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Job Available | Public Policy Advisor/Associate Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP, Belgium

Are you a driven and experienced European Public Policy & Regulatory expert in Brussels looking to work in a high performing team where your contribution and expertise are truly valued? Are you a strong communicator who can read your target audience well? Are you looking for the opportunity to further advance your career within a global law firm and add real value to a diverse and challenging client base? Do you have experience working with or in the EU institutions, ideally on sustainability policy matters? Then this vacancy could be the right next step for you.

We are continuing to grow our strong European Public Policy practice and we are now looking for a highly motivated and committed Public Policy Advisor/Associate, with between five to eight years of post-graduation experience, to join our dynamic team in Brussels.

Our Team

Squire Patton Boggs is one of the world’s strongest integrated law and public policy firms, providing insight at the point where law, business, and government meet. We deliver commercially focused business solutions by combining our legal, lobbying, and political capabilities with invaluable connections on the ground to a diverse mix of clients, from long-established leading corporations to emerging businesses, start-up visionaries, and sovereign nations. More than 1,500 lawyers and 90 dedicated public policy experts in 40 offices across 20 countries on four continents provide unrivaled access to expertise and local connections.

Working across the firm’s practice groups, the 15+ people-strong European Public Policy Practice engages with a broad range of institutions and policymakers – at both EU and Member State levels – to impact decision-making on issues affecting our clients. Squire Patton Boggs has one of the most experienced and well-recognized public policy practices in the US and internationally. In Brussels, we count among the top law firms also providing public policy services. For more information about SPB, please visit our website.

Our Brussels’ office is a close-knit and friendly community of around 40, led by Managing Partner Bart Vanderstraete. Our European Public Policy practice is chaired by Partner Wolfgang Maschek.

Our Opportunity

We are looking for someone to support our growing European Public Policy team, in particular in its EU sustainability regulatory and policy practice, which serves industry-leading clients from the chemical, packaging, construction, waste/recycling, and other industries. In your role you will be monitoring and analyzing proposed laws, regulations, and policies at the EU level and in selected national jurisdictions, preparing summaries, analyses, or position papers for your clients. You will directly work with clients, who will need clear, targeted information and guidance addressing their specific needs. But you will also show thought leadership via client alerts, presentations, and speeches for both internal and external use, and organizing, preparing, and attending meetings and events with/for clients. We will provide you with the opportunity to work pro-actively, collegially, professionally, in a forward-looking manner, and with quickly increasing independence with excellent subject matter experts who work in our 32 practice groups. You will also be able to contribute to strategically identifying opportunities for the further growth of the European Public Policy Practice.

You

  • Law degree and relevant post-graduate studies are essential; legal training and qualification are advantageous;
  • At least 5 years of practical experience in EU law and/or public policy/affairs, gained e.g. in EU institutions, bodies or agencies, national administrations, law firms, consultancies, business organizations or NGOs;
  • Excellent understanding of the EU institutional framework and procedures;
  • Demonstrated ability to immerse yourself swiftly in regulatory policy fields. Existing expertise in at least one of the following fields of law and policy is essential: circular economy, chemicals, construction products, energy, and/or climate. Expertise in technology (including data protection), taxation, competition, and/or trade policy is highly advantageous;
  • English native or near-native speaker; other relevant languages are highly advantageous;
  • Excellent research, drafting, communication, and presentation skills are essential. Experience in professionally using online social media is advantageous;
  • EU citizen or existing EU work permit.

What you need to know

Please submit your application online before 28 October 2022, explaining why you are interested in this position (i.e. motivation letter) alongside your detailed CV describing how your professional and academic experience matches the job vacancy. We will be reviewing applications on an ongoing basis.

We are unable to accept applications via third-party recruitment agencies for this role but look forward to hearing from you directly.

Please note that this role is for an independent contractor rather than an employee.

If you have any questions about this role or our recruitment process, please contact Alice Buttifant at [email protected].

Squire Patton Boggs is committed to equal opportunity for all, with a particular emphasis on diversity and inclusion. We may collect relevant data for monitoring as part of our candidate registration process.

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