27. January 2014 - ESS - European Spallation Source
Innovative Procurement Officer
Innovative Procurement Officer
27. January 2014 - ESS - European Spallation Source
Innovative Procurement Officer
Innovative Procurement Officer
ESS - European Spallation Source



The Project Support and Administration Directorate at the European Spallation Source (ESS) in Lund, Sweden, invites applications for a one-year expert position on Public Procurement of Innovation.

Description of Institution

The expert will be part of the Procurement Division. The Procurement Department goal is to service ESS’s strategic objectives by utilising efficiently a fully functioning procurement process in order to maximise stakeholder investment. Procurement thereby strives to efficiently provide the optimum service levels whilst focusing on the key technical goals of the ESS by delivering to budget, timeframes and in accordance with the relevant legislations. We will procure the required goods and services by supporting and guiding our internal clients through the appropriate methodologies and approaches in synergy with contractual and internal business processes. Our aim is to achieve best value for money, without compromising quality for the ESS project.

Job description

What ESS can offer

At ESS we offer people with talent and passion a unique opportunity to be involved in the development and building of a world leading facility for materials research. Besides attractive employment and relocation conditions, the flexibility to balance work life with private life and good opportunities to further enhance your skills; you will also enjoy being part of an organisational culture that promotes and supports internal career growth. We pride ourselves in having successful collaboration across different functions, and as the facility continues to grow we will keep nurturing the international and vibrant environment welcoming people from all across the world.

Duration & Location

One year, time limited employment. The work may be completed remotely, however, it will be required of the expert to be on site, in Lund, Sweden, for briefings in person and meetings/presentations or similar.

Start date

The position is to be filled as soon as possible.

Description of main responsibilities

  • Developing ESS rules on PCP and PPI, which are part of the ESS procurement rules and in line with the future ERIC rules;
  • Establishing workflows for PCP and PPI involving all relevant stakeholders in the company;
  • Supervising the implementation of these workflows into project;
  • Application procedure;
  • Manage tools at ESS such as Primavera, Agresso etc.;
  • Developing and implementing ESS specific training modules;
  • Identify potential future PCP and PPI within ESS and in collaboration with partner organisations;
  • Setting-up of applications for EU grants on Innovative Public Procurement;
  • Supporting the stakeholder management.
Requested Profile


As an External Expert of Public Procurement of Innovation you have several years of experience in public procurement that has been complemented by practical experience in Pre-commercial Procurement as well as Public Procurement of innovative products and services. You are familiar with the relevant EU legislation and communication and you have been actively following recent developments on an international level. Experience of working in an international environment is essential. Fluent Swedish skills are required; excellent oral and written English skills are a prequisite.

You as a person

We truly believe that to enjoy and perform at ESS, you have good communication skills, and the ability to establish good relationships with contacts inside and outside the organization. You have the ability to plan and organise your work, and you are a confident decision-maker. Furthermore, you are motivated by solving problems and creating new innovative ideas.


Ute Gunsenheimer

How to Apply

Application & Contact

Please provide your curriculum vitae and covering letter in English. It is a requirement of our application process that the names and contact details (e-mail address and phone number) of three references be provided. Please note we only accept applications via the ESS website.

For further information regarding the position, please contact Head of Innovation, . For further information regarding the recruitment process, please contact HR Officer, .

31. January 2014
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