Associate Consultant/Consultant – Space and Defence

Mid-level Opportunities Brussels, Belgium

APCO Brussels is looking to hire an Associate Consultant/Consultant to join our industry-leading Technology Practice, focusing on space and defence. We are looking for ambitious, talented, and tech-savvy professionals to join our diverse and multicultural team.   

We work with most of the world’s most recognisable companies, and covering most tech policy areas, from data or cybersecurity to space policy and defence-related policies. Space and defence are a growing policy area for us and our clients. This position is an opportunity to be a central piece in leading and growing it further.  

Our ideal candidate will demonstrate an understanding of consultancy business practices and processes, a genuine interest in and knowledge of EU space policy and the space and defence industry, a strong network of relevant contacts in Brussels and beyond (notably with DG DEFIS, the space ecosystem,  and NATO) as well as strong tactical and strategic abilities. The candidate would need to have a minimum of 2-4 years of relevant experience in consultancy, in-house, European institutions, or within trade associations.

This is a superb opportunity for a high-performing and initiative-taking colleague who will be responsible day-to-day for large client projects, coordinating cross-border activities, delivering client-ready materials, reviewing the work product of junior team members, and actively engaging in the generation of new business.  We believe we can give you a multi-market platform to grow, learn, develop, and hone your tactical and strategic abilities.

By joining our team, you will be working with colleagues who are open, collaborative, diverse and curious.

The ideal candidate will:

  • Demonstrate strong expertise in EU policy issues, Brussels developments, and macro business factors impacting clients.
  • Have experience working on policy issues impacting the defence and space sector.
  • Initiate and nurture client relationships, take ownership of client deliverables and delegate tasks effectively.
  • Confidently help to drive and lead internal and client meetings, offer knowledgeable observations and suggestions, establish trust-based relationships by sharing insights and knowledge of policy content, encourage and motivate others to communicate ideas
  • Help to manage junior members of the client teams
  • Working with practice leaders to develop and implement the strategy which supports the client’s objectives,
  • Help to drive business development opportunities and manage proposal process
  • Demonstrate a good understanding of effective project management
  • Take ownership and actively engage in networking and new business development with the support of the practice leaders and the team

What we offer you:

This full-time position comes with a competitive salary and benefits package commensurate with the candidate’s skills and experience. Being a part of a dynamic organisation means you never stop learning: the successful candidate will have an abundance of opportunities to progress in their career, add value to clients and contribute to the firm.

Collaboration is key to our success as a global, integrated firm: aside from working on various accounts, you will become part of a nationally diverse team in our Brussels office, with over 50+ multilingual consultants with policy expertise in several areas, e.g. technology, transport, healthcare, financial services, energy and environment etc. By operating in a collaborative environment, employees are encouraged to work across practice groups, offices, and regions and develop a multi-faceted understanding of policy/regulation, politics, issues and trends.