BUSINESSEUROPE seeks Adviser Industrial Affairs

BUSINESSEUROPE 3-5y Mid Level  Brussel, Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest, Belgium 11 Jun 2018

Job Description

Adviser Industrial Affairs

BUSINESSEUROPE is the leading advocate for growth and competitiveness at european level, standing up for companies across the continent and campaigning on the issues that most influence their performance. A recognised social partner, we speak for all-sized enterprises in 34 European countries whose national business federations are our direct members.

BUSINESSEUROPE seeks to fill the following position: adviser for its industrial affairs department.

The position

BUSINESSEUROPE’s Industrial Affairs Department aims to promote a modern EU industrial strategy as a growth and jobs driver. Its focus is on EU policies which have an impact on industrial competitiveness, like energy, environmental, industrial, research and innovation policies.

We are seeking an Adviser to support our work, notably in the fields of EU research & innovation policy and EU energy policy.

In this role, you will work with our members, by organising expert working group meetings, in order to co-ordinate positions on key issues for business. You will be expected to ensure business views are well understood by policy-makers, through extensive contacts with EU institutions, participation in conferences and written communication. To this aim, you will be monitoring, analysing and advocating on EU policies, both formally and informally, and drafting position papers, briefings, speeches and presentations. You will also be expected to contribute to the broader work of the department.

Candidates for this post should have

  • A relevant university degree;
  • At least 4 years of relevant professional experience;
  • Good knowledge of the European industrial landscape, how companies approach research and innovation activities and the internal energy market;
  • Good understanding of the functioning of the EU institutions, preferably gained through some experience working in the EU institutions, a trade association or consultancy;
  • Excellent analytical skills, and the ability to assimilate the various aspects of an issue rapidly;
  • Ability to transform technical input into political messages and adapt to the audience;
  • Ability to define and lead lobbying strategies;
  • Talent in negotiation and brokering compromises reflecting the general interest of all businesses on sensitive issues;
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet objectives within tight deadlines;
  • Good networking skills and interpersonal skills;
  • Excellent spoken and written communication skills in English. A good knowledge of French and of a third European language is an asset;
  • Proficiency in IT tools (Office, Internet, social media);
  • A pro-active and dynamic personality, with team spirit, multi-task, well-organised, flexible.

Application

Closing date for applications: 22 June 2018

Interested candidates are invited to send a letter of application and full curriculum vitae to: Magali Janson, Human Resources Manager : m.janson@businesseurope.eu

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