Scientific & Regulatory Affairs Manager

ESA - European Snacks Association

Scientific & Regulatory Affairs Manager


ESA - European Snacks Association

Brussels, Belgium

The European Snacks Association (ESA) asbl is Europe's only trade organisation dedicated to advancing the savoury snacks industry on behalf of member snack manufacturers and suppliers, as well as national trade organisations.

We are looking for an experienced and motivated Scientific & Regulatory Affairs Manager for our offices in Brussels.

The Role

The job holder will acquire, analyse, and disseminate relevant information and the development of agreed ESA positions to members and relevant stakeholders covering technical, scientific, and legislative areas of interest for the industry. This will involve the gathering and analysing of relevant information and the development of agreed ESA positions. The job holder is part of a team that is supporting and collaborating with our member organisations, monitoring all policy, legal and regulatory developments on key priority issues relevant to the sector. Representation of ESA interests wherever appropriate and whenever necessary is also expected.

The candidate must be self-motivated and capable of working on her/his own initiative whilst maintaining and promoting excellent relations with all ESA members. The person will be reporting directly to the Director General.

Key Tasks

  • Monitoring, analysing, and managing sector-relevant EU regulatory issues, e.g. labelling, contaminants, claims, official controls, additives, etc.;
  • Gathering and distilling information on key issues to provide clear and concise information to ESA members;
  • Provide sound and timely regulatory & political advice, and be the secretarial support to relevant ESA Working Groups (preparing and facilitating meetings);
  • Liaising with and ensuring alignment with members while driving the development of sector positions and implementing advocacy strategies by preparing responses to consultations, position papers, guidance documents, technical briefings, etc.;
  • Representing industry interests towards EU institutions, relevant industry associations and public forums/platforms;
  • Develop and maintain a network of relevant contacts and establish effective working relationships with key stakeholders, decision makers, and opinion formers within EU institutions and other key organisations including FoodDrinkEurope, WHO, Codex, etc.

Key Skills Required

This role requires a wide range of skills from data and information acquisition and analysis to the dissemination of pertinent messages to different audiences. Adequate communication is of absolute importance, and the candidate must be able to demonstrate a successful track record incorporating the following key elements:

  • The successful candidate will have a university degree in food science or technology with a minimum of 3-5 years proven and relevant experience in the food industry or in an industrial or trade association context; preferably in a technical or regulatory role;
  • Technically competent to understand and analyse wide-ranging issues affecting the industry and their implications;
  • Ability to transform complex technical/scientific data into clear, structured, concise, and convincing communication and adjust language and style to specific target audiences;
  • Service- and result-oriented team player with pronounced customer focus able to multitask and manage different priorities/deadlines when working independently with strong attention to detail;
  • Sensitivity of working in an association with conflicting members’ views and capability to achieve compromises and developing consensus among diverging opinions;
  • Strong inter-personal, external networking, negotiation, and persuasion skills;
  • Pro-active, flexible, curious, fast-learning, and willing to improve continuously;
  • Excellent working knowledge of the EU institutions and legislative process;
  • Excellent oral and written English and French is essential. Fluency in other European languages (Spanish, Italian) would be an asset;
  • IT literate in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.;
  • Be willing to travel as required.

We offer

A diversified and motivating full-time position in an international, dynamic, and passionate team within an excellent working atmosphere. A full-time 12-month fixed-term contract that could transform at the end into an indefinite one. An attractive remuneration package, including several benefits such as meal vouchers, group and health insurance, public transport ticket, etc.

The jobholder is supposed to start immediately after contract signature.

How to apply

Please send your application to ESA’s Director General Sebastian Emig ( with “Scientific & Regulatory Affairs Manager” in the subject line.

Your application should include the following documents (with your name as the title):

  • A short motivation letter:
    • The letter (maximum two pages) should outline your suitability and motivation for the post. It should explicitly reference how your profile matches the different job requirements described above. Please also include with your application the names and contact details of two people (ideally a current or former line manager or supervisor) who could provide a reference in case you are short-listed for interview.
  • A detailed curriculum vitae.

Application deadline: 4 June 2020 12.00 PM, CET

The first round of interviews will take place in the week of 8 June 2020; it could take place possibly through videoconferencing.

Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Applications that are incomplete or that are not fulfilling relevant key skills will be disregarded.

Further Information

In case you have questions, please send them to More information about the European Snacks Association (ESA) asbl can be found at

Don't forget to mention EuroBrussels when applying.

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