Plastics Europe – The Netherlands Director

We are you looking for a Director to ensure the professional management of the Association’s activities in The Netherlands.

About Plastics Europe

Plastics Europe is the pan-European association of plastics manufacturers with offices across Europe.  For over 100 years, science and innovation has been the DNA that cuts across our industry. With close to 100 members producing over 90% of all polymers across Europe, we are the catalyst for the industry with a responsibility to openly engage with stakeholders and deliver solutions which are safe, circular and sustainable. We are committed to implementing long-lasting positive change.

Role description and purpose

The PlasticsEurope Netherlands Director reports to the External Affairs Director of Plastics Europe. The employee is based at Plastics Europe’s office in The Hague (with a possibility of part-time home working, and the need for regular travel within the Netherlands and occasional travel within Europe).

The Netherlands Director ensures the professional management of the Association’s activities in The Netherlands. This requires the ability to understand and anticipate the economic, political, and public landscape in the country but also across Europe.

The Netherlands Director manages the advocacy and communication manager of Plastics Europe in The Netherlands. He/she implements the pan-European strategy of the Association in the country, considering the national differences, both internally to member companies, as well as externally to major stakeholders.

The Netherlands Director is the primary contact of the association towards Dutch authorities (Government, Administration and Dutch Parliament) for the implementation of existing and future regulation regarding plastics in The Netherlands.

The Netherlands Director represents and leads dialogue between Plastics Europe and its various external stakeholders in the country effectively. He/she cooperates with national upstream and downstream associations to optimize the value chain. He/she gathers emerging issues, to prioritize importance and urgency and makes relevant proposals at Plastics Europe Advocacy Director & Executive Director and Steering Board Members if required.

Considering the national specificities, he/she implements in the country the pan-European strategy of the Association defined by the Plastics Europe Advocacy & Communication Directors – including working internally with member companies, and externally to major stakeholders.

Key responsibilities

  • Developing and leading the implementation of Dutch engagement strategies. This includes developing and implementing an integrated and measurable communications strategy for Plastics Europe Netherlands to support policy goals, organizational transformation/change and to protect the reputation of the sector.
  • Developing an efficient and sustainable networking and a strong relation with the overall Plastics Europe organizations such as the Dutch National Advisory Board and the overall member companies in the country, Plastics Europe Managing Director, External Affairs Director, senior members and Director General,
  • Efficiently managing the team, working groups within the network
  • Managing risks (including reputational ones):
    • Own the issues management policy and advise the Leadership on actions and mitigation strategies. Lead the execution of the latter as appropriate
    • Provide strategic direction on existing or anticipated issues to the Steering Board
    • Develop rebuttals and clear processes for damaging and non-fact-based measures
  • Developing and fostering a very strong relationship with:
    • the Dutch National Advisory Board and national company executives, Plastics Europe Managing Director, External Affairs Director, senior members, and Plastics Europe colleagues.
    • the most senior stakeholders across key external audiences in The Netherlands (to include value-chain, media, political, NGO’s, etc).
  • Actively contributing to the development and execution of national multi-stakeholder plans and initiatives aiming to leverage the sustainability of plastics (e.g. under the umbrella of the Transitieteam Kunststoffen, the Rethink Communications initiative)
  • Representing the industry in The Netherlands through participation at events, conferences, and meetings as appropriate.
  • Contributing to the development and execution of pan-European campaigns and translating these at national level. Ensuring these demonstrate the value of the plastics industry, their contribution to the circular economy and role in responding and solving future sustainability challenges.

Core competencies, knowledge and experience required:

  • A highly experienced business, public or corporate affairs leader, with a proven track record of working in a complex organization and network to draft, manage and deliver reputation value. Preferably experienced in working with trade associations
  • Good knowledge of the plastics industry and its operating model
  • Strong capacity to federate, influence and build consensus amongst internal and external stakeholders
  • Strong networking skills with the ability to develop and maintain relationships at senior level within the political landscape in The Netherlands as well as within ministries & institutions.
  • Good understanding and experience of the political & decision-making process in The Netherlands and at the European Union level.
  • Good knowledge and understanding of:
    • the external environment of the plastics industry and its critical high value stakeholders (governmental, regulatory, NGOs, political, value chain, consumer and media)
    • the high value reputational drivers for the industry and how business decisions impact on reputation
    • communications and campaigning strategies (including digital) that engage diverse audiences, foster debate, and address misperceptions.
  • Good communication skills (preferably experienced in this field)
  • The ability to build, lead, motivate high performing teams
  • Strategic thinker and leader with a strong ability to interpret internal and external trends and changes and contribute to key strategic policy positions and communications.
  • Game changer ability: due to the increasing pressure on plastics in The Netherlands, the Netherlands Director must bring new ideas and turn them into reality.
  • Native Dutch speaking and writing and excellent verbal and written communications skills in English

Interested?

Please send your application with a compelling cover letter (2 pages max) and CV by 31 July 2022 with the subject Plastics Europe – The Netherlands Director to: Plastics Europe at to: vacancies@plasticseurope.org.

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