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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): REACH Manager
Mission of the role:
Reporting to the Product Stewardship Director, you will be responsible for a part of the REACH file (notably, Evaluation). After the final deadline for the Registration of substances under REACH (May 2018), the follow up assessments (Evaluations) of the safety information provided in the Registration dossiers will become increasingly important for the European Chemistry Industry.  As one of a team of REACH Managers, you will be responsible for ensuring that policy-makers and authorities understand industry’s needs for these follow up assessments to be transparent and predictable, allowing for the full participation of chemical companies.  These assessments should also be evidence based in ensuring effectiveness in both protecting people and the environment and minimizing the burden on industry. Are you inspired by these responsibilities? 
You will: 
  • Together with Cefic’s membership, develop the position of the European chemical industry on REACH-related topics at the European level. Your focus of attention will be on the Evaluation aspects and the interactions between Evaluation and other parts of REACH 
  • Contribute to the discussions with authorities and represent the interests of the European Chemical Industry 
  • Represent Cefic and the European Chemical industry in at least one of the ECHA Committees, and in the relevant external conferences and workshops attended by policy-makers
  • Ensure timely communication and information flow to the relevant industry stakeholders inside and outside the chemical sector
  • As member of the REACH group in Cefic, contribute to the group’s on-going understanding of potential overlaps, inconsistences and synergies between the different parts of REACH, for helping policy-makers/authorities address these in a timely and proactive way
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; experience in regulatory affairs is a must
  • In depth knowledge of EU policy on Chemicals, especially REACH; 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
  • Strong analytical 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, to the European Chemical Agency in Helsinki)
  • Prepared to live in 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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