Research and Policy Officer – Sustainable Finance

BETTER FINANCE is looking for a full-time Research and Policy Officer to join the team in Brussels. The successful candidate will specialise in the day-to-day management of policy and research projects covering Sustainable Finance in particular, but also areas such as Digital Finance, Financial Reporting and Corporate Governance. The successful candidate will be required to cooperate closely with the other members of the team and they may be requested to participate in other advocacy and research initiatives of BETTER FINANCE, depending on their interest and qualifications. We are a young, flexible and dynamic organisation offering an exciting work environment on EU policy issues. We all share a vision of finance to serve the real economy and citizens.

MAIN DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

1. Develop and run BETTER FINANCE policy and research projects related to EU financial policymaking, mainly in the area of Sustainable Finance, but also in areas such as Digital Finance, Financial Reporting and Corporate Governance;

2. Follow and engage in the evolution of the EU legislative procedures, EU consultations and other actions affecting financial services users’ interests in the research area of Sustainable Finance, but also in areas such as Digital Finance, Financial Reporting and Corporate Governance.

3. Follow the evolution of additional EU policy dossiers identified and agreed with the Executive Director;

4. Develop and contribute to presentations, draft research and position papers as well as responses to EU consultations on issues related to Sustainable Finance, Digital Finance, Financial Reporting and Corporate Governance (additional policy areas could be identified and agreed with the Executive Director);

5. Contribute to the management of the BETTER FINANCE Annual Work Programmes presented to the European Commission, in particular in the research and policy area;

6. Help manage the BETTER FINANCE working groups aimed at collecting the input and developing consensus between member organisations on EU shareholder and financial policy issues.

7. Develop contacts with the European institutions, research institutes, think-thanks, NGOs and universities, as well as other stakeholders active in the European research area as well as policymaking debate;

8. Participate in conferences, hearings, expert groups and other public events in relation with the research and policy objectives of the Federation, particularly with those organised by European institutions;

9. Second, if/when needed and specified, the Executive Director (ED) and/or the Managing Director (MD) in the preparation of official representations of the Federation (in meetings with European institutions and other stakeholders, and in EU financial advisory groups);

10.Cooperate with the ED and/or MD in their research-related work within Stakeholder Groups and other Expert Groups to the European institutions (European Commission, European Supervisory Agencies – EBA, ESMA, EIOPA – and others) and national regulators;

11.Manage the BETTER FINANCE’s Scientific Council by supporting the preparation and organisation of annual meetings.

The Junior Policy and Research Officer will report to the Executive Director.

PROFILE / MAIN QUALIFICATIONS

We are looking forward to welcoming an enthusiastic team player willing to take initiative within the portfolio of assigned tasks. The ideal candidate would meet the following requirements:

• Minimum three years of relevant experience in similar functions;

• Minimum two years of experience in the area of Sustainable Finance (research and/or policy)

• Experience in drafting publications and reports

• In-depth understanding of sustainable finance, as well as investors’ & savers’ rights issues and financial regulation more broadly;

• Knowledge of at least the basics of investment and finance;

• Knowledge of the general functioning of the EU institutions and their legislative process as well as experience of political advocacy;

• Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English (working language). Fluency in other European languages is considered an asset;

• Good IT knowledge, particularly Excel and Word;

• Team player and detail-oriented, with the capacity to handle multiple tasks and priorities simultaneously;

• Be committed to BETTER FINANCE’s mission.

COMPENSATION – Commensurate with experience and responsibilities

BETTER FINANCE values diversity and is committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We especially welcome applications by people from groups traditionally underrepresented in finance.

The ideal start date would be in June, but we can be flexible on this if needed. This is a permanent position (contrat à durée indéterminée).

Interested candidates are invited to send their CV and motivation letter (confirming their availability/notice period) in English to: joab@betterfinance.eu.
Please note that if you do not send a motivation letter, your application will be discarded. Please apply by e-mail only.

Any questions related to the posting can be referred to the same email. Non-European candidates are additionally asked to confirm their availability to work in Belgium.

The deadline for applications is Tuesday the 20h of May at 12:00 CET. However, an earlier application is advised, as we reserve the right to conclude the recruitment before the deadline if a suitable candidate is found.

About Us: BETTER FINANCE is a non-profit international NGO with its office in Brussels acting as an independent financial expertise centre to the direct benefit of European financial services users (individual shareholders, investors, savers, life insurance policyholders, pension fund participants, mortgage borrowers, etc.) and other stakeholders of European financial services who are independent of the financial industry. At present, we count more than forty national and international member and sub-member organisations. In turn, those count more than four million individual members. The European Union supports BETTER FINANCE activities since 2012.

Communications Assistant Internship

BETTER FINANCE is offering a full-time Communications Internship for the duration of 6 months. The successful candidate will join the BETTER FINANCE team in Brussels and assist the communications team as well as ensure the day-to-day office management and administration. 

MAIN DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES 

  1. Assist the Chief Communications Officer in the execution of the organisation’s communication strategy, with a particular focus on social media;
  2. Update and provide content for the organisation’s website, including researching new stories related to EU financial policies and drafting newsletters;
  3. Assist in the continuous development of the organisation’s communication strategy and improve its online presence with a particular focus on infographics and informational videos;
  4. Ensure continuous updates of the Contacts’ Database
  5. Attend and report meetings at the European institutions,organisations and other relevant internal and external events;
  6. Provide administrative support to the office;
  7. Assist the policy and research team in the development of research reports;
  8. Assist in the organisation of General Assembly and Board meetings;
  9. Assist in the organisation of international conferences and other external meetings, including the preparation of event documentation, communication with members and logistics;
  10. Assist with other activities on a daily basis as assigned.

WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR 

  1. We are looking forward to welcoming an enthusiastic team player willing to take initiative within the portfolio of assigned tasks. The ideal candidate would meet the following requirements: 
  2. We are looking forward to welcoming an enthusiastic team player willing to take initiative within the portfolio of assigned tasks. The ideal candidate would meet the following requirements: 
  3. On-going studies or recent university graduate (2021) with previous experience (internship/volunteer) in communication and interest in financial issues; 
  4. Knowledge and demonstrated interest in the European Union institutions and its financial policies is an asset; 
  5. Perfect fluency in English is required, with fluency in French a strong advantage. German also a plus; 
  6. Good IT (proficiency in Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint), social media skills as well as interest in managing online tools;
  7. Experience with infographics, video editing or production of podcasts will be considered a strong advantage; 
  8. Team player, detail-oriented, with the capacity of handling multiple and frequently changing tasks and priorities. 

RECRUITMENT CONDITIONS 

Candidates must be legally allowed to work in Belgium (unfortunately BETTER FINANCE cannot provide assistance in obtaining a visa). 

A monthly allowance will be provided based on the submission of costs. 

Thus, we strongly encourage candidates who can enrol in a European mobility/exchange programme such as the European ERASMUS+ programme to send their application. 

We are ideally looking for a candidate that could start in June or July 2022 

PROCEDURE 

Interested candidates are invited to send their CV and cover letter (confirming their availability and 

possibility to be enrolled in an exchange programme for the duration of the internship) in English to baudrier@betterfinance.eu. 

Incomplete applications will not be considered. 

The deadline for applications is 31/05/2022. However, an earlier application is advised, as we reserve the right to conclude the recruitment before the deadline if a suitable candidate is found. 

 BETTER FINANCE values diversity and is committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We especially welcome applications by people from groups traditionally under-represented in finance. 

About Us: BETTER FINANCE is a non-profit international NGO with its office in Brussels acting as an independent financial expertise centre to the direct benefit of European financial services users (individual shareholders, investors, savers, life insurance policyholders, pension fund participants, mortgage borrowers, etc.) and other stakeholders of European financial services who are independent of the financial industry. At present, we count more than forty national and international member and sub-member organisations. In turn, those count more than four million individual members. The European Union supports BETTER FINANCE activities since 2012.