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4 February 2021

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Total Corbion PLA

Total Corbion PLA is a global technology leader in Poly Lactic Acid (PLA). PLA is a versatile, biobased and biodegradable polymer made from annually renewable resources. PLA offers a reduced carbon footprint versus many traditional plastics and offers a range of sustainable end of life options including composting, mechanical or chemical recycling. Total Corbion PLA is a young and fast growing company founded in 2017. We already operate a PLA plant in Rayong, Thailand and are building an additional plant in Grandpuits, France.

Within our Marketing team we currently have an open vacancy:

Public Affairs Manager

As Public Affairs Manager, you will focus on the global coordination of Total Corbion PLA's public and regulatory affairs strategy aimed at achieving support by regulators and value chain partners for Total Corbion PLA's bioplastics product offering. Plastics are a key focus in many legislative dossiers and bioplastics can offer environmental benefits in the transition to a more circular and sustainable economy. The role is a global role with a key focus on the European Union and a number of key growth areas in Asia, including for example China and Taiwan.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Designing a global public affairs strategy and coordinating engagement with different national and regional public authorities.
  • Ensuring Total Corbion PLA has an effective network of political, regulatory and stakeholder contacts.
  • Identifying and managing strategic public affairs partnerships, including active membership of relevant trade associations and value chain initiatives.
  • Represent Total Corbion PLA at relevant trade associations and drive favorable legislation for bioplastics.
  • Aligning and leveraging public affairs activities and collaboration with our two parent companies, Corbion and Total.
  • Monitor regulatory proposals and assess the impact on our business. Be a key focal point in the organization to explain the risks and opportunities of newly adopted regulations for (bio) plastics.
  • Aligning activities in the field of corporate and product communication with communications manager; provide input and guidance for the technical sustainability manager.
  • Identify and instruct public affairs advisors where and when needed.


  • University degree (or equivalent), Master’s degree - an advantage.
  • At least 6-8 years of experience in public affairs, regulatory affairs and/or policies in the EU, experience in the US and/or China- an advantage.
  • Good understanding of the main issues related to plastics, plastics packaging, and preferably knowledge of circular and sustainable value propositions.
  • Experienced in creating effective relationships with key stakeholders, government officials and other relevant value chain partners in the field of plastics.
  • Thrives on a challenging and fast-paced environment.
  • Professional-level writing, editing, messaging and storytelling skills.
  • Excellent diplomacy, interpersonal and communication skills and a high level of integrity.
  • Ability to effectively network and function in a complex internal and external ecosystem of colleagues, stakeholders and influencers.

We offer competitive remuneration and benefits and your location will be Total Corbion PLA head office in Gorinchem, The Netherlands; Brussels, Belgium or mainland China. What makes Total Corbion PLA special is that we produce and market environmentally friendly, biobased and biodegradable plastics that help to create a better and waste-free society. Our company is made up of talented, dedicated people – people who share a purpose and a vision.

We offer you the chance to join a company with a:

  • Culture to empower people and where your initiatives and ideas make a real difference
  • International focus with truly diverse teams
  • Friendly & informal culture in a demanding professional environment

In addition, we actively embrace diversity in how we work together and contribute toward our shared objectives and values. By joining Total Corbion PLA, you will become an employee in a company where you can feel pride in your achievements and develop your career with global prospects


Please apply by submitting your resumé and cover letter to Jaap Krijgsman, HR Director: email or telephone +31 183 695 695.

For more information you can contact François de Bie, Senior Marketing Director: email or telephone +31 183 695 695.