We are looking for a Senior Policy Officer!

Do you want to truly make a difference in reaching a climate neutral, resource efficient and circular EU? Do you have hands-on experience of working within the EU policy system? Do you want to expand your industrial and business knowledge as well as your professional public affairs network? Join the Swedish Forest Industries’ Brussels office!


The Swedish Forest Industries Federation (SFIF) represents the Swedish forest industry, which offers numerous solutions for a sustainable and climate-neutral society. SFIF members refine wood resources to bio-based products, such as pulp, paper, board, packaging material, textiles, sawn timber, refined wood products and advanced biofuels. The core business for SFIF members is industrial activities based on wood sourced from sustainably managed forests. Among SFIF members are also some of the largest private forest holdings in Europe. SFIF employs close to 40 team members in Stockholm and Brussels.  

On behalf of its members, SFIF engages in EU policy development in areas such as circular bioeconomy, climate, energy, environment, forest, transport, products, research & innovation and trade. As of September 2019, SFIF is permanently represented in Brussels. SFIF is now seeking to expand with one additional team member 

Job Description 

As Senior Policy Advisor, you engage in EU policy development to influence and secure outcomes, which generate benefits and minimize risks for SFIF members. You work proactively and aim to influence as early as possible in the policy developmentWhile doing this, you manage and develop relations with multiple Brussels interfaces, such as the EU institutions, trade organizationsNGOs and mediaYou present SFIF positions in various relevant arenas, such as at events, thereby contributing to raise awareness about the positions within the EU policy making system. 

You contribute to professional policy monitoring, which allows SFIF to be one step ahead in identifying issues of importance. You actively contribute to build strong networks in Brussels with the aim of identifying potential synergies and collaborationsYou contribute to SFIF’s EU communication activities and to arrange professional events and meetings in Brussels 

You work in close cooperation with the Director of the Brussels office, to whom you also report. You cooperate closely with all relevant SFIF staff at the Stockholm officesuch as management, communication specialists and policy experts, as well as with member company representatives 

Your profile 

Essential requirements: 

  • At least five years of postgraduate professional experience. 
  • Good knowledge of EU policy in relevant fields. 
  • A Master’s Degreefor instance in law, political science, technology or economics. 
  • Hands-on experience of working within the EU policy system, for instance at an EU institution. 
  • High-level communication skills, both written and public-speaking formats. 
  • Proven projectorganizational and teamwork skills. 
  • Proven ability to manage and analyze large amounts of information.  
  • Fluency in spoken and written English. 
  • Proficiency in working digitally.  

 Advantageous skills: 

  • Experience from working in a business and/or industrial organization. 
  • Knowledge about forest-based value chains. 
  • Experience in event organization and management. 
  • Experience from working in an international environment, particularly working across different cultures and languages. 
  • Proficiency in other EU languagesprimarily Swedishbut also French or German. 
  • Willingness to travel within the EU, mainly to Sweden.  

Place of work 

At the premises of the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise at Rue du Luxembourg 3 in Brussels. 

We offer 

  • We offer a permanent employment contract, which will be settled under Belgian law and include a competitive renumeration package.  
  • We offer you to represent an industry that truly makes a difference in reaching a climate-neutral, resource efficient and circular society. You will have the opportunity to expand your industrial and business knowledge as well as your professional public affairs network. We expect you to contribute in shaping the role. 
  • We offer a flexible work environment with fast and dynamic decision making, where you will be stimulated and encouraged to continuously develop yourself. Our workplace and internal communication style are informal. We believe in setting clear objectives on what to achieve, but you will then be given a large degree of freedom and responsibility.  


Any questions concerning the position can be posed to Mrs. Anna Holmberg, Director and Head of the SFIF Brussels office. 


To apply, please send personal letter and CV in English no later than 21 February, 2021 to Maria Cirillo. Please observe that we evaluate received applications continuously and may carry out interviews before the application deadline.