Technical Affairs and Consumer Safety Officer

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What we are looking for

We are looking for a Technical Affairs and Consumer Safety Officer to assist the work of our Strategic Council focusing on Safe and Sustainable uses of plastics. The ideal candidate should have technical background and experience in organic chemistry, polymerization processes, plastics additives and transformation process and good understanding of chemical safety and, sustainability, or similar issues relevant to the EU Plastics Industry.

The role provides a unique opportunity to grow professionally and personally in a dynamic environment alongside a top team and industry experts.

Who we are

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.

About the position

As Technical Affairs and Consumer Safety Officer, you take the lead on activities relating to technical and other developments in priority areas related to plastics chemical regulations and safety. Your responsibilities are to:

  • Establish yourself as the go-to expert for technical issues related to plastics chemical regulations and safety
  • Monitor, interpret and provide intelligence on relevant technical and scientific affairs linked to plastics chemicals regulations including safety of additives.
  • Identify risks and opportunities in the policy & scientific landscape and provide your expertise to support Plastics Europe’s advocacy & communication strategies
  • Consult with members and drive consensus towards positions on issues of common interest with aim to promote safety and transparency
  • Create a joint understanding of the technical and scientific state of play of plastics safe and sustainable uses (e.g. via literature review, evidence gathering, …)
  • Coordinate and contribute to technical analyses, projects and reports. Draft technical analyses, briefings, positions, and presentations. And communicate the key takeaways effectively to our task forces, working groups, committees, and members
  • Manage internal task forces or working groups, including the preparation of meeting agenda, minutes, presentation, briefings, documents and logistics
  • Represent Plastics Europe at relevant external conferences and workshops
  • Develop and maintain a network of relevant contacts and establish effective working relationships with the value chain, interest groups, decision makers, and representatives within EU institutions and other stakeholders covering a broad ranges of applications (Food contact, toys, building and construction, packaging, medical devices, Electrical and Electronic Equipments,…)
  • Develop collaborate and exchange with other associations involved in chemical safety and regulatory aspects all along the plastics value chains from additives suppliers down to end users.


What does it take to succeed in this role? 

  • Strategic thinking skills with an ability to interpret internal and external trends and changes and contribute to key strategic positions and communications.
  • Ability to analyse and translate complex technical & scientific data, ideas and concepts into structured, concise, and convincing outputs. Coupled to a capacity to adjust language and content complexity to audiences with varying backgrounds
  • Be proactive, accountable and take full ownership for the allocated priority areas.
  • Ability to build trust and good working relationships at different levels and use empathy and knowledge to shape change
  • Diplomatic mind-set with ability to lead and drive compromise in challenging situations
  • Robust communication and presentation skill
  • Solid programme/project management skills
  • Team player mindset and advanced organizational skills
  • Demonstrated environmental awareness and drive for sustainability
  • Professional in dealing with sensitive or confidential information

Requirements

  • University or Higher Education degree (e.g. Bsc) in polymer chemistry, chemical engineering, polymer engineering, or similar. Other technical backgrounds possible with a proven track record working in the wider plastics industry sector or value chain
  • At least 4 years’ experience
  • Proven experience in sustainability, consultancy, or regulatory/ public affairs within the plastics industry (from production, compounding, material usage or recycling) or a related field.
  • Experience in industry sectors including packaging, automotive, construction or electronics would be an advantage
  • Excellent communication skills (oral and written) in English – additional EU languages would be beneficial

Interested?

Please send your application with compelling cover letter (2 pages max) and CV to: vacancies@plasticseurope.org (SUBJECT line: Technical Affairs and Consumer Safety Officer) by 30 November 2022.

PlasticsEurope is an equal opportunity employer, committed to achieving diversity within the workforce and creating an inclusive working environment. For this purpose, we welcome applications from all qualified candidates irrespective of gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion or beliefs, age, disability or other characteristics. 

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