As the external affairs officer you are responsible for all company contacts, company database and the sponsor packages of the association and committees within the association. You will have personal contact on a daily basis with the biggest companies, like ABN AMRO, Deloitte or NIBC. Besides this, you will also have contact with SMEs, for example Adlasz. As external affairs officer you will have three main tasks:
Your first task is cold acquisition, which means you are responsible for contacting new companies which could be interesting for the members and the career events of the association. This is probably the hardest task since it is a cold contact, which basically means you have no history or common ground when initiating contact. An advantage is that you can get in touch with companies who are interesting according to you. In practice, you will also help the Acquisition Committee with their company contacts. For example, you will advise them on how to approach a company and how to convince companies to work together with us.
Your second task starts when such a company becomes a partner, because you are not done after they sign a contract. It is your responsibility to make sure the partner is satisfied, and that you keep the contact warm. This mostly includes making contracts, adapting the information on the website (together with the secretary) and regularly maintaining telephone contact to stay in touch with recruiters. Moreover, as external affairs officer you will visit (potential) partners in the summer with me or Jamy. Those days are the most fun ones of the summer!
Your third task is not directly related to company contact. All the external affairs officers of Asset meet regularly in the Acquisition Meeting. They discuss faculty-wide career events such as the Asset Inhouse Days and the Master Experience Days. As external affairs officers, you are jointly responsible for the organization of these events. Furthermore, you are responsible for protecting the interests of Asset | Economics in the Acquisition Meeting.
Next to your function-specific tasks, you will also coordinate various committees and work on other projects of the board. This results in a diverse task portfolio. You will have a lot of contact with recruiters, which is really interesting, and you can learn a lot about how to become more professional in your communication and how to convince people in the right way. You learn how to provide the perfect service for a company within our possibilities.
All in all, being an External Affairs Officer is a challenging and exciting function. You carry responsibility for a big part of the income of Asset | Economics. Sometimes you should be polite, however at the same time you should be not be afraid to ask direct and uncomfortable questions.
Are you interested in becoming the next external affairs officer and would you like to have more information? Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and check the formal vacancy. Here you can also find information on how to apply. Do not hesitate to ask me, Job, any other questions at the rooms of Asset | Economics.