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Senior EU Advisor - Data Economy

Posting Country:  Belgium
Date Posted:  18-Sep-2021
Full Time / Part Time:  Full Time
Contract Type:  Permanent

At Vodafone, we’re working hard to build a better future. A more connected, inclusive and sustainable world. As a dynamic global community, it's our human spirit, together with technology, that empowers us to achieve this. 

We challenge and innovate in order to connect people, businesses, and communities across the world. Delighting our customers and earning their loyalty drive us, and we experiment, learn fast and get it done, together.

With us, you can be truly be yourself and belong, share inspiration, embrace new opportunities, thrive, and make a real difference.


Role Title: Senior EU Advisor - Data Economy
Location: Brussels

To deliver world-class EU advocacy (including intelligence gathering, planning and advocacy materials) to support a broad range of key Group and OpCo public policy, public affairs and regulatory initiatives with focus on data (privacy, protection, localisation/transfer, etc. ). Have an extensive network/develop relationships with  EU decision-makers on data-related issues, in particular the European Commission (DG CNECT, DG GROW, DG JUST) the European Parliament (ITRE, IMCO, JURI and LIBE Committees) and the Council (telecoms, JHA). As required, represent Vodafone in associations, think-tanks and industry committees and manage relationship with EU-related consultants and other relevant contractors.
Work internally with Group (External Affairs, Legal, Strategy etc.) and EU OpCos to identify business priorities, manage risks and opportunities and drive Vodafone interests, policy and public affairs at the EU level.

With us you will:
-Identify key stakeholders and build end to end EU Affairs plans ;
-Deliver world-class, high quality and impactful analysis and advocacy materials;
-Input into public affairs, policy and regulatory strategies and communication plans including recommendations for policy and regulatory changes/lobbying approaches;
-Developing position papers, speeches for external events, internal briefings & reports including the use of Group digital tools for stakeholder mapping, monitoring and reporting;
-Identifying political, reputational, policy and regulatory risks and opportunities 

It would be nice if you have:
-A degree in political science, law, economics or similar discipline (advanced degree preferable)
-Good understanding of Data policies and Regulation as well as Economic and Legal Principles
-Excellent analytical abilities
-Excellent communications skills (clearly and effectively communicating complex concepts to a wide range of stakeholders)
-Outstanding drafting skills (including translating technical or complicated issues into politically appealing messages)
-Public affairs experience in a network industry or digital/tech sector.

What’s in it for you?
-25 days holiday (with the option to buy or sell 5 days)
-Flexible working
-Pension matching scheme
-MyChoices portal - cycle to work scheme, 100’s of retail discounts, shares and salary sacrifice schemes
-Vodafone family and friends discount
-Global parental leave policy 
-Access to Vodafone University and LinkedIn Learning


Vodafone is committed to attracting, developing and retaining the very best people by offering a motivating and inclusive workplace in which talent is truly recognised and rewarded. We are committed to promoting Inclusion for All with the belief that diversity plays an important role in the success of our business. We actively encourage everyone to consider becoming a part of our journey.