Director Prospects and Studies

  • The European Patent Office
  • The Hague or Munich
  • 06/05/2022
Full time Data Analytics Statistics

Job Description

The European Patent Office – innovation starts here

The EPO offers a wide range of compensation and benefits to its staff, pensioners and families, who altogether account for more than 23 000 individuals. As an international organisation, the EPO acts like a state by providing a sustainable social security framework covering pensions, allowances and remuneration schemes. This is paramount for a self-financed organisation that generates its own revenue and must provide current staff with the best and fairest packages, while also caring for past and future generations of EPO employees. To ensure the competitiveness of the package it offers staff and to propose evidence-based measures to decision-makers, the EPO must rely on strong social data and analyses, regular benchmarking and internal and external studies.

These missions are driven by the Principal Directorate (PD) Welfare and Remuneration with the support of the Directorate Compensation and Benefits and the new Directorate Prospects and Studies. Directorate Prospects and Studies provides and monitors a wide range of recurrent or ad hoc statistics, dashboards, reports and studies to measure the efficiency, fairness and competitiveness of the social package. It also measures the evolution and trends of key factors such as demographics, economic development and salary mass evolution. In addition, it conducts studies and benchmarking with other international organisations, private entities and national social security schemes. It monitors and analyses overall impact on the EPO's future liabilities and helps shape the future financial and social landscape of the EPO as well as future policies in close collaboration with PD Finance and HR units and in full support of the long-term sustainability of the EPO.


We are now looking for the new director to lead the Prospects and Studies team.


With us you will:

  • propose and design a wide range of data collection, statistics, dashboard, reports and studies for the EPO and internal stakeholders (HR units, PD Finance, core business areas)
  • identify areas for digitalisation of data collection and analysis, support the developments of appropriate tools in collaboration with the relevant IT teams
  • monitor and analyse the evolution of key internal and external developments (evolution of salary mass components, demographics, inflation, etc.)
  • support the monitoring of the development of total staff costs, including payroll and long-term liabilities, and the assessment of their impact on the overall EPO financial situation
  • work in co?operation with the Compensation and Benefits team to conduct studies and perform benchmarking with other international organisations or private entities and national social security schemes
  • analyse literature, trends and developments, and draft reports on policy relevance in the field of compensation and benefits, social security and pensions
  • contribute to the delivery of communications material that are accessible and impactful for a range of different internal and external audiences, both specialist and non-specialist
  • build, develop and maintain an external network with partners, analysts and experts, international organisations, research institutions and universities
  • lead a team of social data analysts and co?operate closely with the Compensation and Benefits team as well as key internal partners

Apply if you have:

  • relevant academic background in economics/finance/social matters/statistics
  • several years of professional experience on compensation/benefits matters in an international organisation or multinational company
  • several years of managerial and/or advisory experience
  • excellent knowledge of social security, compensation and benefits best practices; actuarial skills and a formal qualification in this area would be a plus
  • demonstrated ability to team up and network with a large variety of stakeholders (senior management, other departments including HR units and Finance, staff representatives, external consultants, auditors, international organisations, etc.) and subject-matter experts to deliver collaborative, solution-oriented and successful outcomes on complex issues
  • ability to embrace and promote change in a dynamic environment
  • successful experience in project/programme management
  • excellent presentation and communication skills with the ability to interact effectively at all levels within the organisation and externally
  • proficiency in MS Office (focus Excel) required; experience with SAP applications would be an advantage
  • diploma of completed studies at master's level or – in exceptional cases – equivalent professional experience
  • excellent knowledge of one official language and ability to understand the other two; in exceptional cases, excellent knowledge of one official language and ability to understand another
  • citizenship of one of the member states of the European Patent Organisation


The successful candidate will be selected on the basis of qualifications and relevant experience, supplemented as appropriate by interviews, tests and/or a personality questionnaire.


Key information 

  • Job group: 3
  • Grade: G13/3 (net/basic monthly salary*: EUR 12 929 - complemented by additional benefits as defined in the staff regulations) 
  • Duration of appointment: Five years (renewable under the conditions laid down in the staff regulations)
  • Career path: Managerial
  • Location: Any EPO site
  • Application deadline: 29 May 2022
  • Interviews planned for: weeks commencing 6 and 13 June 2022 (tentative)

* after deduction of EPO internal tax and before deduction of staff contributions to the social-security and pension schemes. The salary range depends on experience.


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.