EU Public Affairs & Policy Officer Located in Brussels - Military veterans preferred

National Grid (https:\\
Defense Contracting


  full-time   employee

United Kingdom

What you'll get

Competative Salary and benefits 


About us

We are National Grid, and we are at the heart of energy. From heating homes to making sure businesses fire on all cylinders, we’re using our engineering excellence to connect people and the planet. We’re also looking to the future – innovating, inventing, and transforming – to make possible the energy systems of tomorrow. And that’s why there’s never been a more exciting time to join us and help us to make a difference to people’s lives every day.

About the role

As the success candidate, you will work with the Head of European Affairs on National Grid’s EU engagement and the Brussels’ office key priorities, helping to shape policy messages, campaigns and advocacy strategies, this will include taking the lead in delivering political engagement plans to successfully achieve strategic outcomes for the business. Influence across a breadth of issues, activities and policies from the short to long term.


You will own key EU external relationships and provide support to National Grid leaders on their engagement with key stakeholders, pro-actively sharing insight and intelligence, we will look for you to Identify, create and maintain relationships across the EU political spectrum, including with MEPs, the Commission, think tanks, lobby groups and academics. Attend external functions and networking events to create opportunities for National Grid to influence politics and policy in a proactive way.


We would expect you to proactively analyse EU political developments (opportunities and threats) and insight and intelligence from multiple political and media channels, understanding their potential impact on the business and what Corporate Affairs should do to mitigate the impact, and document and distribute this intelligence in a timely manner to relevant internal stakeholders, and then where necessary take action.



You will draft and collate Public Affairs & Policy submissions for various leadership papers e.g. Board, Exec, Policy Review Group/Corporate Policy Review Group and leadership at a glance, also draft written responses in collaboration with colleagues to inquiries /questions from politicians/devolved administrations/EU stakeholders.


You will also lead the external engagement for a Shape the Debate campaign (Brexit), mapping key stakeholders and pro-actively developing and implementing stakeholder engagement plans working with Business Partners and other colleagues and using a wide variety of tactics such as events, sponsorship and social media or speaking opportunities to get messages across. Lead the campaign coordination.  

About you

To be successful at this role you will need strong networking, influencing and communication this will help you build strong relationships, excellent presentation skills and a confident and credible spokesperson for the business when representing the company externally.


We expect you to have excellent written and oral communication skills with the ability to present complex business and technical matters effectively at all levels, track record of successfully communicating policy messages in a clear and concise manner to multiple audiences

  • 3-5 years of experience in EU public affairs, including developing policy messages, political positioning and integrated campaigning.
  • Knowledge & experience of all aspects of Public Affairs, including developing policy messages, political positioning and integrated campaigning.
  • Understanding of the EU political landscape, and key stakeholders, which relate to and impact on the utilities sector (governmental, regulatory, NGOs, communities, agencies, industry bodies).
  • Highly organised and strong attention to detail.
  • Results orientated, able to manage timely delivery in a challenging environment, and able to deal with rapid change, complexity and ambiguity.
  • Solid English drafting skills; other European languages a plus

Who are we

At National Grid, we don’t just ask our people to deliver to the highest standards. We also support them to be the best they can be. We welcome and encourage applicants with diverse experiences and backgrounds. National Grid’s ambition is to drive, develop and operate our business in a way that results in a more inclusive culture. We are committed to building a workforce which represents the communities we serve and a working environment in which each individual feels respected, fairly treated, valued and able to reach their full potential.

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