Assistant General Counsel – Government Affairs

17 Feb, 2021


Assistant General Counsel – Government Affairs

King of Prussia, PA

Assistant General Counsel – Government Affairs is charged with supporting and representing the company’s government affairs activities by developing, managing and coordinating a comprehensive and pro-active portfolio of legislative and regulatory issues of importance to the company.  The position will report to and work with the company’s head of government affairs and will also be responsible for leading, directing and managing particular federal/state/local issues, as appropriate, based on the candidate’s experience and interests.


Issues of particular interest and concern to the company include chemical manufacturing, environmental issues (including legislative and regulatory matters involving such matters as chemical management, climate change, bio-based materials and plastics), energy issues, transportation, trade, tax, safety and security.  Additional components of the job include, but are not limited to: engaging in and developing state and local government affairs activities and plans as needed and monitoring key state and local legislative and regulatory actions; fostering company relationships with industry and trade associations and engaging with key stakeholders; assisting with the management of the Arkema Political Action Committee; and ensuring company compliance with federal, state and local lobbying laws and reporting requirements.


The position will be based in Washington, DC and will work with the company’s U.S. headquarters in King of Prussia, PA and/or the company’s manufacturing facilities in the U.S.



Key Activities and Responsibilities


Responsibilities include:


Advancing the company’s overall legislative and regulatory affairs and lobbying strategies by developing, managing, coordinating and implementing federal and/or state/local legislative and regulatory strategies to advance the company’s interests, in conjunction with the head of Arkema’s government affairs team and with other business executives from around the company and/or with associations.

Examples of the types of responsibilities within this key activity include:


  1. Providing advice and counsel to internal company executives, business units and stakeholders on federal, state and/or local legislative and regulatory issues of importance to the company.
  2. Collaborating with business unit executives and/or manufacturing leaders to develop and implement government affairs strategies and plans.
  3. Representing the company at meetings with legislators and staff and/or government agency officials and staff.
  4. Monitoring, tracking and evaluating federal, state and local legislative and regulatory proposals of importance to the company.
  5. Fostering company relationships with key industry and trade associations of which the company is a member and/or with other stakeholders and collaborate, as appropriate, on issues of mutual interest.
  6. Ensuring company compliance with applicable federal/state/local lobbying laws and reporting requirements.
  7. Assisting with Arkema PAC activities, including representing the PAC at fundraising events and/or assisting with PAC management and internal efforts to increase the PAC size and its activities.


Context and Environment


  • This position operates as a government affairs adviser to company business units and corporate departments, and, under the overall direction of the head of government affairs, works independently and prioritizes simultaneously with multiple business units and corporate departments.  Interacts with all levels of the company in the management of legislative and regulatory affairs issues.
  • Some travel will be required, including meetings at the company’s U.S. headquarters in King of Prussia, PA (these will often be accomplished via day travel), as well occasional travel to manufacturing facilities within the U.S and these two types of travel are not expected to exceed 10-15% of the person’s time.  However, depending on the status of state or local issues, additional travel could also be expected and such travel could be more frequent as circumstances warrant and/or could ebb and flow depending on issues and circumstances.
  • Supports the site health, environment, safety (HES) policy and complies with all regulatory and internal requirements
  • Participates in HES activities provided by site management and Arkema Inc(e.g., Behavioral Base Safety, SafeStart, etc.)
  • Supports and promotes the reporting of all health, safety, environmental, near-miss, accident or injury incidents


Required Education/Qualification/Work Experience


  • J.D. required, plus at least 10 years of experience in one or more of the following areas is required:
    • Congressional or state legislative experience;
    • federal or state agency experience;
    • industry association government affairs experience or
    • in-house corporate government affairs experience.
  • Candidates without one or more of the above sets of experience will be considered only if they have significant comparable experience or skills that can be clearly demonstrated.
  • Licensed to practice to law in at least one state/jurisdiction and capable of waiving into other jurisdictions as appropriate.
  • Knowledge of federal/state/local lobbying laws and regulations
  • One or more of the following are preferred:
    • experience in the chemical manufacturing industry or in manufacturing.
    • experience developing and implementing policy and government affairs initiatives within a corporate structure is valued as well as an understanding of key business issues.
    • experience with developing and managing state and local government affairs activities.


Demonstrated Competencies


  • Detail-oriented and strong organizational skills.
  • Strong communication skills, including, writing and oral presentation skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain strong interpersonal relationships.
  • Ability to work as a member of a team, as well as an ability to lead teams (this role will likely require both competencies).


Building on its unique set of expertise in materials science, Arkema offers a portfolio of first-class technologies to address ever-growing demand for new and sustainable materials. With the ambition to become in 2024 a pure player in Specialty Materials, the Group is structured into three complementary, resilient and highly innovative segments dedicated to Specialty Materials – Adhesive Solutions, Advanced Materials, and Coating Solutions – accounting for some 80% of Group sales, and a well-positioned and competitive Intermediates segment. Arkema offers cutting-edge technological solutions to meet the challenges of, among other things, new energies, access to water, recycling, urbanization and mobility, and fosters a permanent dialogue with all its stakeholders. The Group reported sales of €8.7 billion ($9.7 billion) in 2019, and operates in 55 countries with 20,500 employees worldwide.


Arkema Inc. provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Arkema Inc. complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence.

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Job posted: 2021-02-17