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EURATEX – the European Apparel and Textile Confederation – works to achieve a favourable environment for the design, development, manufacture and marketing of European textile and clothing products. Through its membership, it represents 170.000 European companies with a combined turnover of €170 bln. Working together with EU institutions and other European and international stakeholders, EURATEX focuses on clear priorities: an ambitious industrial policy, innovation and skills development, free and fair trade, and sustainable supply chains (www.euratex.eu).

EURATEX Team now comprises 12 permanent staff, with 8 different nationalities. Its new Brussels office is located in Rue Belliard 40.

EURATEX is currently looking for a Senior Policy Officer – Chemicals

EURATEX is looking for an experienced, ambitious and motivated candidate for the position as Senior Policy Officer for Chemical Policy in its new Brussels-based secretariat (Rue Belliard 40).

Reporting to the Director of Sustainable Business, she/He will be responsible for:

Duties
– Managing regulatory and technical tasks in chemicals policy (REACH, CLP, biocides)
– Developing and managing the advocacy strategy for different working groups on key topics including PFAS and skin sensitisers; coordinating action on microplastics, the new EU Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability, level playing field and better enforcement
– Monitoring, analysing and conveying complex technical language into “layman” terms for different audiences
– Leading sector position papers, coordinating with other industries on joint statements, delivering public presentations
– Representing EURATEX in different fora, from technical to broader policy (ECHA RAC, SEAC, Enforcement Forum, CARACAL, OECD, UN) to Textile-related industry fairs
– Liaising with other downstream and upstream industry associations, NGOs, institutions both EU and global
– Supporting the Sustainable Businesses work in the following areas: Circular Economy, chemical recycling, BREF (currently under completion) and other tasks as required

Education and experience
Different profiles are considered, including: technical/scientific education and other education backgrounds which must be complemented by proven successful work experience in the chemical policy area.

Requirements
– 4-5 years of proven and relevant working experience within EU regulatory affairs and advocacy related to chemicals, preferably in a trade association
– Success record in previous professional experiences, achieving goals and overcoming challenges
– Excellent command of written and spoken English
– Work experience in EU institutions and international industry associations is an asset

Skills
– Team player, ability to work independently and coordinating smoothly with colleagues, members and supervisor
– Ability to assess EU policies and the impact on the sector, manage complex and technical issues and convey it in a simple language
– Ability to manage different and often opposing Members’ positions and summarise their implications
– Embrace both leadership and supportive skills when needed; generate curiosity and willingness to learn
– Take responsibility and accountability for one’s actions
– Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, particular emphasis on cross-cultural sensitivity
– Ability to prioritise workload, be proactive and problem solving

The Senior Sustainability Officer position is a full-time position starting in October, located in Brussels and includes travel opportunities.
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Application with CV and a brief letter of motivation should be addressed to the office manager katrin.ricketts@euratex.eu. Interviews will be starting in September.