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Head of EU Government Affairs, Europe

City:  Brussels

We are Reckitt

Home to the world's best loved and trusted hygiene, health, and nutrition brands. Our purpose defines why we exist: to protect, heal and nurture in the relentless pursuit of a cleaner, healthier world. We are a global team united by this purpose.
Join us in our fight to make access to the highest quality hygiene, wellness, and nourishment a right and not a privilege.

​Corporate Communications & External Affairs​

Our communications and external affairs team are at the very heart of Reckitt's brand, purpose and products, bringing them to life around the globe for our employees, consumers, investors, governments and our suppliers.

It's a rewarding task, growing and protecting Reckitt's image and brand. Every day, we design public relations and communication strategies that build awareness, trust and relationships, while steering us away from reputational risk. We do this by gathering and maintaining knowledge of our policies, principles, and business strategies, while keeping up-to-date with relevant developments right across our business units and trusted brands.

From digital, media and events to employee experience, strategic relationships, and community partners, we identify opportunities to deliver on our business and sustainability agenda, while proactively identifying storylines and opportunities to advance our narrative.

About the role

As Head of EU Government Affairs, Europe, you’ll be responsible for Reckitt’s engagement with governments, policymakers and parliamentarians in the EU and key European markets as applicable.

Your responsibilities

In this role, you will build and lead Reckitt cross functional teams across Europe to:

  • Establish strategic relationships with government, policymakers and parliamentarians, regularly meeting with them to build trust, mitigate potential obstacles and convey the company's priorities.
  • Support governments, policymakers and parliamentarians to understand Reckitt’s purpose, compass and fight and the role we play in public health
  • Help advance the public policy and advocacy strategy for the company, working collaboratively with the other local and global Reckitt teams, partners and executives to ensure alignment between business objectives, policy and stakeholder outreach goals
  • Establish Reckitt’s EU Government Affairs strategy and capability
  • Collaborate closely with Global External Affairs colleagues, particularly government affairs leads in other regions, and key senior business partners across Reckitt’s businesses and functions such as e.g. Quality, Safety, Regulatory, Legal and Supply
  • Build intelligence and understanding of business-critical issues by tracking, monitoring and advising on important changes in regulatory or legislative matters affecting Reckitt’s European markets

The experience we're looking for

  • A minimum of 8+ years of communications / public affairs / public policy experience and are very familiar with the workings of EU institutions
  • A proven track record on working across public policy, government affairs and advocacy in the EU or UK, either in government, political parties, civil service or consultancy
  • A strategic thinker who prioritizes business outcomes
  • A team player with strong collaboration skills and a can-do attitude to blend into a multicultural, multi-functional work environment
  • Someone with an excellent interpersonal skills and ability to effectively and comfortably interact with all levels of management
  • An adept at distilling complex ideas and communicating with clarity
  • Someone who is thriving in a fast-paced environment and are comfortable to work under pressure

The skills for success

Emotional intelligence, Listening skills, Writing skills, Presentation skills, Interpersonal skills, Digital skills, Research skills, Time management skills, Adaptability, Stakeholder engagement and influence, Strategic thinking, Risk management, Business Accumen, Leadership, Brand Strategy, Relationship management.

What we offer

With inclusion at the heart of everything we do, working alongside our four global Employee Resource Groups, we support our people at every step of their career journey, helping them to succeed in their own individual way.

We invest in the wellbeing of our people through parental benefits, an Employee Assistance Program to promote mental health, and life insurance for all employees globally. We have a range of other benefits in line with the local market. Through our global share plans we offer the opportunity to save and share in Reckitt's potential future successes. For eligible roles, we also offer short-term incentives to recognise, appreciate and reward your work for delivering outstanding results. You will be rewarded in line with Reckitt's pay for performance philosophy.


We recognise that in real life, great people don't always 'tick all the boxes'. That's why we hire for potential as well as experience. Even if you don't meet every point on the job description, if this role and our company feels like a good fit for you, we still want to hear from you.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, disability or medical condition; colour, ethnicity, race, citizenship, and national origin; religion, faith; pregnancy, family status and caring responsibilities; sexual orientation; sex, gender identity, gender expression, and transgender identity; protected veteran status; size or any other basis protected by appropriate law.

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