Managing Director, Head of EU

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Position Title: Managing Director, Head of EU

Location: Brussels, Belgium

Reports to: Executive Vice President and Managing Director, Global Markets & Research

Position Summary: The Head of EU is responsible for establishing and leading a new MFA office in Brussels. This position will be a key part of the team that develops MFA’s global presence according to the following guiding objectives:

  • Provide U.S.-based global hedge funds and credit funds best-in-class advocacy, insights, and networking in the EU;
  • Provide a hub for European managers seeking connectivity to MFA’s full suite of offerings in Europe and the United States;
  • Grow the MFA brand & membership outside of the U.S., including by extending MFA content (conferences, member services, research and communications)

The incumbent will work directly with Washington and New York-based staff and play a crucial role in developing MFA’s ability to shape policy in Europe and globally.

Essential Responsibilities: Under the direction of the Executive Vice President and Managing Director, Global Markets and Research, the Head of EU will perform the following duties:

  • Develop and execute a policy engagement strategy for Brussels and the EU to deliver MFA’s strategic objectives;
  • Oversee all aspects (including policy engagement, office operations, organizing responses to stakeholder consultations, building alliances and relationships across the EU, member relations) of the Brussels office, and uphold the highest standards in line with regional employment laws and MFA culture;
  • Analyze EU and member state policy and regulatory developments and prepare routine reports, with recommendations, for MFA members and staff;
  • Coordinate closely with all MFA teams to prepare responses to EU stakeholder consultations and achieve globally coordinated outcomes that are synchronized with the global nature of the funds sector;
  • Identify and assist in strategically promoting and supporting MFA through events and developing new commercial opportunities for the association;
  • Influence and build relationships to ensure synergies with MFA and the European institutional investor community (e.g. pension funds);
  • Liaise with policy makers, academics, think tanks, and other trade associations on a regular basis to amplify the priorities of MFA, collect information, build alliances, and position MFA to maximize its reach and influence;
  • Coordinate research activities with investment funds, banks, and other market participants;
  • Perform other duties, as assigned.

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Graduate or advanced degree or equivalent in a relevant field such as law, business, economics, finance, or international affairs.
  • A minimum of 10 years of strong experience in policymaking, policy analysis, or advocacy with a focus on Brussels and the EU.
  • Knowledge of hedge fund issues preferred but not required
  • Demonstrated track record of managing processes and/or people.
  • Excellent Microsoft Office Skills, including PowerPoint and Word.
  • A creative, constructive, and resourceful collaborator and strategic thinker.
  • Excellent English written and verbal communication skills. Additional languages preferred.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Ability to be independently motivated with strong follow-through skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a highly collaborative manner with tact and ability to creatively solve problems and manage multiple and changing priorities.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the individual(s) assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and skills required.  Management reserves the right to modify, add, or remove duties and to assign other duties as necessary.  In addition, reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.