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Job title Technical Manager
Location Brussels, Belgium
Date posted 11-Dec-19
Apply by 03-Jan-20
Contact Jessica Bart-Williams

 Cefic, the European Chemical Industry Council, is both the forum and voice of the European chemical industry. It aims to maintain and develop a prosperous chemical industry in Europe by promoting the best possible economic, social and environmental conditions to bring benefits to society.

The chemical industry is a € 500+ billion industry, providing over 1 million direct jobs and nearly 2.5 million indirect jobs in Europe. The chemical industry is the “Industry of Things”. The industry's products are essential to 95% of everything manufactured: hygiene, health, mobility, construction, computers and electronics all rely on the chemical industry.   The sector is also critical to meeting future needs, such as developing energy sources or managing scarce resources. The chemical industry is essential for achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Cefic is located in Brussels to represent the industry vis-à-vis EU institutions and involve member federations and companies in European advocacy.  We employ more than 150 people. 

For its Petrochemicals Europe Industry Sector, Cefic is looking for a (m/f):

Technical Manager

Mission of the role:

Reporting to the Executive Director, the manager will have a dual role in supporting the various Sector Group Managers with the sectors Scientific working groups and dossiers whilst also coordinating the work of the Coal Chemicals sector group.

Are you inspired by these responsibilities?

You will:

  • Manage proactively several technical working groups dealing with petrochemicals and chemical derivatives, meaning: identifying scientific issues, determination of relevant strategies and action plans with the participation of the working groups to comply with EU regulation
  • Manage the Coal Chemicals sector group (25%)
  • Coordinate and oversee science projects including contract and budget management
  • Maintain our monitoring tool to distribute information on relevant regulatory developments related to the chemical substances of Petrochemicals Europe
  • Where needed, maintain technical/scientific contact with regulators (ECHA, MS, OECD and UN) on relevant regulatory issues for Petrochemicals Europe
  • Strengthen links between Petrochemicals Europe Sector groups and Petrochemicals Europe as umbrella program
  • Exploit synergies between Petrochemicals Europe and Cefic Product Stewardship and HSE programs

Can you make the difference?

The successful candidate will be a highly experienced professional who demonstrates the following experience and competencies:

  • Master’s degree in chemistry, chemical engineering, applied sciences or similar; A PhD is a definite asset
  • Minimum of 3 - 5 years of working experience at an international level on scientific issue management preferably in the chemical industry and the sector of petrochemicals in particular
  • An interest in eco toxicology and/or toxicology is a definite asset
  • Clear understanding of a federations’ role and being familiar with EU regulation and willing to develop their professional skills within European Affairs
  • Working experience with associations, communication with external authorities, EU environment is certainly an asset
  • Project management skills, strong leadership and result oriented team player with pronounced customer focus
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent level of English, written and spoken. Knowledge of other languages is an asset
  • Ability to clearly and concisely express ideas/concepts, to adjust language and style to specific target audiences, and to deliver structured and convincing group presentations are essential
  • Ability to construct and communicate coherent arguments from complex technical/scientific data

Required personal qualities:

  • Good leadership skills and ability to develop consensus of diverging opinions
  • Strategic and analytical thinker with service and customer orientation
  • Willing to travel for business (approx. 20%)
  • A good team player, able to multitask and manage different priorities when working independently
  • Passionate about conscientious work and attention to detail
  • Curious, a fast learner with a willingness to improve continuously and broaden horizons

Are you interested?

Please send your application with full curriculum vitae, quoting the reference TM-05, before 3 January 2020 to Cefic, Jessica Bart-Williams, HR Assistant, Rue Belliard 40, b15, 1040 Brussels.

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