VVA is a fast-growing public policy consultancy providing evidence-based policy, economic and legal advice to the European institutions, national governments, and private sector clients. 

VVA is a truly European company, based in Brussels and Milan, with a team of 100+ professionals from different national, academic and professional backgrounds: including market researchers, lawyers, economists, political scientists and consultants.  

Its work is guided by its mission (‘Making Europe work for you’) and core values (Trust, Entrepreneurship, Cooperation, and Quality). VVA supports the “European Project” progress by helping its clients to: 

  • Gather evidence to identify main needs, challenges, drivers and impacts, 
  • Design public policy responses, 
  • Provide expert solutions and implement them, 
  • Coordinate the interaction with key stakeholders. 

In Milan, VVA has a team of experienced market researchers, regularly involved in the work done on EU studies, including on focus groups (online and on-site), surveys (CATI, CAWI, in person), mystery shopping exercises and other data collection and analysis activities.  

In Brussels, VVA has a high-profile, expanding project portfolio including legal research, evaluations and impact assessments, economic and market studies, expert advice and implementation. The company works regularly with DG GROW, MOVE, JUST, CHAFEA, COMP, ENVI, EMPL, ENER, REFORM, the GSA and the European Parliament. VVA also run projects for many other agencies and institutions within the EU and for national administrations across EU Member States. 


Job Description: 

VVA’s success is due to its excellent consultants and researchers. The company is now looking to strengthen its team further with an International Business Development Director – Market Research focused on the development of the EU based international market research practice. 

The International BD Director will be responsible for at least the following three areas: 

  1. Developing and managing all market research work in EU calls for tender/proposal carried out by VVA’s Brussels based public policy team  
  2. Developing VVA’s presence in additional EU tenders / calls that are focused on market research activities of qualitative and / or quantitative nature 
  3. Developing VVA’s market research business at a European / Global level outside EU calls for tender / proposal (e.g. international organisations, national administrations, private sector) 

To do this, the International Business Development Director will:  

  • Work closely with the partners of VVA’s existing market research practice in Milan to define the company’s international value proposition in the field of market research  
  • Support the company in the development and management of international market research projects, in cooperation with the team of qualitative and quantitative researchers in Milan and Brussels 
  • Contribute to the delivery of all aspects of VVA’s market research projects including: 
  • Designing and implementing project level data search and collection strategies (desk research and statistical data, surveys, interviews, case studies, focus groups, …); 
  • Independent drafting of reports and proposals; 
  • Relations with client, partner and stakeholders; 
  • Leading projects and coordinating staff including briefing, reviewing and coaching; and 
  • Meeting project deadlines and ensuring high quality contributions. 


Ideal candidate:  

  • Proven experience (5+ years) in a BD role with a market research component or an international market research role;  
  • Fluent (written & spoken) English;  
  • Conversational Italian preferred but not essential 
  • Great analytical skills and ability to make the results of the analysis relevant to clients;  
  • Experience with designing, leading and implementing stakeholder consultation and engagement strategies; 
  • Strong managerial and organisational skills especially in the context of collaborative team work; 
  • Brilliant communication and conflict resolution skills in a multi-national context;  
  • Strong self-motivation and independence; 
  • Preferred:  
    • An MSc in statistics, economics, or a related field  
    • A demonstrated interest in EU public policy  


SecteurConsulting, Business Development