Reporting to the EOG President and Board, the General Secretary will be responsible for developing and delivering an effective strategy for addressing the key issues that are affecting the EOG membership and wider sector. As well as dealing with immediate matters, the association is required to initiate actions that will ensure the long-term prosperity of the outdoor industry in a global context. The EOG General Secretary will lead a team of (currently) six, who are based in the UK, Switzerland and Germany. The position is that of full-time employee of the EOG and the General Secretary must live in an EU country, have access to a major airport, and be prepared to travel.
The successful candidate will be educated to degree level, or have equivalent experience. They will have a minimum of 10 years of experience of the wider outdoor sector, across as many functional roles as realistically possible, with proven experience at the board level of organisations. Excellent communication, networking and negotiation skills are essential, along with the ability and desire to work collaboratively. Keen political awareness and engagement are also vital aspects of the role and an aptitude for engaging with and influencing politicians, civil servants, non-governmental organisations, and other trade associations and stakeholders. The General Secretary will be expected to effectively manage the EOG team and the organisation’s budget and administration, reporting regularly to the Board and the membership. In this context, an understanding of the complex nuances involved in European trade and politics will greatly assist the General Secretary in fulfilling their role.
This is a position with exciting prospects at a crucial time for the sector. The European outdoor industry has matured and is now globally significant, and the EOG is its voice and representative to the world. Founded in 2003 as a brand organisation, the EOG now has over 100 members, including brands, retailers, technology (component) brands and national associations. The EOG offers a voice of authority for the outdoor industry and has gained a reputation for being progressive on issues such as CSR, sustainability, conservation, lobbying, outreach, market research and business standards. The association is also leading the industry in promoting participation in outdoor activities to citizens, is founder and organiser of the sector’s main annual conference, the European Outdoor Summit, and is a key stakeholder in Europe’s leading outdoor trade show OutDoor. The General Secretary will be involved in all of these aspects and will influence the future direction of the EOG and the development of new initiatives.
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