About the organisation

The European Copper Institute (ECI), as part of the International Copper Association (ICA), represents the world’s leading copper mining, smelting, refining and fabricating companies in Europe. The joint mission of ECI and ICA is to bring together the copper industry to develop and defend markets for copper and to make a positive contribution to society’s sustainable-development goals.

This under a common brand and visual identity: Copper Alliance.


Purpose of the position

The EU Regulatory Affairs Manager will be part of the Material Stewardship, led by the EU Director Material Stewardship. The team comprises a REACH Manager to whom the Regulatory Affairs Manager will report. Your role will be:

  • To actively contribute to the Material Stewardship (MS) program as a member of the global team based in Europe, to reach concrete results that
    1. ensure continued license to operate and market access for the copper industry in the EU.
    2. support member compliance with EU chemicals management regulations and policies impacting copper markets, with focus on industrial emissions, REACH and CLP.
  • As a member of the MS program based in the EU, to take an active part in defining the advocacy strategy of ECI and implementing it.
  • As a member of the global MS team, contribute to building expertise and executing EU/Global projects in this domain.

Job description

  • To monitor the EU regulatory frameworks that relate to industrial emissions to air, water and soil, to identify opportunities and threats that could affect the member companies; to prioritise these threats and opportunities under the supervision of the EU Material Stewardship Director, and to define a related advocacy plan.
  • To develop industry-wide positions in collaboration with the EU and the global team of the MSProgram regarding industrial emissions and the Zero-Pollution concept put forward by the EU
  • To represent ECI in workshops, industrial forums, policy events and multi-metals
  • To advocate the interests of the copper industry and contribute to positioning copper as a sustainable, responsibly sourced metal, thus as a solution to sustainable development.
  • To manage assigned projects concerning, a.o. Industrial emissions, zero pollution, and chemicals (e.g., REACH registration and CLP).

The position will have 60% of the time allocated to EU Regulatory aspects and 40% of the time allocated to managing REACH-related projects.


Main responsibilities and duties

Monitoring the EU regulatory frameworks related to the Zero Pollution Action Program, with a particular but not unique focus on industrial emissions.

  • To identify opportunities and threats coming from legislative proposals, technical projects or guidelines drafted and released by policymakers or consultants.
  • Prioritisation of the dossiers, identifying the crucial elements for each dossier and preparing an advocacy content and action plan.
  • To develop industry-wide positions, act during the EU legislative processes, represent ECI in external events and advocate copper’s interests with policymakers, NGOs and a large public audience.
  • To support the management of the REACH Copper consortium led by ECI.
  • To manage assigned projects concerning industrial emissions and zero pollution and chemicals-related projects (e.g., REACH or CLP).


Skills requirements

  • Good understanding of environmental components of industrial activities and of, e.g., environmental impact studies and reports about metals interaction with and presence in the environment.
  • Knowledge of legislative and regulatory processes at the European Union level.
  • Basic knowledge of REACH registration and data management tools.
  • Networking skills: ability to engage with external stakeholders (policymakers, NGOs or other industrial sectors).
  • Project management skills: task scheduling, budget build-up and monitoring, resource identification and allocation.
  • Analytical skills for legislative texts or technical guidance.
  • Strong orientation towards results.
  • Team player but also a self-starter when necessary.
  • Ability to work in a multicultural environment.
  • Good communication skills, ability to transmit complex topics and at ease in public speaking.
  • Ability to easily connect with people and develop trust-based relationships.
  • Fluency in English language (written and spoken); other languages are a plus.
  • Readiness to travel.

Desired profile and experience

  • Experience in material stewardship topics such as industrial emissions and chemicals.
  • Experience in working in an EU Trade/Business association is an asset.
  • Experience in dealing with the European authorities is a major asset.
  • Exposure to the metals sector is an advantage.
  • University degree in chemical engineering, environmental sciences or sustainability.


Remuneration and other benefits offered by the position

Competitive package depending on experience and including bonus based on the seniority of the profile. Other benefits include, meal vouchers, eco cheques, private hospitalization package, group insurance, annual leave, flexible working time.


How to apply

If you are interested in this position, please send your CV and a letter of motivation to Julien Schiettecatte, Director at julien.schiettecatte@mavence.com. Please mention “EU Regulatory Affairs Manager” in your email.


SectorMetals, Raw Materials, Industry, Refining, Chemicals, Environment