Scientific and Regulatory Affairs Manager

About A.I.S.E.
A.I.S.E. is the European trade association representing the detergents and maintenance products industry and is based in Brussels. We are recruiting a Scientific and Regulatory Affairs Manager to join our multi-cultural team in Brussels. 
You will report directly to the Scientific and Regulatory Affairs Director and assist the Association in identifying and managing A.I.S.E.’s work programme on the Detergents Regulation, REACH, Indoor Air Quality, management of hazardous substances and ingredient communication. 

Your responsibilities
You will have opportunity to represent the views of leading European industries subject to the chemical legislation. You will be driving, coordinating, and managing the daily activities related to some key EU Regulations on chemicals safety with a focus on the Detergents Regulation. With the support from experts, you will also provide technical input and advice to A.I.S.E.’s product stewardship initiatives on Indoor Air Quality as well as monitoring: like updates on the Medical Device Regulation for Professional Cleaning Products, or on REACH supported by other colleagues. This includes collecting and evaluating scientific and regulatory information and data, leading projects and project teams, developing guidance and industry positions, seeking consensus. In addition to communicating with and providing advice to our members, you will also frequently interact with external parties, such as the European Institutions, ECHA, other industry associations and our network of National Associations. 

Your main activities
1. Detergents Regulation  
  • Coordinate and contribute to the Commission Impact assessment on the Detergent Regulation including management of the related working group and sub-groups in A.I.S.E.
  • Prepare position papers to support simplification of existing requirements including withdrawal of overlaps with CLP/REACH/Biocidal Product Regulation, digitalization of labelling elements, supporting both the consumer and professional detergent and maintenance product sector. 
  • Supporting A.I.S.E. in contribution to the Commission Impact assessment on simplification and digitalisation of chemicals labelling requirements.
  • Assist our members with the implementation of the Detergents Regulation. 
2.Indoor Air Quality / Air Quality topics
  • Coordinate industry activities related to A.I.S.E.’s Product Stewardship Programme on Air Fresheners and emissions measurements. 
  • Provide technical input to develop industry strategy and positions.
  • Write guidance documents, scientific and/or briefing papers and monitor the scientific/ regulatory debate in EU. 
  • Lead the Air Quality/ VOC Working Group and coordinate with partner industries (e.g. European Candle Manufacturer Association). 
  • Engage with other industry sectors (e.g. ESIG, IFRA) on other topics related to VOC use in detergent and maintenance products. 
3.Enzyme Safety  
  • Organise and run the A.I.S.E./ AMFEP Enzymes Safety Working Group and ensure coordination with the enzyme suppliers’ sector.
  • Coordinate activities on global guidance for safe use of Enzymes. Engagement with US associations (ACI, HCPA).
  • Promote the work carried out by A.I.S.E. on safe use of enzymes ( Applicants must have a work permit for the European Union and be prepared to work in Brussels.
4. Ingredient Messaging   
  • Support A.I.S.E. in the creation and update of common industry messaging for the ingredients used in the sector.
  • Assist the members with the implementation of the REACH Regulation, focusing in particular on Downstream User duties such as supply chain communication. 
  • Actively contribute to impact assessment studies for the revision of REACH, providing scientific and sector-specific input to topics such as Mixture Assessment Factor. 
  • Monitor REACH developments and substance-specific regulatory activities (e.g. restrictions, authorisations etc.), develop position papers and advocate them. 
  • Represent A.I.S.E. externally, at Competent Authorities’ meetings and in conferences. 
  • Organise and run working groups/task forces on REACH-related topics within A.I.S.E.

Your profile 
  • A university degree in chemistry, life/ environmental sciences, toxicology or other scientific studies 
  • Experience of two to three years in a similar field 
  • Experience of coordinating projects or teamwork 
  • Good knowledge of chemicals legislation and chemical safety topics, in particular Detergents Regulation, Biocidal Products Regulation, REACH and CLP 
  • Good knowledge of the chemical industry sector and of the European Institutions 
  • Good writing and communication skills with an excellent command of English, including ability to explain complex scientific issues in layman language 
  • Good organisational skills and ability to handle several dossiers in parallel 
  • Team-player with an open and international mind-set 
  • Independent worker with initiative, flexible and open to feedback 
  • Working methods based on conceptual thinking and scientific rigour 
  • Experience with trade association work is a plus.

Application by 30 November to Caroline Dubois  A.I.S.E., Boulevard du Souverain 165 - 4th floor 1160 Brussels Belgium; All applications will be handled confidentially.

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