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Brussels, 5 December 2016
EHI seeks a Technical Affairs Officer
EHI – the association of the European Heating Industry, represents 42 market leading companies and 13 associations active in the heating market. Our members produce advanced technologies for thermal comfort including burners, boilers, heat pumps, smart temperature controls, radiators, surface heating and cooling and renewable energy systems. In doing so, they employ directly more than 120.000 people in Europe and invest more than half a billion euro a year in energy efficiency. EHI’s activities are managed by its Secretariat based in Brussels, Belgium, and composed of an international team of six professionals. It is led by the Secretary General, who is supported by four Regulatory Affairs Managers and an Administrative Assistant. A Technical Affairs Director works on a part-time basis as a consultant to the Association, and is based in Germany. To support the activities of the EHI Secretariat based in Brussels, EHI is seeking a Technical Affairs Officer (M/F, full time).
The technical affairs officer’s responsibilities
Reporting to one of the Regulatory Affairs Managers, the successful candidate will:
- Support the public affairs activities of EHI, particularly by interpreting and presenting technical texts (e.g. a heater technical documentation) or issues (e.g. method to calculate the energy efficiency of heaters) to a non-technical audience.
- Support EHI working groups: cooperate with convenors to set the agenda, ensure preparation, attend and follow up meetings; draft position papers on technical topics and ensure members are aligned on them.
- Support membership in coordinating the industry position in Standardisation activities;
- Support EHI public affairs specialists in promoting the common industry positions to the relevant external audiences, primarily EU institutions, but also industry groups and other stakeholders in the relevant standardisation bodies;
- Monitor, identify and inform members about current and emerging energy-related EU legislation, ensuring timely alerts and advising on implications for their business; The technical affairs officer will act as technical support to the public affairs activities of the EHI Secretariat. He/she will drive some technical dossiers in autonomy.
The successful candidate will have:
- A university degree in either mechanical engineering or related field, with a good understanding of political issues, developed through relevant work, specifically: two to four years’ experience in EU or national regulatory work in the field of energy or environment. He/she should demonstrate to be familiar with and understand the EU legislative process.
- Good analysis and presentation skills: she/he should be able to translate technical issues into political language and present arguments both orally and in written.
- Good interpersonal and organizational skills: she/he should be able to mediate to find compromise amongst different positions as well as to achieve progress in various dossiers at the same time.
- Be a self-starter and independent, as well as being able to partner effectively with the Regulatory Affairs Managers and the Technical Affairs Director. Proficiency in the English and German language, written and oral, is a requirement.
What we offer
- The opportunity to represent one of the key sectors set to contribute to the ambitious EU energy and CO2 saving targets for 2030 and beyond. If successful, you will be involved in key energy policy discussions, at a very interesting time for the future of energy (efficiency) policy in Europe.
- Being part of a growing, young and international team based in Brussels;
- The opportunity to work within a modern environment and experience lean management as daily practice, in a beautiful new office location in Brussels;
- Limited travel, mainly within Europe.
- A full time position and a motivating remuneration package, based on a Belgian law contract.
To apply please send your CV to Ms Federica Sabbati, EHI Secretary General, at Federica.email@example.com by 31 January 2017. Please mention “EHI vacancy 2017” in the subject line of your email. The CV should be accompanied by a letter of motivation and should be in English. To learn more about EHI please see www.ehi.eu. EHI is an equal opportunities employer. The working language is English.