EU Government Relations Manager

Accenture
  • Location
    Brussels, Belgium
  • Sector
    Commercial
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Apr 26

Position description

Accenture is a leading global professional services company, providing a broad range of services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations across more than 40 industries. With more than 435,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries, Accenture drives innovation to improve the way the world works and lives.

Based in our Brussels Office, you will provide direct strategic support to client-facing teams; develop trusted relationships across the EU institutions; and work with policy makers to create a welcoming environment for our digital capabilities. Reporting directly to the EU Government Relations Director, you will also support the Managing Director for European Government Relations for some of your work, and will collaborate with members of the GR team elsewhere in Europe.

The role demands that you use your excellent communication skills – and fluency in English, French and ideally Italian – to represent Accenture externally and to develop compelling arguments and messaging documents, often related to complex issues. You will have specific experience of, or a demonstrable interest in, our sector’s business and policy issues; a thorough understanding of EU political systems; and approximately eight years’ experience working with or in government. You will be thoughtful and organised in your approach, comfortable working to tight deadlines and instinctively collaborative.

Manager - Role Description

Assist leaders to develop and implement effective political, legislative and regulatory strategies aligned to their objectives. Establish and maintain relationships with government officials, industry trade associations and industry government relations representatives. Provide insight on political and legislative developments that impact Accenture's business objectives. Support the business to build strategic relationships, align to market positions and manage reputation risks.

You will provide client team support at EU level for our Health & Public Services(H&PS) and Financial Services (FS) businesses. With H&PS you will identify, shape and support business opportunities with the European Commission and participate in relevant European Commission expert groups. For FS you will develop and manage a high-level positioning and relationship development programme across the institutions focused on Fintech/Digital in FS and support content development. For both groups, you will ensure that our leaders are aware of key developments impacting their business, their clients and our offerings.

In addition to your EU-focused work, you will

  • support the Managing Director for European Government Relations by developing and implementing country-specific Government Relations plans;
  • support the Director of EU Relations in her role as Policy lead by helping to identify and track developments at the EU level that might impact our business; support the development of related positions; and help shape and implement related advocacy programmes, working in collaboration with relevant Brussels-based organisations and with other Country GR leads.

Qualifications

  • Minimum of 8 years’ experience in government relations, legislative affairs and/or technology industry experience;
  • Excellent understanding of the EU institutions and policies;
  • Strong networker and existing network of contacts with EU officials and industry contacts;
  • Experience in legislative negotiations/lobbying;
  • Proven political acumen;
  • Profound written and verbal communications skills in English and at least one other major official EU language;
  • Excellent analytical skills and business acumen;
  • Organized and methodical;
  • Proactive;
  • Sensitivity to national, as well as pan-European, policy concerns and cultures;
  • Strong service orientation and client focus;
  • Ability to work independently or as part of a team;
  • Proven ability to deliver results on time and within budget.

You will work in a challenging environment and will take part in the realization of our Government Relations Strategy at European and national level.

Our people are our most important asset and we invest considerable resources to provide on-going training that builds and extends professional and management skills in all areas. Moreover, you will operate in a professional atmosphere that strongly encourages entrepreneurship. Together with international colleagues, you will focus on major projects for Accenture.

Application instructions

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