Advisor Public Affairs

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Advisor Public Affairs at Vopak

 It's an exciting time to come on board at Vopak. We store vital products with care. Products for everyday life. We take pride in improving access to cleaner energy and feedstocks for a growing world population, ensuring safe, clean and efficient storage  of energy, chemicals and edible oils at strategic locations around the world. We are excited to help shape a sustainable future by developing infrastructure solutions for new vital products like green hydrogen, ammonia, CO2 and sustainable feedstocks, as well as long duration energy storage. Our commitment to contribute to the global energy and feedstock transitions and create value for all our stakeholders in a rapidly evolving market, geopolitical and societal context, make this a very interesting time for an Advisor Public Affairs. If this global work environment appeals to you, and you have the right experience and skills, we are keen to meet you!  

Your main mission

You build and strengthen Vopak’s engagement with local communities, governments, authorities, industry associations and international organizations.

You understand our stakeholders’ perspectives, identify and monitor issues and help senior management develop an adequate response, in line with Vopak’s commitment to responsible business conduct.

You help improve young people’s lives by strengthening the success of the Vopak WeConnect Foundation.

Your direct colleagues

In this role, you work closely with and report to the Global Manager Issues & Public Affairs. You are part of the lean and multi-disciplinary Global Communication and Investors Relations (GCIR) department at Vopak’s head office in Rotterdam. Next to the Public Affairs team, the department consists of three other teams: External Communication, Internal Communication and Investor Relations. In these fields, the department advises and supports the Executive Board and senior management and thereby contributes to realizing Vopak’s strategy and purpose.

Your job

 As the Advisor Public Affairs, you help develop and implement Vopak’s public affairs & issues management strategy. Your main responsibilities will be:

  • Issues management: identify, monitor, research and analyze issues, coordinate and write (position) papers, briefings and speaking notes for the Executive Board and senior management

  • Stakeholder engagement: help implement the global stakeholder engagement policy, advise and assist senior management in building and maintaining a relevant network, provide training and create public affairs instruments, toolkits and communication materials. 

  • Industry and international organizations: coordinate Vopak’s participation in and help prepare meetings of organizations ranging from the Dutch tank storage association, hydrogen organizations to the World Economic Forum.

  • State visits and ministerial missions: advise the Executive Board and senior management, coordinate and help organize Vopak’s participation 

  • Sponsoring: help develop and implement Vopak’s sponsoring policy, assess and write replies to sponsoring requests

  • Drive  public affairs or global communication projects

  • Vopak WeConnect Foundation: support the work of the foundation; if conditions are met, you may act as Secretary of the Foundation and contribute to empower young people in our communities. 

We are looking for:

  •  A public affairs professional with at least 3 to 5 years of experience in the field of public affairs and/or issues management, preferably in an international work environment (corporate or agency). Experience at EU level is an asset.

  • Academic intellectual and professional level (preference for a Ba/Ma in public affairs, political science, EU law or related areas)

  • Knowledge of public affairs and issues management strategies and (digital) tools

  • Experience with energy-related topics, due diligence processes and/or government relations

  • Sensitivity and broad interest in societal trends and developments

  • Ability to translate external perspectives for internal audiences, and vice versa

  • A reliable advisor with strong analytical skills

  • Ability to build and maintain a strong internal and external network

  • An excellent writer and good communicator

  • Fluency in English and in Dutch

  • Knowledge of public affairs and issues management strategies and (digital) tools

  • Experience in maintaining internet and intranet pages, using mailchimp and social media 

  • Ability to set priorities and execute quickly and with precision

  • Hands-on team player, self-starter demonstrating ownership.


We offer:

  • A challenging role & responsibility in an industry leading company and a dynamic international work environment

  • Highly motivated colleagues and an inclusive work culture

  • Work location: Rotterdam

  • Market conform Hay-grade salary depending on skills and experience

  • Bonus opportunity

  • 30 holidays on an annual basis (full time)

  • Collective Health Insurance (Vopak contribution of 50% of basic package)

  • Participation in Vopak’s private pension fund and collective health scheme

  • Good opportunities for professional development and personal growth

Please attached your CV & motivation letter to your application.

Are you the Advisor Public Affairs ​ that we are looking for?

Then apply via the ‘apply’ button. We are waiting for your application!

Vopak is an equal opportunity employer. Everyone is different, and the differences in people allow us to match our ambitions and drive inclusion across the business. That's why we are curious about who you are!

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