Product Stewardship Manager (Nanomaterials)

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31 Mar 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 Product Stewardship department, Cefic is looking for a (m/f): Product Stewardship Manager - Nanomaterials

Mission of the role:
You will be responsible for the nanomaterials file.  This is an important file for the European Chemical Industry since nanotechnology has great potential to address the need for materials that offer substantial resource efficiency benefits.  However, nanomaterials also present a challenge in terms of ensuring that the uses of these materials do not present risks to either people or the environment. Your role will be to assist the authorities in getting the right balance between the uses of the technology and the assurance that these uses are safe in any new regulation(s). You will report to the Product Stewardship Director.
Are you inspired by these responsibilities? You will:
  • Contribute to and co-ordinate the development of the Cefic positions on nanomaterials-related topics  
  • Manage Cefic’s Nanomaterials groups to drive consensus amongst the Cefic member organizations
  • Present the Cefic positions to authorities at conferences/workshops attended by policy-makers
  • Represent the chemical industry in ECHA’s Nanomaterials Expert Group
  • Actively participate in selected EU-funded (research) projects related to the risk governance of nanomaterials
  • Support Cefic’s activities on a global basis to ensure that any regulatory or voluntary measures to guarantee the safe use of nanomaterials are based on scientific evidence, are risk-based, and are proportionate. Some work under the umbrella of the ICCA at events organized by UN Environment may be required
  • Ensure communication and information flow to the relevant stakeholders 
Can you make the difference? 
The successful candidate will be an experienced professional who demonstrates the following experience and competencies:
  • Master degree in chemistry, chemical engineering or similar
  • At least 5 years of experience within the chemical industry or authorities; knowledge of regulatory affairs is a plus
  • Toxicology knowledge will be important
  • Good knowledge of EU policies on Chemicals, especially REACH; familiar with the nanomaterials regulatory debate; familiar with CLP
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and networking skills. Strong capacity to communicate with people with different technical backgrounds
  • Ability to lead discussions and build consensus
  • Good analytical, project management and organisational skills
  • Excellent English (written and spoken)
Required personal qualities: 
  • Adaptability to work on tight deadlines and to handle multiple priorities
  • Eager to learn and develop new skills
  • Willingness to travel. Some travel is required within Europe (notably, Helsinki, Paris, and Frankfurt); occasional international travel may be required 
  • Prepared to relocate to Belgium (Brussels)
Are you interested?
Please send your application with full curriculum vitae before March 31, 2018 to  Cefic, Jessica Bart-Williams - HR Assistant, Avenue E. Van Nieuwenhuyse 4, B-1160 Brussels. 
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