Senior Communications Consultant

ECORYS Nederland BV

Senior Communications Consultant

Ecorys Brussels

Brussels, Belgium

Basic information

Reports to: Market Development Director, Programme Management and Communications (PMC).
Envisaged start date: March/April 2018.

Job Purpose

Ecorys has a long track record of assisting the European Commission and the European Institutions in public policy communications.

We provide a variety of communications services to our clients, ranging from one-off publications, presentations and videos, to fully-fledged campaigns incorporating cross-media promotion and social media strategies.

Our communications cover a wide range of topical areas including employment and social affairs, education and training, civil society, justice and consumer policies, home affairs, innovation and technology, entrepreneurship and SMEs, media, culture, sports, youth and EU affairs.

The senior communication consultant will work within the Brussels Communications team in partnership with other Ecorys colleagues, partner organisations, experts, subcontractors and associates, across Europe and beyond to:

  • deliver communications assignments under European Commission Framework Contracts and other communications work as it arises; and
  • take forward new business development opportunities in order to win new work for Ecorys’ current and future communications services in EU28 and international markets.



The post does not constitute a budget holder. The post holder will be responsible for the effective use of financial and other resources in respect of dedicated projects that s/he is involved in, including the delivery of these to agreed budgets. The post holder will be expected to deliver fee income of € 80k and win €150k of new work per annum.


The post holder will be responsible for:

  • Coordinating and managing the inputs of staff in respect of writing proposals and project delivery for communications and other contracts';
  • Forming and managing strategic alliances with staff from across Ecorys' divisions and Ecorys’ operating companies, partners and subcontractors that provide expertise and resource';
  • Managing pools of associate experts and working with experts across Europe.


The post holder will be expected to contribute to business planning. The post holder will also be expected to raise the company's expertise and profile in respect of its markets at European and international levels.

Principle Tasks

The position is based in Brussels, and is to work as part of the Business Development and Communications team within the wider Programme Management and Communications team (PMC) of Ecorys. Key tasks and responsibilities include:

1. Successfully manage and deliver projects and assignments, particularly in the area of communications:

  • Draft and present proposals and concept notes for awareness raising campaigns, high-profile events and PR activities, print and electronic publications, visibility materials, web and social media with innovative ideas and in tight timeframes;
  • Develop communication/dissemination strategies and action plans;
  • Coordinate and manage communication activities under contracts such as media activities, PR and visibility activities, events, competitions, website and social media, electronic and print publications;
  • Help in sourcing and appointing appropriate staff and experts to activities;
  • Liaise and coordinate with clients, partners, subcontractors and associates across Europe and beyond in order to plan and implement project activities;
  • Ensure full quality control of projects’ activities and outputs;
  • Ensure that all activities are delivered within allocated budgets and timeframes;
  • Prepare regular and ad hoc reports.

2. Play a key role in the process of winning new contracts:

  • Coordinate full proposals for open and restricted tenders;
  • Identify up-coming opportunities in the EU28 and international markets;
  • Write and lead on full proposals for new communications contracts;
  • Undertake commercial feasibility studies to assess the appropriateness/potential profitability of tenders to assist in decision making;
  • Support in the development of partnerships and consortia with appropriate organisations to ensure we have a fully rounded bids;
  • Identify, in association with the senior management team, any specific skills or infrastructure that we might need generally (or for specific bids) to be able to credibly bid for and deliver the opportunities identified;
  • Contribute actively to winning a stream of new contracts.


  • Degree in a relevant field i.e. communications, media, public relations, journalism, political science, sociology, psychology, languages, etc. – essential;
  • Post graduate or professional qualification in a relevant field – desirable.


  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in successfully managing and delivering larger scale communications projects, including the co-ordination of inputs from partners, subcontractors, associates – essential;
  • Demonstrable experience of lead authorship in writing successful bids, detailed concept notes, information and communication materials, activity reports; and presenting them to clients – essential;
  • Proven ability to win new national, European and international work and repeat business, particularly in the area of communications– essential;
  • Hands-on experience in delivering multi-lingual information and communication materials and activities – essential;
  • Proven ability to undertake commercial feasibility studies to identify commercial and practical viability of tenders on which decisions whether to bid can be made - essential;
  • Strong evidence of sourcing appropriate delivery partners/staff for new communication contracts through networks and open recruitment – essential;
  • Commercial awareness and evidence of a can do and entrepreneurial attitude from work in a public and private sector consultancy environment – essential;
  • Experience in working with the European Institutions, European Commission and its agencies in particular – desirable;
  • Knowledge of the EU procurement system - desirable.

Skills and Knowledge

  • Excellent organisational, coordination and time management skills - essential;
  • Excellent knowledge of project management approaches and techniques – essential;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English – essential; French – desirable;
  • Excellent understanding of the nature of communications services for public sector organisations – essential;
  • Effective client and contract management – essential;
  • Excellent presentation and networking skills – essential;
  • Influencing and negotiation skills with clients, subcontractors, associates, peers – essential;
  • Eye for detail – essential;
  • Versatility to work as a team player or leader – essential;
  • Enterprising and innovative – essential;
  • Efficient, solution-oriented and pro-active – essential;
  • IT literacy in MS Office environment – essential;
  • Excellent management and administration skills including a commitment to staff development, progression and equal opportunities – essential;
  • Knowledge of EU visibility rules – desirable.


The post holder reports to the Market Development Director, in the Business Development and Communications Team. S/he is responsible for the co-ordination and management of staff inputs to project delivery where he or she is taking a managerial role, as well as to work acquisition and business development. The post holder liaises with other consultants/senior consultants/associate directors/directors across the company in respect of activity at this level.

Additional Information

Salary dependent on experience and expertise.

The post holder will be entitled to 25 days of paid annual leave in addition to bank holiday. The post holder will be expected to travel and work outside normal office hours, including nights away from home.

This is a full time post and based in our Brussels office.

Applications (CV in Europass format and cover letter) should be sent by email to: before 01/03/2018. The subject of the email shall indicate: [last name] [first name initial] 2018/PMC Senior Comms Consultant.

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