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EBA is hiring Executive Director

Because our current EBA Executive Director will retire in May 2015, we are looking for a successor. Linked is the full job description and person specification.

The Executive Director’s key goals are:

  • Representing EBA in contact with other organisations and the EU institutions (Commission, Parliament, Council etc)
  • Contributing to EBA strategy and policies in close collaboration with the President and Executive of EBA
  • Developing an agreed and prioritised list of activities and seeking efficient means for their implementation in collaboration with the President
  • Building organisational capability and capacity, and supporting the membership
  • Operating effectively in a highly regulated environment
  • Managing the EBA office/secretariat, and supervising staff.

Person specfication

The successful candidate must be able to demonstrate achievements in leadership and in the ability to build organisational capacity for a membership organisation, and in one of the two following criteria:

  • Content knowledge of blood banking;
  • and/or a track record of networking and interacting with EU bodies and above all, being able to demonstrate influence and tangible results.

Additional areas of expertise are as follows:

  • Able to work independently and target driven
  • Readiness to take the initiative, whilst maintaining close liaison with the President and Executive
  • Excellent communication skills both oral and written, needed for networking, lobbying and liaising with member states and (global) organisations and in writing articles for EBA
  • Sensitivity to cultural differences between European countries
  • Fluency in spoken and written English essential; knowledge of French and/or German an advantage
  • Alert to changes and developments in the blood services and transfusion field and ability to incorporate these in the strategy and EBA Membership.

Practical information

  • The EBA office is located in Amsterdam; candidates must live within reasonable commuting distance or willing to move there. Frequent presence in Brussels will be necessary, as is frequent travel – mostly within Europe.
  • The appointment is for four years, with an option to extend for an indeterminate period by mutual agreement. Starting date as soon as possible.
  • Salary range: 80 – 90.000 €/year plus 10.000 cost reimbursement; more may be available for candidates with an exceptional fit with the person specifications


  • The closing date for applications is June 6th. Interview date in Amsterdam is June 25th, 2014
  • For further information and application please contact Prof. Philippe Vandekerckhove, EBA President, on +32 15 44 33 86 or