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Programme Director, Brussels

The closing date for applications is 11 September 2017.

Programme Director, Brussels

Salary €105,000 - €120,000

Vacancy reference: BC2017/27

This exciting role, at the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL), is an opportunity for an experienced manager and EU policy expert, based in Brussels, to join a dynamic and fast- paced team that engages with senior business leaders and European policy makers to unlock new climate change policies and support the transition to a sustainable economy. 

CISL’s Policy Team works at EU, member state and international levels to deliver influential projects that include The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group (CLG), the EU Green Growth Platform and a planned international expansion of the work.  The team has an excellent track record of high-level EU engagement but is looking to deepen this work and ensure it is substantively based out of our Brussels office.

In order to do this the team is looking for a new Programme Director to anchor, develop and build the work of the Brussels office.  Reporting to the Policy Director, the EU Office Programme Director will manage a small team to deliver an ambitious programme of engagement between businesses and MEPs, Ministers, policy makers, Commissioners and academics.  The Programme Director will be looking for new areas of interest to engage in, develop relationships with key funding organisations and work with the Policy Director to refine and focus the policy team’s work to ensure they are adding value to European policy discussions. In addition, an expanding international remit will add responsibilities to the portfolio.

We are looking for an individual who has a deep knowledge and experience of the Brussels political scene and decision making process, in addition to a track record of successful engagement with senior executives and government officials and good management experience.

Applicants must be committed to the values that underpin CISL’s work and will be expected to demonstrate the following essential skills and experience:

  • Excellent understanding of how European policy is made and influenced at an EU and Member State level 
  • Significant experience of people management
  • Significant experience of working closely with senior stakeholders including business leaders and policy decision makers
  • Confident facilitator and excellent communicator, with strong written and verbal communication skills, able to make complex content accessible to a wide range of audiences
  • Experience of working in a fast-paced pressured environment as part of a project team
  • Able to demonstrate strategic thinking and experience of developing strategies
  • Experience of influencing others for agreed outcomes
  • Two or more European languages including English
  • Strong project management skills, including financial planning, with experience of developing budgets and managing delivery against them
  • Ability to work on own initiative, be flexible and manage competing priorities, and to manage others in that context
  • Understanding of the business sector
  • Experience of engaging in policy development
  • Experience of event management
  • Relevant degree

The role is Brussels based but will require travel, including regular visits to the UK.

To apply for this position, please send your CV and a cover letter to . If you would like to ask any questions about the position, please contact Judith Collier in the first instance.

Interviews will be held in Brussels in the weeks commencing 25 September and 2 October.

The deadline for applications is 11 September 2017.

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