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Job Available | Economic Affairs & Communication Officer

  • Location Brussels, Belgium
  • Sector Commercial
  • Experience Mid Career
  • Posted Oct 05

Position description

CAOBISCO, the European association representing the chocolate, biscuits, and confectionery industry, is looking for a candidate to replace the Economic Affairs & Communications Manager, during her maternity leave. The chosen candidate would start to work for the Association from the 9th of January 2023 onwards, full-time and for a duration of 6/8 months.


The areas of responsibility cover both economic issues related to trade and raw material sourcing, and communication management of the association.

Economic Affairs responsibilities

  • Provide timely and actionable information and advice to CAOBISCO members about policy and regulatory initiatives/developments impacting the competitiveness of our member companies.
  • Develop and communicate CAOBISCO positions and develop recommendations relating to strategic approaches to advocacy.
  • Engage with EU institutions and other relevant players such as industry associations, relevant civil society representatives, and international organizations.
  • Provide support for the activities for CIUS.

Communications responsibilities

  • Maintain the CAOBISCO websites.
  • Prepare and design communication material needed on the basis of content transmitted by other managers with or without the support of external agencies.
  • Lead and coordinate the organization of events planned within the CAOBISCO work program.
  • Support the Secretariat with the development and following outreach of speeches, press releases, and statements.
  • Centralize all media requests and develop responses with the support of the relevant team member/expert group.
  • Manage CAOBISCO’s social media activities.
  • Coordinate and compile the CAOBISCO quarterly newsletter.


The interim Manager reports directly to the Director General.


CAOBISCO is looking for a public affairs expert preferably with

  • University or post-graduate degree in Communications and/or Political Sciences, International Relations, European Studies, Public Policy, Food Policy, or related
  • Some professional experience on a similar Ideally including experience gained in a governmental organization, political office, consultancy, trade association, or as part of an in-house government affairs/communications team.
  • A good network of contacts among Commission officials, MEP’s, parliamentary staff, and Member State Permanent Representations, as well as with Brussels-based media contacts, trade associations, and think tanks is an asset.
  • Understanding of the current principal issues at the EU level as well as of the EU legislative process and the respective roles of the Commission, Council, and Parliament.
  • Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills. You should be able to communicate with EU officials on a range of issues as well as mediate to find compromise and common positions within the association.
  • Proficiency in English, written and oral, preferably, native. Additional EU language(s) will be an asset.


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