are successful in their entrepreneurial journey.

For more information, visit www.eitdigital.eu.

The Role

As R&I Business Development Manager you will be responsible to lead EIT Digital’s scouting and subsequent application to opportunities funded by European Commission and other international/national organisations. The R&I Business Development Manager performs her/his tasks by liaising with the Ecosystem / Education / Innovation functions responsible for the area by which the projects are executed.

Main Responsibilities

  • Lead scouting of opportunities (European, international, national grants and tenders) for EIT Digital;
  • Provide regular updates to EIT Digital management on upcoming grant and tender opportunities together with recommendations on strategic partner engagement and EIT Digital positioning in specific opportunities;
  • Be the main contact point at EU level for other organisations wanting to explore collaborations with EIT Digital for joint bids;
  • Coordinate the collection, monitoring and integration of data to support EIT Digital’s pro-active scouting of opportunities;
  • Overall responsibility for planning, organising, monitoring and management reporting of EIT Digital engagement with identified opportunities by liaising and aligning with the Ecosystem / Education / Innovation functions responsible for proposal development as well as lead the preparation of selected applications;
  • Organise and manage effective dissemination of opportunities within EIT Digital;
  • Contribute to the EU Projects Team and overall EIT Digital knowledge sharing and upskilling.

Qualifications and Experience

  • STEM preferred or related field;
  • Minimum of 10 years’ relevant experience; work experience in Innovation and related field;
  • 5+ years of proven project management experience;
  • Proven experience with Horizon 2020/Europe projects;
  • Strong track record in acquiring opportunities and building successful consortia, both Grant proposals and Tenders;
  • Proactive, autonomous and team-oriented professional with an entrepreneurial mindset, effective leadership skills, and excellent communication skills;
  • Excellent knowledge of projects administrative and financial aspects;
  • Excellent network with European and national funding agencies, and with European Academia, RTOs and Industry.


Excellent command of English is required. Additional EU languages are considered an asset.


This is a full-time position. Employment in one of our pan-European network of Co-Location Centers / HUBs can be considered. Applicant may be required for occasional travel to other European Co-Location Centers.

To apply

Please mail a resume and motivation letter to careers@eitdigital.eu outlining how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of the position. Applications without a motivation letter will not be considered.

Applications should be submitted before 17:00 p.m. CEST on July 22, 2024.
The applications will be reviewed as soon as they are submitted.

EIT Digital is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity. To build a strong digital Europe that works for everyone it is vital that we have diverse range of skills, knowledge and experience in the sector. Therefore, we welcome applications from anyone who meets the above criteria and encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, and other underrepresented groups.

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