Vehicles policy manager

Do you understand the role of advocacy organisations in effecting change across Europe by influencing EU policy? Are you able to take complex, technical issues and translate them into simple and persuasive policy messages? If so, you may be T&E’s next Vehicles Manager. Europe's leading clean transport think tank and campaign group, Transport & Environment (T&E), is currently seeking a highly motivated and proactive individual in the area of climate and vehicles policy. This is a new role based in T&E’s Brussels office.

The position requires a person with a strong understanding of how to influence EU policy, the ability to think critically and strategically, as well as effective communication skills. We offer the chance to help shape policies with huge implications for people and the environment in Europe and across the globe, as well as a competitive salary with a substantial package of benefits.

The role will involve:

  • Leading on EU policy campaigns and advocacy related to clean vehicles (cars, vans and trucks), notably around charging infrastructure and vehicle pollutant emission standards. 
  • Being an active part of T&E’s vehicle programmes and assisting with policy and coalitions work in the broad spectrum of emobility-related work streams. 
  • Commissioning and delivering impactful research (both internally and externally) tailored to the needs of, and contribute to delivering the objectives of, T&E’s vehicles advocacy work. 
  • Drafting policy papers (including defining T&E positions), preparing presentations, organising and participating in public meetings with policy and wider stakeholders, and providing feedback to relevant consultations.
  • Building and maintaining good contact with policy-makers, NGOs, industry, and other relevant stakeholders; including coalition-building where needed. 
  • Coordinating and liaising with T&E national network and members across Europe on these campaigns.

The successful candidate should meet the following criteria:

  • Minimum of 5 years relevant experience in EU advocacy. Experience in the climate or vehicle fields are a plus.
  • Proven ability to write in English fluently, accurately and concisely; strong written communication skills is a must. 
  • A positive, can-do attitude with high work autonomy levels and the capacity to run a policy campaign with limited supervision. 
  • The ability to absorb and understand technical, economic and legal language, to independently develop new technical, economic or legal arguments and evidence, and use them to convince key stakeholders.
  • A solid grasp of EU policy-making processes. 
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to understand and communicate complex issues clearly and with impact.
  • Project management experience and an ability to deliver to tight deadlines.

The successful candidate would ideally have:

  • A personal commitment to sustainable transport and the aims of T&E.
  • The ability to speak at least one other EU language fluently, preferably (but not necessarily) German. 

Deadline for applications: 2 April.

This is a full-time position based in Brussels, on a permanent contract. A more flexible working schedule can be discussed.

Applications should be sent by email to vacancy@transportenvironment.org with the application form (downloadable below), one-page cover letter and CV, all within one single document and in the following order: application form, cover letter and CV. Please name the file as follows: Firstname_Lastname_Vehicles. Also, please ensure the title of the job vacancy is shown in the subject line of your email.

The closing date for applications is 2 April at midnight. First-round interviews are scheduled to be held during the week of 19 April in Brussels or by videoconference. A second round of interviews will follow shortly after. The successful candidate will be expected to start in June. T&E is an equal opportunities employer.

T&E anticipates a high number of applications and only shortlisted candidates for the first round of interviews will be contacted.

About Transport & Environment (T&E)

T&E is Europe's leading clean transport research and campaign group. Our vision is a zero-emission mobility system that is affordable and has minimal impacts on our health and environment. Since we were created 30 years ago, T&E has shaped some of Europe’s most important environmental laws. We got the EU to set the world's most ambitious CO2 standards for cars and trucks but also helped uncover the Dieselgate scandal; we campaigned successfully to end palm oil diesel, secured a global ban on dirty shipping fuels and the creation of the aviation ETS, the world's largest carbon market for aviation to name just a few.

We combine the power of robust, science-based evidence and a deep understanding of transport with powerful communications and impactful advocacy. Our staff in Brussels, Rome, Madrid, Berlin, Warsaw and London collaborate with our 60 national member and supporter organisations. All together our members and supporters represent more than 3.5 million people.