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The company

Elia is the operator of the Belgian high-voltage transmission grid (380 kV to 30 kV) and is responsible for developing and maintaining the grid, providing users with access to it and controlling energy flows. The Elia group is a team of 2,000 professionals who have the task of ensuring the continuity of electricity supplies in Belgium.

As owner and operator of electricity transmission networks in Belgium and Germany Elia has an important role and mission in supporting and implementing Europe's energy and climate policy.

Manager Contracts Regulatory Affairs

Reference ID:  853

Function

 

As part of its role as a market facilitator, Elia creates, in an objective, transparent and non-discriminatory manner, effective products and services for the benefit of market players and does so in compliance with the legal, regulatory, budgetary and economic framework. These products and services are accompanied by their specific contracts which can be grouped into a few major categories, including grid connection, grid access, balance management, provision of flexibility services, etc. 
In addition to products and services, Elia prepares and actively monitors proposals for amendments to applicable technical regulations (federal and regional), and more specifically the translation of European Network Codes into Belgian legislation.
Elia also pays close attention to consultation with its stakeholders in connection with the activities listed above. This coordination is organised via the Elia Users Group. 
In order to ensure revenue, Elia develops a tariff policy that must be translated – in consultation with the federal regulator CREG – into a tariff methodology and ultimately into a tariffs dossier that sets the tariffs for a period of four years.
 

 

The four key areas of this role are: 

  • Firstly, drafting regulated contracts, analysing compliance and monitoring the evolution of regulated contracts with respect to European Network Codes and Guidelines, all done in accordance with Elia's internal and external interests in order to establish a framework approved by the regulators.
    • Drafting contract proposals (or, as the case may be, modifications to existing contracts);
    • Comparing texts together with  the departments concerned; 
    • Organising informal and formal consultation with market players; 
    • Where applicable, submitting and defending contract proposals, and having them approved by regulators;
    • Preparing feedback for and informing internal departments;
    • Ensuring the implementation of contracts.

 

  • Secondly, developing expertise and becoming the recognised internal expert on (federal and regional) technical regulations and ensuring consistency between these different technical regulations:
    • Contributing to the modification and development of legislation, decrees and orders pertaining to the content of technical regulations;
    • Responding to questions from internal departments and market players regarding technical regulations;  
    • Finding solutions to problems or proposals by amending technical regulations; 
    • Proactively highlighting the principles and concepts defined in the technical regulations, as well as their impact on the development of new products and on Elia's commercial, budgetary and/or tariff management. 
    • Developing and giving (internal and external) training on technical regulations.
       

 

  • The third key area is organising and facilitating consultation via the Elia Users' Group platform:
    • Organising preparations for the Users Group in consultation with the chairmen of the plenary meeting and working groups and the internal experts;
    • Organising consultation via the Users Group and its working groups;
    • Drafting the minutes as well as following up on campaigns and publishing them on the Elia website.

 

  • The fourth key area is producing the tariffs dossier:
    • Managing and leading the drafting process up to approval of the tariffs dossier every four years.


Linked to the tasks described above, it will also be necessary to manage and take part in internal cross-cutting projects, both in terms of implementing European Network Codes and Guidelines and in terms of developing new products and services that have a significant impact on Elia's technical regulations and contracts.
 

Your Profile

 

  • You hold a master's degree in  Law, political science, economics,or a technical field (e.g. engineering) and have at least 8 years experience ( min 5 years relevant experience.)
  • You are interested in technical and legislative matters.
  • You have excellent writing skills.
  • You are familiar with the organisation of liberalised markets and the energy market.
  • Prior experience in dealing with regulation mechanisms would be a plus.
  • You are organised and can handle multiple projects at once while continuing to pay close attention to detail.
  • You can communicate easily in French and Dutch. 
  • You are fluent in English and so can apply legislative developments at European level.
     

Location

Boulevard de L'Empereur 20 -1000 Bruxelles

What's in it for you?

More than offering you a mere job, we give you an exciting, ultra-professional environment, unique training and every opportunity to develop your career potential to the full, plus an attractive salary and fringe benefits. So choosing Elia means opting for a future full of promise!