Director Internal Market

spiritsEUROPE is looking for an experienced, ambitious and motivated candidate to fill the position of Director, Internal Market (starting date: October/November).  

 Reporting directly to the Director General, the Director, Internal Market, is responsible for:

  • Leading the work of the association in relation to all Internal Market, environmental and regulatory issues impacting the EU spirits sector
  • Establishing and maintaining excellent contacts with EU institutions, international bodies, NGOs and partner organisations, to exchange information and to identify common interests and concerns
  • Building and maintaining close contact with, and communicating all relevant information to, spiritsEUROPE members
  • Elaborating spiritsEUROPE positions – drafting position papers and finding consensus among members, then effectively communicating those positions to policy-makers
  • Preparing and driving relevant spiritsEUROPE committee and working group meetings in close coordination with the DG and committee and working group chairs
  • Reporting succinctly on meeting outcomes as well as recommending appropriate actions
  • Helping to shape spiritsEUROPE publications and web-based materials


  • At least 5 years work experience at EU level, preferably on food policy-related issues
  • Strong communication skills to deal with a variety of stakeholders
  • Self-starter and team worker
  • Fluency in English, additional languages will be an asset
  • A keen interest in, and good working knowledge of, the regulatory environment affecting the spirits sector

spiritsEUROPE’s mission is to represent the interests of the European spirits sector – producers, importers and distributors. Its membership includes 31 associations and 9 leading international companies.

Applications with a letter of motivation and CV should be addressed to the Director General and submitted to by 15 August 2018. Please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Job description (PDF format)

Internships / Stagiaires at spiritsEUROPE
spiritsEUROPE is a Brussels-based organisation whose mission is to represent the interests of the European spirits sector - producers, importers and distributors. To do this, we carry out all of the usual activities associated with industry representations: collecting information from 'Brussels' and across our membership, condensing it into bite-sized, easily digestible chunks for our members; meeting policy-makers as and whenever necessary to make our point of view heard and understood.

From time to time, we augment our 7-person office with interns.  Are you interested?  Do you fit the profile of person we are looking for? 

The successful intern supports the day-to-day work of the spiritsEUROPE team in:

  • monitoring and collecting information;
  • condensing the information into internal and external communication tools;
  • helping create common positions on developing policies of concern/interest;
  • helping to organise meetings and events with members and other stakeholders.


  • University degree
  • Good understanding of the EU Institutions (policy processes etc.)
  • Excellent oral and written English - French will be an asset
  • Strong team spirit, communication skills and flexibility 
  • Ability to work in a small, multilingual environment
  • A quick learner with a mature and responsible attitude

Please note: we can only take in those interns who are still students, as we are required by Belgian law to sign a convention of internship with the university (une ‘convention de stage’)

Recruitment for September 2018 is open. If you are interested, please submit CV and a cover letter in English to