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Public Affairs Manager GRACE

GRACE – Global Recycling Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment

GRACE focuses on advocacy and communication related to packaging sustainability and a net zero-carbon emissions circular economy. It promotes the environmental benefits of beverage cartons, advocates for effective public policies and regulation and supports measures to significantly increase beverage carton recycling.

GRACE will start operating from the Brussels-based European beverage carton association ACE (Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment), which is dedicated to advocacy and communication and from EXTR:ACT, the industry’s platform dedicated to supporting collection and recycling in Europe. The founding members of ACE, EXTR:ACT and GRACE are Elopak, SIG Combibloc, Tetra Pak, BillerudKorsnäs and Stora Enso. GRACE will liaise with existing associations representing beverage cartons in different regions of the world and will support the industry alignment on subjects of common interest. The medium-term objective is to expand GRACE’s activities and membership to collaborate with other value chain partners sharing similar interests.

Job purpose:

GRACE’s Public Affairs Manager will shape, drive and implement GRACE’s public affairs strategy and activities in liaison with the GRACE members. . She/he will monitor and advocate on key regulatory issues affecting the beverage carton industry globally through a.o. the development of joint positions and messages in collaboration with GRACE members and relevant regional/national industry platforms and other stakeholders.

Reporting line:

The Public Affairs Manager shall be employed by ACE and report to the GRACE’s Coordination Committee representing the founding member companies of GRACE for strategic and content-related decisions.

She/he will be based in Brussels in the ACE offices.

Key responsibilities:

The Public Affairs Manager shall shape, drive and implement GRACE’s public affairs strategy. She/he will:

  • Monitor global policy and regulatory developments relevant to the beverage carton industry in relation to key sustainability topics, such as bioeconomy, climate, and circular economy.
  • Identify upcoming issues and advise members on potential regulatory impact on business.
  • Develop and coordinate joint positions and messaging with existing industry platforms at regional or local level and with the support of ACE’s communication manager.
  • Build and manage relationships with global decision makers, NGOs and agencies and their key influencers.
  • Support the members representation towards global institutions and stakeholders.
Experience and skills:
  • Minimum 5-6 years of professional experience preferably related to food and beverage or packaging industry.
  • Degree in environmental sciences, policy and public affairs, communication or similar.
  • Experience in regulatory affairs and advocacy.

Languages: Fluent in written and spoken English. Other languages an asset.

Skills:

  • Knowledge of the packaging industry, global institutions, advocacy, recycling.
  • Networking and communication skills. Strong ability to build relationships and coalitions.
  • Self-going personality with good inter-personal skills, culturally sensitive, good understanding of the corporate environment and leadership.

Information and applications: ACE Director General, Annick Carpentier, Annick.carpentier@beveragecarton.eu