The organisation:

BSA | The Software Alliance is the leading advocate for the global software industry before governments and in the international marketplace. Its members are among the world’s most innovative companies, creating software solutions that help businesses of all sizes in every part of the economy to modernize and grow.

With headquarters in Washington, DC, and operations in more than 30 countries, BSA pioneers compliance programs that promote legal software use and advocates for public policies that foster technology innovation and drive growth in the digital economy.

 

Position offered:

BSA is currently seeking to retain the services of an experienced policy expert with a policy background in software or data issues, such as privacy, cybersecurity, and intellectual property. This is a contract position that will work closely with the BSA team to help develop strategies and implement plans to advance BSA’s advocacy agenda in Europe on behalf of BSA members.

 

Primary Tasks

  • Assist BSA member companies in developing and executing on BSA policy priorities that advance the deployment of software services, such as artificial intelligence, data analytics, blockchain, Internet of Things, and cloud computing.
  • Advise BSA and members on substantive areas of focus, including privacy, cybersecurity, intellectual property, procurement, data economy and digital trade.
  • Represent the industry and advocate BSA objectives and positions in related policy debates with relevant EU Commission, European Parliament, Agencies and national government representatives.
  • Monitor EU developments on policy issues such as privacy, cyber security, artificial intelligence, intellectual property, trade and participate in relevant meetings, conferences and workshops including EU-Presidency events, to advocate BSA policies.
  • Generate strong working relationships with, and communicating BSA policies, to EU and other government officials.
  • Develop strong working relationships with other industry groups and sectors to increase effectiveness.
  • Ensure alignment and timely information exchange with BSA members and staff.
  • Project management of planned BSA events on key policy issues.
  • Develop strong relationships with BSA member companies.
  • Advise and support BSA communications staff on the advancement of BSA’s objectives in the media

 

Priority Countries and liaison with BSA’s Local Committees

  • Advise on the development and implementation of BSA policy outreach activities in selected priority countries.
  • Keep local BSA Committee Members apprised of relevant policy developments and ensure alignment and timely information exchange with selected Committees as appropriate.

 

Profile

  • Candidates are required to hold a graduate degree in law, political science or international relations studies or related discipline;
  • Ideally around 10 years of experience in a relevant environment;
  • Qualified candidates will ideally have legal experience in technology, security and intellectual property legislation;
  • An ideal candidate is a strategic thinker with outstanding communications skills;
  • They will enjoy working collaboratively to meet the objective of a global team and organization
  • Prior experience in an EU institution is a plus;
  • Outstanding communications skills in English and working knowledge of another EU language (French, German preferred) are necessary;

 

Why you should be interested in this position:

  • Work in a dynamic organisation with highly driven colleagues and great opportunities to build a strong international network and positioning within global software industry
  • Work on exciting topics of key importance on the policy agenda internationally
  • Actively contribute to driving BSA’s policy work in Europe, in direct collaboration with colleagues from other BSA offices across regions globally (EU, US, APAC)

TypeOpen-ended freelance collaboration

LocationBrussels

SectorSoftware; Data; Cybersecurity; Privacy