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Director Patent Academy

Posted on Jan 1, 2020 by European Patent Office

München, Bayern, Germany
Immediate Start
Annual Salary

With almost 7 000 employees, the European Patent Office (EPO) is the second-largest public service institution in Europe. It supports innovation, competitiveness and economic growth across Europe through a commitment to high-quality and efficient services delivered under the European Patent Convention, its founding treaty. It has a yearly budget of EUR 2.3 billion, entirely financed by the fees paid by its users.

As set out in its Strategic Plan 2023, the EPO is fully committed to broadening the European patent system and network. It will strengthen and expand its co operation activities with member and non member states of the European Patent Organisation and strive to heighten the patent network's impact. To realise this objective, it intends to carry on building on its state-of-the-art IP training and certification for key stakeholders through its Patent Academy and European qualifying examination (EQE).

For these important missions, the EPO is now seeking to appoint a Director Patent Academy and EQE, who will report to the Principal Director Co operation and Patent Academy.

Your main responsibilities

  • Identifying and analysing the needs of EPO stakeholders in terms of IP education and making recommendations for the development of tailored programmes and initiatives to broaden the expertise and skills of patent system users
  • Forging new standards of excellence for IP training and certification in collaboration with key stakeholders through the design and implementation of customised, state of the art training and learning initiatives, in accordance with the EPO Strategic Plan
  • Advising on and implementing training related strategies to support co operation activities with member and non member states
  • Managing the EQE and its related training and educational activities, in co operation with the epi (Institute of Professional Representatives)
  • Leading the design and effective implementation of new training and educational concepts, tools and materials, in particular in the fields of e- and distance learning
  • Anticipating future requirements and introducing cutting edge educational technologies
  • Analysing data on the effectiveness of programmes offered in order to continuously improve and enhance the learning environment for specific target audiences
  • Leading and managing the work of an experienced team of IP learning and development professionals
  • Contributing to the EPO's strategy by advising the Principal Director Co operation and Patent Academy, the Chief International and Legal Officer and the Vice President DG 5

What we expect from you

  • Experience and proven track record of leading multiskilled teams, preferably in a European institution or international organisation
  • In depth understanding and experience of patents and IP, preferably in the field of IP education
  • Knowledge of the EQE and its regulations
  • In depth knowledge of and interest in the latest trends and developments in learning and education, including the use of cutting edge technologies
  • Ability to work with a variety of stakeholders, taking a project management approach
  • Ability to lead and motivate a team in a collaborative and agile way
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to establish rapport and networks

Your qualifications

  • Diploma of completed studies at master's level or - in exceptional cases - equivalent professional experience.
  • Excellent knowledge of one official language (English, French and German) and the ability to understand the other two. In exceptional cases, excellent knowledge of one official language and working knowledge of another. In such cases, the willingness to learn the third language would be required.
  • Citizenship of one of the member states of the European Patent Organisation.


Please apply via the 'Apply' button.

Process and timeline

The successful candidate will be selected on the basis of qualifications and relevant experience, supplemented as appropriate by interviews, test and/or a personality questionnnaire. Interviews are expected to take place in calendar week 5/6 in Munich.

* after deduction of EPO internal tax and before deduction of staff contributions to the social-security and pension schemes.

To foster gender diversity, EPO encourages applications from women.

The EPO is an equal opportunities employer and supports workforce diversity as a signatory to the Diversity Charter (Charta der Vielfalt) since 2010. All applications for vacant positions will be welcomed and considered on the professional merits of the applicant against the role profile for the position regardless of nationality, ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, parental responsibilities, age, religion or belief.

Reference: 815837276

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