The Cobalt Institute (CI) is looking to recruit a new Head of Regulatory and Scientific Affairs. The CI is a non-profit trade association composed of producers, users, recyclers, and traders of cobalt, and promotes the sustainable and responsible production and use of cobalt in all its forms.

The Head of Regulatory and Scientific Affairs will lead on the strategic and operational management of the CI’s regulatory and science work. The post also involves supervision of the Cobalt Reach Consortium (CoR). The role supports the CI’s strategies on how the organisation can be most effective and impactful in meeting the needs of both regulators and members in the complex regulatory process in which the CI is involved and influences.

This role will be fundamental to the operational effectiveness of the Regulatory and Scientific Affairs organisation and as such, requires skills and expertise in operations,
financial management, leadership and staff management, stakeholder management and strategic planning.

Responsibilities:

  • To oversee the day-to-day operations and functioning of the Regulatory and Scientific Affairs organisation.
  • Responsible for effective planning, resource and staff management and coordination, budgeting and financial planning and, in collaboration with other
    relevant personnel, providing organisational direction.
  • Responsible for the overall technical and regulatory work programmes ensuring they are effective and efficient as possible and appropriately interconnected and
    streamlined to ensure an efficient use of resources and knowledge.
  • Protect and enhance the reputation of the Institute and cobalt generally through appropriate representation, stakeholder engagement and leveraging opportunities, where possible, which support the strategic aims and purpose of the organisation.

Operational Management

  • To oversee the day-to-day operations and functioning of the Regulatory and Scientific Affairs organisation.
  • Responsible for effective planning, resource and staff management and coordination, budgeting and financial planning and, in collaboration with other relevant personnel, providing organisational direction.
  • Responsible for the overall technical and regulatory work programmes ensuring they are effective and efficient as possible and appropriately interconnected and streamlined to ensure an efficient use of resources and knowledge.
  • Protect and enhance the reputation of the Institute and cobalt generally through appropriate representation, stakeholder engagement and leveraging opportunities, where possible, which support the strategic aims and purpose of the organisation.

Programme Management

  • To manage the CI’s input and activities in the Global regulatory process on behalf and in the interests of the CI Members.
  • Responsible for the overall technical and regulatory work programmes ensuring they are effective and efficient as possible and appropriately interconnected and streamlined to ensure an efficient use of resources and knowledge.

 

Leadership and Staff Management

  • Lead the development of organisational capability through good people management, including the training, development, mentoring and coaching of team members.
  • Coordinate the development of key performance goals for relevant functions and direct reports.
  • Ensure the development of tactical programmes to pursue targeted goals and objectives.
  • Communicate the organisations values, strategies, and objectives and ensure they are respected and met by all staff of the Institute.
  • Provide leadership and motivation for all staff and make positive contributions to influence the internal staff culture of the team and wider Institute.
  • Work with other managers to develop effective internal communications.
  • Deliver against agreed KPIs

Stakeholder Management

  • Employ effective communication, negotiation and influencing skills in a range of stakeholder relationships to deliver objectives.
  • Operate effectively in a flexible and demanding environment and proactively engage with stakeholders.
  • Communicate proactively, building good working relationships and to provide information and advice to a wide range of internal and external stakeholders on a range of industry sensitive issues.
  • Drive, innovate and challenge each key working relationship in order to achieve agreed objectives.
  • Provide and receive highly complex, sensitive and contentious information, including presenting information about projects and dependencies to a wide range of internal and external stakeholders in formal settings.

Key Working Relationships

  • Cobalt Institute
  • Cobalt REACH Consortium Ltd
  • CI Members, Consortium Members together with practical interaction with stakeholders in the cobalt market
  • Other EU and International Associations including ICMM, Eurometaux, OECD and Other Institutes
  • Global policy-makers and regulatory agencies

Key Skills and Experience

  • Demonstrable experience in a regulatory function.
  • Prior knowledge and experience in the metals/chemicals industry with significant insights into EU and global regulatory processes and institutions.
  • Able to lead an organisational, from communicating the vision, managing the programme and implementing to final completion, whilst maintaining business as usual deliverables, meeting a rigours workload and keeping up staff morale.
  • Exceptional leader who is capable of leading and supporting teams to achieve their best.
  • Excellent writing and communication skills and the ability to use common software tools such as Microsoft office products.
  • Excellent knowledge of English (working language), knowledge of another working language would be advantageous.
  • Willingness to travel regularly (EU and international).

Why you should be interested in this role

  • Join a growing association with dynamic and forward-looking leadership.
  • Work with global membership base – leading international companies from the cobalt sector, such as Umicore, Glencore, Albemarle, and others.
  • Be in the driver’s seat for the strategic and operational management of the CI’s regulatory and science work.

Details

LocationBrussels

SectorRaw Materials & Sustainability