Head of Corporate Security, Safety and Business Continuity

European Investment Bank boulevard Konrad Adenauer, Luxembourg

About the European Investment Bank

The European Investment Bank (EIB) is the financing institution of the European Union. Created by the Treaty of Rome, its shareholders are the Member States of the European Union, and its Board of Governors is composed of the Finance Ministers of these States. The EIB enjoys its own legal personality and financial autonomy within the Community system.

The mission of the EIB is to contribute, by financing sound investment, to the policy objectives of the European Union, as laid down in its statutes and in decisions of the European Council.

The EIB contributes towards the integration, balanced development and economic and social cohesion of the Members of the European Union. To this end, it raises on the markets substantial volumes of funds that directs on the most favourable terms towards financing capital projects according with the objectives of the Union. Outside the Union the EIB implements the financial components of agreements concluded under European development aid and cooperation policies.

The European Investment Bank targets four priority areas in support of growth and job creation: innovation and skills, SMEs, climate action and strategic infrastructure across the EU.

To ensure maximum impact, the EIB lends to sound projects, combining EU funds with its loans and advising on technical and financial aspects.

The EIB is supporting Europe’s economic recovery by implementing the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI). By the end of 2016, the EIB Group had committed EUR 30.2bn under EFSI, mobilising total investment of EUR 163.9bn, or 52% of the target of EUR 315bn over three years.

The EIB’s activities around the world reflect EU external priorities. The EIB is active mainly in the pre-accession countries and eastern and southern neighbours. The EIB also operates in African, Caribbean and Pacific countries, Asia and Latin America; supporting local private sector development, social and economic infrastructure and climate action projects.

You can find further details on their website, www.eib.org.

Head of Corporate Security, Safety and Business Continuity Role Profile

EIB is currently seeking an exceptional candidate to undertake the position of Head of Corporate Security, Safety and Business Continuity. The role of Head of Corporate Security, Safety and Business Continuity is critical for the success of European Investment Bank. Reporting to the Corporate Services Director General, s/he will be responsible for ensuring the development, implementation and regular update of an overall Security, Safety and Business Continuity strategy for the EIB group based on best practice while constantly adapting to face changes and challenges resulting from external and internal factors.

The Head of Corporate Security, Safety and Business Continuity will work closely with other Directorates of the EIB Group and will actively work together with International Institutions, peers and external counterparts such as public authorities and service providers or providers of goods. In the context of crises as well as incidents that would affect the security and safety of the EIB Group, s/he is expected to have a high sense of responsibility, flexibility and focus. Calmness under pressure, very good organisational skills and availability are prerequisites for the position at the given instance. The post holder will also play a key role in reporting to the Crisis Management Committee in case a crisis situation is declared.

The Corporate Security, Safety and Business Continuity (CSSBC) is a newly created Division that will group together Security, Safety and Business Continuity Services ensuring prevention by minimising any potential risks while managing crisis in case of major incidents, in Luxembourg and overseas.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Head of Corporate Security, Safety and Business Continuity will have the following key responsibilities:

  • Propose an operational strategy and policies for Corporate Security, Safety and Business Continuity services, concerning the short, medium and long-term needs, in reply to external factors that impose the EIB to further enhance and proactively adapt its security policies measures and business continuity management
  • In cooperation with the CS Director General, identify the resources and means required to implement the strategic objectives and the business plan for the provision of Corporate Security, Safety and Business Continuity services within the EIB Group
  • Take managerial responsibility for the staff members within the division, including the development of staff and follow-up on their performance in order to ensure that the team has the right competencies and motivation to realise the formulated strategy and policies, and deliver the expected results
  • Provide leadership and direction whenever necessary in the execution of the key area processes related to the provision of Corporate Security, Safety and Business Continuity services at EIB Group (at headquarters and in external offices) in order to ensure consistency with EIB policies and regulations:
    • Ensure that the actual level of security (staff, buildings, information systems, etc.) is properly defined and assessed
    • Ensure that all possible disaster scenarios, including cyber-security are identified and, for each, the adequate working procedures including all needed infrastructure are defined
    • Ensure the implementation of the Security Programme Luxembourg ’26 of the EIB Group
    • Ensure that all major incidents are investigated and managed (including detection, containment, resolution and ex-post analysis)
    • Ensure the accuracy of the specifications in the context of call for tenders and supervise the overall execution and compliance of the procurement process
    • Ensure the efficient implementation of the Division’s KPI’s and report periodically on the results achieved
  • Provide, or ensure the availability of specific advice and recommendations on all services management issues in own domain in order to align EIB with best practice within this domain
  • Build strong relationships with senior management of the Bank: President and VPs, (deputy) DGs and Directors.  Share information and knowledge with other managers in the Bank and cooperate closely with the other members of the Directorate management team in order to ensure that Division staff has access to necessary information and people across the organisation as well as to promote the Division’s work and services
  • Develop relationships with public authorities as well as organisations and financial institutions in order to ensure appropriate networking and exchange of information on best practice
  • Manage or participate in special initiatives that go beyond the strict boundaries of own domain in order to ensure the realisation of the initiative within the set scope, time and budget.

Required Competencies

Core Competencies

  • Achievement Drive: continually keeps an eye on performance, focusing on improving it, showing drive and determination to meet short and long-term goals.
  • Change Orientation: adapts to differences and changes in the environment; takes a flexible approach to reach outcomes.
  • Collaboration: works cooperatively as part of a team; works collaboratively with peers across organisational boundaries based on a genuine interest in and an accurate understanding of others and their individual perspectives and concerns.
  • Organisational Commitment: is willing to commit to an organisation whose mission is to support Europe and is open to diversity, and to align her/his own behaviour with the organisation’s needs and intrinsic values, acting with integrity in ways that promote the organisation’s mission, policies and rules.

Managerial Competencies

  • Developing Others: Builds the long-term capability of others by guiding and developing them to make the most of their competence and potential, based on an accurate understanding of their true strengths and development needs.
  • Strategic Thinking: Thinks about the long-term organisation strategy and how to align to and implement it; comes up with useful new strategic insights.
  • Team Leadership: Builds a high performing team, ensuring it is focused, motivated and inspired to achieve organisational objectives, encouraging performance excellence and addressing underperformance when required.

 Qualifications and Experience

  • University degree in a security-related field, preferably complemented by post-graduate studies (e.g. MBA or Master in Operations Management)
  • At least 10 years professional experience in managing services related to security domains (physical, information, etc.)
  • 5 years in a managerial position, in particular running multidisciplinary teams

Key technical/professional knowledge and skills

  • Sound knowledge of technologies related to Security and Safety
  • Excellent knowledge of international standards and best practice related to Physical Security, Safety and Business Continuity
  • Thorough knowledge and understanding of management of contracts and their negotiation
  • Very good understanding of the EIB’s mission, strategy, policies, procedures, organisation and activities (for internal publication)
  • IT background would be an advantage
  • Proven capacity to develop his/her role, to innovate, to rapidly adapt to evolving needs and to implement change
  • Fluent in English with the knowledge of French and another EU languages would be an advantage.

How to Apply

If you wish to be considered for this position, please forward a copy of your CV and a supporting letter in Microsoft Word format, along with any relevant documentation to  Carol Mallari at [email protected] on or before October 30, 2019.  All information will be in the strictest confidence as we pride ourselves on our professional service.  We will revert to you as soon as feasible when we have reviewed your application.

EIB is dedicated towards having a diverse and inclusive workforce environment and providing equal opportunities for everyone. We highly encourage applications from qualified female candidates who are nationals of countries within the European Union.

SRI Executive is exclusively retained by EIB to undertake this assignment.

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