Operations Manager

Association of European Cancer Leagues

Closing date 21 April 2024
Location Brussels
Position type Permanent
Role Leadership / Strategy
Education Bachelor's
Experience >5 years
Benefits See below

Job description

About ECL

The Association of European Cancer Leagues (ECL) is one of the most prominent civil society organisations active in cancer policy at European level.

ECL is the umbrella organisation of cancer leagues across the WHO European region and a driving force to advance cancer prevention, access to medicines and patient empowerment, as well as to influence EU health policies. ECL was founded in 1980 and is a non-governmental, non-profit organisation with a secretariat based in Brussels.

ECL currently unites, supports and represents 32 members across 27 European countries, which are national and regional cancer societies, who together employ more than 8,000 people and over 300,000 volunteers. They spend more than €750 million every year to fight cancer and represent over 570 million citizens. ECL engages in advocacy and lobbying and participates in or coordinates EU-funded projects. We also organise educational and policy events, and capacity-building initiatives. 

About the position

Are you a dynamic, positive and intelligent person with a management background and thrive in a small team? If so, we would love for you to join us!

We are seeking a senior professional who believes in our mission, and has the skills to take on all managerial duties for the smooth running of a professional and effective Secretariat.

Your tasks

  • Oversee all administrative, and financial and any legal tasks;
  • Oversee relations with existing members & recruitment of new members or projects;
  • Report regularly to the President;
  • Ensure operational delivery of ECL’s strategy, under direction of the Board;
  • Manage staff on daily matters;
  • Support the ED in all administrative processes related to the Board;
  • Lead on recruitments;
  • Oversee monitoring/reporting/tendering processes for strategic partnerships, especially with respect to cross-cutting projects including EU grants and strategic partnerships;
  • Seek funding opportunities along with Project Managers in line with ECL’s strategy and ingrained principles of independence.

Required Qualifications

  • More than 5 years’ experience in managing a team;
  • Organised and attention to detail;
  • Fluent in spoken and written English;
  • Formal education in a business or management-related field;
  • Experienced working in the European context;
  • Experienced in managing a team;
  • Experienced in working with a Board;
  • Able to delegate, but also willing to assume responsibility from A to Z, especially in detailed bookkeeping and financial forecasting; and never neglecting a task – you will never say “that’s not my job”;
  • Excellent PC skills;
  • Excellent prioritisation skills;
  • Available to work onsite daily at the office for the first 6 months; and
  • Authorised to work in Belgium.

Highly Desirable

  • Previous experience in running an NGO, including taking on all administrative and financial aspects;
  • Fluent in another European language;
  • Experience with Sage BOB50.

Terms of employment

Salary offered will commensurate with experience and ECL’s budget. Office is in 1030 Brussels.

This position requires physical presence, and does not allow for any remote work for at least the first 6 months.

Starting date: ASAP


How to apply

Send an email to Vacancy(at)cancer.eu (no telephone calls accepted) with the subject line: Application for Operations Manager – [Your name & surname], with attachments:

  1. Cover letter no more than two A4 page on your a) motivations, b) earliest availability, and c) gross (brut) salary requirement;
  2. Full curriculum vitae with 3 recent professional references (one must be a direct supervisor).

Applications that do not follow these instructions will be disregarded.

Deadline for application: 21 April 2024 – 23:59 (CEST)

Short-listed candidates are expected to be informed within 2 weeks of the deadline for applications and invited for in-person interviews between 1-10 May.

Due to the high volume of applications anticipated, kindly note that we are unable to provide individual feedback and that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.