Public Affairs Manager

08 Jan, 2022


Public Affairs Manager

Cefic aisbl
Brussels, Belgium

Today, the European chemical industry is indispensable to modern life, producing the building blocks and high-tech materials on which modern societies are built. Our molecules and materials are used in every industry, from agriculture to construction, food and beverages, energy, health care and medicines, machinery, textiles, hospitals and transportation. We deliver a range of solutions needed to deliver the EU Green Deal, from better batteries, solar panels, wind turbines and smarter, more energy efficient materials. Cefic supports the EU Green Deal and Europe’s ambition to become climate neutral by 2050. Cefic’s Mid-Century Vision illustrates our views on pathways to a more sustainable future. 

The European Union’s chemical sector employs 1.2 million highly qualified people directly in 28,000 companies. The chemical sector supports around 19 million jobs across all supply chains. It generates more than €540 billion a year in sales and €170 billion in European value added. Our industry has embraced corporate social responsibility, ethical behaviour and the principles of Responsible Care.

Cefic’s 670 members and affiliates form one of the most active networks of the business community, complemented by partnerships with industry associations representing various sectors in the value chain


For its Public Affairs department, Cefic is looking for a (M/F/D): 


Public Affairs Manager 


Mission of the role:


Working closely with a dynamic team of public affairs, communications & regulatory professionals, the manager will provide advocacy support to Cefic Sector Groups (SGs) focusing on chemical legislation (i.e.  REACH & CLP)

Are you inspired by these responsibilities? 


You will: 

  • Develop and implement pan-EU advocacy strategies on regulatory processes for chemical legislation. 
  • Provide regulatory and political guidance to SGs;  
  • Represent the SG’s interests at EU/Member States decision-maker’s meetings/events and other stakeholders’ meetings/events.
  • Outreach to officials of the European Commission, ECHA, European Parliament, Member States’ ministries and regulatory agencies.
  • Monitor political and regulatory developments. 
  • Draft position papers and prepare advocacy materials.
  • Design and execute relevant events as appropriate.
  • Support Cefic’s Public Affairs team on various advocacy projects. 


Can you make the difference? 


The successful candidate will be a professional who demonstrates the following experience and competencies and personal qualities:

  • A minimum of 2 to 3 years of professional experience in a public affairs role (in-house, agency, trade association, etc)
  • Proven experience working on chemical legislation (i.e., REACH & CLP) and thorough knowledge of EU legislative processes (ordinary & comitology).
  • Demonstrated experience working on REACH restrictions. Overall knowledge about the Chemical Strategy for Sustainability is an additional asset. 
  • Excellent writing skills.
  • Ability to develop and communicate policy positions clearly and concisely. 
  • Demonstrated strong project management skills.
  • Experiences with integrated public affairs campaigns would be desirable. 
  • Good leadership skills and ability to develop consensus between diverging positions.
    • Strategic and analytical thinker with service and customer focus.
    • Curious, fast-learning, and willing to improve continuously.
    • Ability to adapt to a fast-changing environment and handle multiple priorities. 
    • Highly developed intercultural, diplomatic and rhetoric skills.
    • Ability to work both independently and as a good team player.
    • Passionate about conscientious work and attention to detail.
    • Full professional proficiency in English. Fluency in other official EU languages would be an asset.


  • Willingness to travel for business.



What do we offer?


  • Working in a people oriented, international and dynamic culture at the centre of EU affairs
  • Full time employment contract, competitive salary according to experience and several benefits.
  • Opportunities for employee development (trainings, mentoring)
  • Interviewing via video conferencing during COVID-19 pandemic


Are you interested?


Please send your application with full curriculum vitae before 4 February 2022 to: 



Jessica Bart-Williams, HR Officer, 

Rue Belliard 40, b15, 1040 Brussels 

E-mail address:

Job posted: 2022-01-08