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Euralarm seeks General Manager

Euralarm 5<y Senior Level  Brussel, Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest, Belgium 10 Nov 2017

Job Description

General Manager

Euralarm, the association of European manufacturers and installers of Fire Safety and Security Systems, is seeking a General Manager who will be responsible for the leadership and management of the operational activities of Euralarm, and who will also be a key representative for Euralarm in its interaction with external stakeholders and regulators. Reporting to the Board, represented by the President, the self employed incumbent will manage a team and be based in the Brussels area. The applicants should be able to work from their own office.

Responsible for the day to day management of Euralarm.

  • Providing general support, advice and guidance to the Board, members and related matters.
  • Increase the recognition and visibility of Euralarm as a key interlocutor of the Fire Safety and Security Industry.
  • Manage and continuously improve the Euralarm processes, ensure adherence to the legislation, procedures and processes including the selection and management of appropriate “collaboration-tool” and document storage systems to fulfil legal requirements.
  • Lead the advocacy activities of Euralarm
  • Ensure association members are kept fully aware of industry and political developments.
  • Spot, monitor, and take action on emerging issues (both positive and negative) that can affect the future of the Euralarm’s members industry.

Direct report: the Board represented by the President

Dimensions of the function

  • Assume responsibility for the advocacy impact of Euralarm
  • Maintain relationships with the Board, the sections and the committees.
  • Maintain relationships with members
  • Maintain and develop relationships with external stakeholders e.g. the EU Commission MEP’s, regulator’s and ESO’s
  • Attract new members, but also ensuring that any potential new members meet the membership requirements, which include having an effective system of corporate governance.
  • Develop co-operation with organisations with similar objectives to those of Euralarm and seek to work together to promote them.
  • Ensure Euralarm’s financial viability.

Internal/external contacts

  • All members: trade associations’ industry members and all individual members of the Board, sections, committees and working groups.
  • Euralarm operational team (EOT)-Members, contracted service providers
  • Other Trade Associations
  • Members of EU Commission and Parliament, Standard developing organizations at national, European and global level.

Key responsibilities/tasks and Priorities

  1. Management (time allocation target: 20 %)
  2. Advocacy (time allocation target: 50%)
  3. Communication (time allocation target: 15%)
  4. Development of Euralarm (time allocation target: 15%)

Desired skills and exerience

  • Relevant university degree
  • Knowledge of the building construction or Fire & security industry would be an asset, but, if not, at least 10 years of experience in the Brussels arena, including 5 years in a leading position in an international trade association, the private sector or the policy making sector.
  • He/she must have the strategic, diplomatic and leadership skills to find common ground amongst the membership base across a very wide variety of political and technical issues, without necessarily being an expert in any one field, and then to act as effective advocate in pursuing Euralarm’s agenda.
  • Leadership in a multicultural and international environment.
  • High level of committee chairmanship and ability to synthesise arguments and find acceptable compromises.
  • Methodical with a good eye for detail.
  • Be well organized.
  • Bring objectivity to the proceedings.
  • Keeping clear records.
  • Fluency in spoken and written English and preferably with French and/or German or another European language.
  • Excellent communication, media and interpersonal awareness skills.
  • Enthusiasm and self motivation to successfully guide and influence diverse groups ranging across multiple issues.
  • Ability to meet challenging objectives and deadlines.
  • Initiative and perseverance.
  • Strong time management, proactive and to the point.
  • Analytical, result and customeroriented.
  • Ability to operate efficiently in an international context (readiness to participate in a number of international trips/meetings mainly in Europe)



Interested applicants can send their cv to

All applications will be handled in the strictest confidence.

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