Principal Consultant/Associate Director for the Internal Market and Consumers

VVA - Valdani Vicari & Associati

Principal Consultant/Associate Director for the Internal Market and Consumers

VVA - Valdani Vicari & Associati

Brussels, Belgium

Who we are:

VVA Brussels is a young and fast-growing market, economic and policy consultancy providing top quality advice to the European institutions and private sector clients. We are truly European company, part of a group based in Brussels and Milan with a team of professionals from 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 our businesses and transform our economy and society; and
  • communicate decisions and actions to key stakeholders.

The Internal Market & Consumers Team (IMC) has a high-profile, expanding project portfolio including for the European Commission and its agencies across range of policy issues such as SMEs & entrepreneurship, industry & sustainability, cluster collaboration, (digital) access to information, consumer empowerment & awareness & safety. We currently run projects and framework contracts for DG GROW, DG JUST, CHAFEA, 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/Associated Director who will be focusing on qualitative and quantitative policy research and analysis.

What we look for:

We are looking for experienced Principal Consultant(s), and/or Associate Director, motivated individual(s) who can lead and develop teams to work autonomously in line with our vision, mission, and values. As Principal Consultant you will:

  • manage complex projects, deliver evidence based outputs on time and to the satisfaction of the EC public policy bodies;
  • lead proposals, consortia and develop budgets;
  • provide intellectual & methodological leadership in projects and proposals;
  • have 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;
  • contribute to the leadership and growth of the company by bringing fresh and innovative ideas;
  • encourage collaboration and mutual learning across teams in VVA;
  • contribute to the internal training programme and help to develop junior team members.

In addition, as an Associate Director you will be able to provide supportive leadership to the IMC team. You will have an evidence on building business in internal market & consumers area.

What we need:

  • Ability to lead large multidisciplinary and multicultural teams involving partners, experts, and internal teams;
  • Ability to foster talents of colleagues at VVA by leading by example and fostering opportunities to learn and grow;
  • Experience of writing and winning competitive bids;
  • Ability to write and communicate with clients, partners, experts, and colleagues in excellent English;
  • Sectoral expertise is a strong asset, including topics such as SMEs & entrepreneurship, sustainable industry, (digital) access to information, consumer empowerment & awareness & safety, environment & green economic transition;
  • Experience of a minimum 5 years in public policy consultancy, research, or evaluation;
  • A relevant master’s degree.

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.

Selection of projects:

  • Client: DG JUST, Study on the possible impacts of a Proposal for Revision of DIRECTIVE 2002/65/EC CONCERNING THE DISTANCE MARKETING OF CONSUMER FINANCIAL SERVICES;
  • Client: CHAFEA, Behavioural Study on Strategies to Maximize the Effectiveness of Product Recalls;
  • Client: CHAFEA, Provision of actions to extend the availability and improve the quality of debt advice services for European households;
  • Client: DG GROW, Study on the feasibility of possible initiatives at EU level and establishment of a multi-stakeholder platform on quality of tourism accommodation services;
  • Client: DG Grow, Economic aspects of geographical indication protection at EU level for non-agricultural products in the EU;
  • Client: DG Grow, Study assessing the challenges and opportunities for market surveillance activities in relation to new technologies and digital supply chain;
  • Client: DG Grow, Impact assessment study on fragrance labelling on cosmetic products;
  • Client: IMCO Committee, The impact of COVID-19 on the Internal Market;
  • Client: IMCO Committee, Online advertising: the impact of targeted advertising on advertisers, market access and consumer choice.

What we offer:

Excellent opportunities for professional development with high levels of autonomy and room for growth and a very dynamic and exciting work environment.

Competitive salary, pension scheme, possibility for yearly company performance-related bonus scheme, private healthcare, meal and travel vouchers.

Diverse projects in dynamic environment on subjects from the top priority of political EC agenda.

Opportunity to travel and work for some of the most significant public bodies in the EU.

Prospects for career progression.

The position is based in 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 suited for the job.

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