Director, Public Affairs and Communications, Technology, Brussels

Director, Public Affairs and Communications, Technology, Brussels
FleishmanHillard is one of the world's leading public affairs and communications groups, with over 80 offices worldwide. Our Technology practice works with clients in a variety of policy fields  related to the Digital Single Market, notably data, privacy, IPR, e-commerce, geo-blocking, and consumer affairs. Specifically, we advise these clients on the implications of legislative developments for their organisations, and develop advocacy and communication strategies that help them enhance their positioning. As part of a wider team we collaborate with colleagues across the office on their specific areas of expertise including health, financial services, environment and energy policy, and we work with  colleagues in other FleishmanHillard offices across our EMEA and Global network. 
We are looking for a senior public affairs and communications professional, with a minimum of 10 years’ experience and deep expertise in the Technology sector, to lead this practice. The successful candidate will proactively develop and initiate new business opportunities both in Brussels and as part of our Global Technology practice. He/she will direct a number of communications and advocacy programs, and work in close partnership with clients as a trusted advisor. This position will provide an opportunity for teaming with senior industry practitioners, and for broad sectoral experience and growth. 
Experience & skills required 
Candidates will have deep working experience relating to EU level technology areas. This experience should ideally be acquired inhouse, through a consultancy firm or working with the EU institutions. 
The successful candidate will have: 
  • An excellent understanding of the EU institutions and political dynamics.
  • Strong business acumen and appreciation of the commercial impact of policy decisions.
  • A strong network within the technology industry.
  • Excellent capability as an advisor, including first class communication and writing skills, and team leader.
  • An entrepreneurial approach to client servicing and business development. 
  • Ability to solve problems and exercise excellent judgment with the ability to think 'outside of the box’.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, meet deadlines without sacrificing quality, maintain good client relationships and deliver outstanding results.
  • Understanding of agency financials and experience budgeting projects.
  • Professional, proactive and committed to high standards in the quality of the communications product.
  • Existing relationships with business, technology, trade associations, think tanks and thought leaders and political trade media, and well-developed-skills in building and maintaining traditional and digital media relationships.
Our philosophy hinges on supportive team working and we look for individuals who are motived by the opportunity to be part of a market-leading, high caliber and culturally rich group. FleishmanHillard’s reputation for quality, creativity, and results is what distinguishes us in our market. 
If you are qualified and interested in this opportunity, please send your CV and motivation letter through our website: http://fleishmanhillard.com/careers/.
About FleishmanHillard
FleishmanHillard  is the world’s most complete global communications firm, specializing in public relations, public affairs, marketing, paid media, and transmedia and social content. FleishmanHillard delivers on The power of true, reflecting the firm’s high values and unique ability to guide clients through a world demanding unprecedented authenticity and transparency. FleishmanHillard was named “Standout Agency” on Advertising Age’s 2013 A-List; NAFE’s “Top 50 Companies for Executive Women” for 2010-2013; Advertising Age’s 2012 “Best Places to Work”; and The Holmes Report’s 2012 Global “Public Affairs Agency of the Year.” The firm’s award-winning work is widely heralded, including at theCannes International Festival of Creativity. FleishmanHillard is part of Diversified Agency Services, a division of Omnicom Group Inc., and has more than 80 offices in 29 countries, plus affiliates in 42 countries. Visit us at www.fleishmanhillard.com. 
Diversified Agency Services (DAS), a division of Omnicom Group Inc. (NYSE:OMC) (www.omnicomgroup.com),manages Omnicom’s holdings in a variety of marketing communications disciplines. DAS includes over 200 companies, which operate through a combination of networks and regional organizations, serving international and local clients through more than 700 offices in 71 countries.
Omnicom Group Inc. (www.omnicomgroup.com) is a leading global marketing and corporate communications company. Omnicom’s branded networks and numerous specialty firms provide advertising, strategic media planning and buying, digital and interactive marketing, direct and promotional marketing, public relations and other specialty communications services to over 5,000 clients in more than 100 countries.
FleishmanHillard is committed to equal employment opportunity and affirmative action. FleishmanHillard does not discriminate in any aspect of employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, age, veteran status, disability, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local employment discrimination laws where FleishmanHillard does business. Our policy is to employ, advance, and reasonably accommodate all qualified employees and applicants.