A Brussels-based Trade Association representing a raw material industry is looking for a Circular Economy & Recycling professional to strengthen their Sustainability department.

Main tasks and responsibilities

  • Manage the association’s industry’s position on the EU Circular Economy Action Plan
    • Monitor and assess relevant legislative and non-legislative initiatives, identifying opportunities and threats and defining the response required.
    • Ensure that all relevant dossiers are addressed, through advocacy campaigns, dedicated projects or external alliances, by directly leading or coordinating the actions of other colleagues.
    • Develop consensus-based policy positions, together with the internal stakeholders, and lead the advocacy follow up.
    • Coordinate internal Working Groups and Task Forces of experts.
    • Develop, in close cooperation with the Sustainability Director, the long-term sustainability strategy of the sector, with an emphasis on the material’s permanent circularity.
  • Manage and develop the Recycling Division the Association
    • Be the account manager for the membership active in the industry’s recycling and organise and coordinate the meetings of the Recycling Division.
    • Identify opportunities and threats for the recycling segment, and define related action plans involving members and colleagues.
    • Translate the technical challenges of recycling into concrete policy recommendations and specific positions on European recycling topics.
    • Attract new companies active in recycling to join the association.
  • Other tasks
    • Cooperate with the internal experts in Life Cycle Inventory (LCI) and Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) in the development of methodologies and tools relevant for the sector.
    • Liaise with the Innovation Hub and Market Groups as relevant, to initiate projects aimed at improving the overall recycling performance.
  • Represent the Association towards external stakeholders, e.g. participating in platforms set up by other organisations, engaging with policy makers, speaking at conferences and seminars.

Required skills

  • Proven experience in dealing with technical issues in the political or regulatory field.
  • Be able to assess technical industry aspects and translate these into policy recommendations.
  • Proven initial experience in the area of circular economy & sustainability and recycling, working for an industry sector, consultancy, or EU institution.
  • Knowledge in the area of European environmental policies and Life Cycle thinking is a plus.
  • Team player, able to work in a multi-stakeholder environment, fast learner and committed.
  • Good communication and presentation skills, both oral and written, and ability to achieve consensus when dealing with multiple stakeholders.
  • Fluent English is required, and other European languages are an asset.

Why you should apply

  • Working for a leading European trade association.
  • A key role with a direct impact on the Association’s Circular Economy position.
  • Visibility and exposure to a wide array of files/policies.
  • The opportunity to engage with stakeholders from the whole industrial value-chain.
  • An international working environment.
  • An attractive remuneration package (incl. several benefits) proportional to the qualifications and experience brought into the role.
  • Occasional travel.



SectorRaw Materials & Sustainability