Sustainability Public Affairs Director

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Date: Jun 20, 2022

Location: Zwevegem, BE Remote, BE Brussels, BE

Company: Bekaert NV

Bekaert ( is a world market and technology leader in steel wire transformation and coating technologies. We pursue to be the preferred supplier for our steel wire products and solutions by continuously delivering superior value to our customers worldwide. Bekaert (Euronext Brussels: BEKB) is a global company with more than 27 000 employees worldwide, headquarters in Belgium and € 5.9 billion in combined revenue in 2021.



At Bekaert, we believe it is our responsibility to create the possibility of a better tomorrow. Only with an eye to the future we can take bold steps, listen, imagine the impossible, build partnerships, open dialogue and close gaps.

With that in mind, we set a science-based ambitious sustainability plan [Click here] that connects Bekaert to the most pressing challenges in the areas of environment, social and governance.

This is an exciting time to join the highly ambitious and talented Sustainability Team and help us make a difference for future generations to come.

If this sounds exciting to you, you might be the person we’re looking for!


Sustainability Public Affairs Director (m/f/x)



  • Based on your strong communication and negotiation skills to lobby with regulatory and industry association stakeholders you ensure strong relationships to drive forward Bekaert’s Sustainability agenda.
  • You identify potential partnerships to support Bekaert in delivering upon its sustainability agenda
  • You monitor evolution of international sustainability-related regulations & policies (e.g. Emission Trading Schemes & Carbon Taxes).
  • You maintain overview of international funding opportunities available for corporate sustainability initiatives, e.g. Recovery & Resilience Facility, CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security), NextGenerationEU, EU Long Term Budget (MFF), Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF), Australian Relief and Recovery Fund.
  • You understand funding requirements and can identify eligible sustainability initiatives. You work with Group Finance, domain- and Business Unit-leads to ensure that anticipated sustainability initiatives meet funding requirements, the necessary partnerships are established and applications are filed.


What you bring…

  • Sustainability and care are part of your personal purpose and values.
  • Demonstrated ability to navigate through regulatory environments and lobby with external stakeholders.
  • Proven (10+ years) experience in EU and global regulatory affairs within a multinational organization, preferably with sustainability focus
  • Demonstrated large network relevant for Bekaert (especially in automotive & construction markets)
  • Excellent interpersonal, negotiation and persuasive capacities
  • High learning agility


What we offer…

  • An opportunity to be part of a talented team that drives the Bekaert strategy and impacts the organization, and its environment, through an ambitious sustainability agenda.
  • You grow, we grow…. better together. Bekaert offers continuous development opportunities.
  • A competitive salary with Benefits
  • Hybrid working system with flexible hours (office location : Brussels / Zwevegem)



You grow, we grow... Better together. Bekaert offers continuous development opportunities.

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