Kindred Group seeks Public Affairs Manager

Kindred Group 5<y Senior Level  Brussel, Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest, Belgium 30 Sep 2018

Job Description

Public Affairs Manager

Role description

We are seeking an experienced networking policy changer to join our¬†dedicated¬†efforts to¬†actualize¬†long term¬†sustainable¬†gambling policy. You will be¬†responsible¬†for driving Kindred Group’s public affairs strategy in Belgium,¬†developing¬†and¬†supporting¬†a¬†sustainable¬†and strategic public policy.

You will be part of a team of Public Affairs Managers in other markets with who you align to enhance the impact of Kindred Group’s strategy on gambling policy. You report directly to our Group Head of Public affairs and work in close¬†cooperation¬†with Legal, Compliance, Corporate¬†Communication¬†and Commercial teams. You will manage external agencies and internal alignment. We aim to establish and increase Kindred as a¬†trusted¬†speaking partner and make sure Kindred provides expertise in gambling policy and related areas in relevant fora. You will deal with a¬†variety¬†of topics in a fast-paced¬†international¬†environment¬†and¬†support¬†the line¬†organisation¬†in Public Affairs matters for Belgium.

You possess public affairs experience,¬†preferably¬†at government and policy level and you can engage¬†effectively¬†with policy makers and¬†stakeholders. You already have experience from networking with policy makers and can leverage¬†relationships¬†and¬†stakeholder¬†groups in order to ensure proper¬†representation¬†and¬†communication¬†of Kindred’s views, whilst working closely with senior¬†management¬†of the Group.

You have a ‚Äúcan do‚ÄĚ and pragmatic¬†mentality, you can work both¬†autonomously¬†and¬†collaboratively¬†with other functional teams and you are able to engage and align back to the business leaders on important matters.

You have instant credibility internally as well as externally and can raise the profile of public affairs by formulating an integrated approach, taking into account the strategy of Kindred and its operational goals, as well as broad range of external influences in an environment undergoing rapid evolution.

As part of Kindred you are energetic, have a passion for delivering value and an agile mind set. In return, we offer you an exciting, fast-paced working environment, great challenges and colleagues.

Key accountabilities of this role are

  • Develop, coordinate and drive Kindred’s Public Affairs¬†activities¬†and efforts in¬†Belgium
  • Draft and review position papers, market and¬†stakeholder¬†analysis¬†and other profiling documents
  • Manage and expand Kindred Group’s network of external¬†stakeholders¬†and attend relevant meetings and events to represent the interests of Kindred Group, based on your¬†affinity¬†with Digital Agenda, new business models and¬†empowerment¬†of¬†individuals
  • Advising the¬†organization, both locally and on Group level such as Corporate¬†Communications¬†on relevant local¬†developments¬†and¬†mitigating¬†potential risks; aligning the local vision with Kindred’s Group Strategy.
  • Managing projects from cradle to grave through full¬†lifecycle¬†including project conception,¬†initiation,¬†analysis, planning,¬†execution,¬†delivery¬†and closure.
  • Delivering without¬†dedicated¬†resources, we create buy-in and rely on experienced colleagues and teams within the company.
  • Procure and manage external agencies by clear¬†expectations, follow-up and keeping deadlines.
  • Communicating¬†effectively¬†with¬†stakeholders¬†on all levels.
  • Keeping internal¬†documentation¬†and¬†information¬†structured to ensure¬†efficiency¬†and internal alignment.
  • Establish Kindred Group as a¬†trusted¬†societal¬†stakeholder¬†in the public domain by¬†supporting¬†Group¬†Communications¬†with¬†localizing¬†and translating Group press releases and other relevant assets
  • Regular travel within Europe will be required

We’re looking for someone with the following skills, knowledge and experience

  • 5 ‚Äď 10 years or relevant experience from¬†regulatory, policy making, public affairs,¬†communication¬†or similar from fields such as¬†international¬†consumer services, ICT, finance or gambling.
  • Education : Master degree in law,¬†political¬†sciences,¬†Communication, Business or other¬†depending¬†on experience
  • Fluent verbal and written Dutch, French and English
  • Managing agile projects in an¬†ever-changing¬†environment
  • Commercially¬†minded, fast learning, flexible attitude and able to work in a highly dynamic and¬†international¬†and hi-tech business¬†environment
  • Good¬†understanding¬†of strategic¬†positioning¬†from Agency,¬†Authority¬†or in-house
  • Ability to quickly shift focus based on personal skill to¬†understand¬†environment¬†and judgement to¬†prioritise
  • Experience of managing third party¬†relationships¬†&¬†negotiations
  • Strategic mind-set and long-term endurance
  • Excellent¬†communication¬†and¬†management¬†skills and ability to address¬†representatives¬†from both business, policy and¬†stakeholders¬†in general at all levels.
  • Experience from the online gambling industry is¬†considered¬†a merit

Education / Qualifications / Professional Certificates

  • Master degree in law, political sciences, communications, business or other
  • Bi-lingual Dutch/French with excellent knowledge of English
  • Regular travel within Europe will be required



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