Product Stewardship Manager

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19 Apr 2019

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 Product Stewardship department, Cefic is looking for a (m/f):

Product Stewardship Manager

(Classification, Labelling and Packaging: CLP Regulation)

Mission of the role:

You will be responsible for driving, coordinating and managing the implementation and further evolution of the EU Classification, Labelling and Packaging (CLP) Regulation for the European chemical industry.  This is a crucial file for the European Chemical Industry, as all chemical manufacturing companies have to comply with the Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 on the Classification, Labelling and Packaging for substances and mixtures.  CLP implements in Europe the UN Global Harmonised System (GHS), an international standard set up to harmonise the classification and labelling schemes around the world. Your role will be to work with industry and authorities towards a workable implementation and development of the regulation, to ensure a high level of protection of health and the environment, as well as the free movement of substances, mixtures and articles. You will report to the Product Stewardship Director.  

Are you inspired by these responsibilities?

You will:

  • Contribute to and coordinate the development of the Cefic positions on CLP-related topics. 
  • Manage Cefic’s CLP group to drive consensus amongst the Cefic member organizations.
  • Present the Cefic positions to authorities, e.g. at conferences/workshops or expert meetings attended by policy-makers (European Commission, ECHA, Member States Competent Authorities mostly).
  • Monitor regulatory developments.
  • Advise and support members in their CLP implementation activities.
  • Represent the European chemical industry in the UN-GHS sub-committee.
  • Support Cefic’s activities to ensure that any developments of CLP are based on scientific evidence and are proportionate.
  • Ensure communication and information flow to the relevant stakeholders.
  • Manage Cefic working group(s) on CLP; this includes developing and implementing action plans, team objectives, working group mandates, as well as reporting to members.
  • Coordinate the work with Cefic sector groups and national associations.

Can you make the difference?

The successful candidate will be an experienced professional who demonstrates the following experience and competencies:

  • Master’s degree in chemistry, chemical engineering, (eco)toxicology or similar.
  • At least 5 years of experience within the chemical industry or authorities; knowledge of regulatory affairs is a must.
  • Experience in coordinating teamwork.
  • Toxicology knowledge is a definite asset.  
  • Good knowledge of EU policies on Chemicals, especially CLP and REACH.
  • Strong capacity to communicate with people with different technical backgrounds, and to translate technical information into layman terms.  
  • Ability to lead discussions and build consensus.
  • Good analytical, project management and organisational skills.
  • Excellent English (written and spoken).

Required personal qualities:

  • Excellent written and oral communication, interpersonal and networking skills.
  • A team player, open to a multi-cultural environment.
  • Adaptability to work within tight deadlines and to handle multiple priorities.
  • Eager to learn and develop new skills.
  • Scientific rigour.
  • Willingness to travel - some travel is required within Europe (notably, Geneva, Paris, and Helsinki); Occasional international travel may be required.
  • Prepared to relocate to Belgium (Brussels).

Are you interested?

Please send your application, quoting the reference CLP-01, with full curriculum vitae before 19 April 2019 to

Jessica Bart-Williams, HR Assistant, Cefic, Rue Belliard 40, box 15, B-1040 Brussels.

E-mail address: jobs@cefic.be

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