Policy Officer / Senior Policy Officer – EU Climate & Finance Policy

Permanent employee, Full-time · Belgium

Intro Role
Are you a policy specialist who is passionate about climate innovation and looking to make a difference? Since launching in early 2021, Cleantech for Europe has become the main voice of cleantech innovation in the EU, publishing research on cleantech investment, identifying gaps and obstacles to cleantech scale-up in the European Union and bringing investors, innovators and policy-makers alike to chart a path to EU climate and industrial leadership. We organise regular summits, reflection groups and smaller events where cleantech and policy leaders discuss how policy can support climate leadership.

About Cleantech for Europe

The EU is facing a dual energy and climate crisis. The urgency to wean ourselves off fossil fuels has never been clearer. But we need to do so while creating a better, prosperous future for all. The EU has already developed most of the technologies it needs to get to net zero and energy autonomy. By massively deploying them, and developing earlier-stage ones, we will meet our climate ambitions and create a new industrial leadership.
Launched in 2021, Cleantech for Europe represents the trailblazers developing, deploying and investing in clean technologies across the EU. Our mission is to bridge the gap between cleantech and policy leaders. We equip policymakers with insights about cleantech and build coalitions to chart a new path for the continent. Cleantech for Europe is powered by Cleantech Group, which provides research, consulting and events to catalyze opportunities for sustainable growth powered by innovation. The company was established in 2002 and is present in the USA, UK, France, Belgium and Italy. Cleantech Group is committed to diversity in its workforce. Cleantech Group is an equal opportunity employer and insures the promotion of equal opportunity for all persons employed or seeking employment, without regard to race, color, creed, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age or disability status.

Purpose of the role
We are looking for a talented, energetic, and collaborative policy specialist to help us expand our coverage of EU climate, finance and innovation policies. You will be part of a passionate team and regularly interact with a high-level network of innovators, investors, policymakers, NGOs and think tanks.

Type: Full-time employment
Location: Brussels, Belgium (EU), On-site
  • Research and analyse key policy files and their impact on the scale-up of clean technologies. Depending on candidate’s expertise and interest, remit could include sustainable finance policy, climate and carbon policy, standards and regulation, as well as innovation funding instruments;
  • Consult cleantech leaders (investors and innovators) on their challenges, objectives and potential to develop policy recommendations;
  • Write joint policy positions, reports, consultation papers, op-eds and open letters;
  • Share findings and recommendations with policymakers, businesses and media;
  • Engage with policymakers at the European Commission, Parliament and Council, and in some cases in member states, to advocate for the cleantech community;
  • Prepare material for workshops and stakeholder meetings;
  • Organise and support for in-person and online events, as needed
  • Participate in regular meetings with the wider network of climate think tanks and collaborate on joint initiatives;
  • Contribute to regular meetings with key strategic partners.
Requirements (you don’t need all of these to apply)
  • Master’s degree in policy, international relations, economics or other relevant field;
  • Significant experience in sustainable finance, climate and carbon policy or another climate-related policy field; 
  • At least two years of relevant professional experience for policy officers, at least five years of relevant professional experience for senior policy officers;
  • Excellent critical thinking, written and verbal communication skills;
  • Past experience in an EU institution is a plus;
  • Strong interest in climate/energy innovation and clean technology and willingness to keep up with latest research and industry developments;
  • Strong work ethics, self-organization and autonomy, ready to take on challenges and learn new skills, and above all showing the ability to work in a team, to build on other’s efforts and complement them;  
  • Ability to work towards deadlines as well as juggle multiple priorities (short-term, medium-term and long-term) at the same time;
  • Desire to develop by giving and receiving feedback to/from other team members;
  • Fluent English required, additional languages a plus.
Reasons to work at Cleantech Group
  • Build a climate-positive career by fighting for the acceleration and adoption of clean technologies and green investment!
  • The opportunity to be part of a globally distributed, international, and fun team. We offer a flexible and relaxed working hybrid/remote environment (depending on your location)
  • Access an unparalleled network of cleantech investors, innovators and policymakers
  • Occasional international travel for client work and events around the world 
  • Learning and development are actively encouraged
  • We have a flexible PTO policy globally (while ensuring we comply with local employment law and market norms), allowing people to take the time off they need to fit their situations
  • Competitive salary with an Annual Performance Related Pay scheme

Please submit your CV in English and a cover letter written in business style (max 1 page). 
About us
Championing Sustainable Innovation, Catalyzing Business Opportunities
At Cleantech Group, we provide research, consulting, and events to catalyze opportunities for sustainable growth powered by innovation. We bring clients access to the trends, companies and people shaping the future and the customized advice and support businesses need to engage external innovation. Industries are undergoing definitive transitions toward a more digitized, de-carbonized and resource-efficient industrial future. At every stage from initial strategy to final deals, our services bring corporate change makers, investors, governments, and stakeholders from across the ecosystem, the support they need to thrive in this fast-arriving and uncertain future. The company was established in 2002 and is headquartered in San Francisco with offices in Asia, Europe and North America.

Cleantech Group is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We are an equal opportunity employer and ensure the promotion of equal opportunity for all people employed or seeking employment, without regard to race, colour, creed, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, or disability status. Please let us know if you need any adjustments during your application or recruitment process and we would do our best to accommodate your needs.
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