Agricultural Projects Manager

EIT Food

Madrid, Spain

Paid • Full Time • Fixed Term Contract 650406783 Joseph Gridley

Sectors: food, farming & horticulture, sustainability

Closing date: Sunday, 1st March 2020   7 days left


The Agricultural Projects Manager will be responsible for two pioneering new agriculture programmes. The first, called Test Farms, links high potential agricultural startups with farmers in Southern Europe; helping to digitalize agriculture and tackle problems from water scarcity to climate change. The second programme, The Regenerative Agriculture Revolution, is an initiative that aims to inspire and incentivize European farmers to adopt more regenerative agricultural practices. Excitingly, regenerative agriculture has been billed as one of the most powerful ways that we can slow down and even stop climate change – but is woefully underpracticed in Europe.


Full time role. The initial position will be for 1 year, with the possibility that the post will be extended if the programmes are successful. Employment contract under the Spanish labor law.


She or he will be based in the EIT Food office in Madrid, Spain.

Business travel (up to 5 days per month) within Southern Europe can be expected.


You will report to the Business Creation Manager at CLC South and the Director of the Co-Location Centre.


The expected start date is March 2020.


Test Farms:

  • Ensure the successful delivery of the remaining months of the Test Farms pilot of 2019.
  • Review the Test Farms pilot of 2019 and refine the programme structure for the programme’s full launch in Spring 2020.
  • Deliver the Test Farms programme in 2-3 Southern European countries, partnering at least 20 startups with as many farmers.
  • Build relationships with agricultural consultants and other project partners to deliver the programme. These partners might include: agricultural cooperatives, farmers associations, young farmers groups, etc.
  • Scout for and then select high-quality agricultural startups to participate in the programme.
  • Oversee the monitoring and evaluation of Test Farms Pilot of 2019 and 2020. The selected candidate will hopefully develop real expertise in identifying how startups and farmers can best work together, and the type of technological solutions we need to transform our agricultural sector.

Regenerative Agriculture Revolution

  • Help design a new project to encourage methods of regenerative agriculture amongst farmers in Southern Europe. The project is in its infancy and so the selected candidate will have the opportunity to really shape the design of this project.
  • Through comprehensive research, become EIT Food’s ‘expert’ on regenerative agriculture.
  • Build partnerships with organisations (businesses, startups etc) to help deliver the regenerative agriculture project. These might be existing EIT Food partners or others.
  • Project manage a series of partners to ensure the goals of the regenerative agriculture programme are achieved.
  • Scout for farmers who might be interested in participating in the regenerative agriculture activities. At least 10 farms should participate in the pilot project.
  • Produce and distribute compelling communications on the Test Farms and Regenerative Agriculture projects to inform people.
  • Design and help manage the budget for the programme.



  • Undergraduate degree or professional training related to agriculture, entrepreneurship and/or business management
  • Qualifications related to the agrifood sector are a clear plus. In particular, an understanding of regenerative agriculture and/or agtech would be valuable.
  • Fluency in English and Spanish. Additional Southern European languages will be a plus.
  • Very good command of Microsoft Office


  • Minimum 5 years of relevant working experience related to start-ups and/or agriculture
  • International exposure and experiences in working with start-up ecosystems
  • Strong network amongst southern European agricultural actors.
  • Ability and desire to start projects from the beginning and see them through to closure.

Skills and behavior

We are looking for someone with the following traits:

  • Demonstrable passion to build a more sustainable and healthier food system.
  • Solid business judgment, with flexible and interdisciplinary thinking
  • A positive person with a can-do attitude that thrives in small dynamic teams.
  • A desire to really lead two new projects at the forefront of agricultural thinking.
  • A combination analytical thinking and creativity
  • The ability to interact and communicate effectively with individuals from different countries and backgrounds.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication, presentation and persuasion skills for building alliances between stakeholders from industry, research education and public sector
  • Proactive, independent and trustworthy
  • Passion for continuous improvement
  • Respectful of timelines and deadlines and attention for detail
  • Active interest in the agrifood sector
  • Ability to work both independently and in small (multi-national) teams
  • Organised, proactive, service-oriented and capable of multi-tasking
  • Excellent emotional intelligence skills


EIT Food offers a competitive salary package consisting of a monthly salary and annual bonus. EIT Food also offers health care insurance and a generous holiday allowance.

We believe the balance between work and private life is very important. As such, we are flexible when it comes to working from home and fixed office hours.

Every Friday, we finish at 3pm so that we can make the most of the weekend. And in the months of July and August we finish at 3pm everyday to make the most of summer!


Interested candidates are asked to send their CV and motivation letter (both in English) in electronic format to before March 1st 2020. Please write in the subject line of your email: “Application to the position of Agricultural Projects Manager– CLC South”.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited for an interview. Shortlisted candidates may be asked to prove their background, qualifications, skills and experiences by providing relevant documents.


EIT Food is an equal opportunity employer, offering each candidate matching the minimum obligatory qualifications and experiences an equal chance in employment and promotion procedures.


EIT Food is a consortium of over 50 partners from leading businesses, research centres and universities across 13 countries. It is a people-centric and resource-smart transformer of the European food system, tackling climate change and improving global health..

EIT Food members have a strong belief that the food sector needs to be transformed and that this can only be achieved by giving the consumer a more central role. The main issues the food sector is facing are that it is complex, fragmented, slow to adopt new technologies, not attractive to new talent, and not resource efficient. An effective food sector is needed to address major societal issues and challenges: feeding 9-10 billion people in 2050; 3 billion overweight people; 2 billion undernourished people; more than 30% of food wasted.

EIT Food’s vision is to put Europe at the centre of a global revolution in food innovation and production, and its value in society. EIT Food will engage consumers in the change process, improve nutrition and make the food system more resource-efficient, secure, transparent and trusted. EIT Food has six strategic objectives:

  • Overcome low consumer trust: support Europeans in the transition towards a smart food system that is inclusive and trusted;
  • Create consumer valued food for healthier nutrition: enable individuals to make informed and affordable personal nutrition choices;
  • Build a consumer-centric connected food system: develop a digital food supply network with consumers and industry as equal partners;
  • Enhance sustainability: develop solutions to transform the traditional ‘produceuse-dispose’ model into a circular bio-economy;
  • Educate to engage, innovate and advance: Provide ‘food system’ skills for more than 10,000 students, entrepreneurs and professionals through advanced training programmes.
  • Catalyse food entrepreneurship and innovation: foster innovation at all stages of business creation.

EIT Food boosts the skills and entrepreneurial spirit in the sector and unlocks the potential of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), which in turn will accelerate innovation, create jobs, benefit businesses and increase Europe’s competitiveness.

The pan-European EIT Food KIC is headquartered in Belgium and its partnership brings together change-makers in all relevant sectors and fields. EIT Food is well positioned to achieve the maximum impact on the challenges outlined above. The highly committed partnership will conceive, develop, evaluate and adopt new market-oriented approaches to innovation.

It is structured around five Co-Location Centres (CLCs) established in Reading (with partners from the UK, Ireland and Iceland), Warsaw (with partners from Eastern Europe and Nordic countries), Madrid and Bilbao (with partners from Portugal, Spain, Italy, Greece and Israel), Leuven (with partners from Belgium, France and Switzerland) and Munich (with partners from Germany and the Netherlands).

EIT Food is structured as a Belgian “international non-profit association” (“internationale vereniging zonder winstoogmerk – ivzw”) based in Leuven. The KIC has a Supervisory Board and a Management Team.

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