SACAR seeks Trade Adviser (m/f)

SACAR 5<y Senior Level  Brussel, Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest, Belgium 20 Sep 2016

Job Description

SACAR, a Brussels-based European Federation which manages trade associations in agricultural products, is looking for a:

Trade Adviser (m/f)

Tasks and Responsibilities:

The tasks and responsibilities of the Trade Adviser will be twofold:
1. Reporting to the SACAR Managing Director and in consultation with the Board of Directors, the successful candidate will manage one of the trade associations hosted by SACAR representing sixty member companies engaged in the European sugar trade at international level.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Monitoring, analysis and daily reporting activities in all policy and regulatory fields relevant to the members of the association (e.g. EU external trade policy developments, customs issues, etc.);
  • Representation and promotion of the association towards the EU institutions and further afield;
  • Active networking with member companies, other stakeholders and organisations, of both an institutional and business nature;
  • Organisation and coordination of meetings for members of the association; and
  • Administrative and financial management of the association.

2. Under the collective structure and management of SACAR, the successful candidate will also initiate and provide support to the other trade association members of SACAR active in the trade of floricultural products and processed foodstuffs. The trade adviser will work in close cooperation with other SACAR team members and report to the SACAR Managing Director and Secretaries-General of the other trade associations.

Tasks will include:

  • Active monitoring and analysis of EU trade policy and regulatory developments in the agricultural trade area, including customs issues and SPS export issues as required;
  • Support in lobbying activities in these areas;
  • Writing of information material directed to the member associations; and
  • Attendance at EU meetings and conferences and drafting of reports.

Key Requirements:

1. Education & Experience:

  • A University degree in European Studies or Law, Economics, International Affairs, or an Agri-business-related discipline;
  • A minimum of 2 years of professional experience in EU Regulatory & Public Affairs, ideally within or in relation to a European trade association;
  • Solid knowledge of and proven exposure to the EU and international trade rules and policies, especially in agriculture, including those of the WTO;
  • Sound knowledge of the EU institutional setting and of the EU policy-making/decision-making process, ideally in the agri/trade area;
  • A track-record of lobbying activities in the EU institutional context would be an asset; and
  • An internship and/or work experience at DG TRADE or DG AGRICULTURE of the European Commission or with European Parliament Committees (INTA/AGRI) would be highly desirable.

2. Skills & Abilities:

  • A self-motivated and enthusiastic team-player with a strategic mind-set and strong sense of initiative, with excellent interpersonal and communication skills, a ‘can do’ attitude and the ability and flexibility to work on multiple tasks simultaneously and autonomously and to deliver results under pressure;
  • An aptitude to carry out the operational and strategic management of a European trade association ethically and in the best interest of its members;
  • Excellent analytical and writing skills, in particular an ability to express complex issues in a concise manner to a diverse and multilingual audience;
  • Excellent written and spoken English and French are essential; other EU languages an asset;
  • Affinity with and broad understanding of agri-trade and agri-food businesses;
  • Must be comfortable operating in a multi-cultural team and in a small office environment;
  • Willing to travel within Europe and perhaps long haul at short notice.

SACAR offers:

  • A challenging full-time position in an international environment located in the European Quarter of Brussels, a few steps from Rue de la Loi/Wetstraat;
  • An opportunity to build a career in the representation and defence of sectoral interests at EU level and to liaise with industry leaders in the agri-business, food and floriculture sectors;
  • Salary according to experience plus an attractive additional package of benefits.

Applications should be sent by e-mail to (Attention: Ms. Sylvie Mamias, SACAR Managing Director) with “Application – SACAR Trade Adviser” as the subject and include as attachments:

  • a CV and short cover letter (in English);
  • a reference letter and/or contact details of a referee; and
  • and a writing sample (e.g. essay, thesis, paper, etc.) in English.

Deadline for applications: Wednesday 28 September 2016.
Interviews will be held in the first-half of October 2016.
Only short-listed candidates will be contacted directly. We will endeavour to but we may not be able to acknowledge all applications received.

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