Full-time Vice-President (Operational Support) (INT/EXT/5255)

at The European Patent Office in Munich

The European Patent Office in Munich is seeking a Vice-President *

in Directorate-General 2 – Operational Support

Deadline for applications: 16.5.2012

The European Patent Organisation is an international organisation with 38 member states. Its executive body is the European Patent Office (EPO), which employs over 7 000 staff at four sites (Munich, The Hague, Berlin, and Vienna) and a liaison office (in Brussels). They include 4 000 highly qualified patent examiners who are responsible for the search and examination of patent applications and for granting European patents.

To meet and overcome challenges in a rapidly evolving patent world, the EPO is seeking to appoint a Vice-President to head its Directorate-General 2, Operational Support.

Application forms, to be completed in full, should accompany applications or be sent immediately afterwards.

Application form (PDF, 844 KB) (http://documents.epo.org/projects/babylon/eponot.nsf/0/FB866671E8EE5EB6C1257833003C24D1/$File/application_form_0312.pdf)

Each candidate must be sponsored by the head of delegation of the member state of which he or she is a national and/or by the President of the EPO (president@epo.org).

First interviews are planned between 29 May and 31 May 2012.

Main duties

The Vice-President is responsible for Directorate-General 2 (DG 2) Operational Support. The function of DG 2 is to deliver operational support for the patent granting process to internal and external users of EPO services.

The Vice-President DG 2 (VP 2) is a member of the EPO’s management committee (MAC) and reports directly to the President.

The duties include liaising with the Office’s other organisational units (DG 1, DG 3, DG 4, DG 5 and those units reporting directly to the President), and participating in meetings of the Administrative Council of the European Patent Organisation and its sub-committees.

The European Patent Office has an established reputation for the quality of its products, procedures and services. VP 2 will be expected to play a leading role in supporting and implementing the EPO’s Quality Management System as it moves towards ISO 9001 certification.

VP 2 is also responsible for ensuring that DG 2 delivers efficient and effective operating results. DG 2 comprises the following core activities:

Quality Management – setting and implementing the world standard for quality in the patent granting process. VP 2 has the role of Management Quality Representative and will chair the EPO’s Quality Board. More specifically, VP 2 will develop and reinforce the EPO’s Quality Management System. Patent Administration – delivering, developing, running and improving administrative support for the patent granting process (DG 1) and for external users of the European patent system. Patent Administration currently comprises over 800 staff and is in a process of major transformation in the context of the modernisation of the EPO’s IT environment.

In addition,

Information Management (IM) is located in DG 2. IM is under the responsibility (in organisational and budgetary respects) of the Chief Information Officer (CIO), who is a member of the EPO’s management committee (MAC). In this respect, the CIO is directly accountable to the President. The various automation budgets are likewise under the responsibility of the CIO, who is also responsible for IT Governance. IM provides automation support, products and services, both inside the EPO and externally, as well as delivering documentation tools and support for the EPO’s various patent collections.

Minimum qualifications

The successful candidate will be expected to lead successfully certain key areas for maintaining the EPO’s operations and its reputation for quality. Candidates must have completed studies at university level or have acquired equivalent knowledge over many years of professional activity. They should have managed a large organisational unit in a responsible position in the national or international, public or private sector. They should also have exercised effective leadership in quality management, and have a proven record in developing and implementing effective and cost-efficient service strategies.

Other requirements include excellent leadership skills through the management of managers, good communication skills and a thorough knowledge of at least one of the EPO’s official languages (English, French and German) and the ability to understand the other two, a clear service orientation, the ability to deal efficiently with the various stakeholders and a convincing way of managing people in a multicultural environment.
Interesting to know

For over 30 years, the EPO has been a very successful organisation. Along with the rest of the patent world, it is now facing a number of challenges. To reflect the requirements for this challenging position, the EPO is offering an attractive compensation package and generous social benefits.

Closing date and application procedure

The closing date for applications is 16.05.2012. The position is for a five-year term. Additional information about the EPO’s activities and the dynamic field of intellectual property can be found at www.epo.org. To obtain further information on the application procedure please apply below, including a CV and a letter of sponsorship showing the support of the head of delegation on the Administrative Council who represents the member state of which the candidate is a national and/or the President of the EPO and quoting Ref. INT/EXT/5255.

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