Starch Europe, the trade association representing the EU starch industry, is looking to recruit an Economic Affairs Officer.  A good networker, communicator and diplomat, you are able to find common ground among trade association members and are able to identify the real issues among many details and develop these in a structured, disciplined fashion.  Starch Europe offers you a golden opportunity to familiarize yourself with the key players in this highly innovative sector, and to represent their interests at a pivotal time in the sector’s ongoing development as a major contributor to a more sustainable food system.


  • Monitoring, analysing and reporting on EU economic affairs developments impacting the EU starch industry. The focus will be on trade and agricultural policy issues, and links with policies falling under the Green Deal and the Farm to Fork initiative.
  • Supporting the management of working groups of the association, notably an expert group dedicated to the potato starch sector, with a specific interest in sustainable production.
  • Contributing to the coordination of actions across the network of EU national associations and member companies.
  • Drafting of political and technical support material (position papers, statements, briefings).
  • Maintaining regular contacts with the membership in order to collect input, achieve consensus on proposed papers, and propose action points.
  • Maintaining/building contacts with key stakeholders (EU institutions, other industry associations) and representing Starch Europe in meetings with other stakeholders, notably industry associations of which we are a member, on trade and agricultural policy issues.
  • Supporting the Starch Europe Managing Director and Deputy Managing Director in chairing and coordinating meetings on economic affairs issues with both Starch Europe members and external
  • Managing the Safety Programme of Starch
  • Contributing to internal and external communication
  • Other tasks depending on experience/qualifications; Starch Europe is a small team covering a multitude of issues.


  • Advanced university degree in a relevant field (EU affairs, agriculture and/or trade policy).
  • At least 3 years’ experience in EU trade and/or agriculture policy.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in
  • Strong IT and Microsoft Office
  • Ability to prioritise multiple and varied tasks in a small

Please send your CV and a motivation letter to by 31 August 2023.

July 13, 2023