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We are ISO, the largest developer of International Standards. We bring together experts, to share knowledge and develop standards that provide solutions to global challenges. This is because we believe that great things happen when the world agrees. We have an exciting opportunity at our Central Secretariat in Geneva.

Conformity Assessment and Consumer Matters Director

Role

Reporting to the Secretary-General, the Conformity Assessment and Consumer Matters Director is in charge, with the assistance of a small team at the ISO Central Secretariat (ISO/CS), of supporting the following policy committees in ISO:

  • CASCO, the committee on conformity assessment responsible for the development of International Standards for conformity assessment bodies and setting conformity assessment policies; 
  • COPOLCO, the committee for consumers helping consumers benefit from standardization and improving consumer participation in national and international standardization. The committee provides a forum for the exchange of information on the experience of consumer participation. 

Key responsibilities

  • Support the establishment of CASCO and COPOLCO’s strategic plans, aligned with the overall ISO Strategy 2030, and drive their successful implementation 
  • Effectively execute CASCO and COPOLCO work programs, in compliance with ISO/IEC Directives as for the development of standards is concerned
  • Study conformity assessment and consumer matters to identify and evaluate possible new standardization work, and elaborate and submit recommendations to the concerned committee
  • Manage and ensure the proper implementation of CASCO and COPOLCO policies and procedures for the work of these committees
  • Promote the “CASCO Toolbox” and the mutual acceptance of national and international conformity assessment systems
  • Promote the importance of adequate consumer representation in the standards development process at the international and national level
  • Manage and maintain effective relations with external organizations. Liaise with regional initiatives and organizations involved in conformity assessment and consumer matters, and identify possible interactions and strategic issues
  • Support the needs of ISO members in relation to CASCO and COPOLCO
  • Advise ISO Technical Committees and ISO/CS on matters, including technical ones, related to conformity assessment and as well as consumer issues
  • Provide leadership, directions and support to team members, and act as a role model in line with the values of the Organization
  • As a member of ISO/CS Leadership team (LT), provide strategic advice to the Secretary-General and other team members
Report to: Secretary-General

Skills and Experience

  • University degree or equivalent
  • Proven track record at a senior level position in an international environment
  • A good knowledge and understanding of standardization and conformity assessment and/or consumer matters at the national, regional and international levels
  • A good understanding of the role of consumer organizations at the national and international level or the ability to obtain this knowledge
  • Experience in interacting with international trade organizations and other international associations and a sound understanding of their roles in conformity assessment and international trade
  • Role model leader, motivating, supporting and inspiring, showing empathy and capacity to leverage talents and competences
  • Ability to plan, prioritize, coordinate and delegate work effectively, work in strict deadlines, manage budgets and resources, and implement organizational policy
  • Ability to negotiate, persuade, build consensus amongst persons from various backgrounds and lead to decisions that are supported by stakeholders
  • Solid project management skills
  • Ability to communicate effectively at all levels and to speak with confidence in public
  • Excellent presentation skills
  • Energetic, confident, positive, curious, open and inclusive
  • Proficiency in English (with excellent writing skills), knowledge of French or other languages would be an advantage

     

 

Starting date: 1 November 2020 or later date to be agreed