The Mission Zero Academy (MiZA) is a fast moving social enterprise on a mission to be a trusted, widely-recognised, user-friendly one-stop-shop for zero waste upstream and downstream solutions, resources, and information in Europe at the local level. We are a capacity – building hub for local decision-makers, SMEs, and other organisations wanting to take a step forward in their zero waste strategies and circular economy implementation. With this, we seek to bridge the knowledge gap in the transition towards zero waste practices.
With our focus on evidence-based and expert-approved methods, MiZA supports public and private sector professionals. We provide tried-and-tested solutions, qualified-expert training and case studies, useful tools, downloadable resources, online and offline training materials on resource management and circular economy topics, such as our Zero Waste Cities and Business Certification Systems. Through our certifications, we enable European municipalities and businesses to measure their zero waste journey, committing to more ambitious circular goals, implementing greener and more sustainable policies and solutions in waste reduction and management and promoting circular economy practices at the local level.
First devised in 2018 but officially established in 2021, MiZA is a start-up of Zero Waste Europe (ZWE, a European NGO / non profit). ZWE focuses on reducing and preventing waste in our society by supporting and nurturing communities across Europe in their journey towards zero waste through sustainable strategies and implementation of circular economy practices. We work in close collaboration with ZWE and its members across the continent.
You are excited at the idea of bringing this socially driven startup to the next level, and bringing forth a Zero Waste Europe. You are passionate about the zero waste vision and well aware of the multiple challenges the world is facing today.
You have an entrepreneurial mindset and are used to developing systems and processes from scratch. You are impact and values driven, able to see the big picture whilst taking care of the details. Ambiguity and work-in-progress don’t scare you and you can independently lead on improving things which you see need it. You thrive when facing complex situations and you can use your own initiative. You are able to drive your workload based on our mission and priorities, keeping the customers in the centre of our focus. You enjoy coordinating and motivating different stakeholder groups.
About the role
The Business Development Manager will be filling in a newly created position to take care of our current and future customers. They will get to develop whole processes and systems around our customer service and sales as well as liaise with them and our partners in different parts of Europe. They will work in close collaboration with the manager of MiZA as well as the lead of cities and communities programme at Zero Waste Europe.
The core responsibilities of the Business Development Manager will be to:
Design the strategies, tools and systems of our customer experience and engagement offer:
Co-Design the strategies, tools and systems for successful strengthening of our service offer, with a focus on the subcontractor base and service level
Required skills and competencies
Preferred skills and competencies
Equal Employment opportunity
We are committed to the principle of Equal Employment Opportunity for all employees, regardless of sex, marital status, nationality, religion, age, sexual orientation and any other characteristics unrelated to the performance of the job.
We also realise that not all individuals have the same opportunities to engage in paid work or studies and are open to receiving applications from those who may not fulfil all the required skills but have the interest, passion, (cap)abilities and drive to fulfil the role. In this respect, we encourage people from a diverse intersection of backgrounds to apply.
Location, Compensation and Work Environment
This is a full-time position based out of our Brussels office, under a hybrid working setup with a split 50/50 working from home vs from the office. A valid working permit for Belgium is required. The contract will be permanent, however, it is good to note that as a new start up, there is some uncertainty still on the financial stability. The good news is that this role is very much at the core of solving that and providing a better financial position ensuring continuity. For the right candidate, we are also willing to consider positions based outside of Belgium, but still within a 10 hour travel there overland.
We offer a competitive NGO salary (3200-4100€ gross) plus benefits, including lunch vouchers (8€/day); 13th month (year end bonus); double holiday pay (Belgian standard); 20 vacation days plus 6 extra-legal holidays + 4 days between Christmas and New Year; Hospitalisation; Ambulatory and Dental Insurance (DKV); Travel insurance; home working and other allowances (€150.00-220.00 net/month); full coverage of public transport costs for commuting (minimum €49.00 net/month); and flexible working hours/times.
We take pride in our ability to support one another’s work in an atmosphere of mutual trust and respect, and look forward to introducing the successful candidate to our welcoming and highly motivated team and network members.
Deadline to apply: 28th of May 2023, at 23:59 CEST.
The position remains open until filled. Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis. We encourage potential candidates to submit their applications when ready, and not to wait until the final deadline. Our 2-round interview process will include a 1-2 hr assignment for selected candidates after round 1.
Please send your CV and motivation letter in English with two references (all merged into a single PDF document) through the appropriate form on the MiZA website page. Only the applications sent via this form will be taken into account. We can only guarantee that short-listed candidates will be contacted.
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Zero Waste Europe
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