Responsible for monitoring, analyzing and reporting on commercially significant developments in European Union (EU) policies, legislation and programs affecting U.S. businesses operating in following industry sectors: information and communication technologies, services, Internet, e-commerce, digital economy, and other sectors as required. Within each of these sectors, responds to a broad range of highly complex issues arising from U.S. firms attempting to enter, entering, doing business, or expanding within the Single Market. Performs research, based on interviews and secondary sources and analysis, including policy, regulatory, budgetary, statistical, and marketing analysis, seeks to uncover potential and actual export opportunities primarily in the EU institutions and all 27 EU Member States, for U.S. firms in areas regulated, funded, or financed by the EU. Special emphasis is given to topics of actual or potential interest to smaller American exporters as well as U.S. firms already operating in the EU.
Counsels U.S. companies, in person and in writing, on strategies to comply with, or take advantage of, EU requirements, policies, legislation, and programs. Gives public presentations to business groups in the U.S. and Europe on EU requirements, policies, legislation and programs, especially those affecting the assigned industry sectors. Assists the Senior Commercial Officer (SCO) or Commercial Attaché (CA) in planning for, or participating in, seminars, conferences, trade missions or trade fairs.
Prepares articles for publication on EU requirements, policies, legislation and programs affecting the assigned industry sectors. Where required and appropriate, investigates sensitive trade barrier or other business restriction complaints and recommends ways to resolve these issues.
Develops and maintains an extensive range of appropriate contacts with the EU institutions, business associations, professional business advisors and individual firms.
Education: Bachelor’s or equivalent undergraduate degree in economics, marketing, business administration, law or public policy.
Experience: Minimum four years of progressively responsible experience in marketing, trade promotion, business management, contract administration, procurement, financial services, economic research, management consulting, or business-government relations.
Job knowledge: A good understanding of the structure and organization of the European Commission, with particular reference to single market and environmental legislation, financing of economic development, and small business development networks and research programs. Also, a good knowledge of the EU Member States, including their economic, commercial and industrial structures, business and industry practices, as well as trade and investment laws, regulations and policies.
Language skills: level 4 (fluency) in English and level 3 (good working knowledge) of French.
Skills and abilities: Ability to develop a thorough understanding of U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service goals, programs, procedures, reporting requirements, and of U.S. business practices and official policies related to international trade and investment.
Ability to develop and maintain an extensive range of appropriate mid and senior-level contacts in European Union institutions, especially the European Commission, and the private sector. Ability to plan, organize, and execute complex commercial research projects, and to prepare concise, accurate, timely, logical, articulate reports embodying rigorous, balanced, in-depth analytical evaluation. Ability to give advice with detachment and objectivity, employing sound professional judgment. Superior writing skills are required to perform reporting duties.
Good database applications and word processing skills.
Interested candidates are invited to submit their application through the website of the U.S. Embassy: https://be.usembassy.gov/embassy/jobs.