Executive Director

Executive Director: The role of Executive Director, Government Affairs and Policy, reports to the Director of Corporate Affairs and works with the leadership to help deliver on the stretch plan in the coming years. This involves advocacy as well as public sector support at the center and the states.

It also enhances the reputation and further executive engagement through CSR and events working with Comms, Marketing and the CSR team. They are an integral part of the team and are recognized and active leaders in the related industry, serving as the representative with federal government officials, industry trade associations, and influential policy organizations.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

Leverage business assets and thought leadership to drive a political engagement program for the company at the center and the states. Promote the reputation of the company with political audiences and wider political influencers.
Focus on developing and executing communications strategies to support the company’s visibility
Build effective networks with politicians, government officials, professional bodies, trade associations, think-tanks and NGOs
Provide strategic support to the company’s public sector account teams to inform their planning, assist with presentation, shape their propositions and facilitate contact with relevant senior government officials and politicians
Drive engagement strategies that position the company for growth with a focus on key aspects of our portfolio such as the Intelligent Edge and high-performance computing including Smart Cities and Digitization
Shape public policies and political decisions across the relevant policy and legislative initiatives that help protect the company’s core business
Establish and subsequently write and submit the company’s views on proposed legislation in consultation processes
Anticipate and predict changes in the external legislative, regulatory, policy, and political environments in the short, mid and long term; Identify company opportunity and potential areas of risk in the government legislative, regulatory, policy and political realms
Recommend company positioning, priorities, internal and external strategy, and tactics to the company as it relates to legislation, regulation, policy, and politics
Create specific opportunities for the company’s business and operations in the legislative, regulatory, policy, and political environment
Analyze the potential impacts of government action, both proactively and reactively, to the business (operational and strategic)
SKILLS REQUIRED:
Ability to quickly understand companies’ strategic priorities and key policy areas, including technical policy
Should be able to take responsibility for specific areas of Government Relations activity and deliver tangible results
Ability to quickly develop a clear understanding of how Corporate Affairs fits into the broader business and build close working relationships with colleagues in the global organization
A key aspect of this role is working closely with team members across the International Corporate Affairs group and colleagues in the wider Office of Legal and Administrative Affairs, as well as PR, Marketing and the broader business
QUALIFICATION REQUIRED:
Bachelor’s degree required, preferably in English, Communications, Journalism, Public Relations or related field with an advanced degree (preferably MBA) highly desirable
18 or more years of relevant experience in public policy and government affairs, including 12+ years of management experience
Preference is given to individuals with current established relationships with elected officials, agency heads and policymakers in Washington, DC health care policy and legislative arena and in key state markets

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