Policy Officer Defence Industry Engagement

European Defence Agency (EDA)
  • Location
    Brussels, Belgium
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career / Mid Career
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  • Posted
    Jul 17

Position description

In accordance with the Rules applicable to national experts seconded to the European Defence Agency (2016/1352), Seconded National Experts are seconded to the Agency while remaining in the service of their national employer and continuing to be paid their national salary by that employer. Therefore, in order to be considered in the selection process, candidates for an SNE post must be sponsored by their national authorities. Confirmation is required in the form of a letter of sponsorship addressed to the Agency as far as possible by the closing date for the receipt of applications; and in any case not later than the recruitment date. The Rules are available on the EDA website http://www.eda.europa.eu - vacancies.

The selection of candidates will follow the EDA Staff Recruitment Procedure. Candidates must apply for this post via the EDA website http://www.eda.europa.eu - vacancies. Please note that to make an EDA on-line application you will need to create your EDA profile using a valid e-mail address and a password.


The European Defence Agency was established on 12 July 2004, and is governed by Council Decision (CFSP) 2015/1835 defining the statute, seat and operational rules of the European Defence Agency. 

The Agency has its headquarters in Brussels. 

The main task of the EDA is to support the Council and the Member States in their effort to improve the Union's defence capabilities in the field of crisis management and to sustain the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) as it currently stands and as it develops in the future.

The Agency is structured into four directorates. Three operational directorates: Cooperation Planning & Support; Capability, Armaments & Technology; and European Synergies & Innovation and the Corporate Services Directorate. 


The Agency is an “outward-facing” organisation, constantly interacting with its shareholders, the participating Member States, as well as with a wide range of stakeholders. It works in an integrated way, with multi-disciplinary teams representing all the Agency’s functional areas, to realise its objectives. Its business processes are flexible and oriented towards achieving results. Staff at all levels need to demonstrate the corresponding qualities of commitment, flexibility, innovation, and team-working; to work effectively with shareholders and stakeholder groups, formal and informal; and to operate without the need for detailed direction.


The European Synergies & Innovation Directorate promotes and supports Member States in innovative research and the development of key technologies, coordinates and promotes EDA actions in the area of dual-use research, and implements  the Preparatory Action for CSDP-related research. The directorate is also responsible for coordinating the Agency’s overall engagement with industry as well as strategic foresight and assessment. It also supports Member States in interfacing with wider EU policies that have implications for defence, such as energy, environment, and space.


The Policy Officer Defence Industry Engagement under the supervision of the Head of Unit Industry Strategy and wider EU Policies, contributes to the activities regarding the development of the European Defence Technological and Industrial Base (EDTIB) to support the defence capability priorities. Within this framework, he/she will mainly: 

  • contribute to the analyses of technologies, skills and manufacturing capabilities (Key Strategic Activities/KSAs) that are important for the European strategic autonomy in the military capability and technology areas that Member States have indicated as priorities; 
  • contribute to build effective relations and exchanges of information between the agency and relevant industries (industry engagement) in the framework of the agency's main processes developing capabilities and technologies (Capability Development Priorities, R&T prioritisation and KSAs); 
  • build and maintain relevant knowledge and networks with experts in the agency, Member States and industry of a subsector of the EDTIB in order to effectively fulfil the tasks above and contribute to the agency's role in Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) and European Defence Fund (EDF) including European Defence Industrial Development Programme (EDIDP); 
  • contribute to further development of the industrial and technological base of the defence sector by developing initiatives, in coordination with Member States, European Commission and Industry, to enhance the participation of innovative SMEs and non-traditional suppliers in the defence market and supply chains; 
  • maintain and further develop dedicated tools (e.g. web-based platforms, databases) to support the access of industry to the defence market; 
  • take on additional tasks as required in the interest of the service. 

Duties may evolve according to development of the EDA’s structure and activities, and the decisions of EDA management.


a. Conditions for eligibility 

(1) General 

  • be a national of a Member State participating in the Agency; 

  • be entitled to his/her full rights as a citizen; 

  • have fulfilled any obligations imposed on him/her by the laws concerning military service; 

  • produces the appropriate character references as to his/her suitability for the performance of his/her duties; 

  • be physically fit to perform his/her duties; 

  • have a thorough knowledge of one of the languages of the participating Member States and a satisfactory knowledge of another language of the participating Member States to the extent necessary for the performance of his/her duties; 

  • have a level of education which corresponds to completed university studies attested by a diploma when the normal period of university education is four years or more; or a level of education which corresponds to completed university studies attested by a diploma and appropriate professional experience of at least one year when the normal period of university education is at least three years; or be a graduate of a national or international Defence College; 

  • have no personal interest (financial, family relationship, or other) which could be in conflict with disinterested discharge of his/her duties within the Agency; 

  • hold a valid Personnel Security Clearance Certificate (national or EU PSC at SECRET UE/EU SECRET level). Personnel Security Clearance Certificate’ (PSCC) means a certificate issued by a competent authority establishing that an individual is security cleared and holds a valid national or EU PSC, and which shows the level of EUCI to which that individual may be granted access (CONFIDENTIEL UE/EU CONFIDENTIAL or above), the date of validity of the relevant PSC and the date of expiry of the certificate itself. Note that the necessary procedure for obtaining a PSCC can be initiated on request of the employer only, and not by the individual candidate.). 

b. Essential selection criteria 

(1) Professional 

The candidate will be required to demonstrate that he/she has: 

  • very good knowledge of the European Defence Technological and Industrial Base (EDTIB) and the European Defence Equipment Market (EDEM) matters; 

  • relevant experience with leading projects and/or developing policies in the area of defence capabilities or technologies either on government or industry’s side; 

  • experience in and/or knowledge of a subsector of the EDTIB, for instance Naval Systems or C4I STAR could be an advantage; 

  • knowledge of or affinity with industrial processes leading to products and systems; 

  • experience with the defence international environment and the EU defence market & industry community; 

  • knowledge of the latest developments and initiatives (in preparation) at a European level to strengthen the European defence capabilities and industrial base; 

  • knowledge of the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP); 

  • a track record of delivering successful business outcomes; 

  • experience in organisation and chairing of meetings and workshops; 

  • understanding of the EDA’s main tasks and functions; 

  • a very good knowledge of written and spoken English. 

(2) Personal 

All staff must be able to fit into the Agency's way of working (see para. 2). Other attributes important for this post include: 

  • ability to work in a team and independently in his/her area of responsibility; 

  • good interpersonal, communication and influencing skills; 

  • strong sense of duty and responsibility; 

  • results-orientation and strong motivation; 

  • accuracy and dependability; 

  • flexibility and innovativeness; 

  • ability to adapt to a quickly changing working environment; 

  • genuine commitment to the Agency's objectives. 


The Policy Officer Defence Industry Engagement will be required to make a declaration of commitment to act independently in the Agency’s interest and to make a declaration in relation to interests that might be considered prejudicial to his/her independence.


The Policy Officer Defence Industry Engagement will be appointed by the Chief Executive.

Secondment will be as a member of the Seconded National Expert staff of the Agency for a three-year period (unless a shorter period is mutually agreed between the parties). Renewal is possible within the limits set out in the EDA SNE Rules. The successful candidate will be seconded as AD10.

Applications are invited with a view to establishing a reserve list for the post of Policy Officer Defence Industry Engagement at the EDA. This list is valid until 31/12/2019, and may be extended by decision of the Chief Executive. During the validity of the reserve list, successful candidates may be offered a secondment in the EDA according to their competences in relation to the specific requirements of the vacant post. 

Inclusion on the reserve list does not imply any entitlement of secondment in the Agency.


The EDA is an equal opportunities employer and accepts applications without distinction on the grounds of age, race, political, philosophical or religious conviction, sex or sexual orientation and regardless of disabilities, marital status or family situation.

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