Job Title:  Government Affairs Officer Belgium & Luxembourg

Job Number:  8642

Country: Belgium
Function: Legal & External Affairs
Level: Experienced Professional
Appointment Type: Permanent

This role will be performed in the context BAT Western Europe Area, with end markets Belgium & Luxembourg, France and the UK & Ireland.  

Role & Responsibilities: 

·         Monitor and support influencing the regulatory context of the company to the benefit of its clients, employees and shareholders and industry in general, in strict adherence to the company’s governance rules.

·         Define strategic priorities in conjunction with the Government Affairs Manager BELUX and WEA Head of LEX and in close collaboration with internal clients (sales, marketing, legal and communication) and colleagues in Europe. 

·         Obtain approval on and execute tactical and timed plans to achieve goals set. Implement these plans and report on the achievements.

·         Build and sustain a strong, trusted relationship and solid reputation with external stakeholders: industry associations and the retail industry and a vast network within government and regulating bodies. Represent our client in local industry/trade/business associations and play an active and leading role in their activities.

·         Building and sustaining a relevant media network and deliver the corporate communication agenda in support of the BELUX regulatory affairs agenda.

·         Support the LEX WEA area team with above market initiatives (e.g. organize quarterly LEX WEA TP, manage shared folder drive,…)

For cross-checking purposes here the current key accountabilities:

Operations/ Professional/ Business

·         Ensure on-going alignment with Our Way of Engagement across the Market

·         Ensure BAT leading role in external organisations relevant to the delivery of BAT strategy,

·         Ensure that Social Reporting process is leveraged for fostering constructive and sustainable stakeholder relations,

·         Maintain on-going effectiveness of regulatory engagement effort and strict adherence to governance rules

·         Ensure BAT’s leading role in management of drive and coordination issues, as well as active contribution to other regulatory debates,


·         Maintain on-going effectiveness of regulatory engagement effort and strict adherence to governance rules

·         Maintain the efficiency of processes and tools used to coordinate regulatory engagement effort


·         Lead and drive plans and activities in a manner consistent with over-arching LEX strategy

·         Lead and drive coordinated engagement effort consistent with Our Way of Engagement philosophy

·         Lead and drive result orientation consistent with BAT Guiding Principles

·         Ensure on-going assessment of performance and lead change as necessary to deliver desired results


·         Establish and maintain trusted relationships with relevant and institutional public sector stakeholders

·         Maintain effective working relations with relevant internal stakeholders in Global, Regional and Area structures

·         Ensure BAT leading role in external organisations relevant to the delivery of BAT strategy


·         Constantly review existing processes and tools to deliver effective coordination of stakeholder engagement and develop new as appropriate

·         Constantly review new trends and developments in society / regulatory environment / business relations to ensure relevance of BAT plans and actions 

Knowledge, Skills & Experience:

•       University Degree or similar level gained through experience

•       At least 5 years of relevant experience in a senior role in government affairs or political decision making

•       Sound understanding of both business and politics at both strategic and tactical level.

      Demonstrate a good understanding of how (social) media works and be able to build up a network of media stakeholders

•       Needs to be able to manage the creation and execution of strategies related to complex regulatory, product, excise and responsibility issues in politically charged environment

•       The ability to balance contradictory interests and find win-win solutions in adversary environment is key.

•       Excellent communication and interpersonal skills

•       Drive and stress-resistance.

•       Ability to lead and coordinate projects and activities in a complex environment.

•       English skills at least BAT level 4; Excellent Dutch, French and English language skills

•       Occasional travelling will be required (e.g. Paris).



British American Tobacco is one of the world’s leading multinational companies, with brands sold in over 200 markets, made in 44 factories in 42 countries.

We are proud that we are consistently among the top 5 companies on the London Stock Exchange.

Our portfolio includes our world-famous Global Drive Brands – Dunhill, Kent, Lucky Strike, Pall Mall and Rothmans – along with many other leading international brands, such as Vogue, Peter Stuyvesant and State Express 555.

Alongside our traditional tobacco business, we are also developing products that offer consumers potentially less risky alternatives to regular cigarettes. Our Next Generation Products are already leading the way in the Industry of vapour and tobacco heating devices. We continue to develop a solid portfolio of consumer solutions which already include well known global brands like Vype, glo and Voke.

Contractual Legal Entity: BAT Belgium NV (BE10)

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