Legal and Procurement Business Partner

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21 days ago

Job Title: Legal & Procurement Business Partner
Team: Legal & Procurement

Contract: 6 months maternity cover with potential to extend

Level: Foundation / Intermediate

Please refer to our Capability Framework
Salary: Competitive for Not-for-profit organisation
Location: Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, United Kingdom
Start Date: As soon as possible

Apply By: Interviews will happen on a rolling basis till we find the right candidate. It is advisable to apply as early as possible.


EIT Climate-KIC (Knowledge and Innovation Community) is Europe’s foremost climate innovation initiative, entrusted by the European Commission to catalyse transformation through innovation. Headquartered in Amsterdam, with circa 160 people distributed all over the EU, EIT Climate-KIC leads and orchestrates innovation with a community of more than 400. Together we conduct activities in 39 countries. We partner with cities, regions, governments and communities with the highest climate action ambition; providing the framework and expert support to holistically manage the complexity of climate change and deliver accelerated climate action.

EIT Climate-KIC operates as a not-for-profit platform working through public-private partnership, wielding both public and private funding. We consist of 3 Legal entities: a Dutch BV Holding company (for profit) with 14 branches in European jurisdictions, providing grant management, innovation orchestration services, and impact investment advisory owned by a Dutch-based foundation with charity status – Climate-KIC International Foundation – with subsidiaries in the UK.


Working with key stakeholders, often under tight deadlines, Legal & Procurement Business Partners will lean into complex and uncertain environments to develop and maintain a strong and coherent legal and procurement organizational framework, compliant and ethical business affairs, dynamic risk management, effective and transparent governance, well structured non-profit matters as well as robust contracting, policies and procedures.

Key Responsibilities

  • Supporting the General Counsel and partnering with the wider team on the complete range of EIT Climate-KIC’s compliance, legal, procurement and non-profit matters to manage and mitigate risk.
  • Key focus on procurement management for the group including end to end public tender management, multi-funder compliance, commercial advice, procurement planning, strategic sourcing, toolkit resources, training, and category management.
  • Partner with diverse stakeholders in procurement and other areas to instil best practice, build capability and ensure value for money in line with Climate-KIC’s strategy.
  • Assisting with advice on compliance, conflicts, Anti-fraud, non-profit requirements, and operations - particularly in the context of future funding and impact pathways.
  • Draft and negotiate a variety of policies, agreements, and training materials across multiple jurisdictions, helping develop standard templates and streamlining processes.
  • Supporting with special projects (including internal initiatives) including risk and compliance.

Key Working Relationships

  • Legal & Procurement Team, People (HR), Finance, Operations, Future Funding, Communications, Policy & EU Affairs
  • General Counsel



  • European legal qualification
  • Tertiary level education in a relevant field
  • MBA or CIPS qualification desirable


  • At least 1-3/3-5 years’ relevant experience in procurement including category expertise in ICT/consultancy/professional services/communications.
  • Experience drafting technical documentation, RFx, Specifications, contracts and policies.
  • Desirable experience in leading public sector procurement, e.g. open procedure.
  • Not for profit/charity sector experience is desirable but not essential.


  • Ability to build and maintain relationships at all levels in a complex, multi-country, multi-stakeholder, multi-entity organisation.
  • Commercial acumen and ability to drive compliance, legal, procurement and/or non-profit strategy implementation steps and tangible outcomes.
  • Showing initiative and getting things done, detail oriented, proactive, delivery and solutions-focused.
  • Communication, cross cultural understanding and empathy, planning and budgeting.
  • Fluency in English (EIT Climate-KIC's working language), in writing and spoken; fluency in another European language is preferred.
  • Experience working in an international organisation would be desirable.

Qualities, Personal Style, and Approach

  • Openness and ability to be innovative and think outside the box.
  • Flexibility and willingness to undertake a range of tasks to meet business needs.
  • Enjoyment of operating in complexity and uncertainty.
  • Collaborative approach to work.
  • Experience or interest in climate change is desirable.
  • Comfortable in a non-hierarchical work structure.


Candidates must have the right to work in the location they're applying for (i.e. not require visa sponsorship) prior to applying for the position. Ideally, the successful candidate will be based close to a EIT Climate-KIC office, but we support full remote or hybrid forms of working and offer a high degree of flexibility.

At EIT Climate-KIC we are wholeheartedly committed to building a diverse and representative team and an inclusive workplace that values different life experiences and perspectives, and encourages personal development, learning and growth.

When recruiting we look to achieve diversity in the candidate pool. We actively encourage applications from underrepresented groups and are happy to consider reasonable adjustments to that will foster success in potential employees from diverse backgrounds and life situations. And because our team has differing needs and personal circumstances, we offer a high degree of flexibility to accommodate all working patterns.