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GKN seeks Head of EU Public Affairs

GKN 5<y Senior Level  Brussel, Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest, Belgium 8 Jun 2017

Job Description

GKN Aerospace (including Fokker Technologies) is looking for a

Head of EU Public Affairs

for its Brussels office, starting from the first of July 2017. This position will form part of GKN Aerospace’s communications team and you will report to the Director of Global Marketing & Communications; however you will be expected to work closely with the Group Director of External Relations and public affairs colleagues throughout Europe, most notably in the UK, Sweden and the Netherlands. You will be based in Brussels; and you will need to travel to different GKN locations from time to time. The ideal candidate will be an expert in the European decision-making process with a deep understanding of the aerospace sector and manufacturing more broadly.


As Head of EU Public Affairs you will lead GKN’s relationship with the EU institutions, EU trade bodies and the EU offices of our customers and our peers. You will be responsible for identifying and lobbying on EU policies that impact GKN, as well as promoting and safeguarding the reputation of GKN through a programe of political and customer engagement.

As the lead voice for GKN in Brussels you will need to identify policy challenges and opportunities at an EU level and create strategies to tackle them. You will be required to work proactively with both internal and external stakeholders, including other members of the public affairs team, business development and engineering and technology as well as customers and trade bodies, to meet this objective.


  • Work with stakeholders to develop an EU Public Affairs strategy for GKN Aerospace in Brussels;
  • Advise the company on issues such as EU R&D funding (civil & defence), environment, trade policy, the defence market, Brexit, as well as future EU legislation;
  • Support the CEO of GKN Aerospace in his Board Membership of the Aerospace and Defence Industries Association of Europe (ASD);
  • Coordinate GKN’s representation within ASD;
  • Promote and safeguard the reputation of GKN Aerospace with the EU Institutions, trade bodies, our customers and other relevant stakeholders;
  • Connect people, identify threats and opportunities across sectors and actively build partnerships in order to optimise opportunities for the company;
  • Manage GKN’s Brussels office;
  • From time to time, represent GKN Group interests in Brussels.

Your profile


  • A university degree is required;
  • Minimum of 5 years relevant experience in Brussels and/or at the national level, such as; EU institutions, public affairs offices, trade associations, etc.;
  • Knowledge of the decision-making processes of the European Union;
  • Experience of advocacy at an EU level in R&D and/or other relevant issues for the manufacturing sector is an advantage;
  • Experience working in a large/complex multi-national company is an advantage;
  • Knowledge of the aerospace industry is an advantage;
  • Fluent in English and at least one other language of the European Union, ideally including French;
  • Competent in Microsoft Office programmes;
  • You must have a legal right to work in the EU.


  • You have outstanding written and verbal communications skills;
  • You have strong analytic skills and are able to simplify complex matters;
  • You are able to advise and direct senior executives and decision-makers;
  • You can switch easily between various topics and make connections between different issues;
  • You can think in broad conceptual frameworks, which lead to creative new insights and solutions;
  • You have the ability to turn abstract plans into concrete actions;
  • You are good at planning and prioritising.


  • You are highly organised and a team player;
  • You are a self-starter able to initiate and complete your own projects;
  • You are results driven;
  • You are willing to work in the evenings from time to time and to travel abroad;
  • You enjoy working with different people and nationalities.

Our offer

GKN is a growing and dynamic company operating in a highly innovative sector. The right candidate will play a vital role in helping to build the company at a time of political and economic change.

Salary level: competitive.

Next steps

For more information about GKN, please visit If you have any further questions about the position, please contact, Chris Saunders, Director of External Relations,

To apply, please send your CV with a cover letter in English of no more than one page outlining why you believe you are the right candidate for the job to and

Application deadline: 14th June 2017.

Interviews for shortlisted candidates will be held shortly after the application deadline.

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