Vacancy: Policy Adviser – Public Affairs
EBF (the European Banking Federation) works at the heart of the European banking sector. Our daily activities are determined by the dynamics between European integration, finance, public policy and financial regulation. It is our job to bring together 33 national banking associations in Europe and represent some 3,500 banks – large and small, wholesale and retail, local and international.
We create a platform for representation and for a constructive exchange of ideas and expertise between banks, regulators, supervisors and other entities that drive the innovation and sustainability of the banking sector. As a team, we tend to aim higher and work, deliver and learn together in an informal, impact-driven manner.
The EBF is seeking to recruit, at a full-time position, a Policy Adviser – Public Affairs.
You are the spider in the web of EBF’s advocacy activities, with a special emphasis on what is going on at the European Parliament and at the European Council. You know what is going on at these institutions, share that information and make sure that you and your colleagues connect effectively to relevant stakeholders. You build and maintain an active and relevant network, resulting in an up-to-date database and a full agenda. You take pride in being the linking pin between the advocacy efforts of EBF’s national members and the outreach activities in Brussels. You have a strategic, structured and campaign-based way of working and judge your success by concrete results and measurable impact. As a personality, you are energetic, engaging, knowledgeable and interested in people and finance. You may have a background in banking or finance – but may also build your position through a talent to familiarize yourself with new areas of expertise in record time.
- Draft the advocacy strategy of the EBF under the supervision of the Director of Legal, Social and International Affairs.
- Coordinate the implementation of the advocacy strategy in cooperation with EBF’s advisers, EBF’s Members and the relevant topic expert(s).
- Develop constructive relationships with key stakeholders (EU institutions, with a particular focus on the European Parliament, European Supervisory Authorities, international entities / standard setters, official bodies, other associations) including parliamentarians, EU officials, Financial Services Attachés and member representatives.
- Prepare and attend high-level meetings with level policy makers on key issues.
- Enhance EBF visibility through active participation in relevant events, gatherings, seminars, meetings etc.
- Organise dedicated advocacy/outreach events on key regulatory files (contact with National Banking Associations, identification of dialogue partners, Eurofi, EBF ad-hoc conferences) and dedicated advocacy meetings with relevant MEPs & Permanent representations. Enhance EBF visibility at the European Parliament (MEPs). Organisation of the EBF’s outreach to EU rotating Presidencies.
Successful candidates fit for the following profile
- A great talent to know who’s who, what’s going with at relevant European institutions and when to have an impact;
- University degree in Economics, Law, Political Sciences or any other related field.
- Thorough knowledge of EU public affairs with at least three years of working experience in an EU institution or in a Public Affairs role;
- Excellent understanding of the EU decision making process;
- Excellent organisational skills and capacity to prepare large meetings, setting out agendas, discussing with experts about relevant content, overseeing the administrative work and taking responsibility on the development of the meeting/event;
- Effective communication and team working skills;
- Excellent influencing skills, persuasiveness and sense of diplomacy;
- Ability to blend the views and inputs provided by EBF members to draft joint position papers in response to public consultations;
- Capacity to adopt pragmatic viewpoints including on the implementation of regulation in credit institutions across EU Member States;
- Excellent writing skills in English;
- Good interpersonal and bridge builder skills and ability to work under pressure;
- Openness to assume responsibilities on a variety of technical matters;
- Strategic and analytical thinking skills in a project-driven environment.
The ideal candidate will show considerable commitment to his/her work, enthusiasm and a positive attitude towards the various projects for which he/she will be responsible.
Internal Career Development
At EBF, we take the professional and personal development of Policy advisers and all other staff members very seriously. As part of that development, policy advisers may be asked to move to different files after 1-2 years of employment and will be asked to assume project roles and activities in addition to their assigned policy area.
How to apply
Please send your curriculum vitae with a letter of motivation to EBF Recruitment at email address: email@example.com
Deadline: 31 July 2023
Disclaimer: Please note that, due to high interest in positions at the EBF, we may not be able to respond to every application. If you have not heard from us before 31 August 2023, you may assume that we will not move your application forward. We really appreciate your interest in working with us and wish you best of luck in your search. Thank you for your understanding.