Head of Information Technology Services

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    COST Association
    Computer science
    Leading Researcher (R4)
    22/04/2022 23:00 - Europe/Brussels
    Belgium › Bruxelles


Reference of this publication: IT-HoU-2022


COST – European CO-operation in Science and Technology – provides networking opportunities for researchers and innovators in order to strengthen Europe’s capacity to address scientific, technological and societal challenges. There are three strategic priorities: Promoting and spreading excellence, fostering interdisciplinary research for breakthrough science, and empowering and retaining young researchers and innovators. COST implements its mission by funding bottom-up, excellence-driven, open and inclusive networks for peaceful purposes in all areas of science and technology.


The COST Association is an international non-profit association based in Brussels with 38 European Member Countries. It draws its funding from the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, Horizon Europe, through specific Grant Agreements signed under the umbrella of a framework Partnership Agreement with the European Commission.


Position Responsibilities

The Head of Information Technology Services primary responsibilities are to plan, direct and manage the IT Services Unit to ensure the development and implementation of cost-effective systems and efficient IT operations to meet current and future decision-making requirements aligning business and IT strategies.

The Head of Information Technology Services reports directly to the Director of the COST Association.

This position will involve:

  • Acting as a key role in the management of the COST Association as a member of the management group and as the Head of the IT Services Unit;
  • Analysing activities and requirements for all parties to formulate and develop new and modified IT Services solutions, within the corporate framework;
  • Supporting the continuous development and enhancement of systems and operations by providing and implementing appropriate IT Services solutions. Supervising, monitoring and optimising the COST Information Systems;
  • Leading, planning and coordinating projects to ensure that goals and objectives are achieved within the prescribed time frame and budget;
  • Streamlining and enhancing the internal business and science management processes;
  • Taking responsibility for building and managing the IT Services budget in investments and expenditure;
  • Evaluating needs in equipment (software, hardware, technical products…) and services, managing quotation, purchasing in a cost effective way, within available budgets and following procurement procedures;
  • Promoting a climate of positive, trustful and respectful staff collaboration by encouraging communication and information sharing between the IT Services activities and the science activities in close coordination with the Head of Science Operations;
  • Supervising the IT Services Unit: coordinating the operations, managing performances and workload distribution, including the timely completion of performance appraisals, regular feedback, and appropriate action planning;
  • Fulfilling other responsibilities and tasks in the interest of the organisation, as mandated by the COST Association Director.


Profile and Competencies

Candidates should demonstrate the following competencies:

Education & Experience

  • Master’s degree in Computer Sciences, Informatics, Computer Engineering or similar, with a minimum of 7 years of experience in Information Technology and project management.
  • At least 5 years’ experience in leading a Team.
  • Excellent knowledge of current information technologies and organisational functions
  • Ability to conceive and carry out inter-departmental projects
  • High standard of spoken and written English, knowledge of other European languages appreciated
  • Experience in academic or not-for-profit environment

Specific competencies

  • Good knowledge of business information systems; working knowledge of science management information systems is an advantage
  • Ability to prioritise assignments/projects and multi-task within restricted time constraints
  • Solid analytical, project management and problem-solving skills
  • Technical skills: good knowledge in enterprise IT environment (servers, network, telephony, cloud, etc.), specifically in Microsoft environment (Windows, Office 365, Power Platform, Dynamics 365, Azure) and in supervision of development of PHP-based application (Symfony framework, VueJS, SQL DB, webservices, Amazon Web Services) using Agile methodologies

Other competencies

  • Service-oriented attitude with strong sense of purpose and drive to make a meaningful contribution to the COST mission
  • Leadership, staff management and motivational skills
  • A collaborative and flexible style, with a service mentality. Needs to be seen as a team player who is committed to lifelong learning
  • Strong commitment to developing team members
  • Excellent inter-personal and communication skills within a multi-national context, including diplomacy, discretion and confidentiality
  • Continuously improvement-minded to enable process review in a spirit of simplification and automation
  • Positive and constructive attitude in an evolving environment

The COST Association offers

  • A full-time contract under the Belgian law
  • Start date: as soon as possible
  • A European working environment located in Brussels
  • Unless a national of the ‘EU and EEE’, candidates must be eligible to work in Belgium and must have a work permit

Electronic applications - motivation letter in English with possible start date mentioned + CV in English (and at least 2 recent reference letters in English by the 1st round of interviews) should be addressed to Barbara Bottiau and sent to job@cost.eu, mentioning the reference code IT-HoU-2022 in the subject line. Please also mention the channel through which you applied.

On the CV, the complete months and years of experience have to be mentioned (example: from 01/05/2014 until 24/09/2020).


Please note that the COST HR Team will only contact the candidates who are invited to the interview. No individual feedback will automatically be given to unsuccessful candidates.

The interviews will take place in the premises of the COST Association, the first round on 03/05/2022. Successful candidates will be invited to the second round which will take place on 09/05/2022.

Address where the interviews will take place:

COST Association – avenue du Boulevard/Bolwerklaan 21 – 1210 Brussels – (Near the Brussels North station).


For more information, please visit our website: www.cost.eu


Deadline for application: 22/04/2022 included

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More Information

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COST Association
avenue du boulevard, 21

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