About the organisation

Cepi is the pan-European association representing the forest fibre, paper and novel biomaterials industry. Through its 18 national associations Cepi gathers over 500 companies operating 940 mills across Europe producing paper, cardboard, pulp & other bio-based products. Cepi is at the forefront of making the low-carbon circular bioeconomy a reality in Europe through its 2050 Roadmaps, first published in 2011.


The position

Cepi is currently looking to recruit a new Director Climate Change and Energy to be based in its secretariat in Brussels, to take over from the incumbent who is leaving for an exciting opportunity to lead a European clean energy project.


Key responsibilities

Working closely with the Director General in the Senior Management Team, she/he:

  • Assesses changing EU political and policy landscapes, designs and executes engagement strategies with EU policy makers in good coordination with the Public Affairs function; key areas are policies on the European Green Deal, climate change and energy, in particular the 2050 climate neutrality framework, review of the Emissions Trading System (ETS), Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) and the Renewable Energies Directive (RED II) and enabling the carbon transition
  • Acts as external spokesperson for Cepi when required in her/his area of competence
  • Drives the innovation in the sector in her/his area of competence through the Forest-based Technology Platform, Spire and relevant EU schemes for low-carbon manufacturing
  • Regularly liaises with the Chairperson of her/his Committee and manages the Committee and Issue Groups reporting to it
  • Manages a team of two (part-time) professionals in charge of special expert areas of innovation and energy and a shared assistant
  • Liaises with Cepi national associations membership to coordinate outreach and to project consistent voice on common issues


Experience and personal skills

  • Ideally, 7 – 10 years’ experience in similar position in a Brussels-based association or company or consultancy dealing with energy and climate change legislation and the respective markets
  • A strategist and a doer – she/he enjoys building an delivering on strategies to make things happen
  • Proven analytical skills and an ability to work under pressure
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the capacity to build good working relationships across diverse settings; and good team working skills
  • Experience in coalition building – Proven ability to develop a network of policymakers, decision-makers and stakeholders; adheres to the highest standard of ethical conduct to build a solid relationships based on trust
  • Fluent in English, with ability to draft working documents in English




SectorEnvironment, Energy, Climate