Director-General for Council's Directorate-General “Competitiveness and Trade”

General Secretariat of the Council of the European Union
Place of employment
Brussels, Belgium
Application deadline
12 am noon


Directorate-General "Competitiveness and Trade" will comprise three directorates, which will cover the areas of Internal Market, Consumer Protection, Intellectual Property, Competition, Industry, Research, Space and Trade.

The task of the Directorate-General is to coordinate the activities of the Competitiveness Council, which deals with Single Market, Industry, Research and Space. The DG is entrusted with the legislative work in the vast area of competitiveness and is involved in the monitoring and follow-up of different policy initiatives.

In addition, the DG supports the Council and its preparatory bodies to implement the EU’s common commercial policy. This includes trade and investment relations, intellectual property rights and foreign direct investment.

The post of Director-General in DG Competitiveness and Trade is a challenging position in a politically interesting environment, leading a team of around 50 highly qualified staff.

We offer a permanent position in a key EU institution with an attractive salary and a comprehensive welfare package.

Your role

  • Provide high-level policy and procedural advice to the Secretary-General as well as to the presidencies of the European Council, the Council and Coreper on all aspects of dossiers falling within the Directorate-General's remit and take part in meetings and/or negotiations with a view to reaching compromises and finding solutions.
  • Develop and implement the strategy and work programme of the Directorate-General, define its objectives and ensure their achievement according to required deadlines and quality standards.
  • Manage and coordinate the Directorate-General and its resources, organise its activities and support and motivate staff in their work.

For the detailed vacancy notice and the eligibility criteria, please consult the Official Journal