Position Technical Manager

OPERAS is the Research Infrastructure supporting open scholarly communication in the social sciences and humanities (SSH) in the European Research Area. Its mission is to coordinate and federate resources in Europe to efficiently address the scholarly communication needs of European researchers in the field of SSH.

The OPERAS AISBL is seeking to recruit a Technical Manager for Craft-OA Project. Under the coordination of the University of Göttingen, the project will aim at providing:

  • A robust pan-European network of infrastructures, with all necessary relevant service-provision, that brings together already existing not-for-profit and no APC[1]-based (‘diamond’) open access publishing initiatives in order to become an integral part of EOSC – in particular through effective support to the FAIR principles and sharing common technical infrastructure standards
  • A comprehensive toolbox to implement common standards for technical infrastructure and service provision available in open source repositories and adopted within the network and beyond;
  • Interoperable data exchange and crosslinking among the network and with FAIR-compliant data repositories and other open access infrastructures already used by the research community in order to foster the concept of ”single-point of access to services and content;
  • Contributing to the Horizon Europe EOSC Partnership (European Open Science Cloud)

In the project, OPERAS AISBL is in charge of the coordination of the technical developments, the support to the community and the further exploitation of the key results of the project.

Job Summary

The Position works closely with the OPERAS Chief Technical Officer (CTO) for:

  • Representing OPERAS AISBL in the CRAFT-OA project;
  • Managing the work packages, tasks and deliverables under the responsibility of OPERAS AISBL in the project.

Key Responsibilities

  • WP1 (T1.2) – Scientific coordination: Develop and apply quality procedures, the structure and the quality indicators to monitor and ensure a seamless and high-quality delivery of CRAFT-OA and its results, review specific project deliverables prior to their submission to the EC; set up an international Advisory Board providing guidance and alignment. This task will coordinate the formal relationship with the EOSC Association, ensuring contributions to the strategic partnership and SRIA developments. Develop, implement and monitor the formal engagement and liaison with other initiatives, e.g. contributions to committees, events and consultations. The task monitors GDPR, diversity, equality and inclusion aspects in the project’s conduct.
  • WP2 – Technical coordination and frameworks for community support: Ensure the overall technical coordination across the technical work packages (WP 3-6); Set up a community support framework to facilitate and monitor the continuous improvement of CRAFT-OA services, provide technical and customer support, and gauge user satisfaction; Co-develop technical gap and high-level transition plans with user communities; Implement a lightweight service management system based on the FitSM standard for supporting the project organisational and technical activities, and serve as a foundation to more easily integrate project results with service providers ensuring their sustainability.
  • WP7 – Technology exploitation and sustainability: Create and manage the exploitation and sustainability plans of the project outputs during and after the end of the project. It will, in particular, ensure that these outputs constitute the technical building blocks for the future capacity centre developed in the context of the DIAMAS project and that will be operated jointly as a service by a consortium of relevant pan-European infrastructures, starting with OPERAS.
  • Participate in other work packages and tasks of the projects, e.g.:
    • T3.3 – Training and education to enable the adoption and implementation of technical specifications
    • WP5 – Journal Visibility and Discoverability Improvement
    • T6.1 – EOSC onboarding
    • T6.2 – OpenAIRE Publisher Dashboard Service


  • Daily with OPERAS CTO
  • With OPERAS Co-coordinators and the Secretary General of OPERAS AISBL as well as the other Coordination Team members (OCT).
  • With the beneficiaries of OPERAS-lead projects, either through direct day-to-day interactions or through any project administration committee, to provide advice on project finance administration matters.
  • With the governance of OPERAS-lead projects to provide administration support.
  • With the European Commission’s financial and legal services for aspects around any EC-funded projects.
  • With other OPERAS staff involved in other diamond projects, e.g. DIAMAS and PALOMERA.

Job Requirements

  • Strong experience in software development, in particular, related to scholarly communication or publishing.
  • Demonstrated experience in European Commission Framework Programme project management as work package and task lead.
  • Professionalism and discretion in handling confidential and sensitive situations and matters.
  • Strong problem-solving skills and analysis of organisational impact.
  • Excellent people skills, with experience managing or coordinating multi-disciplinary, diverse, and dynamic teams.
  • Self-motivated to learn new concepts and participate in new projects.
  • Strong verbal, written, organisational, analytical and interpersonal skills.
  • Fluent in English; Speaking French in addition is an asset.


  • The position is offered for a temporary contract of 30 months This is a full-time position based in Brussels.
  • Remote working and/or part-time opportunities can be considered.
  • Salary depends upon the experience of the successful candidate. Full package may vary depending on the country of living if working from a different country than Belgium.

Equal opportunities

The OPERAS AISBL is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunities employer.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, colour, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age or veteran status.

Process and timescale (provisional)

Closing date for applications19-Feb-2023
Interviews & Short-listing20–28 Feb
Final interviews (optional)1–8 March 2023
Expected Starting Date01-April-2023

Information to apply

Please send a cover letter and your CV to yannick.legre[a]operas-eu.org. An assessment may be part of the selection process. Only direct applications from candidates are taken into account.

OPERAS AISBL does not appreciate any acquisition by third parties regarding this position. For additional information about this position, you may contact OPERAS’ Secretary-General at yannick.legre[a]operas-eu.org

Download the call here.

Technical Manager – Open Call