Head of Public Policy and European Affairs, Sovereign Strategy, Brussels

To apply, please send a CV and cover letter to neva.brahmbhatt@sovereignstrategy.com before 15 November 2021. Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Sovereign Strategy, a London and Brussels based political strategy and public affairs consultancy, is seeking to appoint a senior consultant to manage its Brussels/EU based operations. Candidates should have at least five years’ experience working in a political /PA focused consultancy, in one of the European Institutions, an EU based industry association, think tank or interest group predominantly working in the field of financial services, technology (Fintech).

About Sovereign Strategy

Since its foundation in 2000, Sovereign Strategy has been using considerable hands-on experience and its network to develop strategies that deliver for the best outcome for client’s day-to-day operations and business development. Sovereign Strategy offers a complete range of consultancy services globally and a bespoke advice to governments and some of the renown FTSE 100 businesses around the world. With a strong presence in the UK and Europe, Sovereign has a wealth of experience and contacts across the United States, Middle East and Asia.

About the role

  • Provide global clients with pan-European strategic counsel.
  • Provide timely and relevant strategic advice to clients and prospective clients on their public policy, CSR, ESG and business development priorities.
  • Deliver Sovereign client account managers and team members with regular updates on key policy developments in the European Union Institutions and in member states.
  • Lead on client accounts, from an EU policy perspective.
  • Lead and manage the implementation of client EU campaigns.
  • Compile regular monitoring, tracking and analysing EU policies of interest.
  • Manage stakeholder networking and building strong relationships for the Sovereign Strategy and its clients.
  • Organise and advise clients on creation and planning of meetings, conferences in Brussels.
  • Work as part of a team in pitches and identifying new business opportunities.
  • Assist with the recruitment and management of a Brussels based team.

Must haves

  • Education: Batchelor’s Degree, Master’s degree or PhD in politics, economics, law or a related field.
  • Experience: +5 years’ experience in Policy, External Affairs and/or Communication roles. Introduction with political parties, ministerial cabinets etc. is an important asset as well as in-depth knowledge and/or experience in the field of financial services, technology, competition and/or trade.
  • Language Skills: Excellent spoken and written English and a fluency in French or German is strongly desired.
  • Influencing and negotiation skills: Emotional Intelligence to interact with key decision makers and stakeholders and an ability to use lateral thinking to achieve clients’ objectives.
  • Strategic Advice: Ability to draft long term vision and strategic thinking for client’s needs.
  • Excellent analytical skills: Integrate the major positions/orientations of Sovereign Strategy’s clients worldwide to translate them into receptive messages.
  • Networking: Proven ability building and maintaining networks that are relevant to Sovereign Strategy’s client base.
  • Communications Skills: Excellent communication skills with stakeholders at all levels; high standard of written and oral communication skills; developed presentation skills (in English, French and German).
  • Social Skills: Ability to work constructively in a team, eagerness to grow and an ability to work on multiple projects and deliver work within tight deadlines. Show ability to manage client relations and track progress and communicate with management.

Sovereign Strategy is dedicated to promoting diversity, multiculturalism, and inclusion which is reflected in all of our content and across all of our brands. Diversity at Sovereign Strategy is the foundation which reflects what we do. We are fully focused on equality and believe deeply in diversity of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, national origin and all the other characteristics that make us unique.

Salary: Competitive salary dependent on experience

Job Type: 40 hrs a week (5 days a week)

To apply, please send a CV and cover letter to neva.brahmbhatt@sovereignstrategy.com before 15 November 2021. Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.