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EU affairs manager


Brussel, BRU, BE

Country/Region:  BE
Job Area:  Public Affairs
Business Unit:  Public Affairs

We are looking for an EU Affairs Manager to join our growing Public Affairs team in Brussels, and work closely with the wider PA global function.

Your part in Neste journey


In this position, you will be responsible for representing Neste's views to the European institutions, covering the wide range of Neste renewable and circular solutions, mostly in road transport. You will devise and implement advocacy strategies and build alliances to advance the up-take of renewable-based solutions through legislation. Beyond our dynamic Public Affairs team, you will also work closely with Neste's business teams, R&D and Sustainability as well as external allies to enable success.


The day-to-day responsibilities will notably include:


  • Formulate and carry out advocacy strategies to advance Neste’s renewable products solutions at EU level. Key legislative files of relevance for this role include the Industrial Emissions Directive, the EURO 7 standards, and other related legislation dealing with CO2 or pollutant emissions, and RFNBO/H2 production. 
  • Recognize and handle emerging regulatory issues or opportunities, including files of a technical nature, and translate regulatory information into business insights.
  • Closely monitor any new policy development that may be of relevance to Neste, and swiftly inform the relevant team members.
  • Persuade political stakeholders, support and expand networks, and represent Neste in policy events, meetings with EU policy makers, and other stakeholder fora.
  • Ensure that Neste is firmly embedded in the EU stakeholder landscape, recognized as a trusted advisor and thought leader in renewable and circular solutions.

You will report to the Head of EU Affairs & General Manager of Neste Belgium, who is based in Brussels.


Keys to success in this role


The successful candidate will need to display a good mix of the following experiences, skills and personality traits:

  • Minimum of 5 years experience in EU or regulatory affairs, including experience within an EU institution or any organisation aiming to influence policy-making, possibly as a scientific support function. A prior working experience in a key sector such as the automotive industry, the renewable fuel industry, or another directly relevant energy intensive industry would be a plus. 
  • Degree e.g. in political science, engineering, or a related scientific field. 
  • Demonstrated ability to understand regulations of a technical nature.  
  • Direct knowledge and practice of the wider spectrum of Public Affairs disciplines: issues management, advocacy coalition building, campaigning, political intelligence.
  • Thorough understanding of EU and/or national environmental, energy, transport and climate change policy and the related political systems and stakeholder landscapes; ability to translate policy developments into business insights and opportunities.
  • Ability to handle a growing number of increasingly complex policy and regulatory issues.
  • Initiative, driving change and tolerant to ambiguity, excellent networking (external and internal), negotiation, communications and interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication in English, and ideally at least one other EU official language.
  • Rock-solid team spirit and a healthy dose of humor.

We offer you

  • A chance to make a real impact by working for one of the most sustainable companies in the world
  • An exciting role aiming to enable the market for renewable, waste-based and circular solutions
  • A great team of colleagues in our global Public Affairs team & full support of the Neste organisation

Our success is based on our people who are the driving force behind Neste’s transformation to become a global leader in renewable and circular solutions. The passion that we have for creating a healthier planet for our children is what makes us unique. We believe everyone is a leader and share a natural desire for collaboration. Our three values “We care, We have courage and We cooperate” are embedded in our everyday work. Working safely and responsibly at all times is essential to all of us.


If this resonates with you, we look forward to receiving your application. The recruitment process will include interviews and possible aptitude assessment. 


Should you have any questions regarding this opportunity, please contact Connie Kinch-Reed on or on +31625244041


Join us in creating a healthier planet for our children.


Our success is based on our people who are the driving force behind Neste’s transformation to become a global leader in renewable and circular solutions. We are also committed to carbon neutral production by 2035. The passion that we have for creating a healthier planet for our children is what makes us unique.


We have set high standards for biodiversity, human rights and supply chain. We have consistently been included in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices and the Global 100 list of the world’s most sustainable companies. 


To carry out our strategy and business growth, our values guide our work. We support, develop and take care of the wellbeing of our people to enable them to grow, innovate and build our future. 


We care. We have courage. We cooperate. 


At Neste we want our people to feel good and do good. We provide clear and transparent targets, development opportunities, empowering leadership as well as rewards based on role and responsibilities. 


The world is going through changes. At Neste our strategy reflects the understanding and mindset that we can be in charge of these changes to serve our purpose: to create a healthier planet for our children.


In the end, it is the people who make the company. We are Neste.


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