UEAPME seeks Secretary General

UEAPME 5<y Senior Level  Brussel, Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest, Belgium 16 Aug 2016

Job Description


UEAPME (Union Européenne de l’Artisanat et des Petites et Moyennes Entreprises) is the employers’ organisation representing the interests of European crafts, trades and SMEs at EU level. UEAPME is a recognised European Social Partner and acts on behalf of Crafts and SMEs in the European Social Dialogue and in discussions with the EU institutions. It is a non-profit seeking and non-partisan organisation.

As the European SME umbrella organisation, UEAPME incorporates around 65 member organisations consisting of national cross-sectoral SME federations, European branch federations and other associate members, which support the SME family. Across the whole of Europe, UEAPME represents over 12 million enterprises with nearly 55 million employees.

The main objectives of UEAPME, as the voice of crafts, trades and SMEs in Europe include:

  • Monitoring the EU policy and legislative process and keeping its members informed on all matters of European Union policy of relevance to crafts, trades and SMEs.
  • Representing and promoting the interests, needs and opinions of its member organisations to the EU institutions and other international organisations.
  • Supporting its members academically, technically and legally on all areas of EU policy.
  • Supporting the idea of European integration and contributing to European co-operation.

As the recognised voice for the interests of crafts, trades and SMEs in Europe, UEAPME acts as an ‘agenda setter’ in the area of European SME policy. It has a direct role in all EU policy that affect SMEs. This is made possible through the maintenance of direct links and contact with the EU administration and strengthened by its status as a Social Partner.

UEAPME endeavours to ensure that the interests of crafts and SMEs are taken into account in all legislation that has an impact on them. Some of the key legislative areas in which UEAPME is active include: economic and fiscal policy, employment and social policy, environmental policy, enterprise policy, internal market, legal affairs, and R&D.

UEAPME analyses the role of SMEs in European economies and the challenges they face. On the basis of this analysis, UEAPME, with its members, identifies the ways in which SMEs can adapt to the challenges of the open and competitive EU economy.

Secretary General


Job description:



Purpose of the function of the UEAPME Secretary General

The UEAPME Secretary General manages the day-to-day operations of UEAPME both on lobbying issues and on internal management with the ultimate goal for UEAPME to become the only agenda-setter at EU-level concerning relation representation of European SMEs and crafts. He/she shall for that reason need a strong personal involvement, a professional and ethical attitude and be able to influence European political decisions at the highest level and with the most impact on European crafts and SMEs.


Internal relations: the Secretary General is elected by the General Assembly of UEAPME. He/she leads the staff of UEAPME. He/she also advises all UEAPME bodies and assists the President.

External relations: The Secretary General is at the highest level in direct contact with all relevant players in the context of the European decision-making process. This includes (without being exhaustive): the Council, the European Commission, the European Parliament, the ECOSOC, the Committee of Regions, the 3 other recognised European Social Partners, other lobbying organisations.


  • Advance the impact for the European crafts and SMEs on European legislation.
  • Monitor European legislation and policy in all relevant matters.
  • Develop a coherent vision on the choice of lobbying methodology to be applied to all UEAPME interventions.
  • Maintain UEAPME as a well-established, reliable and competent partner for European and national institutions and take actions to increase the attractiveness of the organisation for new potential members.
  • Guide the internal organisation in a professional manner including budgetary, financial, HR, logistic and ICT issues, respecting Belgian law.


Skills to cope with external and internal challenges

  • Proficiency in English, both orally and written at a professional level. Good active and/or passive knowledge of other European languages, notably French, German and Italian are considered to be additional assets.
  • Ability to work efficiently in a European environment as well as knowledge of several national realities and ways of working.

Specific skills to cope with external challenges

  • In-depth knowledge of the mechanisms and procedures of the EU institutions with at least 5 years’ work experience with European or international public or private organisations.
  • In-depth knowledge of SME needs and structures as well as good knowledge of and good linkages with national and sectoral SME organisations.
  • Ability to present complex issues in a synthetic and clear manner.
  • Experience with political decision-making.

Leadership style & general management skills

  • Excellent organisational and management skills.
  • Solid experience with drafting and managing budgets and multiparty-projects.
  • Capacity to monitor and report achieved results to the Board and General Assembly.
  • Strong, passionate personality able to spread enthusiasm and motivate people to reach objectives and targets.
  • Ability to take decisions, also in complex circumstances with limited availability of resources or information and unsecure outcomes.
  • Assertiveness and credit worthiness with members and with European Institutions.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent negotiations skills coupled with the ability to reach compromises, evaluate and execute trade-offs and build consensus.
  • Capacity to strengthen cohesion and improve communication with the members’ networks.
  • Effectively cope with stress and deadlines, resilience and ability to efficiently deal with multiple tasks.

Thinking style

  • Analytical, flexible, visionary and innovative spirit.

HR style

  • Coaching, motivating and developing staff members.
  • Favouring teamwork and alliances.
  • Driving the decision making authority ‘down the line’ using the subsidiarity principle.

Interaction with the environment

  • Developing and entertaining networks.
  • Definitive orientation to the working realities of European crafts and SMEs.
  • Transparent and ethical behaviour.


  • Willingness to relocate to and live in Belgium.
  • Willingness and ability to travel.
  • Ability to proactively develop UEAPME membership and its impact.
  • Master diploma required, preferably in social/political sciences, law or economics. MBA and/or diplomas concerning European issues are considered an asset.
  • Candidates must be able to provide necessary copies of diplomas and proof of a clear criminal record.


A competitive and negotiable wage package is offered including fringe benefits under Belgian law and adapted to specific skills and/or experience. Annual budget line: 150.000 €. Working as an independent contractor can be discussed.

Selection procedure

The selection procedure consists of the following phases:

  1. A general interview with a delegation from the Board about the values, motivation and general attitude of the candidate.
  2. A specific interview with all Board members.

An assessment conducted by an external organisation for selected candidates may take place if required by the Board’s delegation.

The Board will present one candidate to the General Assembly that will elect the Secretary General, according to the UEAPME Statutes.


Applications containing an elaborate education and work experience should be sent exclusively by mail to president@ueapme.com before 4th September 2016. Confidentiality is guaranteed. Only candidates selected for interview will be contacted.

N.B. UEAPME can change this procedure unilaterally.

Brussels, June 2016

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