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Director Government Affairs & Advocacy (Funding)

Location: 

Brussels, BE

Business Unit:  Government Affairs

About Umicore

Reducing harmful vehicle emissions. Giving new life to used metals. Powering the cars of the future. As a global materials and technology group, we apply our specialist knowledge to offer materials and solutions that are essential to everyday life. We aim to be a clear world leader in materials for clean mobility and recycling and have turned our sustainability approach into an even greater competitive advantage. With ambitions like this, imagine what you could do?

About Government Affairs and Advocacy

Global regulations are changing fast to create sustainable comfort while saving our planet. As a global impactful organisation providing material solutions for the world’s most pressing challenges we see ambitious legal requirements as opportunities to grow.  It’s not just those in our industrial sites and technical centers that are vital to Umicore’s growth. Enhancing our reputation and inspiring  others to follow our mission on materials for a better life can build on what we’ve already achieved. In Government Affairs and Advocacy we guide public policy decisions that can further increase the positive impact on society and the environment, and educate how our products and services contribute to such impact. We create stimulating ecosystems for our operations and technology innovation with the variety of our work and the diversity of our people. This inspires us to drive change and we cannot stand still. Which is where you come in.  

What you will be doing

Creating an optimal business and operating environment for Umicore’s products, services and operations by creating funding opportunities for our research and investments through proactive stakeholder assessment, timely advocacy, constructive authority interaction and managing our funding applications at different national and international agencies.

Strategic focus:

The majority of Umicore’s businesses are strongly driven by innovation (eg. emission regulation, new material development, low-energy production processes, …). Consequently it is of utmost importance that our global research network is both leading in technological innovation and cost performance as this is the basis for future business performance. Impactful advocacy is based on in-depth knowledge of the technology trends, well-timed advocacy actions to create future funding opportunities  and having good overview of the local and global funding roadmaps. Finally coordination of funding application files and management of the reporting requirements in collaboration with the technology teams closes the innovation advocacy circle.

Main responsibilities:

  • Developing different funding opportunities on the targeted  innovation topics: energy transition; circular economy; recycling;…
  • Active advocacy to influence priorities of technology roadmaps impacting business conditions
  • Building and maintaining a wide local and international stakeholder network in the innovation area
  • Being an internal coordinator for a variety of innovation and/or investment support files. The interfaces are numerous and also very diverse, both in content (various technologies, different businesses, environment, policy making,…) and geography (from regional, national to European level). In the framework of sector and industry associations there are also frequent interactions with peers in other companies that can be supplier, customer, competitor of Umicore implying the continuous need for professional, thorough and collaborative interaction.
  • Contributing to a positive, reliable and respected company image
  • Leading the allocated internal organisational tasks in the Government Affairs and Advocacy team

Who we are looking for

  • University degree in legal, communication, economics, engineering or sciences
  • At least 10 years’ experience in an innovation driven business environment with proven affinity for innovation, networking and formalistic partnership management (legal, business contracting, technology contracting, funding applications,…)
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in Dutch and English
  • Excellent networking skills
  • Taking independent initiative
  • Good coordination skills
  • Combining generalist view with eye for procedural detail
  • Ability to fast and rationally evaluate a wide range of information
  • Good team player
  • Open minded and flexible
  • Stress resistant and calm

What we offer

We aim to lead the way. Not just for our customers, but for our employees too. That is why we strive to create a collaborative environment in which we can all succeed and a culture through which we can all share ideas, develop our expertise and advance our careers. We engage in building an inclusive work culture that offers equal opportunities for all employees irrespective of their diverse backgrounds. As you would expect from a world-leading organization, we will also reward your contribution with a competitive salary and benefits. With all this and more, imagine what you could do?

If our pioneering approach can make us a leader in sustainability, IMAGINE WHAT YOU COULD DO?

      

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