Luxembourg Institute of Science & Technology
August 07, 2024
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CEO-2409 DEPUTY CEO – VALORIZATION FUNCTION Permanent contract Belval Are you passionate about research? So are we! Come and join us

The Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST) is a Research and Technology Organization (RTO) active in the fields of materials, environment, space resources and IT. By transforming scientific knowledge into technologies, smart data and tools, LIST empowers citizens in their choices, public authorities in their decisions and businesses in their strategies.

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The Deputy CEO, as a member of the LIST Executive Committee, co-develops a long-term vision and strategy for LIST, actively works in its implementation, directs, organizes, coordinates, and monitors all related operational processes to achieve goals and creates the framework in which LIST will be able to grow, creating the greatest possible added value for its various stakeholders.

In line with the LIST strategy, the Deputy CEO envisions, develops, and implements strategies and policies aimed at building, improving, and managing effective and streamlined valorization including IP valorization and partnership processes, spin-off creation and a strong corporate communication. To do so, the Deputy CEO will lead and manage a team of business developers, valorization & transfer officers, market intelligence team, LIST ventures including finding external investors and maintaining relationships with VC's, business angels, equity firms and a corporate communication team.

How will you contribute?

In a matrix organisation, your role involves overseeing the acquisition and reporting processes for contract and co-funded research projects and services. Meanwhile, the scientific director is responsible for overseeing the acquisition and reporting of all science and development projects and activities within LIST, as well as providing support for their scientific execution.

The directors will provide coaching to the Heads of Unit. In collaboration with the Scientific Director and the Heads of Unit, the Deputy CEO actively guides the entire life cycle of research activities at LIST

The input of the Deputy CEO into the development process of the research and innovation activities will be from the demand side while the input from the Scientific Director will be from the scientific side. The deputy CEO will overview the higher TRL of the LIST research agenda.

Business Development:

  • Define and introduce a sound business development strategy in line with LIST's goals, especially in terms of revenue and growth targets.
  • Create detailed business development plans and budgets to be deployed in tight collaboration with all units.
  • Lead thorough market research to identify trends, opportunities, and potential threats; adapt LIST's business strategies accordingly.
  • Identify new market, industry, partnership, or investment opportunities.
  • Lead negotiations for major business deals, contracts, and partnership agreements.
  • Analyse and track business development metrics and KPIs to follow-up on progress and make informed decisions.
  • Assess and manage business risks effectively. Plan, organize and follow up on legal aspects to ensure compliance with legal and regulatory requirements.
  • Technology transfer and research valorisation:

  • Manage the strategic direction and implementation of technology transfer and valorisation initiatives.
  • Identify and assess innovative technologies and RDI projects to determine their valorisation potential, intellectual property protection and market viability.
  • Negotiate with the support of the Legal service licensing agreements, contracts, and partnerships to transfer technology, facilitate valorisation, and generate revenue. Foster collaborations with industry partners to maximize the impact and value of LIST's RDI and intellectual property.
  • Collaborate with the units to identify and create spin-offs based on research results and innovative technologies.
  • Manage and oversee the entire valorisation & technology transfer policy of LIST in consultation with the Executive Committee and other internal bodies. Ensure compliance with intellectual property laws and regulations, including licensing and contractual agreements.
  • Leadership:

  • Work in close coordination with the other members of the Executive Committee and create healthy collaborative links between your team and the rest of the organisation.
  • Inspire the team under your responsibility. Coach, develop, and empower managers and employees. Lead and support talent management processes, including hiring, training, performance evaluation, and career development.
  • Excellent communicator and networker. Represent LIST in front of partners and stakeholders. Is wired into relevant technology transfer, industry, and business bodies and networks. Create and nurture institutional relationships. Communicate LIST's RDI activity and results to stakeholders and the broader community.
  • In your role of Deputy CEO, you will:

  • Collaborate with the CEO and the Executive Committee members in defining and implementing the LIST's strategic vision and goals.
  • Oversee major projects and initiatives when required.
  • Replace the CEO in case of absence. Act as a key decision-maker during emergencies or critical incidents, reporting in full transparency to the Board of LIST.
  • Is your profile described below? Are you our future colleague? Apply


    You have an international reputation in the sector of public and/or private research and innovation. You have proven management and governance skills, and the ability to engender trust, respect, and credibility.

    Your ability to envision strategies, establish priorities, and influence others to achieve strategic goals will be highly valuable.

    You demonstrated experience in building relationships with a diverse range of internal and external constituencies, strong ability to lead high level negotiations with public and industry partners, to influence and compromise and the capacity for managing and leading people, enforcing accountability, and empowering the managers and employees under their responsibility.

    Additionally, you should have:

  • A sound knowledge of technology development, transfer, valorisation and dissemination of innovation and research.
  • Relevant experience on putting in place communication and marketing plans of research and innovation activities.
  • Strong analytical, critical, and strategic thinking skills.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, as well as interpersonal and team-building skills.
  • A minimum of 15 years of experience is required, preferably in innovation- driven or research technology organisations (experience in an RTO is a plus), and at least 5 years of experience in senior management positions.
  • Finally, you should hold a PhD degree and being fluent in English and French. Luxembourgish would be considered an advantage.

    Your LIST benefits
  • An organization with a passion for impact and strong RDI partnerships in Luxembourg and Europe that works on responsible and independent research projects
  • Sustainability, empowering our belief that we play an essential role in paving the way to a green society
  • Innovative infrastructures and exceptional labs occupying more than 5,000 square metres, including innovations in all that we do
  • An environment encouraging curiosity, innovation and entrepreneurship in all areas
  • Personalized learning programme to foster our staff's soft and technical skills
  • Multicultural and international work environment with more than 50 nationalities represented in our workforce
  • Diverse and inclusive work environment empowering our people to fulfil their personal and professional ambitions
  • Gender-friendly environment with multiple actions to attract, develop and retain women in science
  • 32 days' paid annual leave, 11 public holidays, 13-month salary, statutory health insurance
  • Flexible working hours, home working policy and access to lunch vouchers
  • Your application must include:

  • A motivation letter oriented towards the position and detailing your experience
  • A detailed CV
  • Application procedure and conditions

  • LIST is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to hiring and retaining diverse personnel. We value all applicants and will consider all competent candidates for employment without regard to national origin, race, colour, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, religion, age or disability.
  • Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis until the position is filled.
  • An assessment committee will review the applications and select candidates based on guidelines that aim to ensure equal opportunities.
  • The main criteria for selection will be the correspondence of the existing skills, expertise and experience of the applicant with the requirements mentioned above.
  • Kindly be informed that upon submitting your application, you are consenting to share it with the selection committee, which includes external advisors : Dr. Casper van der Veen, Managing Director of Strategy at TNO, Mr. Ludo Deferm, Executive Advisor, Ms. Marie-Hélène Jobin, Vice-Rector Partnerships and International Relations, University of Luxembourg and Bruno Reyntjens

    To be considered for this position it is crucial that you have knowledge of the following languages

  • Read C1 Advanced
  • Write C1 Advanced

    Speak C1 Advanced

  • Read C1 Advanced
  • Write C1 Advanced

    Speak C1 Advanced


    The following languages are optional but are considered a plus.

  • Read B2 Upper intermediate
  • Write B2 Upper intermediate

    Speak B2 Upper intermediate

    minimum required Education

    Required work experience in years

    15 or more years

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