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Principal Consultant/Associate Director for the Internal Market and Consumers VVA – Valdani Vicari & Associati (Brussels)

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Principal Consultant/Associate Director for the Internal Market and Consumers VVA – Valdani Vicari & Associati (Brussels)

Who we are:

VVA Brussels is a fast-growing policy and market consultancy providing top quality advice to the European institutions and private sector clients. We are a truly European company, part of a group based in Brussels and Milan with a team of professionals from many different academic and national backgrounds. What motivates us is our mission to progress the “European project” by helping our clients:

  • anticipate change;
  • design public policy responses;
  • understand how the EU can improve the lives of Europeans, support European businesses and transform our economy and society; and
  • communicate decisions and actions to key stakeholders.

Our Internal Market & Consumers Team has a high-profile, expanding project portfolio including for the European Commission and its agencies across a range of policy topics such as SMEs & entrepreneurship, industry & sustainability, digital markets, consumer empowerment & awareness & safety. We currently run projects and framework contracts for DG GROW, DG JUST, EISMEA, the EP IMCO and ITRE committees and others.

Our success is due to our excellent team of consultants and researchers and we are now looking to strengthen our team with the appointment of a Principal Consultant or an Associate Director who will be focussing on qualitative and quantitative policy research and analysis.

Role description:

We are looking for an experienced Principal Consultant/Associate Director who will contribute to leading and developing our core business in the area of the internal market and consumers, in line with our vision, mission and values. As Principal Consultant/Associate Director you will:

  • Manage complex projects, develop methodologies and deliver evidence-based outputs on time and to the satisfaction of our public policy clients;
  • Contribute to the development of our business activity by identifying opportunities and developing winning proposals;
  • Lead proposals and research consortia, develop budgets and ensure project profitability;
  • Provide intellectual & methodological leadership in projects and proposals;
  • Contribute to the leadership and growth of the team by bringing fresh and innovative ideas;
  • Encourage collaboration and mutual learning across team members;
  • Contribute to the internal training programme and help to develop junior team members.

Who we are looking for:

All of the above implies that the candidate has at least the following desirable experience and skills:

  • Experience in managing large and complex research projects from inception to completion;
  • Ability to lead large multidisciplinary and multicultural teams involving partners, experts, and internal teams;
  • Experience in writing and winning competitive bids for public-sector clients;
  • Ability to foster talents of colleagues at VVA by leading by example and fostering opportunities to learn and grow;
  • Ability to write and communicate with clients, partners, experts, and colleagues in excellent English;
  • Sectoral expertise in internal market and/or consumer topics, such as SMEs & entrepreneurship, sustainable industry, digital markets, consumer empowerment & awareness & safety;
  • Good knowledge of the EU Better Regulation Guidelines methodologies for evaluations and impact assessments;
  • Problem solving attitude;
  • Experience of a minimum 5 years in public policy consultancy and project management;
  • A relevant master’s degree.

The following additional experiences and skills are not a must but will be considered an asset:

  • Established network of partners and experts whom you will be able to activate from day one to win, manage and deliver diverse public policy projects;
  • Proven track record in leading and growing a multidisciplinary team in a public policy consultancy or similar.

All our professionals are strongly oriented to problem solving, goal achievement and client satisfaction and show a strong basis of leadership. The ideal candidate has an entrepreneurial and proactive mindset and feels at ease in a dynamic company oriented to growth into innovative domains.

Examples of our team’s projects:

  • Behavioural Study on Strategies to Maximize the Effectiveness of Product Recalls, for DG JUST/EISMEA;
  • Study on the feasibility of possible initiatives at EU level and establishment of a multi-stakeholder platform on quality of tourism accommodation services, for DG GROW;
  • Study on Control and Enforcement Rules for geographical indication (GI) protection for non-agricultural products in the EU, for DG GROW;
  • Study on territorial supply constraints in the EU retail sector, for DG GROW;
  • Study assessing the challenges and opportunities for market surveillance activities in relation to new technologies and digital supply chain, for DG GROW;
  • Impact Assessment Study on the simplification of the labelling requirements for chemicals and the use of e-labelling, for DG GROW;
  • The impact of COVID-19 on the Internal Market, for the EP IMCO Committee;
  • Online advertising: the impact of targeted advertising on advertisers, market access and consumer choice, for the EP IMCO Committee;
  • Study on the impact of influencers on advertising and consumer protection in the single market, for the EP IMCO Committee;
  • Study on European consumers’ over-indebtedness and its implications, for DG JUST/EISMEA;
  • Behavioural study on the assessment of a lawbot assisting consumers on online dispute resolution, for DG JUST/EISMEA.

What we offer:

  • Competitive salary, pension scheme, annual company performance-related bonus scheme, private healthcare, meal vouchers;
  • Diverse and high-profile projects on subjects from the top priority of the European Union’s political agenda in the area of the internal market and consumers;
  • A very dynamic, exciting and international work environment;
  • Excellent opportunities for professional development with high levels of autonomy and room for growth;
  • Prospects for training, mentorship, and career progression.

The position can be based in one of our offices in Brussels or Milan or be completely remote with occasional trips to Brussels. Only pre-selected participants will be contacted and invited for interviews. Interviews will be held in Brussels or, alternatively, via teleconference.

If you are interested in this position, please provide your CV and a 1-page cover letter outlining why you are interested in and suited for the job.

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