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Our client is a leading UK trade association within the transport industry and their dossiers range from trade policy, sustainable supply chains to net-zero and many more. They provide valuable resources, market intelligence, and support services to its members, fostering collaboration and helping companies navigate industry challenges.

They are looking for an autonomous European Government Affairs Manager for their Brussels office, to grow the organisation's presence by strengthening their network in Brussels with European institutions and other stakeholders. The role is primarily EU facing with a mixture of public affairs and regulatory monitoring and advocacy, with a focus on European affairs delivery and support within the Policy Team in London. This is key position where you would also act as a link between the Brussels and London offices, with the support of a global team of experts and engineers.

The organisation provides a contemporary and globally connected workplace with international teams, creating an inspiring and vibrant atmosphere characterised by professionalism and an open corporate culture. They prioritise diversity and inclusion, promoting a creative and dynamic environment that values safety and well-being. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to be part of a company with a forward-looking culture and a supportive atmosphere.

Key Responsibilities:  

  • Manage and expand the organisation's presence and network in Brussels.
  • Lead the planning, delivery, and reporting of an impactful political communication and engagement program at an EU level.
  • Organise impactful EU events and associated engagement with European institutions, UK representation, member states, sister associations, members, and stakeholders.
  • Develop and manage a network of trusted contacts, creating new opportunities and making strategic introductions for senior colleagues.
  • Liaise with key EU automotive representatives, EU offices of business stakeholders, automotive industry trade bodies, and member state sister associations. Deliver relevant briefings and presentations for the Director of Policy and represent the organisation at internal and external meetings as required.
  • Monitor and brief the Director of Policy and colleagues on regulatory dossiers and political developments of relevance. Coordinate the development and communication of the organisation’s EU policy position and consultation responses across strategic public policy issues affecting the UK automotive industry.

Key Requirements:  

  • Demonstrated experience in EU public affairs, policy development, and issue management within a Brussels-based corporate, political, government, trade association, or consultancy setting.
  • In-depth knowledge of political processes and institutions in the EU and UK, with a strong understanding of key public policy issues impacting the automotive industry.
  • Excellent communication and networking skills, adept at producing influential documents and leading committees and political discussions for diverse audiences.
  • Proficient in English (verbal and written) and ideally familiar with French or another official EU language.
  • Highly motivated team player with a hands-on approach, capable of strategic thinking and effective project management, and willing to travel regularly between the UK and the EU.

If you have the relevant experience and this opportunity sounds interesting to you, please get in touch with our team including a copy of your CV as soon as possible via the form below.

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