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Public Affairs Manager Wallonia

Belgium, wallonne, Région, GhentPublic Affairs

Job description

Join a fast growing & diverse company that matters to the future! At Fastned you can work on tangible sustainable infrastructure to accelerate the transition to electric mobility. Our goal is a European network of 1,000 beautiful, large fast charging stations on prime locations where electric drivers can charge their vehicles with energy from the sun and wind.

We are bringing a Public Affairs Manager on board who wants to play a leading role in advising stakeholders on policies and regulations to promote the low-carbon infrastructure of the future in Belgium, with a specific focus on the Wallonia region. We are looking for a dynamic, experienced professional who can help us share our vision of the enabling conditions needed to build high-quality fast charging stations for electric vehicle drivers. The market for electric vehicles is developing rapidly, and along with it the demand for fast charging. As our eyes and ears in Wallonia, this is a role with a lot of responsibility and a big impact for Fastned and all EV drivers.

As Public Affairs Manager for Wallonia, you will anticipate and closely follow policy and market developments related to electric vehicles and fast charging, and develop and implement strategy for how to achieve our public affairs objectives. You will closely cooperate with government agencies such as the road authorities and identify opportunities at the national, regional and local level to improve policies and public tenders for fast charging. You will make and maintain contacts with important stakeholders at regional, national and EU level and help us accelerate the rollout of fast charging stations.

You will join the fast growing Belgium team and at the same time be part of an international team of Public Affairs experts within Fastned. Next to collaborating with the Belgian Public Affairs Manager, you will work closely with other Fastned teams including Legal, Communications and Network Development to ensure a coordinated and strategic approach.

Job requirements

We are looking for someone who is passionate about advising governments on the policies needed to promote a sustainable energy future, combined with a commercial mindset. To be successful in this role, you must be assertive and goal-oriented, able to make strategic trade-offs quickly and reflect Fastned's core value: 'think like a founder'.

You should also have:

  • 4+ years of previous experience in similar roles;
  • Extensive experience with political processes and/or the development of legislation and policy in Wallonia;
  • An affinity with electric mobility, sustainability and/or the energy transition;
  • A relevant Master’s degree;
  • Experience in working with industry associations, e.g. at EU level.

You should be:

  • A strategic thinker who can weigh different interests and adapt messages to audiences;
  • A networker who is a very strong communicator;
  • Fluent in Dutch, French and English;
  • Flexible, independent, and professional;
  • Proactive, identifying opportunities and work in a solution-oriented way;
  • Driven to contribute to the transition to electric mobility;
  • Motivated to build a better future with us.

Join us in building a better future

Together with over 100 colleagues we have the ambition to build Europe's best fast charging network. We currently operate in six countries (HQ in the Netherlands, offices in Germany, UK, Switzerland, Belgium and France) and we are growing fast.

We work hard to change the world, but we don't forget to celebrate our successes, big and small. We provide daily vegetarian lunches at our offices, throw notorious Christmas parties, organize an amazing yearly trip abroad, and give you access to our fully electric vehicle fleet (all charging expenses covered). Other perks include access to our employee stock option plan, eco-cheques, a pension plan, hospitalization insurance, and the gear of your choice (MacBook vs ThinkPad, iOS vs Android).

Interested in making an impact?

We would love to have a chat with you very soon! We are curious to hear why you are the best person for this role & why you would make a great addition to the Fastned family.

Fastned stands for Equal Opportunity. We strongly encourage women, people of color, and LGBTQ(+) people to apply. We consider applicants of all gender identities.