Director of EU Policy

General Summary

The  Director of EU Policy is based full time in Brussels and reports to the Head of European Policy & Regulation. The Director of EU Policy is a member of the FIA Global Policy team working alongside staff based in Brussels, London and Washington, DC. 

The core purpose of the European Policy team is to increase FIA’s influence and profile in Europe (EEA, UK & Switzerland) and to develop FIA as a thought leader in Europe that can drive policy change for FIA’s members. The European Policy team works closely with the Global Policy team to coordinate priorities and messages.

The Director of EU policy will assist FIA’s policy team with policy engagement and supports FIA’s initiatives, specifically (i) stakeholder relationships with EU Policy makers, (ii) anticipating, identifying and strategizing on advocacy and regulatory challenges that impact FIA members and (iii) developing advocacy positions or inform strategy input.

The Director of EU Policy assists in implementing, in close coordination with the Head of European Policy & Regulation, the FIA policy staff and the Head of Europe, the organization’s political and regulatory engagement strategy with elected officials, regulatory agencies and other key policymakers, in the European Economic Area and Switzerland


The duties of the Director of EU Policy include, but are not limited to:

  • Contributing to FIA’s European Policy agenda and strategy.
  • Establishing and maintaining strong relationships with EU Policymakers, EU institutions, EU authorities, other trade associations and the FIA team in all regions.
  • Attending meetings, roundtable discussions and events in Brussels and as assigned elsewhere, representing FIA.
  • Presenting at FIA forums, conferences, committee and working group meetings - providing regulatory updates and speaking on or moderating panels.
  • Leading and supporting relevant FIA working group calls by also providing support and updates to the FIA Brussels Committee and FIA Government Relations Committee.
  • Building good working relationships with FIA members, e.g. by meeting them to discuss concerns and encourage participation in FIA workstreams.
  • Keep track of relevant EU developments, particularly in the areas of exchange traded and/or cleared derivatives to support FIA member priorities.
  • Provide detailed oral and written readouts to the FIA policy team on meetings attended and on policy documents as issued by the European Commission, the European Parliament, the European Council and the regulatory authorities in Europe on key issues related to FIA members. 
  • Representing the organization in front of European government officials and policymakers in order to effectively advocate and educate. 
  • Respond to inquiries from government officials and FIA member representatives.
  • Lead on European Policy issues and assist in drafting consultation responses on topics as assigned by the Head of European Policy, Head of Europe or Head of Global Policy.
  • Coordinate policy positions with the Global Policy team.
  • Work with FIA’s EU consultants to identify positions and opportunities for collaboration.


  • Being a self-starter and proactive in managing own workload and prioritizing tasks.
  • In-depth knowledge and experience of European policy including specific knowledge of the European Parliament, European Commission and European Council. 
  • Good understanding of EU developments and regulations in the areas of Capital Markets Union (i.e. MiFID), Sustainable Finance, Fintech, EMIR and other clearing topics.
  • Understanding of the national competent authorities within Europe, ESMA, central banks and other European financial regulatory agencies.
  • Familiarity with the lobbying laws and regulations in the EU.
  • Familiarity with the financial industry and the laws impacting it.
  • Strong writer and communication/information gathering skills—requires constant gathering, processing and synthesizing of information from a variety of sources and the ability to communicate the information orally or written in a concise and understandable manner.
  • Must be a team player with a proven record of collaboration and consensus building.
  • Minimum of 5 years of government relations-related work experience or related industry experience.
  • Strong attention to detail and a self-starter.
  • Excellent organizational, oral and written communication.
  • Excellent analytical skills. 
  • Ability to coordinate multiple tasks / projects and to meet deadlines.
  • Fluency in another European language is an asset.
  • Between 5 and 10 years’ experience in financial services policymaking.

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and CV to

  • FIA