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Job opportunity at the EGU Executive Office: Chief Strategy & Finance Officer

18 November 2019

The European Geosciences Union (EGU) is the leading organisation for Earth, planetary and space science research in Europe. With our partner organisations worldwide, we foster fundamental geoscience research, alongside applied research that addresses key societal and environmental challenges. Our vision is to realise a sustainable and just future for humanity and for the planet. We currently publish 19 diverse open-access scientific journals and organise meetings, and education and outreach activities. The EGU General Assembly is the largest and most prominent European geosciences event, with more than 16,000 scientists from all over the world in 2019.

The EGU has launched this summer a new strategy to set a direction for the Union and to guide the work of its Council, committees and staff until 2025. The EGU 2019–2025 strategy, including vision and strategic priorities, is available at

This is an exciting time in the development of the EGU, and we have created a new position of Chief Strategy & Finance Officer to lead the development and implementation of the Union’s strategic plan and vision, with particular responsibility for the financial security of the Union going forward. This role will be part of the EGU leadership team and will report directly to the EGU Executive Board. The position will be based at the EGU Executive Office in Munich, Germany.

Please forward this announcement to anyone you think might be interested in this opportunity.

Key accountabilities & responsibilities:

  • Lead the implementation of the EGU strategic plan with the Executive Secretary and the Executive Board: set long-term goals, monitoring progress and update the strategic plan as needed;
  • Oversee the scientific conference and publications commercial landscape / income; make recommendations based on emerging trends, market conditions, opportunities, and threats;
  • Work closely with the EGU Treasurer and report to the EGU Executive Board on the strategic plan implementation progress and financial outlook;
  • Jointly with the EGU Treasurer: develop and maintain the strategic financial plan for the EGU;
  • Jointly with the EGU Treasurer: develop the annual business plan and financial plan, incorporating at a minimum: annual budget / forward outlook / scenario modelling; planned investments, costs & projected income; market analysis & market trends; risk & contingency planning;
  • Oversee monthly accounts and prepare quarterly management accounts for approval by the EGU Executive Board;
  • Line management responsibility for Accountant / Book Keeper;
  • Deputise for the Executive Secretary when they are not available.

Key relationships:
Build and maintain excellent relationships with:

  • EGU Executive Secretary & EGU Treasurer;
  • EGU Accountant & EGU Executive Office staff;
  • EGU Executive Board and Council;
  • EGU’s main business partners.

Personal qualifications:

  • Experience with defining and executing strategic plans and business plans;
  • Experience with providing strategic financial leadership;
  • Experience leading and motivating a team to deliver tangible results;
  • Academic degree (e.g., MA, MSc, PhD), preferably in finance or business management;
  • Expert command of English.


  • Background and experience in or associated with science or research organisations;
  • Organisational financial management experience, ideally experience preparing management accounts for € multi-million organisations;
  • Qualified accountant, with good understanding of accounting and tax practices in Germany;
  • Experience working in a not-for-profit (e.V.) or government organisation;
  • Educated to postgraduate level (or equivalent);
  • Working knowledge of German.

Application materials:

  • Letter of motivation (1 page);
  • CV (2 pages);
  • A case study example that demonstrates where you have led the development and implementation of a strategic business plan. Please detail exactly what was delivered, the timescales, your role, key insights and the lessons learned (maximum 5 pages).

Please note that only complete applications, with all required materials in English, will be considered.
Informal enquiries about this position can be made to the Executive Secretary, Philippe Courtial (

Applications should be addressed to Philippe Courtial, Executive Secretary, and be submitted by e-mail in a single file to by 08 January 2020 and quoting reference CSFO.

Interview date and process:
Interviews will take place at the EGU Executive Office in Munich, Germany. Shortlisted candidates will be asked to deliver a short presentation during the interview process and to provide contact details of two referees.

Salary and starting date:
This position, to start in early 2020, will be subject to a 6-month probation period. We offer a competitive salary and benefits.


Philippe Courtial
EGU Executive Secretary

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