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30 Apr 2018
Cefic, the European Chemical Industry Council, is both the forum and voice of the European chemical industry. It aims to maintain and develop a prosperous chemical industry in Europe by promoting the best possible economic, social and environmental conditions to bring benefits to society. 
The chemical industry is a € 500+ billion industry, providing over 1 million direct jobs and nearly 2.5 million indirect jobs in Europe. The chemical industry is the “Industry of Things”. The industry's products are essential to 95% of everything manufactured: hygiene, health, mobility, construction, computers and electronics all rely on the chemical industry.   The sector is also critical to meeting future needs, such as developing energy sources or managing scarce resources. The chemical industry is essential for achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals. 
Cefic is located in Brussels to represent the industry vis-à-vis EU institutions and involve member federations and companies in European advocacy.  We employ more than 150 people. 
For its Euro Chlor/Halogens Industry Sector Cefic is looking for a (m/f): Executive Director
Mission of the role:
The Executive Director leads, directs and co-ordinates the activities of the Euro Chlor/Halogens Industry Sector of which Euro Chlor is the largest Sector Group. The other Sector Groups within the cluster are dealing with fluorinated substances (EFCTC, Eurofluor, GFPF) and sulphuric acid (ESA) and are run by dedicated Sector Group managers.
For Euro Chlor, the Executive Director is responsible for implementing the Management Committee’s policy requirements and for the daily management of the Euro Chlor team at its HQ in Brussels. Major areas of interest for Euro Chlor are technical & safety, sustainability & energy, science & regulatory affairs and communications. The Executive Director acts as a focus for regulatory, political and public relation issues on behalf of Euro Chlor, is an active member of the Cefic Leadership Team, participates in Cefic Programme Councils and aligns the Euro Chlor/Halogens sectorial agenda and the Cefic general policy agenda.  Further she/he supports and advises the Euro Chlor Management Committee in all matters concerning the Euro Chlor interests towards internal and external stakeholders. For this purpose the Executive Director builds and maintains a strong network with all important stakeholders.  
Are you inspired by these responsibilities? 
For the fluorinated chemicals and sulphuric acid Sector Groups, you will: 
  • Ensure proper functioning of the fluorinated chemicals and sulphuric acid Sector Groups by managing, coaching and supporting the responsible Sector Group managers.
For the Euro Chlor Sector Group you will:
  • Implement the policies of the Euro Chlor Management Committee and actions requested by the Chairmen of the Management Committee to ensure the timeliness and effectiveness of these policies and actions.  Policies will generally be in the regulatory, political or public relations fields.
  • Manage the administration of the Euro Chlor committees, working groups and (ad-hoc) task forces to ensure the effective functioning of these activities including membership appointments, mission definition and projects, and staff support.
  • Develop and recommend to the Euro Chlor Management Committee policies, plans and programmes to achieve the mission, goals and objectives of Euro Chlor.
  • Manage the Euro Chlor budget and cash flow within Cefic and ensure the prompt invoicing of charges and payment of invoices.
  • Keep the membership of Euro Chlor informed of Euro Chlor activities, obtain a common view on relevant issues, and solicit individual company responses as and when appropriate.
  • Act as a focus for collecting and disseminating relevant information on Safety, Health, Environment as well as Sustainability and Energy and other key issues affecting the chlor-alkali industry.
  • Manage the secretariat of the World Chlorine Council every other two years (2019-2020) and continuously support WCC activities, in coordination with the Euro Chlor Management Committee.
  • In collaboration with Cefic International Affairs and WCC maintain contact with appropriate international regulatory and political activities that have a bearing on Euro Chlor interests, and advocate strategies to manage these positively.
  • Collaborate with national trade associations in Europe wherever possible to promote the interests of the chlor-alkali industry.
  • Builds and maintains a strong network with all important stakeholders to advocate the interests of the chlor-alkali industry.  
  • Manage, direct and develop Euro Chlor Secretariat staff members and foster their integration and interactive collaboration with other Cefic departments.
Can you make the difference? 
Our successful candidate will be a highly experienced professional who demonstrates the following experience and competencies:
  • Experience in industry advocacy work and pro-active relation building.
  • Experience in the chlor-alkali or related industry would be very beneficial.
  • Experience and/or strong affinity with HSE issues in the chemical industry and working with regulatory authorities.
  • Strong strategic thinking and planning as well as excellent implementation skills. 
  • Outstanding interpersonal, strong verbal and written communications and negotiation skills.
  • Fluency in English and at least one other European language.
Required personal qualities: 
  • While possessing inspiring leadership skills you are a team player and diplomat skilled in building bridges and aligning different views.
  • You have the ability to hold and synthesize multiple perspectives across sectors and different cultures.
  • You are a person of the highest integrity with exceptional energy and drive. 
  • You are strongly motivated to proudly defend on rational grounds the chemical industry’s benefits, also in critical settings. 
  • You are self-confident, balanced and constructively critical with a positive attitude.
  • You are collaborative, empathic, trusted, engaging, inspiring, open-minded, culturally astute, committed and results-oriented.
  • You enjoy the challenge of multi-tasking and managing progress in many different issues.
Are you interested?
Please send your application with full curriculum vitae before 30 April 2018 to:
Cefic, Jessica Bart-Williams, HR Assistant, Avenue E. Van Nieuwenhuyse 4,  B-1160 Brussels. 
E-mail address: jobs@cefic.be

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