Government Affairs Manager

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28 Feb 2018
Government Affairs Manager

Government Affairs Manager 

ECPA, Brussels, Belgium

The European Crop Protection Association (ECPA) is the pan-European voice of the pesticide industry. This Brussels-based association, representing 23 market-leading companies as well as national associations in 32 countries, is looking for a dynamic, self-starting, results-oriented Government Affairs Manager.

As one of 26,000 people working in the Crop Protection industry, the Government Affairs Manager will set, guide and implement advocacy strategies, at a European level on legislative and reputational issues impacting on our industry. This is an exciting opportunity to be at the centre of one of the most high-profile and challenging sectors. This role will be a pivotal one at a crucial moment for our industry as the Commission embarks on the REFIT process for the approval system governing pesticide approvals in the EU.


  • Read the political environment; demonstrate awareness and understanding of political dynamics and trends that might impact the business
  • Within the Public Affairs team, in collaboration with issue managers and policy teams, support the establishment of strategic direction for ECPA’s advocacy work and its translation into specific objectives and action plans, aligning the association network to support the advocacy priorities
  • Monitor, plan and manage advocacy needs within the Public Affairs Team and with relevant issue managers on issues impacting the crop protection business
  • Develop and implement actions that generate support for a fact-based discussion about the benefits of crop protection among the industry’s key stakeholders, including at public meetings and events
  • Identify and manage supporting agency partners
  • Advise the Public Affairs Director & Director General on all strategic advocacy issues involving the sector
  • Maintain active relationships with European institutions
  • Build relations and work with stakeholder peers


ECPA is seeking an accomplished Government Affairs Manager with a demonstrated track record, and who has at least 5 years of advocacy experience in Brussels, working in other high-profile industry sectors with significant regulatory and Public Affairs challenges would be an advantage.

The successful candidate should have:

  • Experience in a multinational corporation, EU institution or association focused on innovative sectors and/or food and agriculture sectors is preferred
  • Demonstrated understanding of how EU officials develop and implement policy with the ability to analyse government policy/legislation and advocate positions before a range of key stakeholders (i.e Commission, MEPs, Member States, food-chain partners)
  • Demonstrated ability to listen to and to understand others; develop and maintain key stakeholder relationships
  • Demonstrated ability to build partnerships and coalitions to advance common policy objectives
  • Demonstrated leadership and consensus building skills and able to work effectively as part of a team (internal and external)
  • Strong advocacy skills and ability to promote public policy positions
  • Strong interpersonal, networking, and public speaking skills, with the confidence and credibility to act quickly, communicate effectively, and command respect of both internal and external audiences
  • English at native-speaker level; and a good knowledge of another EU language would be an asset

As well as the above, the ideal candidate would also need to demonstrate the ability to be both adaptable and resilient, and effectively manage competing priorities.

If you have questions about this vacancy, contact

Applications should include CV and cover letter and be sent to

Deadline: Wednesday, February 28, 2018


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